Master Distiller Marianne Eaves is leaving her role at Castle & Key to pursue new dreams and challenges, including consulting in the bourbon industry and partnerships, which may include film and television projects.
“I am not turning my back on being a master distiller, but I am taking the time I need to bring some of my other goals I’ve set to fruition,” Eaves wrote in a press release.
Four years ago, she left her role as master taster at Old Forester and Woodford Reserve to become master distiller at Castle & Key, formerly known as the Old Taylor Distillery, which officially opened in September. In addition to releasing a vodka and gin, Eaves also made several bourbons and whiskeys that are currently aging.
“My time at Castle & Key was a phenomenal experience, and I feel that I’ve left it in a place where the spirits can speak to my vision,” Eaves added. “It is boldness that got me to the position of master distiller, and it is time for another bold step in my career to continue to make the impact I envision.”
Eaves played a major role in the documentary “Neat: The Story of Bourbon,” making a point that distilleries should hire more women in upper management roles.