The Barbados rum Mount Gay has announced a new master blender, who represents a first for the company.
The 300-year-old rum brand has appointed Trudiann Branker as its first-ever female blender.
She replaces Master Blender Allen Smith, who leaves after 25 years. Branker apprenticed under Smith for five years.
A graduate of The Siebel Institute and the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, Branker adds more than 11 years working in the spirits industry. She joined the Mount Gay team in 2014 as the Quality Assurance Manager.