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Heaven Hill Distillery appoints Conor O’Driscoll as master distiller

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US whiskey distiller Heaven Hill appointed Conor O’Driscoll as the fifth master distiller in its 84-year history last month.

O’Driscoll started out in 2004 as operations manager for Brown-Forman’s distillery in Shively, later moving to the Woodford Reserve Distillery where was responsible for warehousing and processing. Most recently, he was head of operations at Bacardi-owned Angel’s Envy Distillery in Louisville.

Max L. Shapira, president of Heaven Hill Brands, commented: “Conor is among the finest young distillers in our business and we could not be more thrilled to have him at the forefront of distilling for our historic portfolio,” said

“In his 15 years in the industry, he’s played a key role in growing production and innovation, with an expectation of quality and a respect for craftsmanship. In that regard, he is a perfect fit for us.”

In his new role at the Heaven Hill Distillery, O’Driscoll will lead the distilling and warehousing teams at the group’s Bernheim distillery in Louisville.

Commenting on his new position, O’Driscoll said: “I’m very proud to be a part of Heaven Hill’s storied whiskey legacy. The trust of the Shapira family is humbling and I am excited and honoured to carry on the traditions of the master distillers that helped establish Heaven Hill’s place in the industry.

“I am especially honoured to carry on the legacy of Parker Beam, whose expectations for quality and consistency live on today.”

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