Human dimension

Fuck. Brian Ettles from Glenfiddich took his life on Saturday by drowning himself in a washback. This sad news reached us earlier this week and needless to say made us feel completely and utterly rubbish. I don’t think we knew Brian but he was one of our own. Our thoughts are with the family and the distillery staff. Please accept our sincere condolences and hang in there, guys.

Whisky brands like to showcase the human dimension of what they do. Beautiful black and white pictures of burly men propping up malt shovels in the goosebumps-inducing chiaroscuro of cosy stone barns decorate walls in distillery visitor centres. But human dimension is just that. Human.



  1. I didn’t know Brian particularly well, but I do know that he was a treasured and loyal member of the Glenfiddich team. The whisky industry has lost a very accomplished man. My thoughts too are with his family, friends and all those at Dufftown that worked alongside him.

  2. Fuck indeed. I really didn’t know what to say when I first saw this. My thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone that worked with him. I feel truly sad for their loss.

    To anyone reading this who doesn’t feel quite right at the moment:

    Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are NOT a sign of weakness. They are signs of having tried to remain strong for way too long. Please speak to your family, friends or your doctor. Seek help.

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