There are only a handful of women working in production throughout Scotland’s distilleries, and here at Bunnahabhain, we’re very lucky to have one of them. We catch up with Jessica Logan as we celebrate International Women’s Day today.

Jessica is a born and bred Ileach; spending only a short amount of time away from the island…

“Islay is awesome to live on, my favourite thing about it is that it’s quiet and the views and beaches are phenomenal.  I wanted to work in a distillery because that’s what Islay is best at and known for… I wanted to be a part of that.”  

Working in production at a distillery is no easy task – hours can be long, the work is physical (there are no desks here!), and the amount of knowledge needed is huge.  Production teams are still male dominated, but Jess believes this will change soon, as more young women are becoming interested in whisky and distillation, and an increasing number are starting to consider it as a career.

Jess has been with us for 8 months and is currently working as a Process Operator.  She spends most of her days (and sometimes nights) in the warehouses and production areas with the rest of the guys…

“We [the production team] have good craic and the guys are really good at what they do… everyday is a school day – there’s always something going on and new to learn!”

Jess is in her final week of training to become a mashman – or should we say mashwoman…  She’s a great addition to the team, and certainly keeps the rest of the production guys in check!

 

Our tour guide David caught the ‘Jessica Effect’ at the distillery…

 

On behalf of Jess and the rest of the team at Bunnahabhain, we’d like to wish all the women in whisky a very Happy International Women’s Day!