Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised in the village of Blackness on the river Forth. At the age of seventeen my mother dragged me along to the Royal Navy careers office (as it turned out, a good thing) and I embarked upon a twenty-three-year career, which took me all over the world.
My travels continue; to date I have visited thirty five countries, some a number of times. I have lived and worked in seven countries.
As well as my Naval career, I have been a certified mountain guide; made and installed kilns in Australia; An instructor in Saudi Arabia; Documentation Manager for a software company in Taiwan; and in the USA I have been a salesman for Sears, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, a jewelry store manager, and for the last nine years, the senior case manager for the National Expert Witness Network based in Paradise, California. http://www.newnexperts.com
Outside of work, I have hiked across Scotland from the Atlantic to the North sea through the mountains on my own to raise money for Children's Hospice Scotland. I was the voluntary entertainments manager in Saudi Arabia, putting on two events a month for eighteen months for around one hundred people per event. Since moving to California, I have volunteered as a firefighter with Paradise Fire Department, as an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, as the President of Butte County Scottish Society and the Event Chair of "The Relay For Life" American Cancer Society.
I am a Balvenie and Glenfiddich Associate Brand Ambassador for the William Grant & Sons Company, but also host for many other whisky companies. I have been hosting whisky tastings, whisky/food pairing dinners, and whisky/cigar pairings in both California and Nevada for the last four years. I have been reviewing whiskies (mainly scotch) since 2010 and write about them in a free whisky newsletter ("Slange") that goes out to readers in ten different countries and is featured on a number of websites, including this one.
I also give talks/presentations on Scotland/whisky/highland dress/kilts etc, and have emceed many events all over the world, including the Las Vegas Celtic Games (twice). I am also a reviewer for "Worldwide Delicacies" (food and drink) and for "Trip Advisor" (Hotels and Restaurants) where over thirty five thousand people have read my reviews.
Burns Supper at Paradise, California
Bissett is an outstanding master of ceremonies. With his quick wit, confidence
and engaging character, he is entertaining as well as professional in his
ability to keep events moving along as planned. Paul has emceed our Burns
Suppers as well as numerous other events, and we are always happy to have him
back as a proven ingredient to the success of our events."
President, Butte County Scottish Society
Wedding at River Highlands Ranch.
you for your excellent officiating at my son's wedding! You were organized and
humorous, and the family thank you SO MUCH for your service!"
Burns celebration at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
participation presenting the address to the Haggis played a major role in the
success of our 2012 Robert Burns celebration. If it were not for people
such as you, we would not have the ability to present an event of this
magnitude to the people of northern Nevada and California."
Society of Scottish Clans
Introducing the mayor of Las Vegas at the Celtic games
Hosting a whisky tasting on the Queen Mary, Long Beach
Merryhill Elementary, Las Vegas, Nevada
Presenting the Balvenie at WhiskyFest, San Francisco
Explaining the whisky Flavor map at the highland games in San Diego
Pairing whisky and chocolate at whisky Live, Los Angeles
Host of the Celtic night, Paradise, California
Presenting the MaCallan "fine oak series" at the Sutter club, Sacramento
Whisky Cigar pairing at the Grindstone cigar club Redding, California
Pouring whiskies at Cafeteria 15L in Sacramento, California
Alexander Dawson School - Las Vegas, Nevada
Presenting whiskies at the Northern California Ballet fundraiser Paradise, California
Glenfiddich food pairing at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse Walnut Creek, California
Master of ceremonies, Burn's night Dinner Paradise, California
Presenting Auchentoshan at whisky Live Pleasanton, California
Pouring the Balvenie at Celtic night in Paradise, California
Pouring whiskies at the Mix night club Sacramento, California
Whisky and Cigar pairing at the Gaia hotel in Anderson, California