Interviews

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  • Gemma Paterson, Balvenie Gemma Paterson, Balvenie Gemma Paterson, Balvenie Five minutes with... 21 May 2019

    Gemma Paterson, Balvenie

    Balvenie’s global ambassador on the art of storytelling and talking distillation in Russian.

  • Frank Murphy, The Pot Still Frank Murphy, The Pot Still Frank Murphy, The Pot Still Five minutes with... 15 May 2019

    Frank Murphy, The Pot Still

    The Glasgow publican talks converting newbies, Irish wood types and his beef with bottle flippers.

  • Cory Mason, The Oxford Artisan Distillery Cory Mason, The Oxford Artisan Distillery Cory Mason, The Oxford Artisan Distillery Five minutes with... 06 May 2019

    Cory Mason, The Oxford Artisan Distillery

    From bartending in New York to making whisky in England, the distiller talks rye and craft.

  • Mia Johansson, Swift Mia Johansson, Swift Mia Johansson, Swift Five minutes with... 18 April 2019

    Mia Johansson, Swift

    Swift whisky bar’s managing partner on making the ‘Scotch fairy tale’ accessible to all.

  • Diane Farrell, Talisker Diane Farrell, Talisker Diane Farrell, Talisker Five minutes with... 03 April 2019

    Diane Farrell, Talisker

    The distillery’s site manager on boat bars, maturation and the value of a good pair of hiking boots.

  • John Fordyce, Borders John Fordyce, Borders John Fordyce, Borders Five minutes with... 26 March 2019

    John Fordyce, Borders

    The distillery co-founder discusses his career – and why he doesn’t like the term ‘Lowland’.

  • Annabel Thomas, Ncn’ean Annabel Thomas, Ncn’ean Annabel Thomas, Ncn’ean Five minutes with... 05 March 2019

    Annabel Thomas, Ncn’ean

    Ncn’ean founder Annabel Thomas talks sustainability setbacks and why yeast is on the rise.

  • Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Five minutes with... 20 February 2019

    Jo Robinson, VisitScotland

    VisitScotland’s regional director on Speyside’s growing appeal as a whisky tourism hotspot.

  • William Wemyss, Kingsbarns William Wemyss, Kingsbarns William Wemyss, Kingsbarns Five minutes with... 11 February 2019

    William Wemyss, Kingsbarns

    Kingsbarns’ managing director talks distillery beginnings and the family’s roots in Fife.

  • David Fitt, The English Whisky Company David Fitt, The English Whisky Company David Fitt, The English Whisky Company Five minutes with... 04 February 2019

    David Fitt, The English Whisky Company

    The chief distiller at St George’s in Norfolk talks age, maturity and ‘brewer’s whisky’.

  • Mary McGregor, Bruichladdich Mary McGregor, Bruichladdich Mary McGregor, Bruichladdich Five minutes with... 24 January 2019

    Mary McGregor, Bruichladdich

    The distillery shop manager talks private casks and her family’s ties to Bruichladdich.

  • Helen Mulholland, Bushmills Helen Mulholland, Bushmills Helen Mulholland, Bushmills Five minutes with... 17 January 2019

    Helen Mulholland, Bushmills

    Bushmills’ master blender on innovation, the Irish whiskey boom and distillery expansion.

  • Aista Jukneviciute, Penderyn Aista Jukneviciute, Penderyn Aista Jukneviciute, Penderyn Five minutes with... 03 January 2019

    Aista Jukneviciute, Penderyn

    The Welsh whisky blender talks flavour experimentation and how whisky is becoming more like gin.

  • John McCarthy, Adnams John McCarthy, Adnams John McCarthy, Adnams Five minutes with... 20 December 2018

    John McCarthy, Adnams

    The engineer-turned-distiller talks yeast, ‘craft’ and the challenges of working with rye.

  • Allison Parc, Brenne Allison Parc, Brenne Allison Parc, Brenne Five minutes with... 06 December 2018

    Allison Parc, Brenne

    The Brenne whisky founder on the growing popularity of French single malt, Cognac and rhum.

  • Jared Himstedt, Balcones Jared Himstedt, Balcones Jared Himstedt, Balcones Five minutes with... 15 November 2018

    Jared Himstedt, Balcones

    Balcones’ head distiller on getting his start in craft beer and his quest for Texan peat.

  • Jill Boyd, Compass Box Jill Boyd, Compass Box Jill Boyd, Compass Box Five minutes with... 08 November 2018

    Jill Boyd, Compass Box

    The whisky maker talks humble beginnings, whisky transparency and what’s next for Compass Box.

  • Geoff Kirk, Macallan Geoff Kirk, Macallan Geoff Kirk, Macallan Five minutes with... 01 November 2018

    Geoff Kirk, Macallan

    The single malt’s head of brand development talks distillery openings and exotic Asian food.

  • Ervin Trykowski, The Singleton Ervin Trykowski, The Singleton Ervin Trykowski, The Singleton Five minutes with... 25 October 2018

    Ervin Trykowski, The Singleton

    The bartender-turned-brand ambassador talks cocktails, Game of Thrones and his hatred of PPM.

