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EWA Alumni: Mark Hickey

EWA Alumni: Mark Hickey

How did you first discover whisky?

I have always been interested in Irish and Scottish history and how whisky was crafted. With family DNA being Irish, it truly made sense.

Which part(s) of the Diploma in Single Malt Whisky did you find most enjoyable?

The entire course was designed and run extremely well. However, my favourite part was the distillation and raw materials modules.

What made the Diploma different from any previous whisky training you have completed?

The course was up to date and accurate with new information and provided a thorough understanding on the category.

How has the Diploma helped progress your career/contributed to your professional life?

I constantly use the information I have learnt to educate my sales and marketing departments and speak with more positivity, knowing the facts are accurate and to a standard that best represent my brands and the whisky industry.

Why would you recommend the Diploma in Single Malt Whisky?

The Diploma in Single Malt Whisky was run by industry experts that have lived and breathed the industry, the information was understandable and thorough which made it engaging and enjoyable. It was simply put "A great course" I couldn't thank them more.

Whisky wisdom: quick fire questions...

First whisky you ever tasted?
Bowmore Legend.

Best whisky you have ever tasted?
Highland Park 18 year old.

Favourite distillery to visit?

Favourite non-whisky drink?

What person, living or dead, would you most like to share a dram with?
Jim McEwan.

Favourite whisky and food pairing?
Highland Park 18 with Manchego & Jamon croquettes.

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