The Lakes Distillery appoints new Master Blender

The Lakes Distillery appoints new Master Blender
Dhavall Gandhi

Dhavall Gandhi

In a significant move towards affirming its status as a world-class distillery, The Lakes Distillery, Cumbria’s only distillery, has appointed a new Master Blender.

DHAVALL GANDHI has taken the blending helm at The Lakes Distillery and aims to help guide it to further success.  Dhavall joins the multi-award-winning team in the run up to the release of the much-anticipated The Lakes Malt – Cumbria’s only single malt whisky – in May 2018.

As well as being a Chartered Scientist in Whisky Distilling – and alongside a wealth of qualifications including a Master’s Degree in Brewing and Distilling from the globally renowned Heriot-Watt University and an IBD diploma in Distilling – Dhavall brings with him high level experience from both the US Management Consulting sector and the Scottish whisky industry, having left industry giants Macallan to take up the role at The Lakes Distillery.

Prior to working with Macallan, Dhavall held a range of Technical and Supply Chain strategy roles at Heineken.

Bringing a unique blend of exceptional expertise in finance, creative strategy and distilling science, Dhavall has been appointed by the team at The Lakes Distillery to make the most of his rare cocktail of skills and drive both the brand and its products forward into the future.

Dhavall said: “I’m looking forward to helping to create something new from the ground up and to having the rare opportunity to influence the house style of The Lakes Malt.

“The Lakes Distillery is a well-executed project and a Cumbrian success story. The state-of-the-art distillery offers a blank canvas and a potential for creativity that is unrivalled within the industry. This is my opportunity to continue telling the story through our brands.”

Paul Currie, Managing Director of The Lakes Distillery said: “We are delighted that one of the leading Master Blenders in the whisky industry has now joined our team.

“Dhavall will play a key role in ensuring that every bottle of each of our brands is of the very highest quality and he also brings many innovative ideas to ensure that all our products – whisky, gin and vodka – always offer something very special and unique.  With our first official Lakes Malt to be launched in 2018, Dhavall joins us at a very exciting time.”

The Lakes Distillery, which is chaired by esteemed North East entrepreneur Nigel Mills, is Cumbria’s first whisky distillery for over 100 years. It produces a range of award winning spirits including The ONE – the first British blended whisky, The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka. The Lakes Distillery also boasts a world class Visitor Centre offering tours and tastings and a Bistro overseen by Michelin-star-winning Executive Chef Terry Laybourne.

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