Whisky Focus - Whisky Industry Veteran Joins The Cotswolds Distillery Board of Directors

Whisky Industry Veteran Joins The Cotswolds Distillery Board


7th December 2017
Whisky industry veteran Richard Watling has been appointed to The Cotswolds Distillery Board of Directors.

Cotswolds Distillery Director Richard WatlingThe Cotswolds Distillery have announced the appointment of Wine & Spirits industry veteran Richard Watling to its Board of Directors. Richard will serve as Director of Sales & Marketing Strategy, helping the award-winning young distillery continue its growth in both national and international markets.

The Cotswolds Distillery began production on its idyllic North Cotswolds site in September 2014 and released its first ever whisky, the limited edition Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release, in October 2017, the first ever whisky to be created in the region.

The distillery is also home to the globally acclaimed Cotswolds Dry Gin.

Richard brings with him a wealth of experience in the spirits industry, with a career spanning more than 25 years in the industry. He ran International Marketing for Hiram Walker, after which he become Marketing Director of Allied Distillers. Later he worked with International Distillers and Vintners (IDV) in both Europe and Asia, and when IDV became Diageo he returned to the UK to become Chief Executive of their Justerini & Brooks (J&B) division. His last post at Diageo was as Scotch Whisky Director, which he held for 5 years. During the past year he served as the Master of Worshipful Company of Distillers, spearheading many industry and charitable initiatives.

Daniel Szor, founder and CEO, Cotswolds Distillery commented: "We are very honoured to have such a highly respected industry veteran as Richard join our board. Iíve come to know him through the Distillersí Company and have always been impressed by his great knowledge and drive. Richard will help us chart our course as we grow our market share and expand trade sales in whisky and gin."

Richard Watling added: "I am delighted to be joining fellow Liveryman Daniel Szor in this exciting venture. The foundations of this Distillery and brand are very strong, giving great potential for the future".

The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release has sold out but they will be releasing a limited number of bottles of their Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky in December which is non-chill filtered and has been bottled at 46% ABV, it has a RRP of £44.95 and will be available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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