Master Distiller Dave Pickerell
(1956 - 2018)


Dave Pickerell was an award-winning Master Distiller and all-around distilling expert. Over the course of his career, Dave built and maintained some of the world’s most noted distilleries. Perhaps most widely known for his tenure as Master Distiller of Maker’s Mark, he established a stand-alone name for himself with his vanguard rye whiskey, Whistle Pig. Among connoisseurs, Dave was highly regarded for the unique finishes that give his whiskeys a character of their own. Prior to Dave’s passing,he was cited as saying BLACKENED would be his true legacy.

Legendary Master Distiller Dave Pickerell posing in front of a barrel and a bottle of BLACKENED