Continuing our series which introduces you to the people behind the Cotswolds Distillery, meet one of our Senior Distillers, Angus, also known as Gus!
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF!
I'm Angus Oliver, 27, living in Silverstone. My main hobby is playing the tuba for a brass band located in Wantage. The reason why I love it so much is it has allowed me to play at great venues far and wide, from the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, to St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest.
WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?
I'm a Senior Distiller, which is making sure the day to day running of the distillery is as smooth as possible.
WHEN DID YOU START WORKING AT THE DISTILLERY?
Just under 5 years ago.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE DRINKS INDUSTRY?
I worked in my local pub after leaving university. I loved the social aspect of it and trying weird and wacky things people wanted to be served.
Joining the distillery really opened up my eyes to the world of spirits. My mum bumped into Dan at a jobs fair in Banbury, all my mum wanted to do was come for a tour. But they were looking for an apprentice distiller so I went for it.
I now try my hardest to look into all sorts of random start ups and new techniques that people are trying to apply in what we do at the distillery.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT THE DISTILLERY?
The diversity of what any day can throw at you. Be that a piece of equipment not quite working how you want it to, or something as simple as the weather changing running temperatures in the distillery.
WHAT'S THE TRICKIEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Trying to stay on top of every aspect in the distillery. From running gin and whisky to managing the cask warehouses.
IF YOU HAD ANY ADVICE FOR ANYONE LOOKING AT GETTING INTO THE INDUSTRY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Just having a good attitude to all different types of work. Distilling isn't always the prettiest of jobs and you do have to get your hands dirty but it's well worth it on the other side.
WHERE DO YOU GO FOR ANY GIN OR WHISKY INSPIRATION?
I usually just get dragged into rabbit holes on social media, just keep reading and exploring. I usually can't remember how I got there!
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE COTSWOLDS SPIRIT?
Our 1616 Barrel-Aged Gin, I just think it's a very rounded drink and not something you regularly see at bars.
FAVOURITE COTSWOLDS SERVE?
Our take on a White Russian - Cotswolds Cream Liqueur, vodka, coffee and some nutmeg, usually consumed at our staff Christmas party!