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Patrick Costello

Sales Director

Born in New Zealand, but having spent his childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland, before attending University in Glasgow, Patrick’s entry into the whisky industry is a tale of a hobby developing into a career. He started collecting whisky in 2011 with his brother, while working in the cocktail industry, which really sparked a passion for the high end spirits industry.

While completing an internship in Mongolia, Patrick noticed how enthusiasm for Scottish whisky was spreading rapidly across Asia and this helped him realise the market potential. When offered a role with Cask 88 in 2015, he took the chance to meld his passion and career. His fondness for whisky comes clearly across whenever he is given the chance to speak about it, and he has consulted for and hosted engaging tastings with prestigious clients, such as the Peninsula Shanghai, in locations as diverse as Singapore, Russia, China and the UK.

The first whisky Patrick really enjoyed was the Dalmore King Alexander III, which he remembers sharing with three friends on Jura after a week-long trip visiting all the distilleries on Islay and Jura. Patrick wants to share his great love for the Scottish whisky industry, which offers exceptional hospitality, warmth and conviviality – a warm-heartedness large enough to have spread far beyond Scotland’s borders.

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Carl Johnstone

Sales Team Manager

Introducing Carl from Carlisle – don’t let the ginger beard and love of single malts fool you – this Cumbrian boy’s whisky journey began and momentarily ended with a generous nip of Famous Grouse, supplied by his grandad Jim. Several years later, and a venture further north, Carl joined The Gleneagles Hotel as a Sales Manager where he spent six years working with a variety of global clients, to deliver the highest level of Scottish hospitality and to share the unique experiences this country has to offer.

While he is not exploring the quirkiest corners of Scotland, searching for that perfect dram, he can be found on the golf course or building a special home for his whisky collection – made from an upcycled cask of course! Whether you are a self-proclaimed whisky connoisseur or are yet to start your journey, Carl believes everyone should have the opportunity to own their own small piece of Scotland. Carl is always happy to assist clients with their whisky needs, and answer their most burning questions – so feel free to reach out and put his knowledge to the test!

James Zorab

Operations and Whisky Manager

The study of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath has provided a solid technical background for James’ career in the wine and spirits industry. Whisky making is, after all, one of the greatest feats in this delicate art. Starting as a Wine Advisor with Oddbins, James moved quickly into the world of whisky, spending four years at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society as a brand ambassador. In that role, he hosted large groups of up to 1,300 whisky enthusiasts for master classes, conducted intimate tastings for small groups, and managed stalls at whisky festivals. His nose was entrusted with the delicate task of choosing which casks to present to the society.

While a Single Malts Brand Ambassador for William Grant & Sons and Whyte & Mackay brands in the MIddle East and North Africa, James encouraged trade and consumer appreciation and understanding of the single malt category. James brings warehouse experience, consumer engagement skills and a finely-tuned nose for whisky appreciation to the Cask 88 team in Edinburgh.

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Adam Harding

Sales Manager

Adam is a self-proclaimed enthusiast of fine craftsmanship. Whether that be classic cars, intricate watches or the liquid gold that is Single Malt Whisky. He offers some wise words, an invitation to indulge in a little hedonism: “Take a moment to really appreciate the years of expert knowledge and brilliance it takes to create these luxuries, it’s incredible.”

Someone who truly knows how to make the most of life, Adam has spent the last decade absorbing all the world has to offer. From driving classic cars, to selling bungy jumps, and exploring no fewer than 23 different countries in the last 10 years, his journeyed career so far has empowered him to engage his passions through multiple business development roles.

This seasoned traveller has arrived in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, and a country that is truly the home of that noble drink, Usquabae, the water of life – and it seems this is where Adam has settled. Bringing a wealth of worldly experience, and passion for engaging with people, to the Cask 88 team, Adam is always more than happy to connect over a dram.

Harry Hutchison

Sales Manager

Having grown up in rural Stirlingshire, Harry likes to spend as much time in the great outdoors as he possibly can. He can guide you on a mountain, teach you about the wildlife on it, train your dogs and even cook you a professional dinner afterwards. Even his first bonding moment with Scotch Whisky took place outside, on an expedition in the Western Highlands as a ghillie.

What’s a ghillie, you ask? Why, it’s an old Gaelic term for an assistant in outdoor activities like deer stalking or fishing. What was the whisky, you ask? Why, it was Glenmorangie 10 – a great Highlander’s dram.

