Meet the Team

With several decades of combined experience, the team at Ballindalloch use their skills to craft the finest spirit with traditional attitudes at heart of all that we do.


Colin Poppy – Distillery Manager

Colin has over 10 years of production experience and was the perfect choice to bring his skills and knowledge to Ballindalloch. Based initially at Auchroisk and later moving to Knockando, Colin was given the freedom to control the mashing and fermentation to build the basis of our character before distillation.

Colin has a natural ability to embrace the science behind whisky making and was responsible for developing the efficiency and quality of the mashing and fermentation process. Working with Charlie from the very start of production has allowed Colin to take on the role of Distillery Manager with direct responsibility for day to day running of the distillery.



Phillip Murray – Distillery Assistant

The latest addition to our team, Phillip has over 30 years experience in a number of roles across the industry. Beginning in 1985, his initial career was laboratory based and following a spell as Assistant Manager at Auchroisk he worked for over 12 years in a technical support role within Diageo.

Phillip played a key role in the project team behind the Roseisle Distillery build and keen to follow the results of his efforts became one of the shift operators there. His experience will enable him to support Colin in maintaining our exceptional spirit character.



Brian Robinson – Distillery Host

With a love of whisky going back more than 20 years, Brian started his career in the whisky industry as a guide at The Glenlivet distillery in 2004. Later that year he took the role of Deputy Supervisor before leaving to become Senior Guide at Glenfiddich in May 2006. By the time he left William Grant and Sons, Brian was responsible for all front of house visitor operations.

Brian joined Ballindalloch in April 2014 and was able to watch as the distillery was brought to life. As Host, Brian is able to share his passion for Ballindalloch together with the industry at large with guests from around the world.



Mike Duncan – Distillery Assistant

Mike started in June of 2015 and the distillery represents a complete change of scenery from the successful private tour business he ran. Working under the practical guidance of Colin and Phillip, together with studying the theoretical side as part of the General Certificate of Distillation, Mike has boundless enthusiasm that is clear to see. 

Mike follows in the footsteps of his grandfather who worked in the whisky industry at Craigellachie, Macallan distilleries and latterly under Ed Dodson at Glen Moray. Indeed, Mike’s Grandmother still resides there to this day.