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New assistant master distiller one of youngest women working in bourbon

As master taster, Elizabeth McCall helped to write the tasting notes for Brown-Forman expressions and to set the sensory standards for Woodford Reserve, the company’s premium bourbon.
As master taster, Elizabeth McCall helped to write the tasting notes for Brown-Forman expressions and to set the sensory standards for Woodford Reserve, the company’s premium bourbon. Photo provided

Woodford Reserve has promoted Elizabeth McCall from master taster to assistant master distiller for the premium bourbon.

McCall, 33, is one of the youngest female distillers in the U.S., according to Brown-Forman.

McCall will continue working under the direction of master distiller Chris Morris on the innovation and development of new products within Woodford Reserve. She has been a member of Brown-Forman’s research and development department since 2009.

“Elizabeth brings not only exceptional sensory and analytic skills to the distillery but also an inspiring passion for Woodford Reserve,” Morris said. “I look forward to continue mentoring Elizabeth as she begins her new role of assistant master dDistiller.”

McCall is the second generation of her family to work in the bourbon industry, according to the company. As master taster, she helped develop tasting notes for various Woodford Reserve expressions. Additionally, she worked to define the sensory standard to which every batch of Woodford Reserve must comply.

“It has been the utmost pleasure to work with the Woodford Reserve team as master taster — and I look forward to continuing to elevate my skills and broaden my knowledge as we craft the world’s best bourbon,” McCall said.

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