Ardbeg introduces Colin Gordon as successor of Mickey Heads

He will be manager of the Islay distillery from October 1st


Since March we have known that Ardbegs Distillery Manager Mickey Heads will retire this year (we reported). Now the Islay distillery has unveiled his successor: Colin Gordon will take up the position as Distillery Production Manager on October 1, 2020.

Colin Gordon looks back on eight years with the spirits company Diageo and gained a wide range of experience in various areas of the whisky business, for example as Site Operation Manager at Port Ellen Maltings, previously as a Trainee Site Operation Manager in Roseisle. He is also familiar with the duties of a distillery manager: at the end of 2018, he succeeded Georgie Crawford as Distillery Manager of the Lagavulin Distillery, after she took over the position of a manager at the to-be-reopened Port Ellen Distillery. As Distillery Production Manager of Ardbeg Gordon will be reporting to Pete Nelson, the distillery’s operations director.

Mickey Heads said: “I’ve known Colin for a long time and I can’t think of a more worthy successor. He’s joining a brilliant team whom I know will welcome him warmly and make him feel at home. As I continue as chair of the Committee – and indeed, as just one of a legion of Ardbeg fans – I look forward to enjoying the fruits of his labours for years to come.”

Colin Gordon is quoted in the actual press release as saying: “Ardbeg is an iconic name in whisky with an immense reputation. I’m absolutely delighted to be joining an experienced team producing such an exceptional dram. Ardbeg has built a reputation for producing amazing whiskies with Mickey Heads at the helm. He is a huge name in the industry and will be a very hard act to follow. It's a privilege to be chosen to take over the reins from him. Islay has been our home for five years and to be given the honour of overseeing the running of Ardbeg is very special indeed. I will do my very best to protect and enhance the reputation of the distillery and ensure it keeps producing the world class spirit of Ardbeg.”

Mickey Heads is giving up his position as a manager but will remain with the distillery and with the Ardbeg fans as chairman of the Ardbeg Committee.

Image: Moet Hennessy