Master Distiller, Glenlivet Distillery
"If you have to wait for at least 12 years for The Glenlivet to reach maturity, there is no point in rushing the process," says Jim Cryle, who controls and monitors each step of making The Glenlivet, ensuring quality and consistency of the whisky as a master distiller.
Throughout his career, he was involved in many different areas of the whisky making including barley buying, malting, distilling and quality control. Before he became the master distiller at The Glenlivet Distillery, he served as a manager for five years since 1991. Cryle joined the Scotch whisky industry in 1966 as a trainee manager after studying chemistry at Robert Gordon Institute of Technology in Aberdeen and North Scotland College of Agriculture.
The annually released The Glenlivet Celler Collection showcases his dedication in specially aged whiskies. One of his proud accomplishments is The Glenlivet 1959 Celler Collection, which has been recognized as the most outstanding single malt at the 2002 International Spirits Challenge.
The essential ingredients of The Glenlivet haven't changed since George Smith became the first legal distiller in the glen in 1824. The same style of tall copper stills George used in his time are still used to this day.
Born in rural Aberdeenshire in Eastern Scotland, Cryle takes deep pride in the nature and heritage of Scottish highlands. "I have no desire to live anywhere other than Speyside, since it has everything that is of importance to me." He still lives near his birthplace, and he spends his free time fishing along the River Spey.
The Glenlivet Distillery
Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB 37 9DB
Telephone: +44 (0) 1340 0832 157
Free Admission (Children under 8 are not admitted to production areas)
Hours: March 21 - October 28, Monday - Saturday from 10AM to 4PM, Sunday 12:30 - 4PM
The distillery facilities include tour, exhibition area, tasting in dram room, and distillery hope.
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