Buchan opened Kin with co-owner Sam Baxendale in 2017. At the 2018 SLTN Awards both bartenders were jointly named SLTN Craft Spirits Enthusiast, with Buchan also named SLTN Mixologist of the Year.
A statement from Monkey Shoulder’s parent company, William Grant & Sons, said Buchan will continue to co-own the bar while taking on the brand role full-time.
Ieuan Morgan, Monkey Shoulder UK brand manager, said: “Team Monkey is pleased to welcome another talented brand ambassador to the fold. Jody’s experience and passion is just what we were looking for when searching for an ambassador to shake up the north.”
Buchan added that he is “honoured and excited to join the Monkey Shoulder crew and take on the ‘Monkey of the north’ role”.
“First on the list, I’m heading to Edinburgh Fringe with the epic mixer truck – see you there,” said Buchan.