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A New Ambassador
Posted on: 5th July, 2018
After many months of searching, we’re delighted to announce the appointment of our new brand ambassador for England. Connection is hugely important to us, as is talent, so we’re fortunate to bring both to the fore as we welcome Rachel Macdonald into the Isle of Harris Distillery family.
Rachel hails from the small village of Contin in the Highlands and has strong island roots too. Her dad is an Uibhisteach (someone from Uist), her mum is an Ileach (someone from Islay) and her grandmother was from the Isle of Scalpay, (a Scalpach!), just off our Harris coast.
Distilleries are also in her blood, as she tells us…
“My grandfather was actually a Master Distiller for Lagavulin and Caol Isla on Islay. I have worked in the spirits industry since I was old enough to drink! I suppose with my grandfather’s experience, it runs in the veins. My uncle also works in the Scotch whisky industry in the USA.”
This proud family heritage has paved the way for a working life steeped in Scottish spirit…
"I started as a tour guide at a local whisky distillery. A love of whisky quickly grew, and everything else that it stood for. I worked as a Scotch Whisky Ambassador for Pernod Ricard for three years, starting on their graduate scheme which eventually brought me into their business in Australia.”
After recently returning from sunny Sydney, Rachel is now settling in London, the perfect base to create exciting new opportunities and rise to the challenge of bringing our Outer Hebridean spirit to a discerning market, far from our island shores.
Rachel’s role with us is to share our story, what we do and why we do it, with new friends south of the border. And in a city like London, the possibilities are almost endless but as a business based on the far fringes of north-west Scotland, with a unique approach to market, there will no doubt be much to explain!
“But we have the opportunity to really stand out. The Sugar Kelp which is so integral to our process makes Isle of Harris Gin so distinctive in terms of flavour and provenance. The social ethos of the distillery is something that new customers will deeply relate to as well.”
We invited Rachel to reconnect with her roots following her return, and after spending time with the team here in Harris and her counterpart Emma in Scotland we’re pleased to send her south again to see her officially set to work this month.
"I feel very humbled to work for a distillery with such a meaningful mission. Everyone who works here is so passionate about what it stands for. It’s not just about a gin, it is a full experience, and that experience is also building an incredible foundation for “The Hearach” single malt when it comes. ”
With a wealth of experience herself, and a natural appreciation for the Isle of Harris Distillery project, we’re looking forward to keeping you updated on Rachel’s progress as our shared story begins an exciting new chapter…
Follow Rachel on Instagram @harrisdistilled as her work gets underway.