Bruichladdich head of comms Carl Reavey dies

9th January, 2018 by Melita Kiely

Bruichladdich has paid tribute to “one of the good guys, one of the best” Carl Reavey, the Islay distillery’s head of communications, who passed away suddenly on Monday (8 January).


Carl Reavey, head of communications at Bruichladdich, will be remembered for being “one of the good guys, one of the best”

Reavey was the voice behind the distillery’s many social media, web and PR channels, and has been described as a “huge inspiration” to Bruichladdich’s many visitors.

He enjoyed a fruitful career with Bruichladdich – building connections to the much-loved Islay distillery long before it reopened in 2001.

With his wife Jan, Reavey rebuilt the Port Charlotte hotel, located close to the Bruichladdich distillery, before joining the local newspaper, The Ileach, as editor. He then threw himself into Bruichladdich full time, joining the team as head of communications in 2012.

Simon Coughlin, CEO of Rémy Cointreau’s whisky unit and former Bruichladdich CEO, said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that we must tell you of the sudden death of our great friend and colleague Carl Reavey.

“Carl will be known to many of you personally but for those of you who didn’t know him, Carl was the main voice and author of all things Bruichladdich on our social media, web and PR channels. Just as importantly, he was a huge inspiration to many that passed through the gates of the distillery every year.

“Carl was one of the best, one of the good guys who always had time for others. Never selfish or too busy, always making his time available both in and out of work hours. Carl was totally committed to everything he did, with passion and conviction, he leaves an impossible hole to fill.


Reavey will be remembered for his “enthusiastic” personality

“The Bruichladdich story was part of Carl’s life for more than 20 years, even before it reopened in 2001. Along with his wife Jan they rebuilt the Port Charlotte hotel just down the road from the distillery, before moving to become the editor of the local newspaper and then joining Bruichladdich full time as our head of communications in 2012. Throughout this time Carl was heavily involved with the development of Bruichladdich, both directly and indirectly. His influences are far reaching.

“Carl didn’t have an ‘off’ button, he was fully vested in everything he did, from the many local charities and associations, to his constant cycling around Islay and beyond. I can’t begin to count the number of discussions we had together, at work, over a dram once the phones stopped ringing, in the pub or around a dinner table. Total commitment I have never seen the like of before.

“A bon viveur, happy to try any food offered to him, often foraged from the isle he and Jan have called home for over 25 years. Enthusiasm is a word that will forever be associated with Carl, you simply couldn’t keep him down, always enthusiastic, always smiling and always polite. Never a bad word to say about anyone.

“We all feel a profound sense of loss today at Bruichladdich.

“We will miss him terribly but we are all the richer for being touched by his spirit.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with Jan and Alistair, we hold you close.”

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