One of the most popular indie whiskey distilleries in the country – Dingle Distillery – has announced their new Master Distiller, who will take over operations in the Atlantic distillery from October 2019.
It was announced today that Graham Coull, will be taking over the mantle of as Master Distiller in Dingle Distillery, from October 2019.
Following a lengthy process that saw applicants from across Europe and as far as Australia, Graham has been chosen to take charge of the award winning distillery’s day to day operations, whilst also taking their highly sought after whiskey program and World’s Best Gin & Vodka to new levels.
Coull, who is replacing former Head Distiller, Michael Walsh, started his foray into the drinks industry training as a brewer at Webster’s Brewery in Halifax, in 1994.
Coull began working in the whisky industry as bottling manager at William Grant & Sons before realizing his passion for distillation, becoming Distillation Manager for Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kinivie Distilleries.
He leaves his most recent role as Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at Glen Moray where he held a 14-year tenure, during which time he managed the expansion of the distillery and developed its range of whiskies. Arriving at the Dingle Distillery will mark his 25th anniversary working within the whisky industry.
Commenting on his new role “Becoming the Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at The Dingle Distillery is an ideal opportunity for me to continue my passion for creating whiskies. I’m extremely impressed with the quality of the maturing spirit at Dingle and welcome the challenge of distilling in Dingle’s unique maturation conditions to craft the next small batch releases of Irish whiskey. I’m looking forward to really exploring the similarities and differences between Scotch and Irish whiskey, comparing and contrasting the different styles and bringing my experience to develop the new expressions and releases. There are definitely exciting times ahead!”
Elliot Hughes, Partner at The Dingle Distillery comments: “On behalf of The Dingle Distillery, I am absolutely delighted to welcome Graham. I know our ever-expanding team in Dingle are looking forward to having him on board and learning from his wealth of experience acquired from over 2 decades working with whisky. We are all eagerly anticipating the next chapter of the Distillery and working alongside Graham on the continued development of our Single Malt and Pot Still whiskies as well as our Gin and Vodka.”
The first new release that Coull will oversee will be the distillery’s next small batch whiskey release, scheduled to be unveiled at Dublin Whiskey Live in November 2019.