Ardgowan Distillery appoints new Chairman


The Ardgowan Distillery has appointed Paul Currie as their new Chairman as it gets ready to open its £20 million “cathedral of whisky” by the end of 2024. He brings a wealth of experience to the state-of-the-art, net-zero designed Ardgowan distillery, having founded successful independent distilleries for thirty years, including the Isle of Arran Distillers and The Lakes Distillery. He joins a team of other industry names including ex-Macallan Master of Wood, Stuart Macpherson and Master Whisky Maker, Max McFarlane, previous Lead Whisky Maker at Edrington with over 40 years industry experience.

His appointment also comes in tandem with the recent appointment of Sales and Marketing Director, David Keir, a Founding Director of The GlenAllachie Distillers Company.

Ardgowan Distillery Chief Executive, Martin McAdam, said, “As a start-up distillery it is so important for us to be able to attract great people. With Paul’s experiences from both Isle of Arran and The Lakes Distillery, he is someone who has built distillery businesses from the ground-up it is a real pleasure to bring him on board as our Chairman.

We share a lot in common with Lakes Distillery and what Paul and his team have done at Lakes is similar to the visitor experience that we wish to bring to Ardgowan Distillery.”

Paul Currie said, “There has been great change in the malt whisky industry over the last 30 years, as many new independent distilleries have opened. I have been fortunate to have been involved as co-founder of two of these, Isle of Arran and The Lakes, both of which continue to grow and prosper.

“A new wave of distilleries are now opening both in Scotland and in the rest of the world and Ardgowan Distillery is set to be at the forefront of these, with a terrific location, innovative ideas and an outstanding team.

“From the cutting-edge technologies helping the distillery reach its sustainability goals to the commitment to quality made through Ardgowan’s investment in its unique Infinity casks, everything to date has been planned to the highest standard.

“With construction now underway on site, it is a pivotal time to be joining the team. I am particularly looking forward to supporting the development of the Clan Ardgowan programme which allows whisky lovers from all over the world to become part of Ardgowan Distillery’s journey. I am also enthusiastic about bringing my knowledge and experience to the team to help Ardgowan to become a leading single malt brand.”

Ardgowan Distillery is implementing extensive heat recovery and heat storage as part of the whisky-making process and it has partnered with Heriot Watt University and engineers Briggs of Burton to develop technology to capture and repurpose the CO2 in its fermentation process.

Ardgowan expects to create almost 50 jobs for the local area and, upon completion, will have the capacity to produce up to one million litres of premium whisky per year.