Episode 283. Elizabeth McCall – Asst. Master Distiller-Brown-Forman/Woodford Reserve
Elizabeth McCall has been a member of Brown-Forman’s Research & Development Department since 2009. In her new role as Assistant Master Distiller, Elizabeth will continue working under the direction of Master Distiller Chris Morris on the innovation and the development of new products within Woodford Reserve. She is the second generation of her family to work in the bourbon industry. She followed in her mother’s footsteps after earning her master’s degree from the University of Louisville by starting as a sensory expert and working in Brown-Forman’s R&D Department starting in 2009. As Master Taster, Elizabeth helped develop tasting notes for various Woodford Reserve expressions. Additionally, she worked to define the sensory standard to which every batch of Woodford Reserve must comply.
When Elizabeth is not using her expertise at the distillery, she is passionate about her family, horses and being involved in her community. She sits on the board of Louisville nonprofit Green Hill Therapy where her horse, Cody Ko, serves in the hippotherapy program.
Elizabeth also enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Matt, and dog Beasley.