Meet the Educator: Bharat Singh Rathore
Working for more than 20 years in the hotel and aviation industries, Bharat Singh Rathore has worked for some huge brands, training many a team in all things wine and spirits. Driven by a quest to share his passion and expertise, Bharat created Barrels & Beyond, an education consultancy offering select certification in wines and spirits.
Based in Dubai, we’re delighted to welcome Bharat onboard as an Approved Course Provider. We caught up with him to learn more about what brought her to the role, what makes him tick and what his world of whisky looks like, quickfire style.
Training is a part and parcel of the hotel industry and I always loved training people. During my career, it has been an integral part of my life. Learning about spirits is an intriguing subject. Whisky in particular because of the legacy, history and mystery. There is so much aura it carried, it inspired me to learn more about this beautiful beverage.
I find teaching really satisfying as it connects me with people. It gives me a chance to shape someone’s career and advise them about not making the same mistakes I did as I had no one to guide me through this journey. It gives me immense satisfaction if I can in any way inspire people to learn and develop their skills. Ultimately, teaching gives me an opportunity not only to educate others but also gives a great purpose to my life.
Being an Edinburgh Whisky Academy student myself, I can claim this with utmost sincerity that the course content is useful, in-depth and very straight forward. The material is easy to understand and anyone looking for a comprehensive whisky educational experience, EWA is the way to go. This is what excites me about being an Approved Course Provider.
Always keep the glass half empty so there is always something to learn. We fill our glasses with knowledge, and you can never know everything, so always keep that curiosity. And never forget, there are no bad whiskies, it’s just that one whisky is not as good as the other.
Whisky wisdom: quick fire questions
First whisky you ever tasted?
Johnnie Walker. Moderate drinking was a part of our family tradition.
Best whisky you have ever tasted?
Difficult to answer as all whiskies are good in one way or another. However, Auchentoshan is amongst my favourite in a long line-up. Not only the taste is great but an everlasting memory I had while visiting the distillery.
Favourite distillery to visit?
Ardbeg or Deanston.
Favourite non-whisky drink?
Wine and masala chai.
Favourite whisky and food pairing?
Dalmore 18 years with Crème brûlée.
What person, dead or alive, would you most like to share a dram with?