Then I asked if it would be possible to interview Richard Crawford, the Scotch Whisky Ambassador who will lead the tasting event. The dining gods prevailed - I received a quick affirmative response to my request!
I discovered that Richard goes by "Ricky" and really enjoys his work. Here's Ricky's story:
Q1: Tell me a little about yourself. How did you get started?
A1: I grew up in Paisley, Scotland, My father and uncle both worked in the Scotch Whisky industry so it was always a part of my life. In 2006 I was honored to be assigned the role as The Gelnlivet Scotch Whisky Ambassador for the United States.
Q2: Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
A2: Many of the whisky ambassadors from different brands are extremely knowledgeable and helpful to each other. The friendships and sharing of resources has been extremely valuable to me and has a huge positive influence.
Q3: What do you enjoy most about your work?
A3: The most enjoyable aspect of my work is being able to travel to many different locations around the world and meet many new and interesting people.
Q4: What advice do you have for someone who wants to go into your field of work?
A4: Get as much information as you can about Whisky including the history, heritage and cask management aspects (maturation). There is lots of material and information available online.
A5: On the surface it seems like an amazing position to have and of course is, but it is a lot more difficult than people realize with extensive travel and many hours of study to keep up with the constant changes in the industry.
Q6: Where do you see yourself five (5) years from now?
A6: Retired and living on a yacht. ;-) Hopefully!
Thank you for time Ricky. I wish you success in your endeavors!
You thought I was going to ask about his kilt, didn't you?