23 October 2019
Whisky Insiders Interview No.100 - Nick Savage
How long have you been working in the whisky industry?
I started working in the Scotch whisky industry in 2007, with Diageo at the technical centre in Menstrie. The main focus there was around cask maturation, losses and innovation, but it was great to be immersed by all the other areas of the technical aspects of spirits production.
What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Thus far, it would have to be being part of the Macallan in 2018. I believe that 2018 was genuinely a game changing year for the Macallan, with the new distillery, new releases (including their oldest ever release), innovations and continuous breaking of auction records. It’s a year that I can’t see being replicated ever again, so it was a privilege just to be involved.
Can you remember your first dram, and indeed what it was?
From memory, my first Scotch dram was Johnnie Walker Black label. My first overall dram may well have been Jameson, but I’d be lying if I said that was 100% true!
What does whisky mean to you?