Master Distiller Marianne Eaves Departing Castle & Key Distillery

Former Castle & Key Master Distiller Marianne Eaves. Photo Castle & Key.
Former Castle & Key Master Distiller Marianne Eaves. Photo Castle & Key.

Marianne Eaves, Master Distiller for Castle & Key distillery, announced her departure this morning from the role.

Eaves had largely been the face of the brand to consumers, influencers, and writers in the whiskey space. Her departure announcement did not indicate that she had been poached by another distillery.

In the immediate future, according to a release sent out this morning, Eaves “will be consulting in the bourbon space and working on strategic partnerships, while also pursuing further opportunities to showcase the industry in documentary film and television projects. She will also be pursuing book, speaking, digital and culinary projects.”

“Over the past four years I have been so proud of Castle & Key’s strong brand, portfolio of spirits, and position as a historical bourbon tourism destination,” said Eaves. “This is in no small part due to the incredible team we have put in place since the beginning, and I have every confidence they will uphold my stringent quality standards.”

“I am not turning my back on being a Master Distiller, but I am taking the time I need to bring some of my other goals I’ve set to fruition,” Eaves said. “My time at Castle & Key was a phenomenal experience, and I feel that I’ve left it in a place where the spirits can speak to my vision. It is boldness that got me to the position of Master Distiller, and it is time for another bold step in my career to continue to make the impact I envision.”

Castle & Key posted a statement on Instagram this morning as well:

“It’s with mixed emotions that we announce that Master Distiller Marianne Eaves is departing Castle & Key to pursue other endeavors. “Marianne’s impact at Castle & Key is far ranging, has many facets, and will extend well beyond her time with us. She will be greatly missed, but we wish her well and know she will be successful in every future venture. We have an amazing team that Marianne trained and mentored over the last four years. That team will continue to make the same high-quality spirits. While we’re sad to see Marianne go, we will use her departure as an opportunity to create something new. We look forward to sharing more plans for our team in the coming months.”

– Wes Murry & Will Arvin, Founding Partners at Castle & Key

Clay is Editor at Large of The Bourbon Review. He has written about whiskey, food, drink, and culture for Esquire, Playboy, Men's Journal, Popular Science, Southern Living, Maxim, among others.