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Master distiller John Lunn dies

John Lunn, the master distiller at Sazerac Company’s A&J Bond Distillery in Tennessee, has died.

Sazerac Company paid tribute to “wonderful distiller” John Lunn

Lunn died on 30 March ‘unexpectedly’, Sazerac Company said.

Lunn’s career spanned more than two decades in the distilling industry.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Vanderbilt University in the US, and began his career at Diageo.

Lunn’s experience and skill saw him rise to the position of master distiller at the George Dickell Distillery before he left to join the Avery Trail Distillery.

Sazerac Company acquired Avery Trail in 2016, specifically so Lunn and fellow distiller Alissa Henley could join the company, and continue making their whiskeys.

A company statement from Sazerac said: “John was a wonderful distiller, trusted leader, and patient teacher to his fellow Sazerac team mates.

“We will miss John’s friendship, knowledge, and most of all, his dry sense of humour. John always knew a subtle way to put a smile on our face while remaining a consummate professional.

“John imbued the qualities of integrity, trust, ethics and values.

“He will be dearly missed by the distilling community and his Sazerac family. Funeral arrangements for John are pending.

“John’s legacy will live on in the marvellous whiskeys that he and Allisa have created.”

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