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Issue 104 - The Dream Ticket

Whisky Magazine Issue 104
June 2012


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The Dream Ticket

Joel Harrisontalks to Gillian Macdonald about her new role as whisky creator with the Glenmorangie Company

When I was child, I had just one hero: Colt Seavers. At the mention of that name, you either know what I'm talking about or you don't. For those of you who have no idea who this ‘Colt Hero' is, let me enlighten you.

From 1981 to 1986 an American action and adventure programme aired on TV called The Fall Guy.

The main character, the aforementioned Colt Seavers, played by Lee Majors, was a Hollywood stuntman who moonlighted as a bounty hunter in the evenings.

This TV show had everything: pick-up trucks, jet packs, 10-gallon hats. None of which, sadly, I have gone on to own since.

But the show left a profound impression on me; it left me with the desire to be a stuntman when I grew up.

Now a fully-fledged adult I can honestly say that I've never done a day of stunt work in my life. The closest thing I get to risky living is the 20 minute flight from Glasgow to Islay which I do a few times a year.

Over time, my dreams have changed. The dream job is no longer to be a Californian stuntman. However, jostling for the number one spot at the top of my new list would to create and make single malt Scotch whisky.

Maybe even have the title of ‘Whisky Creator'. One can dream, I suppose...

But dreams do come true. This mythical job exists and Scotland's newest recruit to this role is Gillian Macdonald, joining The Glenmorangie Company from her previous role as distiller at the Welsh Whisky Company, Penderyn.

Becoming part of the ‘Whisky Creation team' at a company that boasts...

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