6 August 2012

Whisky Insiders Interview - David Stirk

The Creative Whisky Co

Founder & Managing Director


How long have you been working in the whisky industry?
Since 1999, so thirteen years now.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Hmmm... hard to say. I guess bottling my first cask, a Strathisla 1969 must rank as one of my highlights.

Can you remember your first dram, and indeed what it was?
Not my first dram but my first malt was a Glenlivet 21 year old, given to me by a pal in my home county of Yorkshire. I'll bet he thought he was wasting it on a 19 year old but the complexity and beauty of that whisky set me off and I haven't looked back.

What does whisky mean to you?
A lot. I have been immersed in the industry since a teenager and it has shaped my life ever since.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?
Realistically, still bottling single cask whiskies and breaking into some new markets. Idealistically, distilling my own whisky.

What was your last dram?
Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof. A great dram!

Do you have a favourite whisky and food pairing combination?
Not really, I have never seen the need to match drink and food. If I have a good beer or wine I drink them on their own. Ditto with whisky.

What’s your favourite time and place to enjoy a dram?
With friends or at a tasting. Whisky is a convivial thing and should be enjoyed in company whenever possible.

What do you think is going to be the next big thing on the whisky horizon?
There is a surge of small 'micro' distilleries and provided this new research into the restriction of the size of stills is correct (apparently there is no restriction) then this could be the tip of the iceberg.

What’s the one dram you couldn’t live without?
I could live without most things, but it is rare you will find me without an open bottle of Laphroaig or Highland Park nearby.

Many thanks to David Stirk. Who will be the next Whisky Insider? Click back soon to find out!