CLASSIC DISTILLING WITH A MODERN TOUCH

When good friends meet over a great bottle of whisky, the conversation flows.  Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s profound. Sometimes it evolves into something real.  Ours grew into Nine Rivers Distillery.

Investors

ABOUT NINE RIVERS

Nine Rivers is a multi-category distillery located in the mountains of Longyan, an area of outstanding natural beauty just 90 minutes north of Xiamen.

Our site is surrounded by ancient woodlands, a paradise for nature lovers and hikers as well as natural mountain springs that filter water over millennia through the natural igneous and sedimental rock formations.  This highly fertile land with pristine water has supported human settlements and agriculture for thousands of years.

We build onto this legacy of purity and combine some modern touches to bring distilling into the 21st century.  Crafting vodka, gin, rhum and whiskies to quality standards above and beyond those defined by industry leaders around the globe.

OUR PEOPLE

Hayden Zou

Managing Director

Hayden has extensive experience managing China based operations for a number of International companies. Hayden understands the differences between western business and the unique operating environment of China, and knows how to bring these two different business cultures together in harmony.

Hayden is our Managing Director and has led the delivery of our project from concept through to operational capability.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors.  Hayden can be contacted by  on LINKEDIN.

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Simon Szewach

Investment Director

Simon has a long and impressive history in Finance and Investing. He is the Managing Partner of the Legats Group, an Australian based group that invests and works with leading edge companies that showcase innovative technologies and IP. The Legats Group holds investments in 20+ companies across 5 continents.

Simon is our Investment Director and his experience in the world of investment has helped lead our project from an energetic idea into a serious commercial business.  Simon can be contacted by LINKEDIN.

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Jeff Olyniec

Deputy Chair

Jeff has more than 20 years experience in China, and has built a number of different companies across many different industries including a successful Shenzhen stock market listing. Jeff currently holds board positions at 10 different companies with 8 of them based in China.

Jeff is a founder, a board member, and a significant investor in the Nine Rivers Distillery.

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Jay Robertson

CEO and Founder

Jay has extensive experience working in both the technology industry and the alcohols industry. This cross over led to Jay being the founder of a network of online wine and liquor retail platforms, one of which was a catalyst for Nine Rivers Distillery.

Jay is our CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. His skills and experience across alcohols, sales and technology are all relevant in leading the Nine Rivers Distillery Team. You can contact Jay by LINKEDIN.  

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Stephen Davies

Chairman

Stephen led the team that brought whisky distilling back to Wales after more than 100 years absence. Stephen continues to lead that team as CEO of The Welsh Whisky Company and has won numerous international awards for Penderyn Single Malts.

Stephen is a Chairman for Nine Rivers Distillery and his experience with The Welsh Whisky Company has strategic influence on how our Board of Directors will lead this project.  Stephen can be contacted by  LINKEDIN.

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April Jin Jin Chen

Founder

April is a co-founder and shareholder in an extensive group of companies that import, distribute, wholesale, and retail wines, liquors and whiskies. April’s experience in the Chinese alcohols market stretches back over a decade, initially starting with a casual interest in European wines.

April is led by wine cask finishes when it comes to her preferred styles of whisky. April can be contacted by EMAIL.

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Liam McShane

Founder

Liam is the Sales and Marketing Director for a large OEM tech manufacturer with operations in 3 countries and distribution worldwide. Liam is also an avid whiskey and whisky collector with a long time appreciation for good whiskies and was one of the whisky lovers that helped create the monthly whisky social night that was the catalyst for the Nine Rivers Distillery project. 

Liam is a huge fan of the Irish styles of whiskey and the triple distillation technique.  You can contact Liam on LINKED IN.

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SHAUN MILLARD

Founder

Shaun is a restaurant bar owner and hi-tech program manager with a talent for “fire fighting” to get through complex issues and create scaleable solutions, from finished goods to component parts and everything involved. Shaun was one of the whisky lovers that helped create the monthly whisky social night that was the catalyst for the Nine Rivers Distillery project.

