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Master Blender, Angela D'Orazio

After starting with Mackmyra as Mater Blender in the spring of 2004, Angela was quickly elevated to the position of Chief Nose Officer (CNO). She is responsible for the blends and recipes produced within the company, the quality of whisky, sensory analysis and courses and maintaining an overview of the maturing stock of whisky.
Perhaps best known in Sweden within whisky circles, Angela has also enjoyed a high profile internationally for a number of years serving as a judge and head judge, among other positions, at highly renowned contents such as the Spirits Challenge, the Superior Taste Award and the International Wine And Spirits Competition, etc. She was also responsible for whisky contests held at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival from 1996 to 2011.

 

WHISKY LEGEND, HALL OF FAME 2019

On 28 March 2019, our very own Master Blender here at Mackmyra was inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. This is one of the most prestigious distinctions the whisky industry can bestow, and recognises those who have had a significant and lasting impact on the whisky industry.

Mackmyra Äppelblom (Apple blossom)

One of Mackmyra and Angela’s latest collaborations, this was released at Systembolaget on 22 March 2019. Apple Blossom is a refreshing, fruity whisky matured in Calvados Casks from Christian Drouin.

Articles and awards

Mackmyra’s Angela D’Orazio gains iconic status

Angela D’Orazio, Master Blender at Mackmyra Svensk Whisky, has won the prestigious, much vaunted title of Whisky Ambassador of the Year (Rest of the World category) at the Icons of Whisky Awards in London. The whisky world’s answer to the Oscars, Icons of Whisky recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals as well as distilleries.

 

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7 quick questions for Angela

What is your role/job title at Mackmyra?
I work as Master Blender and am responsible for developing the flavours of Mackmyra’s different whiskies, among other things.
Describe a typical day at work!
I take part in cask sampling, blend new recipes, attend a lot of meetings with colleagues, do a lot of travelling and deliver tasting sessions and courses. And of course, there’s a lot of e-mail and administration as well.
Describe the process of developing new whisky flavours. How does it work in practical terms?
I begin by devising a new blend on the drawing board and outlining a recipe. The process then follows either the short route or the long one. The long version means checking that all the casks are available for what I want to do. And in the short version, I start making different test blends right away, with various possibilities built in.
I then evaluate the results and ask my colleagues to give their thoughts and feedback. After having discussed the first stage, it’s time for a new test blend. When all the casks are ready, we check them all, carry out testing and decide on the preliminary recipe along with the casks to be used. A number of new test blends are eventually produced with the right casks, and the recipe is fine tuned. And finally, we make a firm decision about the recipe that will be used, which is then handed over to the mine.
Tell us about a really enjoyable moment during your time with Mackmyra.
Naturally, being recognised by winning awards is a lot of fun. Travelling to new countries, talking about Mackmyra and helping new audiences to discover our whisky is always hugely enjoyable as well … and developing new flavours which match our whiskies of course!
If you could swap jobs with anyone else at Mackmyra for one day, who would it be and why?
Our CEO Magnus Dandanell, mainly because of the wide range tasks he works with and areas he oversees.
How long have you been working at Mackmyra?
I’ve been employed since 2004, and was also engaged externally for a further two years between 2002 and 2004.
We know it’s like choosing a favourite child, but at a push, what is your single favourite Mackmyra product?
I’d have to choose something made recently: Sommartid (Summer time). This is the Bruks recipe a few years later, with only the 2008 edition and some lingonberry wine casks to add a little extra bite. I love it!

Follow Angela’s day-to-day work on Twitter

Curious about the everyday life of a Master Blender?  Then head to Twitter under the highly fitting handle @Angelasshare, where she shares her experiences working as “Chief Nose Officer” at Mackmyra – and much more besides.