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Monday, May 13, 2019

Master Distiller Marianne Eaves Departs Castle & Key Distillery

Castle & Key distillery and Master Distiller Marianne Eaves have announced through Instagram posts that master distiller Marianne Eaves is departing the company. If you are unfamiliar with Castle & Key, we did a write up you can read here.

In her statement, Marianne Evans says:
"My journey at Castle & Key started over 4 years ago, when I joined two proven businessmen in their vision of reviving what was the Historic Old Taylor Distillery. I am so grateful for that time and opportunity.  
Today I announce, with mixed emotions, that I am departing the team. After setting Castle & Key on track to become a world-class distillery, I will spring forward to new ventures and platforms in the bourbon world and beyond."
Marianne says that she is 'not turning my back on being a Master Distiller, but ...taking the bring some of my other goals I’ve set to fruition.'

Founders Wes Murry & Will Arvin say:
It’s with mixed emotions that we announce that Master Distiller Marianne Eaves is departing Castle & Key to pursue other endeavors. “Marianne’s impact at Castle & Key is far ranging, has many facets, and will extend well beyond her time with us. She will be greatly missed, but we wish her well and know she will be successful in every future venture. We have an amazing team that Marianne trained and mentored over the last four years.  That team will continue to make the same high-quality spirits. While we’re sad to see Marianne go, we will use her departure as an opportunity to create something new. We look forward to sharing more plans for our team in the coming months.”
Our Take

Castle & Key is one of the newer distilleries that we're most excited about. This comes as quite a surprise as Castle & Key have yet to release their first bourbon and are scheduled to do so within the next year or two. Marianne was the first female master distiller since before prohibition and helped break down a lot of walls. It's slightly worrisome to have a transition of this magnitude so close to their first release so it'll be imperative that C&K hire someone to continue their vision of creating a bourbon worthy of Colonial E.H. Taylor. 

Source: Castle & Key

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