Meet The Team – Dean Jode

Aug 27, 2023 | News

Over Murray McDavid’s history, there have been several leading men and women involved in keeping our brand alive, adding to our rich history of creating Inspired Scotch Whisky and developing the Art of Maturation. A person who has been with Murray McDavid for many years is oor leading laddie, head of whisky creations – Dean Jode.

Dean’s beginnings were in advertising and photography, studying at university.

After university, he came across a job in his town of Cheltenham at a well-known bar, John Gordons. It was known as the ‘go-to’ venue for local whisky lovers. When he began his career at the bar, they only had around 30 whiskies on the shelves.

He would often be asked questions about the spirit that he could not answer, which fuelled his thirst for whisky knowledge, studying each bottle and researching the spirit.

He often describes the “infectious passion” of the people he worked with in his beginnings. He was fascinated by the process of whisky and spirits making. His passion and drive for the water of life led him to become the manager of the bar, growing its collection by over 200 bottles.

He landed himself an exclusive invite to a tasting event, and in attendance were some of the biggest names in the whisky business at the time. Dean let it be known that he was interested in a career in whisky, enamoured by the atmosphere and company. His initiative led him to work with Murray McDavid.

In 2015, Dean left his job as bar manager and joined the Murray McDavid team, assisting in the rebranding and creation of new, exciting categories of whisky and spirits. He has seen the team grow from a humble 5 members to over 60 passionate pioneers of the whisky industry and has been instrumental in two rebrands.

Dean lives and breathes Murray McDavid, and his great passion for the Art of Maturation can be seen in our spirits. He loves to experiment with different spirits and finishes, creating unique, rebellious drams – constantly innovating and striving to widen his knowledge of spirits while leading our team of expert whisky creators.

In his spare time (aside from whisky) Dean loves to spend time with his family, take beautiful photographs and make monster-size sandwiches… in his words “quite possibly the greatest meal us mere mortals are fortunate enough to enjoy” – he even has an instagram account dedicated to his favourite food. In the little time he has left, you can find him combing his luscious goldilocks which strike industry-wide hair envy.