Dr. Bill Lumsden
Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks
Glenmorangie and Ardbeg
Dr. Bill oversees the creation of Glenmorangie single malt whisky that originates in the Highlands of Scotland. The ‘Ultimate Islay Malt’ that is Ardbeg, crafted on untamed shores of Islay, is also under his expert leadership. Holding a PhD in Biochemistry, he combines his talent for both art and science and is renowned for his ground-breaking wood management techniques, experimentation with exceptional casks at various ages, and utilisation of extra maturation to deliver outstanding whiskies. Dr. Bill is regarded as a pioneer of innovation in the malt whisky industry and travels the world searching for the best oak casks that will complement Glenmorangie’s whiskies and impart unique characteristics all of their own. He is the only person to have been honored three times with The Malt Advocate ‘Industry Leader of the Year’ Award in 2001, 2006 and 2008. Dr Bill was also awarded the IWSC ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ in 2010 and in 2015 received the inaugural Special Recognition Award for a Master Distiller/Blender from the International Spirits Challenge (ISC). In 2016 and 2017 he was named Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards and was also crowned Master Distiller of the Year award by the International Whisky Competition.