I don’t suppose I’m the only one reflecting on team spirit during these unusual times. Like a good many businesses we too at Lindores have had to adapt to circumstances. One such change was the dramatic dispersal of our staff. It got me thinking about how each one of the team comes together to form the whole that is Lindores Abbey Distillery and how different that feels just now.
I’m incredibly fortune to work for a family business, a close knit group of friendly and sociable creatures who each bring a unique skill to the mix and create a great team spirit here at Lindores. It’s easy to focus on the production side of the business, as that’s the bit that makes the Whisky (and we all know how much I LOVE whisky). But what about the rest of the organisation?
Like our amazing tour guides, who each bring their unique personality and anecdotes. Gone are the days interspersed with visiting groups from Spain, Italy, Germany… you name it. These days it’s a DPD delivery or a dogs snout that break up my day. Don’t get me wrong, I love the dog. But her conversation is lacking at the best of times.
There are also our front of house team, who welcome visitors to our distillery and provide our delicious afternoon teas! Our brand ambassadors Murray & Katie who tirelessly travel the country introducing our wonderful history and Aqua Vitae to trade customers and consumers alike, day in, day out. Our events team, who work endlessly to make dreams come true. Of course, then there is the production team who rise early to fire up the boiler, mill the malt, mash the mash, ferment the… wort, distil and fill casks each day.
But then, there is another team. One that often gets overlooked. There are our founders Drew & Helen. The ones who made all this happen, the ones who turned their dream into a 5* Visit Scotland attraction. Who sought out leading experts to advise and guide. Whose distillery produces Award Winning Aqua Vitae and New Make Spirit. They are the ones who amassed all the people who make Lindores Abbey Distillery what it is today.
Although we may still have a few more months of the ‘new normal’, I’m certainly looking forward to sharing a dram with them all. Who knows… maybe the Whisky will be ready by then…