The Edinburgh Whisky Academy is a new centre of learning launched to fill a vital gap in Scotch whisky education. Our whisky diplomas offer participants the chance to gain a professional qualification that is fully accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. They are brand-neutral, in-depth and, quite simply, one of a kind.
EWA’s founder and managing director is Kirsty McKerrow, a former brand ambassador for Möet Hennessy’s whiskies whose life and career have been steeped in the whisky industry. She is supported by course lecturer Vic Cameron, who provides specialist content for the diplomas alongside a host of leading industry experts.
Founder and Managing Director
Kirsty has been involved with the Scotch whisky industry for almost her entire life. Her first whisky tasting was at the tender age of eight when her father, the then CEO of Glenmorangie, brought home samples of what was to become the world’s first wood finish range. With whisky production rooted in her family history – her forefathers started Mackinlay's, the family blended whisky, in the early 1800s. After working as a Paramedic for 10 years, it was no surprise when Kirsty entered the industry, rising to become Nordic Brand Ambassador for Möet Hennessy’s whiskies, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, based in Sweden. Seven years ago Kirsty established her own whisky consultancy, returning to Scotland in 2015 to establish the EWA.
Mackinlay's whisky hit the headlines recently when three cases of Mackinlay's Blended Whisky were found frozen in the permafrost below the Antarctic hut that belonged to Britain’s legendary explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘whisky on ice’!