"John Quinn is Tullamore D.E.W.’s Global Brand Ambassador and, having worked in the industry for more than 40 years, he knows a thing or two about Irish whiskey!
Not just a pretty face, John has been recognised by both his peers and the industry for his knowledge and commitment to Irish whiskey. He was named ‘Whiskey Brand Ambassador’ of the year by Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky awards 2016. If that wasn’t enough to boost his ever expanding ego, John was also named one of the Top 10 most influential people in Irish whiskey by The Spirits Business in 2016.
When it comes to whiskey, from grain to glass, the man is a travelling storehouse of knowledge and he’s ready to share it. He can tell you the story behind every label and shed light on every note you taste.
And he’s an open book—his knowledge is your knowledge; his wisdom yours for the taking.
John broke into the whiskey business in 1974, and in the intervening years has managed to serve in almost every role imaginable at Tullamore D.E.W. All this true experience has built up a truly exceptional expertise, but he never loses his enthusiasm when bringing his favourite whiskey to another new customer.
Tasked with travelling around the globe, John works closely with key bar staff, brand managers and consumers, spreading the message that Tullamore D.E.W. is the only whiskey to insist on the ‘Power of Three’ at the three key stages of whiskey making. It is:
Triple distilled to produce a whiskey of exceptional smoothness.
A triple blend of all three types of Irish whiskey: golden grain, single malt, and pot still; yielding a whiskey of greater complexity.
Triple cask matured in three distinct cask types – traditional refill, ex-bourbon and ex- sherry: to create unrivalled depth and balance of flavour
John also works alongside our enthusiastic team of local Tullamore D.E.W. brand ambassadors in key markets such as America, UK, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Scandinavia and Ireland.
A man of many talents, John is fluent in French and Spanish and also has a working knowledge of Portuguese and Italian. John describes himself as a true Irishman and is proud to be among the five percent of the Irish population that is fluent in Gaelic.
He also enjoys traditional Irish sports in his spare time and has even been known to enjoy a spot of Irish dancing. John lives in Dublin with his (saintly) wife Sheila. They have four grown up children and three grandchildren! In his spare time, John likes to keep active with golf and skiing. He also enjoys playing the guitar and singing – when no one is listening!"