Tuesday, May 14, 2019


The Ardgowan Distillery, has announced that former Edrington whisky maker Max McFarlane, will be joining its distillery team.

For over twenty-five years Max was responsible for the quality and consistency of some of the industry’s most iconic brands, including The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Bunnahabhain, Tamdhu and Highland Park.

Max McFarlane

Max will now be helping the Inverkip – Renfrewshire based distillery, to develop and deliver a series of new whiskies this autumn, with the long-term mission of making a ‘coastal lowland malt of real character’.

Commenting on the news, Martin McAdam, CEO of Ardgowan, said: “Max is just a lovely guy. He is totally unassuming, and we are delighted he has chosen to work with us. Max knows so much about the industry. He is an expert in assessing new-make spirit and he is also working with the team at Ardgowan on our wood policy and production schedule. He has astonishing talent and is someone we can learn a lot from.”

He went onto say: “By bringing Max on board now, and whilst we wait for our own product, we can showcase some really great-tasting, quality whiskies to establish the Ardgowan brand and give a sense of the kind of spirit the distillery will produce in the years ahead. Max will be a fantastic asset to our team.”

The Ardgowan Distillery has already received planning permission for their 1 million litre facility and will commence construction this year. They plan to start distilling their own spirit in 2020, and aim to produce a flagship 7 Year Old expression, alongside a range of younger single malts.

Posted by Steve Rush