It is often the case that young whisk(e)y distilleries, no matter where they may be in the world, are led by those with just a few years under their distilling belt. Rare is the young distillery that can score a very seasoned person at the distilling helm, but it does sometimes happen. Such is the upcoming case over at Ireland’s Dingle Distillery, which has just landed itself a rather seasoned Scottish master distiller.
Dingle announced recently it had acquired the services of one Graham Coull, who will take over distilling operations at the whiskey making operation come October. Coull has quite a bit of whisky industry time under his belt, beginning in 1994 when he started “as bottling manager at William Grant & Sons before realizing his passion for distillation, becoming Distillation Manager for Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kinivie Distilleries.
“He leaves his most recent role as Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at Glen Moray where he held a 14-year tenure, during which time he managed the expansion of the distillery and developed its range of whiskies.”
“Becoming the Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at The Dingle Distillery is an ideal opportunity for me to continue my passion for creating whiskies,” said Coull in a prepared statement. “I’m extremely impressed with the quality of the maturing spirit at Dingle and welcome the challenge of distilling in Dingle’s unique maturation conditions to craft the next small batch releases of Irish whiskey.
“I’m looking forward to really exploring the similarities and differences between Scotch and Irish whiskey, comparing and contrasting the different styles and bringing my experience to develop the new expressions and releases.”
The first new release he will oversee will be the distillery’s next small batch whiskey release, scheduled to be unveiled at Dublin Whiskey Live in November.
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