Shaun is a big fan of Bourbon and Irish Whiskeys and is keen for us to include sherry finished whiskies in the Nine Rivers Distillery range. Shaun can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Lee Beaudoin

Founder

Lee is a hi-tech hardware engineer with a talent for leveraging his vast network in China for rapid prototyping and manufacturing of products that target the western market. From drones to vapes and everything in-between. Lee was one of the whisky lovers that helped create the monthly whisky social night that was the catalyst for the Nine Rivers Distillery project. 

Lee is a big fan of Islay styles of scotch and is keen for us to include peated whiskies in the Nine Rivers Distillery range as soon as possible.  You can contact Lee on LINKED IN.

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Vinay Dayaram

Founder

Vinay is a third-generation textiles and clothing entrepreneur, producing clothing for international brands through factories across China. Vinay was one of the original team of whisky enthusiasts from the monthly whisky networking events that were the starting point of Nine Rivers Distillery way back in 2015. 

Vinay is a big fan of the more modern styles of whisky from India.  Subtropical maturation environments and multiple cask finishes are his personal preference.  You can contact Vinay on LINKEDIN

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Mudy M. Ghulam

Founder

Mudy has been living and working in China for more than a decade and specialises in logistics.  He currently leads the sales team at an international logistics and freight forwarding company and is based in Shenyang. A passionate whisky lover, Mudy started whisky themed events in Shenyang and built a monthly professional networking event around whisky tastings. 

Mudy has a diverse interest and enjoys sherry cask finishes, American bourbon styles, and Japanese blends.  Mudy can be contacted on LINKED IN.

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Lucas Driggers

Founder

Lucas decided to make China his home back in 2007. Since then, he has worked in education and started an education consulting company. Always having a strong love of bourbon and other American whiskies, in May 2018, Lucas took his passion for whisk(e)y a step further by hosting tasting events across Wuhan at numerous locations – even winning awards for his entertaining and educational events.

As a founder of Nine Rivers Distillery, Lucas is determined to be one of the first people in China to be sharing Nine Rivers whiskies with China.  Lucas can be contacted by  LINKEDIN.

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Aimee McBride

Founder

Aimee has been in China since 2015 and brought her love of whisky with her, initially to Wuxi in Jiangsu, before settling in Shanghai where she teaches psychology.  Aimee has been part of the whisky community that underpins the Nine Rivers Distillery project from literally the day that she first got off the aeroplane. 

Aimee is a big fan of lightly peated scotch style whiskies.  You can contact Aimee by EMAIL or LINKEDIN.

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CJ Bowman

Founder

CJ was an early founding member of our whisky community in China when he was based in Beijing for more than 3 years.  While CJ no longer lives in China, whisky and Chinese culture are two things he will always be closely aligned to.  CJ is currently based in Vietnam and will be leading one of our first export markets as we

take Nine Rivers Distillery alcohols to our neighbours and close friends of China.  Another peated whisky fan.  CJ can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Vince Ngai

Founder

Vince was born in Scotland so whisky really is part of his heritage – he brought his passion for whisky to China more than 10 years ago when he decided to live the other half of his heritage by moving to China.  Hosting whisky events across his new home province of Guangdong helped bridge both cultures, something that Nine Rivers Distillery will continue to do through crafting whisky. 

Vince is firmly bound to his love of peated whiskies and would love to see Nine Rivers Distillery start floor maltings and peat smoke drying barley.  He can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Stephen Alexander

Founder

Stephen has been in China since 2015 and brought his love of whiskey (with an “e” as every Irishman would argue) with him.  As an airline captain, Stephen has traveled all over the world, exploring almost every style of whiskey (and whisky) on offer and so his mature and refined palate is a big asset to the project. 

