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Her first taste of a single malt may be the Talisker 18YO Matthew had offered her during a mutual friend’s wedding those many years ago, but her whisky expertise has blossomed since – not surprising when she gets to work with whisky luminaries the likes of Dave Broom, Michael Urquhart, and Thierry Benitah.
“Being in an industry where Valentine’s Day is one of the most important days of the year for the business, it usually means we rarely get to celebrate it ourselves,” sighs Nan, who today helps Howard run his growing F&B empire which includes the newly opened pizza parlour The World Is Flat at Changi Airport while taking care of their son Henry.
“I was working there frequently as a waiter, cashier, and dishwasher,” he remembers, “(and) since Nan was a regular there, we were talking frequently with each other.” One day he plucked up the courage to ask her out for a drink, then more drinks, and that soon developed into something more serious.
Their first experience with whisky started with Nan.
He would land at Auld Alliance where he continued to hone his whisky expertise, and where he got spotted by William Grant & Sons for the ambassadorial role for its top-selling Glenfiddich brand.
“Without Elaine’s support in those early years, I never would have ended up as the Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador for APAC,” Matthew muses. But those who know will be aware than the pint-sized Elaine is founder of public relations firm Brand Inc that’s behind many editions of Singapore’s leading annual spirits fair Whisky Live.
The best kind of relationships are often like the finest whiskies – two wholly different personalities blended into an integrated whole that’s even better the sum of its component parts.