New Spirit of Speyside director emerges straight from the classroom

Julie Foster and Paul Rollo

One of the men behind the highly successful launch of a Moray pub as a leading entertainment venue is to take up a leading role in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Earlier this year Paul Rollo completed an intensive five-day course at the Festival school – a venture that gives student’s a hands-on knowledge of whisky production.

Now the 38-year-old operator of the Drouthy Cobbler has been appointed as the Spirit of Speyside director and will be responsible for ensuring the annual event continues to draw support from around the world.

Since taking over the Drouthy Cobbler with a friend Mr Rollo has helped turn the bar into one of the most active live music and comedy venues in Moray.

He said: “After opening my own bar I wanted to be able to further my knowledge of whisky and production.

“I was delighted to be able to gain one of only a handful of coveted places at the whisky school.

“Joining the board of directors seemed the next logical step for me, and I’m very excited by the prospect of helping the festival to grow in scale and popularity in the years to come.”

Joining Mr Rollo at Spirit of Speyside will be Mrs Julie Fraser¬†who takes over as company secretary. Ms Foster works at the Glen Moray distillery as well as her family’s double glazing business Cathedral Windows.

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