The great distillery architect William Delmé-Evans has died aged 83. Delmé-Evans played a pivotal role in the revival of Scotch whisky’s fortunes in the two decades after the Second
World War, and he was responsible for the modern distilleries at Tullibardine, Jura and Glenallachie.
Born in Wales, he visited his first Scottish distillery at the age of 12 and became fascinated by them. During a long period of illness he developed an interest in the theory of brewing and distilling but it wasn’t until 1947 that he actively got involved with the trade, spotting the potential of a disused brewery that was to become Tullibardine.
During the 60s he rebuilt the distillery on Jura, learning to fly so that he could travel to and from the island relatively quickly. He remained as managing director there until he retired in 1975. In recent months there had been considerable revival of interest in his involvement in the whisky industry.
He was featured in Issue 28 of Whisky Magazine published at the end of 2002.