Thomas Edwin Jago[needs IPA] (21 July 1925 – 12 October 2018) was a Cornish[1] liquor executive and marketeer known as the creator of Baileys Irish Cream, Malibu (flavoured rum).[2]

Tom Jago
Born(1925-07-21)21 July 1925
Died12 October 2018(2018-10-12) (aged 93)
London, England
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
Occupation(s)Liquor executive, marketeer
Known forCreator of Baileys Irish Cream, Malibu and Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Penelope Vaughan-Morgan
(m. 1952; died 2018)
Military career
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1942–1945
Battles/warsSecond World War

During his semi-retirement, he co-founded The Last Drop Distillers with other industry veterans and his daughter in 2008 that specialises in rare and unique spirits.[3][4]

Biography edit

Jago was born on 21 July 1925 in the town of Camelford, Cornwall, United Kingdom, the son of Thomas Bennett Jago, who managed the local Barclays bank, and his mother Violet. He went to Camelford Grammar School before studying history at Christ Church, Oxford.[1] Jago served as a lieutenant on the destroyer HMS Wolfhound in the North Atlantic during World War II.[1] After the war he returned to Oxford and completed his degree.[2]

In 1952, Jago married Penelope Vaughan-Morgan (1926-2018), a granddaughter of Kenyon Vaughan-Morgan, and niece of John Vaughan-Morgan, Baron Reigate. The couple had four children together; Barnaby, Rebecca, Daniel, and Francis.

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Wilkinson, Graeme (25 October 2018). "Cornishman who created Baileys' Irish Cream, Malibu and Johnnie Walker Blue Label dies aged 93". Local World. Cornwall Live. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (23 October 2018). "Tom Jago Dies at 93; in the Spirits Industry, a Maker of Best Sellers". New York Times. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Last Word - Lord Heywood, Pamela Lonsdale, Sangharakshita, Tom Jago, Francis Lai - BBC Sounds". Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ "About". THE LAST DROP DISTILLERS. Retrieved 25 September 2019.