Stephen is a bourbon fanatic but also very loyal to triple distilled Irish styles with sherry casks.  He can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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L.David Kruse

Founder

Dave has more than 16 years of experience working in China and as a bridge between China and North American markets.  He’s currently the President of Global Sales for an American led, China-based, hi-tech displays manufacturing company.  Dave is a bourbon and rye drinker and will be one of the driving forces behind our own

exploration into high corn and high rye mash bills to craft whiskies.  Dave can be contacted by LINKEDIN.

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Xiao Shun Chen

Founder

Xiao Shun is a more recent convert to the world of whisky, hailing from Guangdong where the most popular aged spirit has historically been cognac.

Xiao Shun has been captivated by sherry cask matured whiskies and has sworn never to touch cognac again.

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Mizhen Ma

Founder

One of very few members of our team that isn’t an avid whisky drinker, Mizhen Ma has however come to enjoy craft gin after spending extensive time in the UK between 2015 and 2016.

Mizhen developed a fondness for floral and fruity gins and is keen for Nine Rivers Distillery to start producing small batch gins for her to enjoy a tipple or two.

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Guilin Liu

Founder

Guilin has been working in the alcohols industry for more than a decade and is involved in logistics management and importing foreign alcohols.

He has a real passion for new world whiskies and micro distillery releases where he appreciates the hand crafted aspect of these whiskies.

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Kundy Kong

Founder

Kundy is originally from Hunan Province but has been based in Guangdong for more than 18 years . Kundy has a plethora of knowledge about fine wines and world class spirits and it’s that interest that brought him in to the Nine Rivers Distillery Project.

Kundy is keen to start experiencing the high end whiskies that he loves – to finally have a label that says Made in China.

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Mango Niu

Founder

Mango is originally from Shanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization – Xi’an. The provincial capital is one of the 4 ancient capital cities of China. Mango appreciates Chinese history but is also deeply involved with the technology sector in China. He owns technology companies in Shenzhen. It was the fact that

Nine Rivers Distillery is a harmony of old traditional approaches to distilling with technology being used to create efficiencies that caught Mango’s attention and his involvement.

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Sasha Fu

Investor

Sasha is quite unique to the team in the sense that she is a crusader for the relevance of blended malt whiskies and how the art of blending is massively overlooked and ignored in recent times, over the growing popularity of the single malt category.

Sasha would be keen to see us open more than one distillery in China and be able to demonstrate how blended whiskies can be a far more appealing product to a vast market such as China.  Sasha can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Wolf Wang

Investor

Wolf comes from Xinghua in Shanxi province, a town that is famous for the crafting of traditional herbal liquors that are matured with traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. On taste profiles these traditional alcohols are very different to what we will be crafting at Nine Rivers Distillery and Wolf

is looking forward to introducing all of his hometown friends to something that will be completely different from them all.

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Steve Zhang

Founder

Steve is currently the Department Director of China (Shenzhen) International Personnel Training Center where he combines the characteristics of Chinese and foreign cultures and applying them flexibly in his teaching methods.

Steve is also passionate about whisky, with an open mind towards all styles and regions.

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Simon Fang

Investor

Simon is from Jiangxi Province and after graduating in Science and Technology has gone on to work for one of the most exciting technology companies in China where he specializes in Artificial Intelligence.

Simon believes in the potential for small batch, artisanally crafted alcohols having good potential in China hence being an investor in the Nine Rivers Distillery Project.

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BEEJAN SOHEILI

Investor

Beejan comes from the west coast of the US. He first came out to China to get closer to the manufacturing hub of the world in 2013 and has been living in Shenzhen ever since.

He can be found around town with a glass of Lagavulin 16 in hand. Beejan can be contacted by  LINKEDIN.

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Maarten Roos

Investor

Maarten is originally from the Netherlands but has been in China since 1999. He founded the Chinese law firm R&P in 2010 and continues to provide legal support and representation to international companies and expatriates in China – including many whisky lovers. Maarten’s passion is to help start-ups conquer the Chinese market.

Though he loves the occasional glass (or more) of Baiju (Chinese liquor) he strongly believes that Chinese consumers are ready to expand their horizons to whisky. He can be contacted by  LINKEDIN.

