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Benromach Distillery team expands as global popularity soars

Assistant distillery manager joins historic Speyside team 

Benromach Distillery has added to its team with the appointment of an assistant distillery manager.

As popularity for the traditional Speyside malt continues to grow across the globe, Benromach today (6 December 2017) announced that Jessica Haworth has started work at the historic Forres distillery.

Jessica Haworth, (31) has lived in Forres for the past four years and is originally from Colchester. She studied Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh before moving to Crisp Malting Group and later Diageo, where she gained knowledge and experience in both the operational and technical aspects of the malting and distilling processes.

Jessica will be responsible for daily distillery management and operations while also supporting the team in the delivery of new and innovative projects for which Benromach is famed.

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager, said: “Jessica’s appointment is a significant step forward and opens another new chapter in Benromach history. She joins us with considerable knowledge and expertise and will be an invaluable member of the team.

“Over the last 18 months, we’ve enjoyed considerable growth and, as the popularity of our award-winning whisky continues to grow, we have significantly expanded production to meet the international appetite for our whiskies.

“Ours is an industry that requires carefully forward planning and patience so the spirit that Jessica lays down today will not be bottled and tasted by our consumers for at least ten years or more.”

Jessica, who has worked in the whisky industry for eight years, added: “I was attracted to the role at Benromach as I have long admired the distillery’s commitment to the handcrafted techniques and time honoured methods that have been handed down through the generations. I love being hands on and I am already enjoying learning about the true and traditional Benromach way.

“The distillery has enjoyed an award winning year to date and I look forward to supporting its continued success.”

The Urquhart family revived Benromach Distillery, restarting production in 1998 after a five-year extensive refurbishment. The family decided to create a traditional single malt in a style that draws its influence from pre-1960s Speyside whiskies.

Sales of whisky from Benromach Distillery increased by 27% following an increased investment in marketing and brand building across the world.

For more information about the distillery, the range and the visitor centre, please visit www.benromach.com.

Notes

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when the Urquhart family purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five-year period before it was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, the Urquharts decided to create a classic Speyside single malt – a style that draws its influence from Speyside whiskies pre-1960s.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A four-star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world-famous malt whisky trail.

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