EWA Alumni: Bernd Sielemann
I’m deputy headmaster at our local catholic primary school in Leichlingen, which is close to Cologne, where I live with my wife and my Bernese mountain dog. I’m father of two wonderful daughters. I spend my leisure time trekking with my dog, watching 1.FC Köln and being Rotarian at RC Leverkusen-Opladen. And, of course, I like to enjoy a wee dram best with friends.
How did you first discover whisky?
As a teenager, I started with a mix of Cola and Jack Daniels. Switching very soon to a glass of pure Tullamore Dew. Becoming 18, I got a bottle of Macallan and since than I’ve been addicted to single malt whisky.
What attracted you to the EWA course(s)?
As Scottish Single Malt is my favourite hobby, I wanted to prove my knowledge and learn a bit more. There were a few new things to learn!
How might you use your new-found knowledge going forward?
I sometimes organize tastings for my friends and/or my Rotary Club. This year, for example, I - as the president of my Rotary Club - presented six different whiskies with tasting to my club. Getting your certificates I’m now a proven expert. ;-)
Whisky wisdom: quick fire questions
First whisky you ever tasted?
Jack Daniels (in Cocktail), Tullamore Dew Whiskey, Macallan.
Best whisky you have ever tasted?
Highland Park 25; Dalmore 40.
Who is your ‘whisky hero’?
Ronnie Cox, who did a fantastic tasting on Franfurt InterWhisky fair; and the wonderful lady who did the best personal guided tour I’ve ever had at Bunnahabain distillery.
Who would you most like to conduct a whisky tasting for, dead or alive?
For and with my best mates.
Favourite distillery to visit?
Never been to Highland Park, so this is the place to go.
Ultimate bottling for your collection?
Highland Park 50 (too expensive for me); Bunnahabhain 25 (this is realistic).
Favourite non-whisky drink?
Coffee or Kölsch (the local beer).
Favourite whisky and food pairing?
Smoked salmon and any Ardbeg.