Our Master Distiller



Dr. Paul Higgs

Dr. Paul Higgs is the Master Distiller at Michael Ballard’s Full Throttle Distillery in Trimble, Tennessee. His academic credentials include: B.S., M.S. and PhD (Chemistry) from the University of Auckland in his native New Zealand. He has over 25 years of teaching and research experience in Organic, Bio-organic and Biochemistry at multiple universities: Virginia Tech, University of Florida, University of Miami, Barry University (Miami) and most recently at the University of Tennessee. With all this technical experience coupled with Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestry it is serendipitously natural he would team up with Michael Ballard and gravitate to the artisanal world of craft whiskey and distilled spirits.