Next up in my series of interviews of people in the whisky industry is Mal Spence, the first ever Global Ambassador for Black Bottle
Mal seems to have a cracking job and so I was grateful he took time out so soon after joining Black Bottle to speak to us
1. How long have you been involved in the Whisky Industry?
In a full time capacity; just over a month.
2. What’s your earliest Whisky Memory?
I was slipped a dram at a cousins wedding when I was about 10 years old. I hated it, but I think that was the idea. It obviously didn’t have the desired effect considering whisky is a central part of my career!
3. What’s your proudest moment in your career within the Whisky Industry thus far?
I tend not to dwell too much on big achievements in my career, but becoming the first Global Ambassador for a whisky like Black Bottle has got to be up there.
4. What was the last dram you had?
It was a large glass of Black Bottle. It was toasted to me by a Russian as a good bye.
5. What other whiskies and/or distilleries inspire you and why?
I prefer smaller, more personal distilleries, so Deanston is probably both my favourite distillery and dram. I love the ethical qualities of the distillery and the dram itself is by far my favourite. It’s really unique, with notes of chamomile and honey, but it still has a nice earthiness to it.
6. What is your dram of choice?
7. The whisky industry seems very strong at the moment, where do you see it going over the next few years?
The up take of whisky worldwide will only see the industry continue to improve and grow. I’m also looking forward to blended whisky making a comeback.
8. Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
Ideally? Sitting on a porch at my dream house in Balmaha, Loch Lomond, enjoying a nice whisky and watching the sunset over the mountains.
9. What is the strangest whisky superstition you’ve came across?
I’ve not come across any real whisky superstitions yet, or perhaps I tend to just dismiss them.
10. What dram would you absolutely not be able to live without?
Right now, my life wouldn’t be complete without Black Bottle. This role allows me to travel the world, telling bartenders the fascinating story of Gordon Graham.
Many thanks to Mal for taking the time to answer these questions and I hope you enjoyed viewing them, more in this series in the future and remember to have a look atBlack Bottle website for more about this fantastic whisky.