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Meet the Team
Here at Lindores Abbey Distillery we are proud to employ some of the most innovative and inspiring professionals to help us to shape the next generation of spirit from this ancient site.


Meet the team behind Lindores Abbey Distillery.

David Whitelaw - Distillery Operator

Colin Gray - Distillery Operator

Lewis Wilkie - Production Assistant

Drew McKenzie Smith
Drew McKenzie Smith

Drew McKenzie Smith - Managing Director

Hometown: Newburgh

Likes: Rugby, cricket, music, whisky, beer, wine, cooking.

Dislikes: Liver, shellfish, more importantly intolerance, rudeness and arrogance.

Favourite thing about Lindores:  It’s been my family home for over 100 years so it’s in my blood! It’s good looking over at the old farm steading and seeing a world class distillery providing employment for over 40 local people.

Best memory at Lindores: Our launch day was the day that it really hit me that we had “done it”, we were so close to the project for over 20 years and that day it all came to a head!

Favourite Aqua Vitae cocktail/serve: “Lindores Calling” partly because I like the drink and partly because of its link to “The Clash”!


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Helen McKenzie Smith - Operations Manager

Hometown: Newburgh, originally from the Lakes

Likes: Classic Cars, Reading, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Scottish Highlands, Living by the Water, Cocktails, Parties

Dislikes: Rice Pudding, Rudeness, Morgan Cars

Favourite thing about Lindores:  The brilliant team right down to the distillery cats and dogs!

Best memory at Lindores: Walking into the reception as a guest at the first event and realising what everyone had achieved. Oh, and Dmitry on the Bucking Bronco at the Staff Christmas Party.

Favourite Aqua Vitae cocktail/serve: Pickleback of course!!

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Helen McKenzie Smith
Helen McKenzie Smith
Gary Haggart
Gary Haggart

Gary Haggart - Distillery Manager

Hometown: Windygates, Fife

Likes: Moto GP, F1, Golf, Good food, good wine, good whisky, Skyfall, Valentino Rossi, Fast planes, fast cars, labradors, curry, making Elliot jealous of my job!

Dislikes: Audi RS6 owners ( basically jealousy), armrest hoggers on planes, people with the inability to say please or thank you, cats, aubergine, whisky bottle flippers, motorists that don’t acknowledge you doing them a turn.

Favourite thing about Lindores:  Being part of the modern story of Lindores

Best memory at Lindores:  Without doubt asking our Wednesday helper ” Robbie” to hose down under the draff trailer and being told in no uncertain terms “ to maybe rethink that request!” or stronger words to that effect !!

Favourite AV cocktail/serve: The Last Word

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