Graeme Millar is our Master Distiller and our Head of Supply and Distillery Operations. He lives in Newtownabbey with his partner Yvonne and son Callum. Following his studies of Food Technology at Loughry College, he has over 20 years’ experience in the food and drinks industry. During this time Graeme has completed an MBA and The Institute of Brewing and Distilling Diploma in Distilling. Graeme has been a Head Distiller in the Irish Whiskey industry for 8 years, however before this he held numerous senior roles within the food and drinks sector, which included being part of the team that built a rum distillery in the Caribbean, and the development of a well-known Irish Cream supply facility in Newtownabbey.
Graeme’s position within the J&J Distillery will oversee all supply and distillery related business. His role will be based at the Company’s new site at Crumlin Road Gaol and includes the development of distilling functions, building the team responsible for its smooth running, as well as management of the supply of the company’s award-winning McConnell’s Irish Whisky. Graeme’s focus is to develop the signature flavour of J&J McConnell’s Single Malt Irish Whisky and to develop the skills of the Distillery Team, building the legacy of Belfast quality spirit and harnessing the Belfast work ethic to re-kindle the craft that once helped put Belfast on the map.