worked for one of Scotland's major whisky companies for nearly
fifteen years in the marketing function, looking after the international
aspects of many well known malts and blends. During that time
- and as a founding director of Distillery Destinations - she
has hosted visits to Scotland and written for a number of publications
about Scotch Whisky. Whisky as a mixer/in cocktails and with food
is a particular interest. One of her favourite achievements as
a marketer with Allied Distillers is the development and launch
of the Friends of Laphroaig scheme which has some 200,000
has spent much of her time in the whisky world addressing audiences
from around the globe, combining her knowledge of the history
and romance of Scotch Whisky with distillery anecdotes and her
own stories. Her enthusiasm really comes through in tutored tastings
when she likes to exchange opinions with the audience and helps
people to appreciate the ways they may enjoy their whisky. She
has talked extensively about whisky to trade and consumer gatherings
and conducted many of these tastings for whisky enthusiasts and
beginners alike. She also participates in whisky education for
drinks trade staff from both the hospitality and wholesale/retail
sides of the drinks business.
Helen is now an established whisky author with three books to
her credit. The first, "The Single Malt Whisky Companion", was
the first comprehensive guide to malt whiskies written by a woman.
It has been translated into over fifteen languages. Some of you
whom we have met or written to, already have this book. Her most
recent work is "Whisky - Uisge Beatha - The Water of Life" which
won two awards at the Salon International du Livre Gourmand 2000.
Over nearly twenty years Helen has worked as a consultant to various
major whisky companies and, with the National Trust for Scotland,
she runs the UK's largest whisky tasting, in London every two
years. It has raised large amounts of money for National Trust
properties in Scotland. As a Director of Distillery Destinations,
Helen passes on her unique knowledge and love of Scotch to lots
of you from home and overseas. The Scotch Whisky industry recognised
her contribution to the cause by making her a life member of the
prestigious Keepers of the Quaich in 1999.
the end of 2003 Caroline and Helen produced "Whisky Jottings"
a little whisky update book where they both reported on newer
brand and distillery developments in the previous year or two,
wrote about a selection of their own work and events and outlined
where to buy and try Scotch Whisky.
E-mail the Experts on
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like one of our tours or
tastings or if we can organise a whisky event or whisky dinner
for you. We can do these in certain other European languages if
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