Home Alcohol Bruichladdich co-founder Simon Coughlin retires – Drinks Worldwide

Bruichladdich co-founder Simon Coughlin retires – Drinks Worldwide

Bruichladdich co-founder Simon Coughlin retires – Drinks Worldwide


One of many authentic founders, Coughlin was accountable for resurrecting Bruichladdich Distillery in 2001. Alongside co-founder Mark Reynier, the pair bought and rejuvenated the distillery in 2000, along with grasp distiller, Jim McEwan, creating Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore.

Coughlin mentioned: “Again in 2000 the business was in a really totally different place. Distilleries had been being mothballed and even demolished, and alternatives for brand new distilleries to open and thrive had been virtually non-existent.

“A few of these early years had been extraordinarily tough. We had been breaking down most of the misconceptions within the whisky class and had been dedicated to carving out a extra trustworthy, clear, and progressive imaginative and prescient for our business. We’ve all the time believed in terroir, championing flavour, and harnessing our uncooked components,” Coughlin added.

Bruichladdich Distillery was purchased by Remy Cointreau in 2012, marking the French firm’s return to the one malt Scotch whisky market. Stepping down from Bruichladdich Distillery as CEO in 2017, Coughlin grew to become CEO of the Whisky Division and a member of the Remy Cointreau Govt Committee, heading up the acquisition of single malt companies Westland (Seattle, US) and Domaine des Hautes Glaces (France).

Previous to Bruichladdich, Coughlin spent his total profession within the premium drinks business, working with varied superb wine retailers in London. In 1995 he was operations director and shareholder of Murray McDavid Restricted, a Scottish impartial whisky bottler and dealer.  

Douglas Taylor, CEO at Bruichladdich Distillery, mentioned: “Simon leaves an unbelievable long-lasting legacy, following 23 years of devoted dedication to undertaking Bruichladdich.

“Simon has been an inspiration to many inside our enterprise and internationally, inspiring a era of distillers to embark on their very own entrepreneurial journey. As the ultimate founder to retire, Simon leaves Bruichladdich in an extremely robust place and we thank him for every part he has accomplished,” Taylor added.



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