Our Experts

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Joanne Moore

Joanne Moore, Master Distiller of G&J Distillers, part of the international spirits group Quintessential Brands, is truly a master of her craft. Joanne acts as the custodian of the Quintessential Brands portfolio and brand developer for their new products.

Joanne is one of the first female Gin Master Distillers in the world. She is responsible for the creation of four international gins: BLOOM, Berkeley Square London Dry, Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin and Thomas Dakin Gin and for the distillation of Greenall’s The Original London Dry Gin, as well as a number of other brands.

Since 1996, Joanne Moore has worked with G&J Distillers (formerly G&J Greenall’s) beginning as Quality Controller and quickly advancing to Quality Manager. It is within this role that Joanne developed her passion for new product development.

Darryl McNally

Darryl McNally is our Master Distiller for Irish Whiskey having worked for Diageo and Pernod Ricard over the last 17 years across many roles including Master Distiller for Bushmills. Darryl has operational experience across all aspects of Irish Whiskey including Distilling, Blending, Packaging, Supply Chain, Technical, Bottling and 3rd Party Contract Bottling.

Darryl is a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and won the “Worshipful Company of Distillers Award” in 2010 for the highest average mark across all 3 profession exams.

John Drennan

Master Blender at First Ireland Spirits, magically blends art with science to create Irish whiskey cream liqueurs for the largest independent producer of Irish cream liqueurs and Irish country creams.

John helps develop new brands and products for the Quintessential Brands portfolio using his scientific background and knowledge of farming in rural Ireland. He has helped create the award-winning O’Mara’s, Feeney’s and Brogan’s Irish whiskey and cream liqueur brands from the company’s facility in Abbeyleix, County Laois and played a key role in the development of The Dubliner Irish whiskey liqueur.

John has worked with the team at First Ireland Spirits, since 2005. His experience, creativity and passion for new product development have made him the ideal master blender and champion for Irish whiskey cream liqueurs.