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Issue 42 - Aworldatherfeet

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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Aworldatherfeet

IseabailMactaggartcouldhaveprettymuchchosentoworkanywhere.ShechosetheIslaywhiskyindustry.Here'swhy…

Althoughshewouldhateanyonetosayit,IseabailMactaggartwasthesortofpersontheywerethinkingofwhentheycoinedthephrase‘highflyer.'

Bythetimeshehadreachedher20sshehadadegreeintwolanguagesunderherbelt,wasanativespeakeroftwomore,hadworkedinShanghaiandLondon,hadbeenemployedbytheBBCinEnglandandScotlandandhadrisentoassistanteditoronBBCRadioFive'sprestigiousBreakfastShow.Shewasoneofthecompany'syoungestproducersandsetforaglitteringbroadcastingcareer.

Sowhatdidshedo?SheheadedhometoScotland,backtoIslay,andsoughtworkinthewhiskyindustry.

Andit'stothesector'sgreatcreditthatsheisnowcommunicationsofficerforMorrisonBowmore–andhappyascanbe.

IseabailisfromIslayandisanativeEnglishandGaelicspeaker.IndeedshespeaksEnglishwithaWestCoastliltthatmakesitsoundlikeit'saforeignlanguage.

WhenitcametogoingtoUniversity,then,itmadesenseforhertostudyEnglishandGaelic.

“AndIwasgoingto,”shesays“butthenIdecidedtogotheoppositewayandtostudyJapaneseinstead.I'dliketosayitwaspartofastructuredcareerplanforthefuturebutitwasnot.Itwasjustmebeingcontrary.”

Aseasyasthat.JapaneseandChinese.

Andshewasn'tfinishedyet.WiththedegreeunderherbeltshedecidedtopursueacareerthatallowedhertouseherChineseandshesettledonlaw,studyingherArticlesandspendingtimeinthe80sintheChineseofficesofacompanyinthewindowbetweentheintroductionoffreemarketreformsandthecrackdown.

PrettymuchforcedbacktoBritainshejoinedtheBBCinInvernessbeforemovingontothenewsandsportschannel,RadioFive.Herglitteringcareerlaybeforeher.

“IwasenjoyingitandIknewIc...

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