Knockado boss steps down after 40 years service

Sandy Coutts

One of the longest serving Moray distillery managers has stepped down after 40 years service.

Sandy Coutts had been responsible for Tamdhu’s Knockando site┬ábut has now stepped down having passed on just some of his invaluable knowledge to his replacement.

Now Sandy McIntyre will assume duties as distillery manager, joining from Diageo where for eight and a half years he has worked on a variety of duties at several of distilleries operated by the drinks giant.

Mr McIntyre said he was excited about taking over responsibility for day to day production, warehousing and HR operations but paid tribute to his predecessor. He said: “Taking over the reins from Sandy Coutts has been a delight and a pleasure.

“He has historical and detailed knowledge of the site and the process so being able to draw upon that has been invaluable.”

Knockando is operated by Ian Macleod distillers for whom group distillation manager Robbie Hughes said: “Having been re-launched less that two years ago it is a very exciting time for Tamdhu.

“Sandy McIntyre will play a key role in our future. We would also send out best wishes to Sandy Coutts who will now retire after 40 successful years.”

Sandy Coutts had joined Highland Distillers at the Tamdhu Maltings in 1970, progressing from brewer to production manager before joining Ian Macleod distillers in 2011.

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