Wednesday, January 11, 2023


The Cumbria based Lakes Distillery, has announced the appointment of Sarah Burgess as its new Whiskymaker.

Sarah brings more than 25 years of whisky-making passion and knowledge to The Lakes Distillery at a time when they are accelerating production and planning for rapid international growth.

New Lakes Distillery Whiskymaker: Sarah Burgess

For over the last year, Sarah has been creative director at The Craigellachie, where Sarah has been crafting a luxury lifestyle collection of drinks telling the story of Speyside at one of the world’s oldest whisky hotels.

Previously Sarah was the Lead Whiskymaker at The Macallan, where she focused on whisky range creation, innovation, and quality control for one of the world’s most revered single malts. She also worked at Diageo for more than two decades, managing the Oban, Glenkinchie and Clynelish distilleries.

Commenting on the news Sarah Burgess, said: “I was intrigued by The Lakes as a new distillery but one creating such high-quality whisky. I am excited to be part of a new and innovative operation and I am sure between my creativity and the quality casks we have in maturation that many great whiskies will follow.”

Sarah takes over the Whiskymaker roll from Dhavall Gandhi, who in January 2022 opened an eponymously named whisky consultancy alongside his role at The Lakes Distillery.

Posted by Steve Rush