‘I’m 49, and I’ve been drinking whisky for 49 years'
James Buntin - The Whisky Ambassador.
I have just returned to Australia from London where I have spent the last two and a half years working with William Grants and sons as The Balvenie Ambassador for the UK.
Born in Edinburgh and raised in Perthshire, just a stones throw from some of the most famous and picturesque distilleries of Scotland, this experience has given me an early love and appreciation for all things Scotch especially the Single Malt variety, I have fond memories of visiting various distilleries with my father when I was a wee lad and Whisky has run through my veins ever since.
Before joining The Balvenie, I was the Ambassador for the ‘International Whiskey Experience' as well as the Ambassador for Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute and Glenfiddich. Over my career I have presented thousands of tasting sessions, educating and entertaining audiences around the world.Each Distillery takes great pride in its own methods of production and maturation which means each have their own unique taste and style and helping people discover these is one of my greatest passions.
During my long career in whisky I have been lucky enough to work with some of the biggest names in whisky production as well as many prestigious chefs who have helped me perfect the art of food matching especially when it comes to chocolate, charcuterie and hand crafted cheese.
I am now very excited to return to Australia and share these experiences with you and your guests as The Whisky Ambassador.