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Mortlach manager moves to GlenWyvis Distillery

Scotland’s “first” community-owned whisky distillery GlenWyvis has appointed Mortlach Distillery’s Duncan Tait to the role of distillery manager.

Mortlach Distillery’s Duncan Tait will become the first distillery mananger at GlenWyvis

Tait will join Glenwyvis from Mortlach Distillery, where he is currently in the role of distillery manager.

David O’Connor, chairman of GlenWyvis Distillery, said: “This is a particularly special appointment as it is the lynch-pin to the next stage of our development, as we move from construction to distilling and production.

“Duncan brings with him a wealth of distilling experience and in-depth knowledge of the whisky and tourism industry.

“He has many years of experience in distillery growth and team development and this is vital to us, as we prepare to open our doors, start our distilling operation and look to develop the GlenWyvis visitor experience. He also has a great knowledge of the local area and local whisky history, and along with his great character and personality, he will most definitely help to make the GlenWyvis brand a success in the global whisky arena.”

Tait added: “This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of a distilling journey at the very start, and amazing to become the very first distillery manager here at GlenWyvis.

“I have a strong affiliation with the Easter Ross area, having started my career at Teaninich Distillery in Alness, and I’m delighted to be coming back. There is such a wealth of Highland heritage linked to the distillery and I am particularly interested in how that interlinks with our community development aspirations as we welcome our first tours to GlenWyvis in due course.

“I have enjoyed many years whisky distilling in Speyside and see this as a fantastic career move to join the GlenWyvis team in the creation of the first 100% community owned distillery.”

The distillery has also reached its £250,000 crowdfunding target as part of its second share offer campaign. The funds raised will be used to accelerate brand development, bring gin distilling to Dingwall and to reduce commercial lending costs.

The GlenWyvis Distillery, which will be entirely powered by green energy, is nearing completion and on-schedule to open next month.

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