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Cardrona Distillery - New Manager Appointed

Posted By: Marjorie Cook - www.stuff.co.nz/small-business on Thu, 24 September 2015

  • Jennie Whitlock - Museum and Distillery Manager
  • L to R - Matt Burgess ABL Foreman and Brett Squire ABL Manager
  • Copper Stills being lifted into place
  • American Oak Barrels
  • Desiree Whitaker - Distillery Founder

Cardrona Distillery's newly appointed museum and distillery manager Jennie Whitlock can't stop smiling.

Whitlock is an expert in single malt whisky, a qualified museum and art gallery curator, and was living in Queenstown when she learned her Scottish past had caught up with her in Central Otago.

Whitlock is a member of Rothes' Forsyth family, one of the foremost manufacturers of hand-beaten copper stills in the world.

When she met Cardrona Distillery founder Desiree Whitaker socially, she discovered Whitaker's family had been talking to her family about supplying copper stills made by her craftsman brother, Ben Whitlock.

"I had planned to go home and build my career back in Scotland but she said, this is what I am planning if you want to stay here in New Zealand. I jumped at the opportunity. It was honestly so good to be true. I've got sore cheeks from smiling so much," Whitlock said.

The distillery, museum and barrel warehouse complex, with a combined build value of just over $1 9 million, is at the bottom of the Snow Farm access road, opposite the entrance to Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Forsyth representatives arrive to commission the stills, vats and mash tun in early October.

Six distillery hands start in November and an official opening celebration is planned for January. 

Whitlock is thrilled with progress, especially now her brother's stills are in place.

"I have a little bit of home with me here."

When she met Cardrona Distillery founder Desiree Whitaker socially, she discovered Whitaker's family had been talking to her family about supplying copper stills made by her craftsman brother, Ben Whitlock.

"I had planned to go home and build my career back in Scotland but she said, this is what I am planning if you want to stay here in New Zealand. I jumped at the opportunity. It was honestly so good to be true. I've got sore cheeks from smiling so much," Whitlock said.

The distillery, museum and barrel warehouse complex, with a combined build value of just over $1 9 million, is at the bottom of the Snow Farm access road, opposite the entrance to Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Forsyth representatives arrive to commission the stills, vats and mash tun in early October.

Six distillery hands start in November and an official opening celebration is planned for January. 

Whitlock is thrilled with progress, especially now her brother's stills are in place.

"I have a little bit of home with me here."