The Last Word with Joe Magowan, Irish Whiskey Ambassador Dillon Bass
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
Since May 2016.
DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
There really is no typical day. No day is ever the same, which is something I love about the job. I’d say the only consistent thread day to day is that I’m always talking about Irish whiskey.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
I’d say my first real job was in The Vineyard. This was where I really took an interest in quality drinks. My first real love affair was with beer and brewing but I soon moved onto wine and finally settled on Irish whiskey.
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: I think Sopranos is probably the best TV show ever made but the show that I find myself watching the most of is Seinfeld.
FAVOURITE FILM: Anything that blends Sci-fi and horror. Alien, The Thing, They Live…
ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Fisherman’s Blues, The Waterboys
FAVOURITE BAND: That’s a hard one. I suppose the band I own the most albums of is Darkthrone.
LAST BOOK READ: Good Things To Drink, by Ryan Chetiyawardana
FAVOURITE FOOD: I like to eat different food all the time. I suppose my favourites are probably Korean and Japanese food.
Coppi. I’m blown away every time I eat there. The Duck Ragu is amazing.
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: Midleton Park Hotel just a few days ago when I was visiting our distillery.
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: I was in Woodworkers last weekend. It’s probably one of my favourite bars because they have a good selection of whiskey and plenty of nice beer.
FAVOURITE PLACE IN WORLD: I love Cherryvale Playing Fields. It’s a large park behind my parents’ house. I love walking my dog there.
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Definitely indoor concerts. I’ve never had much luck with weather at festivals…
LAST HOLIDAY: Three nights in Edinburgh at the start of the year. Although I’m off to Seville and Jerez in about a month and that’ll be my first big holiday for a few years. Lots of sherry and tapas!
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK:
Definitely coffee. Although I’d drink it hot or cold these days.
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK:
Snapple Fruit Punch
BEER OR CIDER: Beer, without a doubt. I’m currently fermenting a milk stout and a New England IPA under my stairs.
WHITE OR RED WINE: White. I love aged whites like Riesling or Pinot Gris.
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Brandy. Just kidding. Whiskey, of course.
GIN OR VODKA: Gin. Monkey 47 and tonic please.
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Cocktails. My favourite is a Sazerac.
WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
I’m not sure about four people… but if I could invite two I’d bring my brother and his wife since they live in Canada and I don’t get to see them often.
ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
My Ricoh GR. It’s my favourite camera. I’ve owned it for four years and I use it almost every day. If it broke, I’d probably replace it with the exact same camera.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Jeff Bridges – but only if he still has a beard.
WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?
Irish Whiskey Ambassador for Dillon Bass. I really do love Irish whiskey and with this job I get to talk about it all the time.
INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?
I probably couldn’t pick one person I’d call an inspiration. There are a number of people who I think have admirable qualities but there’s no point trying to be someone else. I try to be the best person I can be.
THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT?
Set yourself goals. If you want something, be realistic. Set a goal, give yourself a timeline and go for it.
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