Cotswolds Distillery appoints Richard Watling to its Board – English Whisky News


Cotswolds Distillery appoints Richard Watling to its Board

Industry veteran to serve as Director of Sales & Marketing Strategy

The Cotswolds Distillery today announces the appointment of Wine & Spirits industry veteran Richard Watling to its Board of Directors. Watling will serve as Director of Sales & Marketing Strategy, helping the award-winning young distillery continue its growth in both national and international markets.

The Cotswolds Distillery began production on its idyllic North Cotswolds site in September 2014 and its ‘outstanding natural spirits’ are now on sale in over 30 countries. It’s self-titled Single Malt Whisky was launched in October 2017 and is the first ever whisky to be created in the region. The distillery is also home to the globally acclaimed Cotswolds Dry Gin.

Richard Watling’s career in the spirits industry spans more than 25 years. He ran International Marketing for Hiram Walker, after which he become Marketing Director of Allied Distillers. Watling later worked with International Distillers and Vitners (IDV) in both Europe and Asia, and when IDV became Diageo he returned to the UK to become Chief Executive of their Justerini & Brooks (J&B) division. His last post at Diageo was as Scotch Whisky Director, which he held for 5 years. During the past year he served as the Master of Worshipful Company of Distillers, spearheading many industry and charitable initiatives. 

Daniel Szor, founder and CEO, Cotswolds Distillery commented: “We are very honoured to have such a highly respected industry veteran as Richard join our board. I’ve come to know him through the Distillers’ Company and have always been impressed by his great knowledge and drive. Richard will help us chart our course as we grow our market share and expand trade sales in whisky and gin.”  

Richard Watling added: “I am delighted to be joining fellow Liveryman Daniel Szor in this exciting venture. The foundations of this Distillery and brand are very strong, giving great potential for the future”. 

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  • The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, made using locally grown barley, gained early attention following three consecutive years rated as ‘Liquid Gold’ (94/100 points) in noted whisky writer Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
  • Prestigious accolades for the Cotswolds Dry Gin include ‘Best London Dry’ at the World Gin Awards 2016 and a Gold-Outstanding award at IWSC 2017. Difford’s Guide recently ranked the Gin as one of the top 20 Gins available in a survey of 450 brands.
  • Cotswolds Dry Gin is on sale nationally and in over 23 countries.  Key national accounts include Waitrose, Majestic, Oddbins, Laithwaites, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, and Fortnum & Mason.
  • The distillery has become a premier local attraction, offering tours and tastings daily, and receives nearly 30,000 visitors a year.  It represents an investment of nearly £7 million by the founder, backed by a group of passionate local investors, as well as its highly successful ‘Angels’ Share’ crowdfunding round in 2016.

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