Mike is a self-described Whisky Nerd, who has been a Single Malt Scotch fanatic for more than a decade. Although he would typically prefer a light and fruity Speyside or stonking smoky Islay, he has more recently begun to broaden his horizons to include Irish whiskey, bourbon, and even offerings from Sweden and Australia. He is very glad to have now found an excuse for his whisky drinking: this is now journalism rather than alcoholism. He can be found on Instagram here:
Dave is an Irish whiskey fan and has been drinking and reviewing whiskey for 6-7 years. He is a contributor for Malt Review and is studying for his WSET level 1 to add credibility to his position. He would be predictably drinking Dunville’s, Redbreast, Bushmills and Ardbeg, to name a few. He has recently had a bit of an epiphany and has been broadening his taste buds to Scotch, with the peaty Islays slowly becoming a staple of his daily diet. He has two very young children and therefore has an excuse to drink regularly. He can be found on Instagram here:
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After running a whisky society with dubious characters like Mike H at university, James took on the role of brand ambassador for Chivas Regal and The Glenlivet in the UAE. Two years’ drinking in the desert led to two more working within the blending department for Chivas Brothers in Dumbarton. Since 2019, James has been a whiskymaker for Compass Box, spearheading recipe creation for limited editions as well as overseeing each new batch of the core range whiskies. Blending is his passion, and cheese his constant weakness.
Jon is a long-time whiskey consumer. His journey began drinking San Miguel beers and other local offerings in the Philippines (Ginebra, Empi, Tanduay, Lambanog anyone?). He got his first taste of whiskey when he moved to Singapore 12 years ago and always kept a bottle handy. When he lived in London, he was a regular at Milroy’s of Soho where he sampled whiskies from all over. Now that he’s living in Dublin, he has immersed himself in Irish whiskey and, since the first lockdown happened, the wonders of online tastings. Like most, he can’t wait for in-person events and to meet whiskey people he met online. He can be found on Instagram here: