Interviews

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  • 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.

  • Gregor Hannah, Lady of the Glen Gregor Hannah, Lady of the Glen Gregor Hannah, Lady of the Glen Five minutes with... 22 February 2018

    Gregor Hannah, Lady of the Glen

    The independent bottler discusses single cask whisky, music and being a fan of Hearts.

  • Ron Welsh, Beam Suntory Ron Welsh, Beam Suntory Ron Welsh, Beam Suntory Five minutes with... 01 February 2018

    Ron Welsh, Beam Suntory

    The Beam Suntory master blender came to whisky late, but now has a wealth of experience.

  • Brendan McCarron, Glenmorangie Brendan McCarron, Glenmorangie Brendan McCarron, Glenmorangie Five minutes with... 16 January 2018

    Brendan McCarron, Glenmorangie

    Glenmorangie’s head of whisky stocks talks myths, magic and the company’s secret blending book.

  • Euan Mitchell, Isle of Arran Distillers Euan Mitchell, Isle of Arran Distillers Euan Mitchell, Isle of Arran Distillers Five minutes with... 18 December 2017

    Euan Mitchell, Isle of Arran Distillers

    The Isle of Arran Distillers boss reveals plans for Lagg distillery, and the island’s peaty future.

  • Alasdair Day, R&B Distillers Alasdair Day, R&B Distillers Alasdair Day, R&B Distillers Five minutes with... 23 November 2017

    Alasdair Day, R&B Distillers

    The man behind Raasay distillery talks whisky heritage and his next project in the Borders.

  • Richard Clark, Glenburgie Richard Clark, Glenburgie Richard Clark, Glenburgie Five minutes with... 06 November 2017

    Richard Clark, Glenburgie

    Glenburgie’s distillery manager discusses the demolition and rebuild of the Speyside site.

  • Malcolm Waring, Old Pulteney Malcolm Waring, Old Pulteney Malcolm Waring, Old Pulteney Five minutes with... 10 October 2017

    Malcolm Waring, Old Pulteney

    The distillery manager discusses Wick’s proud heritage and Pulteney’s quirky character.

  • Rachel Barrie, BenRiach Rachel Barrie, BenRiach Rachel Barrie, BenRiach Five minutes with... 26 September 2017

    Rachel Barrie, BenRiach

    The master blender likens herself to an orchestral conductor, playing tunes with the casks.

  • Georgie Bell, Dewar’s Georgie Bell, Dewar’s Georgie Bell, Dewar’s Five minutes with... 08 June 2017

    Georgie Bell, Dewar’s

    The global malts ambassador travels for eight months a year, spreading the whisky word.

  • Graham Coull, Glen Moray Graham Coull, Glen Moray Graham Coull, Glen Moray Five minutes with... 25 May 2017

    Graham Coull, Glen Moray

    Discussing age statements, casks and chemistry with the distillery manager and master distiller.

  • Mark Davidson, Royal Mile Whiskies Mark Davidson, Royal Mile Whiskies Mark Davidson, Royal Mile Whiskies Five minutes with... 25 April 2017

    Mark Davidson, Royal Mile Whiskies

    Growing up down the road from Glen Moray inevitably led to a career in whisky for RMW’s manager.

  • Maureen Robinson, Diageo Maureen Robinson, Diageo Maureen Robinson, Diageo Five minutes with... 23 March 2017

    Maureen Robinson, Diageo

    The first female master blender of the modern era reveals some of her whisky-making secrets.

  • Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park Five minutes with... 02 March 2017

    Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park

    The senior brand ambassador’s Viking soul runs deep – almost as deep as his love of whisky.

  • Martyn Simpson, Milroy’s of Soho Martyn Simpson, Milroy’s of Soho Martyn Simpson, Milroy’s of Soho Five minutes with... 06 February 2017

    Martyn Simpson, Milroy’s of Soho

    Behind a love of whisky lie parallel passions for Harley-Davidsons, tattoos and Jack Russells.

  • Willie Cochrane, Jura Willie Cochrane, Jura Willie Cochrane, Jura Five minutes with... 09 November 2016

    Willie Cochrane, Jura

    From taking a prince to the pub to hosting weddings at home, Willie Cochrane has many tales to tell.

  • Susan Morrison, Scotch Whisky Experience Susan Morrison, Scotch Whisky Experience Susan Morrison, Scotch Whisky Experience Five minutes with... 20 October 2016

    Susan Morrison, Scotch Whisky Experience

    What started as a part-time student job evolved into a life-long passion for Scotch whisky.

  • Christine McCafferty, Diageo archive Christine McCafferty, Diageo archive Christine McCafferty, Diageo archive Five minutes with... 10 October 2016

    Christine McCafferty, Diageo archive

    Alexander Walker’s blending book and pickled snakes – Diageo’s archivist has (almost) seen it all.

  • Dr Kirstie McCallum, Scottish Leader Dr Kirstie McCallum, Scottish Leader Dr Kirstie McCallum, Scottish Leader Five minutes with... 15 August 2016

    Dr Kirstie McCallum, Scottish Leader

    Talking industry idols, travelling and a love of fast cars with Scottish Leader’s lead blender.

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