Max McFarlane joins the Ardgowan Distillery team

Whisky maker Max McFarlane has joined the Ardgowan Distillery team – with a plan to create and release a new series of whiskies later this year.

For over twenty-five years was whisky maker for Edrington working on brands, including Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Bunnahabhain, Tamdhu and Highland Park.

Now Max has joined the Ardgowan Distillery – in his home town of Inverkip, 30 miles west of Glasgow – where he will help the fledgling distillery develop its whisky-making skills and deliver a series of new whiskies this autumn.The Ardgowan Distillery has already received planning permission for their 1 million litre facility and will commence construction this year.

They plan to start distilling in 2020 and aim to produce a flagship seven-year-old alongside a range of younger single malts.And whilst the company plans for production and release of its own sprit, Max is already working with the Ardgowan team to a develop a number of new whiskies – in an as yet un-named series – to be launched later this year.

These will be created by Max, through blending and bottling quality barrels from distilleries Scotland-wide.

Said Max, “Our first whisky will be released in and around Inverclyde this autumn, and it will be the first of a series of affordable and accessible quality whiskies which we will issue in the years ahead,” 

“When I first heard there would be a new distillery in Inverkip I knew immediately I wanted to be involved. It’s my home town and I have long thought that Inverclyde is a natural area for a distillery.

“It’s en route to the islands, it’s near the sea and I think this will help us create a coastal lowland malt of real character. Of course, this will be a number of years away, but our new series will give us something to enjoy while we wait.”

 Martin McAdam the CEO of Ardgowan welcomed Max to the team,”Max is just a lovely guy. He is totally unassuming, and we are delighted he has chosen to work with us. “Max knows so much about the industry. He is an expert in assessing new-make spirit and he is also working with the team at Ardgowan on our wood policy and production schedule. He has astonishing talent and is someone we can learn a lot from.

“By bringing Max on board now, and whilst we wait for our own product, we can showcase some really great-tasting, quality whiskies to establish the Ardgowan brand and give a sense of the kind of spirit the distillery will produce in the years ahead. “

“Max, whose Highland Park 18-year-old was voted the best single malt in the world, will be a fantastic asset to our team.”


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