The Whisky List has recruited experienced hospitality professional Scott Allan into the role of National On-Premise Sales Lead for the retailer’s growing portfolio of premium whisky brands.
The Whisky List portfolio now includes Hobart Whisky, Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Tobermory, Ledaig, Remnant, Decadent Drinks and Highlander Inn.
Allan brings over a decade of experience working in bars to the role, having most recently worked as Bar Manager at NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, where he oversaw one of Australia’s largest collections of American whiskies.
“As a bartender, I’ve been lucky enough to access so many opportunities to taste and to learn about whiskies and other spirits. For me, nothing beats being blown away by the flavour of something new, then learning how and why it tastes so damn good. I’m really excited to help The Whisky List bring that experience to more people, in world class venues all around Australia.” Allan said.
In his new role Allan will curate exciting in-person events for consumers and the trade, including organising the popular annual Sydney Whisky Week festival. He has already seen success with executing events such as the Rye July Extravaganza & The American Whiskey Show 2022.
The Whisky List’s co-founder Oliver Maruda said hiring bartenders is core to the company’s growth strategy and is the natural next step for those looking for their next leap in their hospitality career.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with a bartender of Scott’s calibre joining The Whisky List. His wealth of knowledge and experience in the category is a perfect fit for the role, and we can’t wait for Scott to visit your venues with our excellent range of premium whiskies.
“He’s hit the ground running having already hosted a number of trade and consumer tastings, as well as masterclasses in Sydney and Canberra. He’s currently scheduling visits for training and tasting opportunities across Australia, starting with Melbourne in early December. There’ll be lots of opportunities for your venue to discover some new whisky brands,” said Maruda.
Allan is currently organising a special trade-only tasting with whisky legend John Jarvis of Hobart Whisky. This tasting is open to anyone in hospitality across Australia. If you work in a bar, run a bottleshop or are involved in the liquor industry, you are invited to join the masterclass, more information is available on The Whisky List website.