Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Distell has announced the appointment of Jeff Green as the new Distillery Manager, at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, South Africa.

Jeff will be taking over from Andy Watts, who after 25 years is now taking lead responsibility for the entire Distell whisky portfolio, as their Global Head of Whisky.

New Distillery Manager at James Sedgwick Distillery - Jeff Green

Andy will now be responsible for Distell’s Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Tobermory, Black Bottle and Scottish Leader Scotch whisky brands, along with providing strategic guidance to the production of the Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky brands, which are produced at the James Sedgwick Distillery.

Commenting on the news, Jeff Green, said: “It is an incredible honour to be appointed as distillery manager, only the 7th in the 130-year history of the distillery. I have the deepest respect and appreciation for what Andy has achieved during his tenure, not only shaping the way whisky is made in South Africa, but also creating a demand for our whiskies abroad with the incredible international awards he managed to garner over the years. It certainly is big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of catapulting South African whisky to the next level!”

Jeff has been working at the distillery as process manager and distiller since 2009, and has worked alongside Andy for the past six years, taking lead responsibility for mashing, fermentation and distillation.

Posted by Steve Rush