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Sampler - The Macallan - The Macallan - Craigellachie

The Macallan - Operations
Ref: 24 Date Posted: Wednesday 21 Jun 2017
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An opportunity has arisen to work as part of a team of sample collectors to make casks available for sampling, drawing cask samples for quality assessment in the Macallan Sample Room. Sampling of casks constitutes the major part of the working week for this role; the balance of the week will be taken up with analysing samples for tint and other quality measurements plus assisting with Sample Room admin tasks.


Cask sampling and liquid quality measurements are a fundamental part of the liquid selection process for Macallan products.   To meet the requirements of the casks selection process, the sampling team need to maintain a prompt supply of typically 1000 cask samples per week.   The sampling requirements can vary depending on vatting / bottling programmes and project work and so flexible and efficient sample collection is required.


Reporting to the Sampling Supervisor, key responsibilities for this role include:


  • Sampling casks in maturation warehouses – includes planning the most efficient collection route, preparing sample labels and maintaining supplies of consumables (bottles, lids, spiles etc)

  • Destowing and restowing of casks in order to make casks accessible for sampling. Cask movements onsite, creating space for cask movements & collating casks in warehouse locations according to expected usage. Tier confirming to ensure compliance with legal, HMRC and company requirements.

  • Use of all cask handling equipment onsite to allow the safe movement of stock around site.

  • Tinting of samples – depending on workload 800 - 1000 per week; record the tint of mature samples using automated or manual colour meter.Tint values and cask details need to be accurately recorded on spread sheets, the data needs to be archived and moved to network for further use by other Liquid Supply team members. Disposal of mature samples to the stock cask ensuring compliance with HMRC requirements.

  • Re-gauge casks as and when required, eg. stock casks – accurate assessment of the volume of casks is important to meet our legal, HMRC and company requirements.

  • Work with other sampling and warehouse team members to reconcile missing or incorrect cask locations and empty casks.

  • Implement a system to ensure that sample requests are fully signed off when missing casks are reconciled – work with line-manager to ensure these instances are fully resolved.

  • Cover for sampling team holidays and sickness – All members of the sampling team need to organise their holidays to ensure cover for continuous supply of samples to the Sample Room.



To succeed in this role you must have excellent numeracy and keyboard skills with an ability to apply a high level of attention to detail to tasks.  Full training will be given but experience of safe working practices in warehouses and HMRC spirits handling compliance would be an advantage.

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