I started working for the family business before I even knew what whisky was.
I can remember helping my parents at home when I was young, organising our stock of whisky and packing samples. I have memories of whisky everywhere in our house. Of course, I never touched a dram. Let’s just say it took a while for me to appreciate whisky. Growing up, I always hated the smell of it – I think it seeped out of the walls of our house! And I can’t say my opinion changed when I finally tasted it for the first time.
I can remember the moment that changed, though. My father gave me a 30yo Glen Ord and that was it… I was hooked. The complexity of the spirit, the richness, yet so smooth… from then on I began to really appreciate whisky. Of course, my father was very amused that it was an expensive whisky that I liked!
My taste buds have since evolved and I enjoy all types of whisky but I’ll admit, I’ve been very spoilt working for Blackadder and getting to sample – and appreciate – a lot of extremely good whisky that has not been chill or otherwise heavily filtered. It’s just pure, unadulterated spirit at its best.
From my early days working for the business for pocket money, I then helped out on a part-time basis doing general admin and my role has gone on from there. I guess you could say that I keep the Blackadder wheels turning… my father and brother joke that I am the one that’s really in charge! I certainly organise them both – but then someone has to.