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Eric Pallas

Founder

Eric has been in China for almost a decade where he has carved out a name and reputation as a skilled and creative mixologist, having been the creative catalyst behind the launch and success of a number of leading F&B concepts in Shenzhen.

Like everyone else involved in this project, Eric is a lover of whisky, however, he’s also a fan of rum and rhum in all it’s styles and is keen to see how we craft and mature our own rhum agricole with China cultivated sugarcane.  Eric can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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SADHWANI NIKHIL SUNIL

Investor

Nik was born and raised in Hong Kong SAR where he works as an airline pilot. His travels give him the good fortune to see the world where he has been lucky enough to find relatively unique unknown brands in places such as Japan, Ireland, and Australia.

Nik prefers single malt Scotch although bourbon is nice too on occasion. Nine Rivers is an excellent starting point into the world of distilling and Nik hopes to expand his knowledge of it with this investment. Nik can be contacted by LINKEDIN.

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Christopher Grewcock

Investor

Chris has been in China since 2009 in education and also has a back ground in sales and merchandising from the U.K. Chris is a Japanese whisky drinker, but likes to sample a dram or two from anywhere new.

He feels it is exciting to be an investor in China’s first homegrown whisky distillery and be able to learn about more types of whisky and broaden his whisky tastes. Christopher can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Darryl Swan

Investor

Darryl is a multimedia designer specialising in graphic design, packaging design, corporate branding, and marketing media. Based in Shenzhen for over a decade, Darryl and his team have worked on creative projects for both local and international brands – from startups to Fortune 500’s.

Darryl enjoys a good whiskey and coffee, but not necessarily at the same time. He can be reached by LINKEDIN.

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Richard Hinchman

Investor

Richard came to China in 2014, initially working as an instructor for the Walt Disney Company on the Guangzhou side. He has worked as a geography teacher in Guangzhou Nanfang International School and Alcanta International College.

Richard dares to experiment with different styles of whisky. He is excited to be part of the distillery as it will give him more exposure to different flavours and the wonderfully interesting world of whisky. Richard can be contacted by LINKEDIN.

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Brian O’Donovan

Founder

Brian has been involved in the golfing industry for his entire life. After qualifying as a golf professional in 2013 at the University of Birmingham and then becoming a PGA qualified golf professional, Brian relocated to China.

Currently the lead instructor at Mission Hills Golf in Shenzhen, Brian is passionate about most styles of whisky and an active member of the Shenzhen whisky community.  Brian can be contacted on LINKED IN.

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We combine age-old western traditions with modern advances in technology to minimise energy usage and reduce our carbon footprint.

We harvest energy from the environment using air-source heat pumps. We recycle the heat that we generate using highly optimised heat exchangers. We create cooling from natural airflow and smart architecture. Our waste is recycled as animal feed and fertiliser for farming. We use recycled glass and renewable source for all of our packaging.

We see all of these things as common sense and responsible business

Facts and Figures

PRISTINE WATER

Our water has been trapped beneath 300 meters of volcanic granite for thousands of years. Free from salts and other minerals that impair flavor, our water is pure, crisp, and it brings out the best in our grains.

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Nine Rivers is located 800 meters above sea level in a remote mountain village. This area has a unique microclimate similar to the Lowlands of Scotland, which creates better harmony between alcohol and cask.

RECYCLED GRAINS

We recycle all spent grains into animal feed. While free of some starches, these grains are rich in protein and nutrients that would otherwise go to waste.

TRACEABILITY

Quality of ingredients makes or breaks the quality of what you’re drinking. Using proprietary NFC chips, we track everything that goes into each individual bottle – right down to the grain.   

WASTE MANAGEMENT

In addition to recycling our used grains for animal feed, we repurpose our pot ale and spent lees to create biogas for the local community.

