The Glenmorangie Company has appointed its first female distiller.

The Scotch whisky company, which is part of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, announced today (7 February) that Pauline Ogilvie will become the new assistant distillery manager at its Tain facility.

Ogilvie also joins the ranks of the so-called 'Sixteen Men of Tain' - the fabled club of sixteen people who make Glenmorangie. Ogilvie has previously worked at Talisker and Dalwhinnie Distilleries.

Meanwhile, Michael Heads has become the distillery manager at Glenmorangie's Ardbeg distillery. Heads moves back to his home island from the Isle of Jura, where he held the post of distillery manager. His previous experience also includes brewer with Laphroaig.

"We welcome them both on board as we continue to create two of Scotland's most famous, and well-respected single malts, and we look forward to an extremely prosperous and productive new year," said Dr Bill Lumsden, The Glenmorangie Company master distiller.

"Both Pauline and Michael bring fantastic knowledge and experience to our distillery teams although we may have to amend our literature to state 'handcrafted by the 15 men and one woman of Tain' now Pauline has made Glenmorangie history."

LVMH acquired Glenorangie in January 2005 for GBP300m (US$591m).