The Last Word

The Last Word with Lauren McMullan, Bushmills Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador, Proximo Spirits

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
I have been in this role for almost three months now but in the five years prior, I was working at the Old Bushmills Distillery conducting tours and whiskey tastings.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
Every day brings something different. On a typical day I begin by catching up on emails and any admin work that needs addressed, before heading out to visit bars and bartenders around the country. Depending on the day, I will then finish with a training session, educating bartenders on the wonderful world of Bushmills Irish Whiskey.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
I worked in a bakery when I was 17. You can imagine everyone’s delight on a Sunday when I got to bring home any leftover pavlovas and banoffee pies.

ENTERTAINMENT:
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: The Blame Game
FAVOURITE FILM: I honestly don’t know where I would start with trying to choose one.
ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Sucker Punch by Sigrid
FAVOURITE BAND: The 1975
LAST BOOK READ: The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Lady Gaga

SOCIAL:
FAVOURITE FOOD: Anything Mexican
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Neptune & Prawn in Portrush
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: Jury’s Inn in Dublin
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: Me & Mrs Jones in Portstewart
FAVOURITE PLACE IN WORLD:
New York
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL:
Festival
LAST HOLIDAY:
New York

DRINKS:
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: Tea. Recently, I’ve been drinking Suki Tea’s limited-edition Black Bush inspired tea blend, which was created in collaboration with Bushmills Irish Whiskey as part of the #BlackBushStories series – who knew whiskey and tea went so well together?
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: Coke Zero
BEER OR CIDER: Beer
WHITE OR RED WINE: White Wine
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Do you even have to ask? Whiskey!
GIN OR VODKA: Gin
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Cocktails

WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY? Freddie Mercury, Nelson Mandela, Meryl Streep and Lady Gaga.

ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? I hate to say it but probably my phone.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Reese Witherspoon.

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB? As cheesy as this sounds, I’m doing my ideal job.

FAVOURITE QUOTE?
“When you focus on the good, the good gets better.”

INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?
My parents. They have always supported me 100% in everything that I do.

THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT?
To never give up on something you really want, no matter what is thrown in your path along the way. With hard work and dedication, you’ll get there.

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