COMPLETE PORTFOLIO

We produce a complete portfolio of premium spirits, including vodka, gin, rhum, liqueurs – and, of course, whisky. At full capacity we will produce 500,000 bottles a year across 18 products.

TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN

We believe in the power of technology to enhance traditional craftsmanship. Building on classic copper still design, we use a proprietary system of agitation and collective heat exchange that greatly reduces energy consumption and extends the life of our stills.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Old distillation technology uses far too much energy, which threatens the natural resources that make our products great. We have minimized our environmental impact by reducing energy consumption to mere fractions of the energy-per-bottle consumed at traditional distilleries.

How do we make whisky?

PURE, NATURAL INGREDIENTS

Only three things can be used to make whisky. Grains, water and yeast. But with only three ingredients to craft and shape new make whisky spirit with, the quality of these three things is of absolute importance.

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MILLING AND MASHING

We mill our own grains on-site and to different consistencies of grist depending on which style of whisky we will be crafting. The objective is to crack open the grains, separate the husks and create some flour.

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FERMENTATION

Fermentation is the magic that happens in the washbacks to convert the sugars from the wort into the first stage of alcohol, which we call wash. The speed of the fermentation influences the flavour of the wash

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THE FIRST DISTILLATION

During our first distillation, we put the wash into a still and gradually heat it up to allow the alcohols and other elements to evaporate. We condense this back into a liquid at between 22% and 24% ABV.

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THE SECOND DISTILLATION

During our second distillation, which normally takes about 8 hours, we refine the alcohol to something more palatable by cutting out the finest heart of the distillate – about 14% of the total volume.

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OAK BARRELLED MATURATION

We’ve taken our learnings from the very best of whisky producers across the world and we recognize that the quality of the casks used to mature our spirit can make or break a whisky.

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CASK FINISHES

After our mandatory 3 years in an oak cask, some of our whiskies go on for a further cask finish to add depth and breadth to the final product. Some of the cask finishes that we use include

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PRODUCTION CAPACITY

Nine Rivers Distillery will never produce more than 500’000 bottles of single malt whisky each year at maximum capacity. 5000 casks at our on-site dunnage where we will take care of every cask as if they were our children

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OUR PEOPLE

We are a close-knit team that’s obsessed with our craft. Each of us brings a unique strength to the distillery.

Hayden Zou

Managing Director

Hayden has extensive experience managing China based operations for a number of International companies. Hayden understands the differences between western business and the unique operating environment of China, and knows how to bring these two different business cultures together in harmony.

Hayden is our Managing Director and has led the delivery of our project from concept through to operational capability.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors.  Hayden can be contacted by  on LINKEDIN.

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Simon Szewach

Investment Director

Simon has a long and impressive history in Finance and Investing. He is the Managing Partner of the Legats Group, an Australian based group that invests and works with leading edge companies that showcase innovative technologies and IP. The Legats Group holds investments in 20+ companies across 5 continents.

Simon is our Investment Director and his experience in the world of investment has helped lead our project from an energetic idea into a serious commercial business.  Simon can be contacted by LINKEDIN.

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Jeff Olyniec

Deputy Chair

Jeff has more than 20 years experience in China, and has built a number of different companies across many different industries including a successful Shenzhen stock market listing. Jeff currently holds board positions at 10 different companies with 8 of them based in China.

Jeff is a founder, a board member, and a significant investor in the Nine Rivers Distillery.

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Jay Robertson

CEO and Founder

Jay has extensive experience working in both the technology industry and the alcohols industry. This cross over led to Jay being the founder of a network of online wine and liquor retail platforms, one of which was a catalyst for Nine Rivers Distillery.

Jay is our CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. His skills and experience across alcohols, sales and technology are all relevant in leading the Nine Rivers Distillery Team. You can contact Jay by LINKEDIN.  

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Stephen Davies

Chairman

Stephen led the team that brought whisky distilling back to Wales after more than 100 years absence. Stephen continues to lead that team as CEO of The Welsh Whisky Company and has won numerous international awards for Penderyn Single Malts.

