ROSS-SHIRE’S newest distillery, GlenWyvis in Dingwall, has appointed its very first manager.
He is Duncan Tait who started out on his long distilling career at Teaninich in Alness.
The appointment comes as GlenWyvis reaches its first target of £250,000 on the second share offer campaign.
Announcing the new manager, David O’Connor, chairman of GlenWyvis Distillery, said: "This is a particularly special appointment as it is the lynchpin to the next stage of our development, as we move from construction to distilling and production.
"We had a lot of good interest in this post – but there was one outstanding candidate. So we are delighted to bring Duncan Tait on board as our very first distillery manager."
Mr Tait is currently manager at Mortlach Distillery in Dufftown.
Mr O’Connor said: "He has many years of experience in distillery growth and team development and this is vital to us, as we prepare to open our doors, start our distilling operation and look to develop the GlenWyvis visitor experience. He also has a great knowledge of the local area and local whisky history, and along with his great character and personality, he will most definitely help to make the GlenWyvis brand a success in the global whisky arena."
Mr Tait said: "This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of a distilling journey at the very start, and amazing to become the very first distillery manager here at GlenWyvis.
"I have a strong affiliation with the Easter Ross area, having started my career at Teaninich Distillery in Alness, and I’m delighted to be coming back.
"I have enjoyed many years of whisky distilling in Speyside and see this as a fantastic career move to join the GlenWyvis team in the creation of the first 100 per cent community-owned distillery."
The distillery is also seeing a continued surge of active share offer investors which has pushed its target over the £250,000 mark.
It is aiming to raise an extra £750,000 on its second share offer to accelerate the GlenWyvis brand development, to bring gin distilling to Dingwall and reduce commercial lending costs.
The distillery, which will be entirely powered by green energy, is nearing completion at the Heights of Dochcarty above Dingwall and is on schedule to open next month.