We’ve managed to persuade Harry to come indoors for at least a few hours per day and join the Cask 88 sales team. His love of Scottish Whisky is strong, and his knowledge of the land that produces it is second to none.

Stuart Davidson

Sales Manager

Stuart is from the west coast of Scotland, for many years living in the same building as Simon Neil of Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro. A conscientious neighbour and respectful of Neil’s career, Stuart never once asked him to keep the noise down.

Having worked in a plant that turned Scottish seaweed into pharmaceuticals and food, Stuart got interested in whisky when he realised that it was far tastier. His knowledge of whisky comes from holding tastings and handling sales at Ayr’s legendary whisky shop – Robbie’s Drams. His knowledge of whisky is unparalleled, and he knows how to talk a good game about it.

Aside from his love of whisky, Stuart has an honours degree in Property management, which he puts to good use finding fixer-upper properties which he enjoys renovating for sale. He loves spending his time with his wife and two young sons, whom he hopes to train up to be golf or football legends.

If you think you’ve seen his face before, you well might have – he has been a frequent extra in television shows filmed in Scotland.

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Seoyoung ‘Mila’ Kang

Project Manager

A flair for business, along with extensive hospitality experience and a developed aptitude for wine and spirits appreciation, have prepared Seoyoung for the challenges at Cask 88. Having studied at both Kyung Hee University and the University of Edinburgh Business School, she has strong business acumen and analytical skills. Her knowledge of wine and spirits is second to none, and she holds Sommelier certification with the Korea International Sommelier Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Having travelled widely and hedonistically, Seoyoung is a connoisseur of exotic foods and drinks, which lend her a unique insight into whisky.

With funding won from the Korean Government’s ‘Challenge 1000 Projects’ contest in 2014, Seyoung co-founded Ga Yang Chu, a successful consulting business for marketing and branding strategies for small-sized Korean wine makers. To the Cask 88 office, she brings a love of whisky, an entrepreneurial mindset and an infectious personality, which energises those around her.

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Miriam Rune

PR Manager & Online Auctions Curator

Since graduating from the University of St Andrews with a Masters in English and Creative Writing – having cut her PR teeth with clients in books, theatre, music and cinema – Miriam has managed media and communications strategies for businesses, small and large, and independent professionals, in the spirits industry and luxury retail. Her appreciation of a good dram, and a love of the hospitality world, with all its warmth and energy, have led her to represent Cask 88 and be involved in a variety of their projects. She knows the virtues of Scotch whisky inside and out, and is on a mission to spread the good news.

Tokyo, London and New York are among the locations where Miriam has had the pleasure of hosting media and client events, with the aim to communicate the rich history, science and storytelling which surrounds a great bottle of whisky. She has more recently picked up the gavel (metaphorically speaking) to curate Cask 88’s new online cask auctions, the first online platform dedicated to auctioning whole casks of Scottish whisky.

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Sam Laing

Head of Content

Ever since his grandmother rubbed a few drops of her preferred blended Scotch on his gums to ease the emergence of his first teeth, Sam Laing has had a connection with whisky. Since moving to Scotland five years ago Sam has become ever more devoted to a good dram. His background in Biological Science focused his curiosity on the hidden science behind the spirit – the unique alchemy that each distillery works in creating its own style.

Sam spent a stint working at the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh where he introduced countless new aficionados to Scotch, uprooted the concerns of whisky sceptics and reassured those who had already taken first steps on their own whisky odyssey that their path was a righteous one. Sam brings this same spirit to Cask 88, guiding whisky enthusiasts and new converts alike along the path of whisky appreciation and cask ownership. He writes the Cask 88 blog with aplomb, and though his train of thought may skip stations on the route, we all arrive at the destination as better people.

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Iona Stevenson

PR and Social Media Assistant

After being immersed in the world of multimedia journalism throughout her degree, Iona harnessed skills in various styles of news reporting, digital content creation and gained an invaluable knowledge of the media landscape. All of which equipped her well for her role as PR assistant at Cask 88. She spends her days assisting in the coordination and delivery of media campaigns, managing and maintaining relationships with our key press contacts and creating social media content.

Raised in Perth and Kinross-shire, Iona was lucky enough to grow up in some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside. When she’s away from her desk Iona loves discovering new spots in Glasgow’s exciting hospitality scene, taking road trips around Scotland and running.