Stephen is a Chairman for Nine Rivers Distillery and his experience with The Welsh Whisky Company has strategic influence on how our Board of Directors will lead this project.  Stephen can be contacted by  LINKEDIN.

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April Jin Jin Chen

Founder

April is a co-founder and shareholder in an extensive group of companies that import, distribute, wholesale, and retail wines, liquors and whiskies. April’s experience in the Chinese alcohols market stretches back over a decade, initially starting with a casual interest in European wines.

April is led by wine cask finishes when it comes to her preferred styles of whisky. April can be contacted by EMAIL.

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Liam McShane

Founder

Liam is the Sales and Marketing Director for a large OEM tech manufacturer with operations in 3 countries and distribution worldwide. Liam is also an avid whiskey and whisky collector with a long time appreciation for good whiskies and was one of the whisky lovers that helped create the monthly whisky social night that was the catalyst for the Nine Rivers Distillery project. 

Liam is a huge fan of the Irish styles of whiskey and the triple distillation technique.  You can contact Liam on LINKED IN.

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SHAUN MILLARD

Founder

Shaun is a restaurant bar owner and hi-tech program manager with a talent for “fire fighting” to get through complex issues and create scaleable solutions, from finished goods to component parts and everything involved. Shaun was one of the whisky lovers that helped create the monthly whisky social night that was the catalyst for the Nine Rivers Distillery project.

Shaun is a big fan of Bourbon and Irish Whiskeys and is keen for us to include sherry finished whiskies in the Nine Rivers Distillery range. Shaun can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Lee Beaudoin

Founder

Lee is a hi-tech hardware engineer with a talent for leveraging his vast network in China for rapid prototyping and manufacturing of products that target the western market. From drones to vapes and everything in-between. Lee was one of the whisky lovers that helped create the monthly whisky social night that was the catalyst for the Nine Rivers Distillery project. 

Lee is a big fan of Islay styles of scotch and is keen for us to include peated whiskies in the Nine Rivers Distillery range as soon as possible.  You can contact Lee on LINKED IN.

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Vinay Dayaram

Founder

Vinay is a third-generation textiles and clothing entrepreneur, producing clothing for international brands through factories across China. Vinay was one of the original team of whisky enthusiasts from the monthly whisky networking events that were the starting point of Nine Rivers Distillery way back in 2015. 

Vinay is a big fan of the more modern styles of whisky from India.  Subtropical maturation environments and multiple cask finishes are his personal preference.  You can contact Vinay on LINKEDIN

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Mudy M. Ghulam

Founder

Mudy has been living and working in China for more than a decade and specialises in logistics.  He currently leads the sales team at an international logistics and freight forwarding company and is based in Shenyang. A passionate whisky lover, Mudy started whisky themed events in Shenyang and built a monthly professional networking event around whisky tastings. 

Mudy has a diverse interest and enjoys sherry cask finishes, American bourbon styles, and Japanese blends.  Mudy can be contacted on LINKED IN.

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Lucas Driggers

Founder

Lucas decided to make China his home back in 2007. Since then, he has worked in education and started an education consulting company. Always having a strong love of bourbon and other American whiskies, in May 2018, Lucas took his passion for whisk(e)y a step further by hosting tasting events across Wuhan at numerous locations – even winning awards for his entertaining and educational events.

As a founder of Nine Rivers Distillery, Lucas is determined to be one of the first people in China to be sharing Nine Rivers whiskies with China.  Lucas can be contacted by  LINKEDIN.

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Aimee McBride

Founder

Aimee has been in China since 2015 and brought her love of whisky with her, initially to Wuxi in Jiangsu, before settling in Shanghai where she teaches psychology.  Aimee has been part of the whisky community that underpins the Nine Rivers Distillery project from literally the day that she first got off the aeroplane. 

Aimee is a big fan of lightly peated scotch style whiskies.  You can contact Aimee by EMAIL or LINKEDIN.

