Bristol Whisky Appreciation Society is organised by some whisky-lovin’ friends who have all made Bristol their home, via various circuitous routes.
Jason B. Standing
Jason was introduced to single malt whisky at the tender age of 16 when he lived in Australia, and spent the next 12 years trying to figure out how to get closer to Scotland. Moving to the UK seemed an obvious solution, so he did that, and has been surrounded by whisky ever since. In the rare moments he gets between working at or organising whisky tastings & festivals, he likes snowboarding (badly), going to random gigs, labrador maintenance, and Doing Fun Stuff.
First Whisky Love: Glenlivet 12 year old
Known as “the single malt that started it all” by its branding, and also literally in my case, actually personally too.
Current Whisky Love: Cadenhead’s Creations “Light Creamy Vanilla” 18 Year Old
A bottle I picked up on a whim whilst in the shop because it sounded nice, and which totally eclipsed my expectations. And unless I can find another bottle will not be my current whisky love for very much longer…
Chris is the owner of The Dram Team and hails from Bewdley in Worcestershire. He is a keen runner, cyclist and basketballer, and has good form injuring himself during these necessitating finding a hobby which involved sitting down. His love of whisky is fairly new, but very passionate.
First Whisky Love: Benriach Curiositas
Peat, honey and tropical fruits, all mingle together over a splash of oak.
Current Whisky Love: Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky
Honey, butterscotch, nuts and lots of tropical fruit flavours.
We’re not sure what Jon’s story is. He started out blogging about Sci-Fi films and whisky, and now he can barely see his telly over the piles of whisky boxes – so not a lot of film blogging goes on any more.
If you were to do a straw poll around the UK whisky festival scene you’d probably find that Jon is Bristol’s most (in)famous whisky fan.
First Whisky Love: The thing about Jon is – he LOVES awful whisky. For some reason. The only thing worse than watching him drinking it and giggling is having to listen to him describe it to you.
Current Whisky Love: Probably some outlandish nonsense distilled in a disused railway siding in rural Albania, made from 30% horsehair.
Adrian’s been an enthusiastic fan of whisky for some time now, and recently came to the realisation that being involved in running a tasting group means you get to try even *more* different whiskies. It seemed a bit of a no-brainer, from that angle.
First Whisky Love: Berry Brothers & Rudd Glen Grant 1973
Refined, sophisticated, dignified fruity elegance in whisky form. They don’t make ’em like that any more. But it seems silly not to keep looking, just in case they start again…
Current Whisky Love: Whisky
And finally, it’s worth mentioning our erstwhile organiser Rob Prior – who was instrumental in getting all this off the ground, and though no longer helps out on the team is still very much involved as a keen Bristol-based whisky fan.