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Hannah Sneddon

Creative Illustrator & Designer

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Hannah is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and firmly grounded in her native Scotland. Her creative energies flow in directly from the natural and the slightly more supernatural worlds. A lover of nature; Hannah is adept in creating rich illustrations of flora and fauna with an eye for biological detail, but she is equally able to lavish illustrative detail on the mythical plants and animals from the Celtic tradition. It’s even more exciting when her own imagination gets fired up and creates entities as yet unknown to story or science.

As a freelancer, she has illustrated prints, greetings cards, music albums, children’s books and – of particular excitement to us – labels for several alcoholic spirits, including releases from Berry Bros & Rudd. In this, she follows her father who also spent many years as a designer of whisky packaging. Continuing the dynastic tradition of illustrating exciting and beautiful bottles of whisky: truly it is a noble calling. We are delighted to release her creative imagination within Cask 88’s corridors.

James Harbour

Business Development & Research

Whilst studying for his law degree at the University of Cambridge, James became president of the university whisky society and decided there and then that his future lay not in the courts of England but in the vivacious world of the drinks industry. Starting in Japanese saké and completing a kurabito apprenticeship in Takehara, Hiroshima, James developed a love for the complexity and ingenuity of craft spirits and wine. Eventually the allure of Scotch whisky was too great and James moved to Speyside to work in Trade Marketing for Gordon & MacPhail. He spent three years hosting tastings, large consumer and trade events and working to promote a wide variety of brands through advertising. He was also a member of the sensory panel assessing the whiskies and helping to write tasting notes for new bottlings.

Now based in Edinburgh, James’s love for Scotland and Scotch whisky drives his work at Cask 88. His passion for storytelling and his fascination with the science, processes and history behind the spirits guide his research and we look forward to seeing what exciting new stories he can find.

Laarni Banson

Office Manager, Asia

The cornerstone of our business, and an oracle about all things Cask 88, Laarni has been in this role for the last eight years and has extensive experience in the world of whisky. As a graduate of Information Technology and Computer Programming, she has the technical expertise to keep her colleagues on track and is a real ‘jack of all trades’ when it comes to digital. She manages the team in Asia, but has her eye across the international business, ensuring that our customer experience is second to none. She’s a devoted mother and likes to spend her free time knitting, crocheting, and enjoying all manner of crafty activities.

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Devielyn Del Rosario

Lead Accountant, Asia

A graduate of Business Administration and Finance, Devielyn ensures our international business continues to run smoothly and efficiently. With experience at a loan cooperative, and an extensive background in book-keeping, she has spent the last three years with Cask 88 and is key to the operations of all staff across the globe. When she’s not managing accounts, Devielyn is supporting our customer service team, ensuring that our clients are well-informed and supported at all times. Devielyn loves nature and is most happy when she is by the sea.

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Leah Alexander

Public Relations Specialist, Asia

A graduate of Information and Communications Technology, Leah has her finger on the pulse of all the trends in technology, social media and marketing. She has combined this passion and experience with a long held love of whisky in a role at Cask 88, where she drives the strategy for customer experience to ensure our clients thoroughly enjoy their cask ownership journey and are supported along the way. With a passion for travelling, and many years of experience in luxury leisure and corporate travel, Leah was the obvious choice to manage our client concierge. When our clients visit Scotland in search of whisky adventures, Leah ensures the trip is seamless and secure. If you’re seeking the best of luxury hotels or restaurants, chances are Leah has a recommendation or two.

When Leah is not taking care of our clients, she is treating her seven dogs to long walks and endless cuddles, or exploring the far reaches of the globe with her family.

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Ellaine Perry

Lead Graphic Designer, Asia

With extensive experience in multimedia, marketing and print design under her belt, Ellaine joined the Cask 88 team right at the start of our journey in Asia in 2015. She knows that a love of whisky not only depends on the taste and aroma: strong aesthetics are also key. She helped shape the visual identity of Cask 88 and is now focused on creating whisky label designs for numerous projects, both in-house and for clients who have chosen to bottle their cask with us. She also turns her creative eye to the creation of business proposals, presentations and engaging social media graphics when the need arises. When not working on designs for Cask 88, she is an avid photographer and finds her inspiration through Korean drama and music (She knows the words to every song released by BTS).