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CJ Bowman

Founder

CJ was an early founding member of our whisky community in China when he was based in Beijing for more than 3 years.  While CJ no longer lives in China, whisky and Chinese culture are two things he will always be closely aligned to.  CJ is currently based in Vietnam and will be leading one of our first export markets as we

take Nine Rivers Distillery alcohols to our neighbours and close friends of China.  Another peated whisky fan.  CJ can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Vince Ngai

Founder

Vince was born in Scotland so whisky really is part of his heritage – he brought his passion for whisky to China more than 10 years ago when he decided to live the other half of his heritage by moving to China.  Hosting whisky events across his new home province of Guangdong helped bridge both cultures, something that Nine Rivers Distillery will continue to do through crafting whisky. 

Vince is firmly bound to his love of peated whiskies and would love to see Nine Rivers Distillery start floor maltings and peat smoke drying barley.  He can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Stephen Alexander

Founder

Stephen has been in China since 2015 and brought his love of whiskey (with an “e” as every Irishman would argue) with him.  As an airline captain, Stephen has traveled all over the world, exploring almost every style of whiskey (and whisky) on offer and so his mature and refined palate is a big asset to the project. 

Stephen is a bourbon fanatic but also very loyal to triple distilled Irish styles with sherry casks.  He can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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L.David Kruse

Founder

Dave has more than 16 years of experience working in China and as a bridge between China and North American markets.  He’s currently the President of Global Sales for an American led, China-based, hi-tech displays manufacturing company.  Dave is a bourbon and rye drinker and will be one of the driving forces behind our own

exploration into high corn and high rye mash bills to craft whiskies.  Dave can be contacted by LINKEDIN.

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Xiao Shun Chen

Founder

Xiao Shun is a more recent convert to the world of whisky, hailing from Guangdong where the most popular aged spirit has historically been cognac.

Xiao Shun has been captivated by sherry cask matured whiskies and has sworn never to touch cognac again.

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Mizhen Ma

Founder

One of very few members of our team that isn’t an avid whisky drinker, Mizhen Ma has however come to enjoy craft gin after spending extensive time in the UK between 2015 and 2016.

Mizhen developed a fondness for floral and fruity gins and is keen for Nine Rivers Distillery to start producing small batch gins for her to enjoy a tipple or two.

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Guilin Liu

Founder

Guilin has been working in the alcohols industry for more than a decade and is involved in logistics management and importing foreign alcohols.

He has a real passion for new world whiskies and micro distillery releases where he appreciates the hand crafted aspect of these whiskies.

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Kundy Kong

Founder

Kundy is originally from Hunan Province but has been based in Guangdong for more than 18 years . Kundy has a plethora of knowledge about fine wines and world class spirits and it’s that interest that brought him in to the Nine Rivers Distillery Project.

Kundy is keen to start experiencing the high end whiskies that he loves – to finally have a label that says Made in China.

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Mango Niu

Founder

Mango is originally from Shanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization – Xi’an. The provincial capital is one of the 4 ancient capital cities of China. Mango appreciates Chinese history but is also deeply involved with the technology sector in China. He owns technology companies in Shenzhen. It was the fact that

Nine Rivers Distillery is a harmony of old traditional approaches to distilling with technology being used to create efficiencies that caught Mango’s attention and his involvement.

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Sasha Fu

Investor

Sasha is quite unique to the team in the sense that she is a crusader for the relevance of blended malt whiskies and how the art of blending is massively overlooked and ignored in recent times, over the growing popularity of the single malt category.

Sasha would be keen to see us open more than one distillery in China and be able to demonstrate how blended whiskies can be a far more appealing product to a vast market such as China.  Sasha can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Wolf Wang

Investor

Wolf comes from Xinghua in Shanxi province, a town that is famous for the crafting of traditional herbal liquors that are matured with traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. On taste profiles these traditional alcohols are very different to what we will be crafting at Nine Rivers Distillery and Wolf

is looking forward to introducing all of his hometown friends to something that will be completely different from them all.

