Georgie Crawford will be distillery manager for Elixir Distillers on Islay

The former manager of Lagavulin most recently led the reconstruction of Port Ellen Distillery


Georgie Crawford ends her 14 years with Diageo and joins Elixir Distillers in summer. She will be the manager of the new distillery on Islay that is being built near Port Ellen (we reported). It’s currently known as "Farkin Distillery", but this has still not been officially confirmed.

Georgie Crawford began her career in the whisky business in 2002 at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh and then worked at Talisker, Glen Ord and Teaninich, among others. After working for many years as Lagavulin’s Distillery Manager, she took over the position of project manager for the reconstruction of Diageo's Port Ellen Distillery in mid-2018.

In the future, Georgie Crawford will be responsible for the production of up to one million liters of alcohol in the Farkin Distillery. The majority of this is to be produced from malt that is malted on the company's own malting floors on the distillery site. But first she will oversee the construction of this new Islay distillery in the south of the island - not far from the Port Ellen Distillery where she is currently based.

Elixir Distillers were founded by Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh, who also run the Whiskey Exchange and, for example, own the Port Askaig whisky brand.

Sukhinder Singh said: “Having grown up on Islay, attending school a stone’s throw from our distillery site, Crawford’s love for the island and all its distilleries is unrivalled. She not only shares our passion for Islay whisky, but also our vision for the future and I know that she will bring both exceptional expertise and a fresh approach to a new Islay distillery.”

Image courtesy Georgie Crawford