When did you realize whiskey was your drink?
Growing up in Ireland, its always been a thing where, if you've got a cold, you have a hot whiskey. If it's a cold night out, you have a whiskey. I met a gentleman out of Texas who was originally from Scotland — he walked into a bar and got a whiskey ginger. I had just met the guy and he was pretty inspiring. He knew everything there was to know about whiskey and the fact that you could drink whiskey with ginger ale was foreign to me. But then I thought, well, if he can drink it with ginger ale, then I can drink it with ginger ale. The love connection was instant.
What do most people not know about whiskey?
How it's made and how the ingredients vary. We're, thankfully, in the time when everybody is really getting into whiskey. We went through the craft beer phase, everybody was into their wines, and now people are paying attention to whiskey. Where it's from, if it's made from corn or rye, if it's from Ireland or Scotland, if it's made with barley. I think people are starting to delve deeper into whiskey and branch out and learn about it.