“There’s such a wonderful camaraderie around whisky that attracts people from all walks of life and it’s a joy and honour to meet those people and share their enthusiasm and learn from them.” – Kelly Carpenter.
In this Whisky Women interview, she speaks about why she fell in love with whisky, how forming the Society came about, why it’s important to follow your passions and what SMWS dram she could live on forever.
Aberlour a’bunadh is one of my early loves; I’m partial to a big sherry bomb and this consistently fits the bill. I’m currently working through Batch 36 and will be sad when it’s done!
What do you enjoy most about your current role?
How do you see the Society developing in Canada?
The minute someone sits down with a dram, they’re already involved in the whisky world. I think it’s a question of how far they want to immerse themselves. There are those that are absolutely content to enjoy that dram and that’s as far as they want to go with it. Then there are those that look at the liquid in that glass and ponder the bigger picture – how is it made? What is its history? How can I find out more about it? Once you start seeking the answers then you’re getting involved in the whisky world on a deeper level.
Oh, trick question!! Since all our bottlings are single cask, I could never drink the same three for the rest of my life. A concept which, while heartbreaking when I finish a favourite, is also exciting knowing there’s always another gem coming down the pipe. That said, I would be completely content to have a never-ending supply of 2.81: “Black tea in a greenhouse.” Wishful thinking…
What is one of your favourite memories involving whisky drinking?
I’ve been lucky enough to have several extraordinary moments, but a real highlight was standing in Bowmore’s Number 1 warehouse with a small group of friends trying the White Bowmore straight from the sample bottle; we were the first people outside the company to try it. The whisky itself is amazing but to sample it in that setting made the experience even more special and one I won’t ever forget.