  • Tim Herlihy, Tullamore DEW Tim Herlihy, Tullamore DEW Tim Herlihy, Tullamore DEW Five minutes with... 18 October 2018

    Tim Herlihy, Tullamore DEW

    Tully’s US ambassador on single pot still’s rise, the Irish pub and egg farming.

  • Ciarán O’Donovan, Irish Distillers Ciarán O’Donovan, Irish Distillers Ciarán O’Donovan, Irish Distillers Five minutes with... 04 October 2018

    Ciarán O’Donovan, Irish Distillers

    The whiskey tutor talks education, non-oak casks and Midleton’s maturation experiments.

  • Tim Morrison, Clydeside distillery Tim Morrison, Clydeside distillery Tim Morrison, Clydeside distillery Five minutes with... 13 September 2018

    Tim Morrison, Clydeside distillery

    The Clydeside owner discusses his family legacy, fate and 1960s Bowmore.

  • Kelsey McKechnie, Balvenie Kelsey McKechnie, Balvenie Kelsey McKechnie, Balvenie Five minutes with... 04 September 2018

    Kelsey McKechnie, Balvenie

    Balvenie’s apprentice malt master discusses her inspirational mentor and envious friends.

  • Matt Hofmann, Westland Matt Hofmann, Westland Matt Hofmann, Westland Five minutes with... 28 August 2018

    Matt Hofmann, Westland

    Westland’s master distiller on US single malt, the success of Garryana and challenging convention.

  • Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s Five minutes with... 16 August 2018

    Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s

    Jack Daniel’s assistant master distiller on toasts, charcoal mellowing, and MacGyver.

  • Jennifer Wren, Glenfiddich Jennifer Wren, Glenfiddich Jennifer Wren, Glenfiddich Five minutes with... 02 August 2018

    Jennifer Wren, Glenfiddich

    The US Glenfiddich ambassador talks single malt’s battle with Bourbon, and the new Fire and Cane.

  • David Vitale, Starward David Vitale, Starward David Vitale, Starward Five minutes with... 26 July 2018

    David Vitale, Starward

    The Australian whisky maker talks barley, wine boilermakers and distillery expansion.

  • David Thomson, Annandale David Thomson, Annandale David Thomson, Annandale Five minutes with... 19 July 2018

    David Thomson, Annandale

    The distillery co-founder had an ignominious whisky baptism – but has put it behind him.

  • Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail Five minutes with... 21 June 2018

    Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail

    The independent bottler’s director of prestige talks family, time and drunken fishermen.

  • Francis Cuthbert, Daftmill Francis Cuthbert, Daftmill Francis Cuthbert, Daftmill Five minutes with... 30 May 2018

    Francis Cuthbert, Daftmill

    The Fife farmer and distillery co-founder on ‘moonlighting’ and the value of patience.

  • Ewan Gunn, Diageo Ewan Gunn, Diageo Ewan Gunn, Diageo Five minutes with... 15 May 2018

    Ewan Gunn, Diageo

    The Diageo ambassador talks grain whisky, dealing with jet lag and dinners with David Beckham.

  • Paul Miller, Eden Mill Paul Miller, Eden Mill Paul Miller, Eden Mill Five minutes with... 10 May 2018

    Paul Miller, Eden Mill

    Eden Mill’s founder discusses the flavour impact of chocolate malt, and the Hipflask series.

  • Andy Watts, Distell Andy Watts, Distell Andy Watts, Distell Five minutes with... 02 May 2018

    Andy Watts, Distell

    The former cricketer who has done more than anyone to put South African whisky on the map.

  • Iain Allan, Glen Moray Iain Allan, Glen Moray Iain Allan, Glen Moray Five minutes with... 23 April 2018

    Iain Allan, Glen Moray

    Glen Moray’s visitor centre manager talks whisky tourism, and those iconic brown signs.

  • Ian Macmillan, Bladnoch Ian Macmillan, Bladnoch Ian Macmillan, Bladnoch Five minutes with... 16 April 2018

    Ian Macmillan, Bladnoch

    The traditional distiller on gin, terroir and why whisky with milk is a winning combination.

  • Alex Bruce, Adelphi Alex Bruce, Adelphi Alex Bruce, Adelphi Five minutes with... 03 April 2018

    Alex Bruce, Adelphi

    The Adelphi MD talks blockchains, transparency and forgotten queens conceived in fireplaces.

  • Alex Conyngham, Slane Castle Alex Conyngham, Slane Castle Alex Conyngham, Slane Castle Five minutes with... 15 March 2018

    Alex Conyngham, Slane Castle

    The distillery’s co-founder explains why his family home moved from rock ‘n’ roll into whiskey.

  • Drew McKenzie Smith, Lindores Abbey Drew McKenzie Smith, Lindores Abbey Drew McKenzie Smith, Lindores Abbey Five minutes with... 05 March 2018

    Drew McKenzie Smith, Lindores Abbey

    Lindores Abbey distillery’s founder ditched a life cooking for celebrities to make whisky.

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