Jim’s career with world-leading distillery company Diageo has spanned almost four decades, and in that time he has established himself as one of the most highly respected figures in the industry, renowned not only for his skill and dedication to quality but his unassuming manner.
He is only the sixth person in two centuries of the company’s history to have held the position of Master Blender, the first being founder John Walker himself.
Based at Diageo’s blending rooms in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, Jim leads a team of twelve blenders, who responsible for the quality and consistency of the world’s most popular Scotch whisky Johnnie Walker, which prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2020. Jim also works closely will all the craftspeople involved in producing the whisky - including distillers, coopers and coppersmiths.
In 2015, he was inducted into the World Whisky Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was named Master Blender of the Year by the International Whisky Competition for the second year in a row.