Glenn Tutssel, designer of Penderyn, passed away

The Welshman created many of the award-winning and highly acclaimed bottle designs of the distillery

In a press release, the Penderyn Distillery announces some sad news: Glenn Tutssel, designer and director of Penderyn, died at the age of 68 years.

In his 50-year career, Glenn Tutssel developed successful brand designs for numerous companies such as Bacardi, Guinness, Peroni, William Grant or Diageo. He was also involved in businesses other than the beverage sector and created, for example, the Welsh Definitive Stamps for the Royal Mail. The internationally renowned graphic artist received many awards and honors, including last year's The Freedom of the City of London.

For Penderyn, Glen Tutssel designed stunning bottles and packaging such as the 2017 Gold Range and the individually designed Icons of Wales. Last but not least, the bottle of the Bryn Terfel Single Malt. all wrapped in red velvet, witnesses his incomparable creativity.

Working with Penderyn was not just a job for Glenn Tutssel, but a labour of love, as Stephen Davies, CEO of Penderyn, puts it:

‘I first met Glenn when I joined Penderyn in 2005. We were working on the first Penderyn Grand Slam bottle and met in Cardiff to discuss the design. Glenn was at the top of his game, and it’s fair to say that as a new distillery his services were a little out of our budget. I arranged for a tour of the Millennium Stadium, and as walked out onto the pitch, I could see that Glenn was visibly moved as he was a huge Welsh rugby fan. He turned to me and said, ‘I want to work for Penderyn. I want to work for Wales.’ Glenn did so much work for the big players in the industry, but for him Penderyn was a labour of love. Everywhere we look we see his work, and that, among many other things, will ensure his memory lives on.’

Images: Penderyn Distillery