UK distiller William Grant & Sons has appointed Brian Kinsman as its new master blender, with effect from 1 December.

Kinsman will become the company's sixth master blender, taking over from David Stewart, who will remain with William Grant to continue his role as The Balvenie malt master, the company said today (21 October).

Kinsman joined the company in 1997 and has undertaken an eight-year apprenticeship, having worked alongside Stewart, who has 47 years service with the company. 

From December, Kinsman will assume responsibility for all spirit quality, both new make and maturing inventories, for the company's brands distilled globally, and become Glenfiddich's malt master and the master blender of Grant's Blended Scotch Whiskies.

The company yesterday appointed Ludovic Ducrocq to the newly-created position of global ambassador for its Grant's blended Scotch whisky in the UK. Formerly a member of the distiller's product development tasting panel, Ducrocq joined the company in 2002 as a guide at the group's Dufftown distillery in Speyside.