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EWA Alumni: Stamos Karvouniaris

EWA Alumni: Stamos Karvouniaris

Stamos Karvouniaris is a Greek-American, splitting his time between Greece, the US, Paris and Barcelona. He loves the sea, is about to begin an MBA and has recently completed our Certificate in Scotch Whisky. We caught up with him to find out more.

How did you first discover whisky? 

Whisky discovered me. In the last 5 years, I have noticed that some of the most cherished memories and earnest conversations were usually coupled with a glass of scotch. 

What attracted you to the Certificate in Scotch Whisky? 

The holistic and historical context relating to the production of whisky, as well as the continuous education options available. Also, the depth and breadth of the material covered. The expansive yet succinctly presented curriculum and interactive learning modalities, intertwined with the rich Scottish heritage of whisky-making, present whisky as more than just a beverage – an art as a product of collaboration with nature. 

What aspects of the course did you find most enjoyable? 

The production process, as well as the manner in which variables of fermentation, still build, chemistry, and cask influence determine the character, aroma and flavour of whisky. 

How have you used your new-found knowledge since you completed the course? 

As a cornerstone for more informed and directed exploration of whisky tasting and pairing, primarily as a hobby and among friends. I’m also looking into the possibility of becoming involved with a whisky bar, where fundamental (and continually incurred) knowledge is required as a practical function of operations, and in order to build trusted relationships with guests who will seek guidance. 

Whisky wisdom: quick fire questions 

First whisky you ever tasted? 
Johnny Walker Red Label. 

Best whisky you have ever tasted? 
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt. 

Who is your ‘whisky hero’? 
Mr. Panagiotis - Whisky connoisseur, philosopher, and owner of “56” in Athens, Greece. 

Who would you most like to conduct a whisky tasting for, dead or alive? 
François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire).

Favourite distillery to visit? 
Three: Glenrothes (Speyside), Oban (Highland), and Kilchoman (Islay) distilleries. 

Ultimate bottling for your collection? 
Old Pulteney 30 Year Old Single Malt. 

Favourite non-whisky drink? 
There’s no such thing! But, if forced, a freshly squeezed cold mango juice. 

Favourite whisky and food pairing? 
So far (in my short journey), Bruichladdich “The Classic Laddie” with salted Modica Sicilian chocolate.

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