Irish Distillers has announced the appointment of Kevin O'Gorman as the new master distiller of its Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork.
O'Gorman is replacing Brian Nation, who is taking on the role of master distiller at a startup distillery in the US.
O'Gorman is a graduate of the University of Limerick and has a Diploma in Distilling from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. He started his career in Midleton in 1998 working as a distiller before moving to maturation and subsequently taking on the role of master of maturation in 2007.
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Commenting on O'Gorman's appointment as master distiller, Irish Distillers chairman and CEO Conor McQuaid said, "I am delighted to announce Kevin O’Gorman as the new master distiller at Midleton Distillery. Kevin's exceptional leadership and talent as master of maturation has impressed the whiskey world ever since he took on the role in 2007. We know that he will continue to impress as master distiller, an evolved role which will see him lead both distillation and maturation at Irish Distillers. I am looking forward to working closely with Kevin as he drives the constant pursuit of excellence and innovation that has been exemplified by the entire team in Midleton for centuries."
Meanwhile, O'Gorman stated, "Since starting my career in Irish Distillers in 1998, I have been lucky to learn from masters like Barry Crockett and Brendan Monks about the intricacies of the whiskey production, from grain to glass. Of course, Brian Nation and I have also worked very closely together on distillation and maturation for the past 10 years, and he will be missed by all his friends at Midleton Distillery. I am excited to use my experience to drive the sector forward by producing innovative new whiskeys that will delight whiskey fans over the coming years."
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