I’m editorially independent, buy my own booze mostly, and come from a supportive, but critical point of view. If I’m a guest or receive hospitality such as products to review, I’ll let you know- see my disclosure policy below.
When reviewing a product I’ll measure it against my experience, and more importantly, against the ambition of the maker. So if they’re aiming for the best gin in the world, then that’s the benchmark they’ll be placed against, if its just an honest product, then that’s fine too, I’m no snob.
For over a dozen years I worked as a fine dining manager around the world, a professional event organiser and social entrepreneur. I ran restaurants and later an events company in Canberra, Sydney, Port Douglas, Ottawa, London, Scotland and elsewhere.
So I’ve a love and understanding of the industry, and if I’m critical, its coming from a ‘tough love’ point of view.
I created the Centenary Martini (aka the Centini) to mark the 100th Birthday of Canberra, Australia’s Capital in 2013. That really flushed out the enthusiasm for the most elegant of cocktails in that city. You can read this page to find out more about that adventure.
In 2015 I had the honour of presenting the first ever TED talk on the Martini. You can watch it here on YouTube.
Why Martini Whisperer?
Like many good things, this happened over a great Martini. I was leaving the wonderful Eau du Vie bar in Melbourne one night after a few cocktails with a friend, and on our way out a posse of lovely actresses came by and insisted I join them for a drink.
My companion suggested that I was well placed to order a Martini for them all.
So I took a moment to look into their eyes, and composed a Martini just for them (‘I think for you, a medium dry Plymouth Gin with a twist.’) which the superb bar staff took note of for the dozen guests, each one unique.
Once they sampled the cocktails they acclaimed me as the ‘Martini Whisperer’! and that was that!
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