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Alumni in the News: Mark Reynier

Thu, Dec 9th, 2021
Worth School

A former Worth student is already embarking on his next challenge after his single malt whisky business was named Distillery of the Year for a second successive year.

Mark Reynier is the founder of Waterford Distillery which, in its first 18 months in the market, has won Distillery of the Year in 2021 and 2022, as well as Brand Innovator of the Year.

Mark, who was in Chapman House, has enjoyed a successful career since leaving Worth in 1980. After 20 years in the wine trade and another 20 in whisky including relaunching the Bruichladdich Distillery on the Scottish island of Islay, he is on a crusade to create the most flavoursome, profound and natural spirits in the world.

With the success of his single malt whisky production, Mark has turned his attention to rum, building Renegade Rum on the Caribbean island of Grenada with an all-female distilling team. Here the focus is on the terroir with Renegade growing 200 acres of sugar cane on 12 farms including a volcano, the freshly milled cane juice being key to the flavour.

He said: “Terroir, that fantastic three-dimensional interaction of soil, microclimate and topography on a crop, is the combination of biological, geographical and chemical processes that have influenced my business from wine to whisky to rum. Those physical Geography lessons and tedious double biology at Worth clearly helped!”

Worth Society is the School’s thriving alumni association that enables former pupils and staff to stay in touch with one another for business and social networking purposes, providing careers advice, support and lifelong guidance.