Another Dickel Distiller Leaves for Popcorn Sutton

Freedom and flexibility lure Henley away from Diageo’s George Dickel Distillery

Today marks Allisa Henley’s first day on the job in her new role as Master Blender at the Popcorn Sutton distillery in Newport, Tennessee. What’s that, you say? Henley’s departure from George Dickel, where she served as Distiller, was quiet. Deafeningly silent, even. Continue reading Another Dickel Distiller Leaves for Popcorn Sutton


What Tennessee Whiskey Is and Isn’t

What exactly is Tennessee Whiskey? Is it bourbon? What is mellowing?  Once limited to Jack Daniel & George Dickel, the category is experiencing a big boom.

Here, the category is explained and the myths debunked in my first article for The Whiskey Wash.

Source: Tennessee Whiskey: Jack, George, and Beyond – The Whiskey Wash

George Dickel Master Distiller Leaves Diageo

Diageo’s internal brief on Lunn’s departure was, well, brief:

As you may have heard, John Lunn, Site Director Southern Hub and Master Distiller, will be leaving Diageo and has accepted an exciting opportunity outside the company.  His last day will be March 13th.

While I am extremely sorry to lose John, I am happy for him as he moves on to his next endeavor.  He has been a great asset to us at George Dickel and Stitzel-Weller and a good friend to many of us.

I appreciate his many contributions over the last 11 years, especially the delivery of the bottling line, new pallet warehouse and barrel program at George Dickel and, more recently, the new bottling line at Stitzel-Weller.

We are finalizing interim leadership plans for the Southern Hub and will announce them in the next couple of weeks.

We have already begun the process of finding a replacement for John and this will be subject of a future announcement.

In the meantime, I have full confidence in the ability of the existing teams at both George Dickel and Stitzel-Weller during this transition.