We speak to our Brand Ambassador, Andrew Lennie, about cocktails, how he got started in the business and what a Brand Ambassador gets up to on a daily basis.
What first got you interested in mixology and the cocktail business?
My first bar job was at The Living Room in Edinburgh back in 2008. Every day was a school day and I was lucky to be surrounded by some incredibly talented people back then. I was constantly asking questions to help me improve and became fascinated by cocktail history.
What is your favourite cocktail-related memory?
In spring last year, I was announced the winner of Talisker’s inaugural UK cocktail competition “The Race To Skye”. The competition allowed me to combine my love for whisky with my love of being creative with cocktails. I found the whole process both exciting and challenging and it carved the path for my career today.
It was through the resulting exposure that I was introduced to Drew and Helen at Lindores Abbey Distillery and now here I am, representing one of the newest and most exciting distilleries in Scotland only a stones throw from the house I was brought up in.
How do you like to drink Aqua Vitae?
I love drinking our Aqua Vitae neat alongside a nice dark beer. My favourite Aqua Vitae cocktail is our twist on “The Last Word” using equal measures of AV, Maraschino Liqueur, Green Chartreuse and fresh Lime juice, made for us by the Last Word Saloon in Edinburgh.
What does your role as a Brand Ambassador entail?
As a Brand Ambassador for Lindores Abbey my job is to introduce our Aqua Vitae to drink lovers and whisky lovers across the country.
For instance we have recently been holding a series of Trade Events at bars in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and London, introducing Aqua Vitae to bartenders, which has been great fun, although a little tough on the liver! I also regularly attend Trade shows such as Imbibe showcasing the Distillery, and visit bars, restaurants and partners that stock our Aqua Vitae.
I also get to bring guests to our beautiful distillery and share our unique history. I am incredibly excited to be a part of this new chapter of Scotch whisky production, celebrating our historical connections to the first records of distilling in Scotland as well as my personal connections to a place where I grew up.
What is your favourite drink?
My favourite cocktail is called “The Fugazi” It was created by Sam Baxendale when he was managing Bramble in Edinburgh. It used Absentroux herbal wine, elderflower, celery bitters and lemon peel. Amazing!
What advice would you give to those looking to get in to this field of work?
Attending trade events and tastings is a great place to start. I also found entering cocktail competitions an excellent way to meet like minded people and experience the amazing diversity of talent within our industry.
What is your favourite part of your role?
The atmosphere around the distillery on a daily basis is phenomenal. My first few days working alongside the distillery team were an experience I won’t forget anytime soon. The smell in the still house when our spirit is on the cut is also amazing. Either those things or Gus, the Scottie dog who lives at the distillery!
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