0 Items

Dave McCabe appointed as Irish Distillers Master Blender


Congratulations to Dave who is set to take on the exciting role of Master Blender at Irish Distillers. Also, a huge thanks to Billy for the contribution he has made to Irish whiskey, not only as an outstanding Master Distiller, but also with the exemplary manner in which he has been a role model for those in any profession.


Press release

McCabe succeeds Billy Leighton who will step into a master blender emeritus role, following a 47-year career at Irish Distillers starting as a trainee accountant before working various roles across the company, and finally being appointed as master blender in 2004.


Nodjame Fouad, chairman and chief executive at Irish Distillers, said,

“At Irish Distillers, we understand how important our people are to our success and over the past almost five decades working in the business, Billy Leighton has played an instrumental role in the success of all our brands, and the renaissance of the Irish whiskey category globally.”


Talking about the transition, Leighton said:

“I have spent most of my working life at Irish Distillers, and I am truly grateful for the opportunities my job and this business has afforded me. While I will be stepping down from the master blender role, I will not be stepping away from the business and I look forward to embracing my master blender emeritus role, working with brand teams on special launches.

“I would like to take this time to wish a much-respected colleague and friend, Dave McCabe, the very best as he takes the master blender baton and I look forward to continuing to work with him. I’ve seen first-hand his passion, expertise and knowledge that will ensure he is a fantastic master blender. Our whiskeys are in great hands.”


McCabe joined the business in 2010, working in several educational and advocacy roles before being appointed as blender in 2018, he has spent several years working closely with Leighton.

Dave McCabe said,

“I feel both excited and privileged to be appointed master blender in Irish Distillers, following in the footsteps of a true master.”

“I would like to thank Billy for all that he has contributed to my professional development, he has been an exceptional colleague, mentor, and friend. I truly learned from the best. I am incredibly honoured to take up this role and I am excited for the future ensuring the quality and reputation of Irish Distillers’ portfolio.”


Discover the latest Irish Whiskey News exactly where you would expect to find it: IrishWhiskeyNews.com

Issue 12 Irish Whiskey Magazine

Irish Whiskey Magazine is the worlds only publication dedicated to sharing authentic insights into the exciting world of Irish whiskey. Why not subscribe to our Digital Subscription and get access to our whole digital back catalog or sign up for our Print Subscription and get 4 issues shipped directly to your door.

Irish Whiskey Magazine

Pin It on Pinterest