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Old Curiosity Distillery changes name & welcomes new MD

Edinburgh's The Old Curiosity Distillery, which was founded by entrepreneur and herbologist Hamish Martin, has unveiled a new name and a new Managing Director.

The business has been renamed The Secret Garden Distillery, with the gins known as Secret Garden Gin. This is to forge closer links with its own botanical garden and accentuate its 'rooted in nature' values.

Also, Andre de Almeida has been appointed as the new Managing Director to continue the expansion of its brand and the range of Spirits and Health & Wellness products available in the UK and internationally.

de Almeida is responsible for expanding the Secret Garden Distillery’s presence across its markets and will be working with existing distributors and customers, as well as developing new partnerships.

de Almeida brings a wealth of experience in the spirits business to the role, having worked in senior GTR/ duty free and domestic roles for Edrington, William Grant & Sons and Loch Lomond Group, amongst others.

de Almeida said, “I am excited to join the Secret Garden Distillery at this stage of their journey. Hamish has built a unique business proposition underpinned by his passion and with nature at the heart of everything. There are some exciting developments to come in the next few years and I am looking forward to bring these to fruition.”

Martin said, “I am so delighted that Andre, with his wealth of experience, has chosen to join the Secret Garden Distillery as its new MD. He has embraced all our beliefs and understands the ethos and our one true value; to be rooted in nature.

'On a personal level, having Andre at the helm means I can dedicate all my time to the development of our botanics and garden - this means I can support him by being here full time to communicate and physically highlight our total commitment to working hand in hand with nature. We are so excited for the future and all that it will bring.

'I look forward to working with Andre and welcoming as many people as possible to our gardens and distillery.'

Secret Garden Distillery will continue to carefully craft every bottle from seed to sip, and create unique tasting gins full of natural flavours and aromas with no added sugars, artificial colourings, flavourings or additives. Its commitment remains to better their sustainability credentials and impact on Mother Earth.