fergus.jpgsectretstills_icon_small.jpg  FERGUS GILLANDERS

Growing up in Glasgow, Fergus can remember going past the distillery at Port Dundas in the bus on the way home from school and sensing the fascinating aromas coming from the warehouses, so perhaps that is where his life-long interest in Scotch whisky comes from.

Retiring from the Royal Navy in 2006 after a 33-year career, during which he had the pleasure of sampling many different styles of whisky from around the world, he worked at Oban Distillery for the next 8 years as one of the permanent Brand Home Lead Guides at the Oban Distillery Visitor Centre. Public and VIP tours, supervising the shop and busy Visitor Centre and managing the extensive stock inventory were all part of the job, but he also took the opportunity to complete the international General Certificate of Distilling and was selected by Diageo, owners of Oban distillery, to attend their exclusive Malt Advocates Course.

Since 2014 Fergus has enjoyed conducting regular whisky tasting sessions at a local restaurant, and is now delighted to be part of the Secret Stills experience.