Last Drop Distillers names master blender

Rare spirits bottler The Last Drop Distillers has appointed Colin Scott to the role of master blender. Scott, formerly the master blender for Pernod Ricard’s Scotch whisky arm Chivas Brothers, has more than 50 years of experience in the industry. Rebecca Jago, managing director of The Last Drop Distillers, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Colin Scott will be joining The Last Drop as master blender. One of the many attractions for both Colin and…

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Beam Suntory appoints GM as GTR model evolves

Maker’s Mark owner Beam Suntory has named Phil Restall general manager of travel retail as the firm transforms how it operates in the channel to push long term growth. Restall, the current commercial director for Beam Suntory’s Australian arm, will move to the new position in October. He will report to John Rosair, managing director, Asia Pacific and global travel retail (GTR). “We are delighted to welcome Phil Restall to the GTR team this year,…

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Pernod Ricard North America makes exec appointments

Jameson Irish whiskey owner Pernod Ricard has made two executive appointments to its North America team, including naming John Barrett as senior vice president, chief commercial officer. On 14 September, Barrett will succeed Julien Hemard, who recently moved into the position of group sales transformation officer for Pernod Ricard. Barrett formerly worked for Kites Advisors where he provided strategic counsel to several new start-up opportunities. He previously led the go-to-market and transformation for the US$16…

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Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett departs

Jeff Arnett, master distiller of Tennessee whiskey brand Jack Daniel’s, has stepped down after 12 years in the role. Arnett was appointed to the position of master distiller for Brown-Forman’s Jack Daniel Distillery in April 2008. He has spent nearly 20 years working at the distillery. “When Jeff became the master distiller, we said that he would carry on the long tradition of folks who have made the world’s best whiskey for more than 150…

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Fynoderee Distillery appoints master distiller

Isle of Man-based Fynoderee Distillery has named Berle Figgins Jnr as master distiller and distillery manager to help develop the site’s inaugural whisky. Figgins will head up distillery operations for the site and will relocate to the Isle of Man this month, following his departure from Washington-based whisky and brandy producer XO Alambic. At The Fynoderee Distillery, Figgins will play an “active role” in the site’s new public tours. He will also continue the distillery’s…

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