Edinburgh Whisky Academy is a true thorough-bred in terms of whisky provenance. A family business with whisky roots dating back to the 19th century, we combine excellent experience and knowledge of today’s ever-evolving whisky landscape.
The family’s commitment to pioneering through the generations is unquestionable, from the dawn of whisky blending and distillation and the supply of Mackinlays Scotch to the legendary Shackleton expedition in the early 1900s to the development of industry-leading wood knowledge.
It is the adoption of this spirit has led to the creation of an independent and progressive education, training and knowledge-building Academy dedicated to the history, production and appreciation of Scotland’s foremost export.
The Academy is the only centre of whisky education fully accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority which ensures it is rigorous and robust, delivering to the highest possible standards. It also means those undertaking the courses are fully assessed on their learning and knowledge.
Founder Kirsty McKerrow has worked at the heart of the industry and identified a real gap in the quality of brand neutral education. This led to the creation of the Academy in 2015.
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’!