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Steve Zhang

Founder

Steve is currently the Department Director of China (Shenzhen) International Personnel Training Center where he combines the characteristics of Chinese and foreign cultures and applying them flexibly in his teaching methods.

Steve is also passionate about whisky, with an open mind towards all styles and regions.

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Simon Fang

Investor

Simon is from Jiangxi Province and after graduating in Science and Technology has gone on to work for one of the most exciting technology companies in China where he specializes in Artificial Intelligence.

Simon believes in the potential for small batch, artisanally crafted alcohols having good potential in China hence being an investor in the Nine Rivers Distillery Project.

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BEEJAN SOHEILI

Investor

Beejan comes from the west coast of the US. He first came out to China to get closer to the manufacturing hub of the world in 2013 and has been living in Shenzhen ever since.

He can be found around town with a glass of Lagavulin 16 in hand. Beejan can be contacted by  LINKEDIN.

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Maarten Roos

Investor

Maarten is originally from the Netherlands but has been in China since 1999. He founded the Chinese law firm R&P in 2010 and continues to provide legal support and representation to international companies and expatriates in China – including many whisky lovers. Maarten’s passion is to help start-ups conquer the Chinese market.

Though he loves the occasional glass (or more) of Baiju (Chinese liquor) he strongly believes that Chinese consumers are ready to expand their horizons to whisky. He can be contacted by  LINKEDIN.

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Eric Pallas

Founder

Eric has been in China for almost a decade where he has carved out a name and reputation as a skilled and creative mixologist, having been the creative catalyst behind the launch and success of a number of leading F&B concepts in Shenzhen.

Like everyone else involved in this project, Eric is a lover of whisky, however, he’s also a fan of rum and rhum in all it’s styles and is keen to see how we craft and mature our own rhum agricole with China cultivated sugarcane.  Eric can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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SADHWANI NIKHIL SUNIL

Investor

Nik was born and raised in Hong Kong SAR where he works as an airline pilot. His travels give him the good fortune to see the world where he has been lucky enough to find relatively unique unknown brands in places such as Japan, Ireland, and Australia.

Nik prefers single malt Scotch although bourbon is nice too on occasion. Nine Rivers is an excellent starting point into the world of distilling and Nik hopes to expand his knowledge of it with this investment. Nik can be contacted by LINKEDIN.

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Christopher Grewcock

Investor

Chris has been in China since 2009 in education and also has a back ground in sales and merchandising from the U.K. Chris is a Japanese whisky drinker, but likes to sample a dram or two from anywhere new.

He feels it is exciting to be an investor in China’s first homegrown whisky distillery and be able to learn about more types of whisky and broaden his whisky tastes. Christopher can be contacted on LINKEDIN.

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Darryl Swan

Investor

Darryl is a multimedia designer specialising in graphic design, packaging design, corporate branding, and marketing media. Based in Shenzhen for over a decade, Darryl and his team have worked on creative projects for both local and international brands – from startups to Fortune 500’s.

Darryl enjoys a good whiskey and coffee, but not necessarily at the same time. He can be reached by LINKEDIN.

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Richard Hinchman

Investor

Richard came to China in 2014, initially working as an instructor for the Walt Disney Company on the Guangzhou side. He has worked as a geography teacher in Guangzhou Nanfang International School and Alcanta International College.

Richard dares to experiment with different styles of whisky. He is excited to be part of the distillery as it will give him more exposure to different flavours and the wonderfully interesting world of whisky. Richard can be contacted by LINKEDIN.

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Brian O’Donovan

Founder

Brian has been involved in the golfing industry for his entire life. After qualifying as a golf professional in 2013 at the University of Birmingham and then becoming a PGA qualified golf professional, Brian relocated to China.

Currently the lead instructor at Mission Hills Golf in Shenzhen, Brian is passionate about most styles of whisky and an active member of the Shenzhen whisky community.  Brian can be contacted on LINKED IN.

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