National Director, Diageo Masters Of Whisk(e)y.
Ewan is a third generation ‘whisky man’. His father was maltings manager at Tamdhu Distillery in Speyside and later the distillery manager at Highland Park Distillery on the island of Orkney. His Grandfather was the brewer at the famed distillery Cardhu. Ewan was born in Dufftown, Scotland only a few feet away from Mortlach Distiller. Dufftown is often referred to as ‘The Whisky Capital of the World’ as more Scotch whisky is produced there than any other town in Scotland.
As though growing up on the grounds of a large distillery in Speyside wouldn’t be enough to put whisky fever into his soul, Ewan started his career in the Whisky industry at the age of 16 as a Maltman; a job that is only learned by one generation passing the knowledge to the next. The honor of this, the craftsmanship of the job and a family passion for whisky kicked off a career learning all aspects of whisky that continues to this day.
Since those early years as a Maltman, Ewan has broadened his knowledge throughout the world in all areas of whisky. From studying at distilleries on Islay to distilleries in Japan and the United States to marketing, and now as an educator, Ewan has become one of the most knowledgeable whisky resources in the industry.
Fortunately for us, Ewan loves sharing his unrelenting passion for whisky. If you asked Ewan what he loves most about his job he’d tell you ‘I feel very fortunate to have been born into possibly the best industry I can think of, I have travelled all over the World conducting tastings from the wilds of the Arctic Circle to the top of a mountain in a blizzard in Scotland. I love educating people about something I personally love and no two days are ever the same’.
Ewan is noted for his innovative sell out seminars and educational style from practical blending classes to multi-day chemistry courses on whisky maturation training both industry and consumers all over the US. Ewan is also a tutor writing and presenting seminars for Diageo’s ‘World Class’ program, the largest Global bartender competition with over 50,000 entrants every year.
Ewan also runs the ‘Masters of Whisk(e)y’ program of ambassadors in the US a team of 20 who last year (2014) mentored over 100,000 people Nationally making it the largest Whisk(e)y ambassador program in the World.
- Winner of Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky’ ‘World Whisky Ambassador 2016’
- Nominated for Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the year 2012, 2013, 2014 by Whisky Magazine’s ‘Icon’s of whisky’.
- Diageo ‘Masters of Whisk(e)y nominated for Scotch Whisky Ambassadors of the year 2013
- Inducted as a Keeper of the Quaich in 2014 (The highest achievement in the Scotch whisky industry)
Ewan is also Educator ‘in-residence’ at Diageo House Washington D.C where he had educated many of the Congress and Senate staff on the Diageo Whisk(e)y portfolio.
Ewan currently resides in Annapolis MD with his wife, two children and a cat called Talisker.