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Dr Nick Savage appointed master blender at Bladnoch Distillery

Bladnoch Distillery appointed Dr Nick Savage as its new master distiller last month after the departure of former master distiller and blender Ian MacMillan in January 2019.

Savage has a PhD in engineering and started at Diageo as technical lead in cask maturation before spending time working for William Grand & Sons in brewing and distilling.

He was most recently master distiller for The Macallan where he played a key role in the launch of the brand’s new distillery and visitor centre in June 2018.

Commenting on his new role, he said: “The vision and ambition shown by David Prior and the team at Bladnoch Distillery, together with the phenomenal efforts since 2015 with the re-generation of the historical site, played a huge part in my decision to join the Bladnoch business.

“The opportunity also allows me a new challenge in Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky from a 200 year old distillery. Combined with the passion and drive that the Bladnoch team have for the ultimate quality, I’m extremely excited to be a part of the amazing future of the brand.”

Bladnoch CEO and owner, David Prior, stated: “It’s a great privilege to welcome Nick Savage to the Bladnoch business. He has an impressive track record with a number of significant whisky companies and brands, most recently as Master Distiller for The Macallan. His youthful, positive and energetic approach will add great value to our team and business, as will his technical and operational skills.

“With the Visitor Centre opening in mid-June and Nick joining the business we are excited to undertake the final phase in bringing this amazing Lowland Single Malt distillery back to the whisky world.”

Savage will join Bladnoch on 1 July 2019, working with newly appointed distillery manager Neil Bulloch and the rest of the Bladnoch team.

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