Scot-Talks

Whisky Ambassador, Wedding Officiant & Raconteur


Welcome to Scot-talks.  Here you will find over 800 Whisky Bars, in 72 countries.  As well as over 130 Whisky newsletters (free, just click to read them), also my blog on Whisky and Scotland and information on Celtic and Scottish weddings.  To see my experience, just scroll down this page.




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Biography


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.  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 (EMT), a jewelry store manager, and for the last eleven years, the senior case manager for the National Expert Witness Network based in Paradise, California. http://www.newnexperts.com
Outside of work, I conduct Celtic weddings and Scottish weddings.  I am also a whisky Ambassador and host whisky and whiskey tastings, whisky and food pairings, whisky and cigar pairings in both California and Nevada.  
For fun, I research whisky bars, write a whisky blog, and produce a free whisky newsletter, that goes out to readers in ten different countries.  
I also give talks on all things Scottish and have been the Master of Ceremonies at many events all over the world, including the Las Vegas Celtic Games (twice). 


Experience
Springbank Whisky School Campbeltown, Scotland. June 2016
5 day course working on all aspects of whisky making, from malting the barley to bottling and packaging the whisky.

Whisky Tastings & Whisky Dinners (over 100 events)
(Host or co-host)

  • "Astar" whisky club - Paradise, California (every Friday for 6 years) 
  • Bay Club - Redwood Shores, California (2014)
  • Bay Club - Redwood Shores, California (2015)
  • Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento, California (December 2012) 
  • Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento, California (January 2013) 
  • Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento, California (February 2013)
  • Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento, California (January 2014)
  • Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento, California (August 2014)
  • Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento, California (January 2015)
  • Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento, California (March 2015)
  • Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento, California (January 2016) 
  • Cafeteria 15L - Sacramento, California (March 2016) 
  • Celtic Celebration - Paradise, California (2012)
  • Celtic Games - Las Vegas, Nevada (2011) (6 tastings over 2 days)
  • Celtic Games - Las Vegas, Nevada (2012) (6 tastings over 2 days)
  • Christian Brothers Academy - Sacramento, California (2014)
  • Christian Brothers Academy - Sacramento, California (2015)
  • Gaia hotel - Anderson, California (2011)
  • Grand Sierra Resort & Casino - Reno, Nevada (2014) 
  • Grand Sierra Resort & Casino - Reno, Nevada (2015)
  • Grindstone Cigar Club - Redding, California (Whisky & Cigar pairing) (2012)
  • Grindstone Cigar Club - Redding, California (Whisky & Cigar pairing) (2013)
  • Grindstone Cigar Club - Redding, California (Whisky & Cigar pairing) (2015)
  • Highland Games - San Diego, California (4 tastings over 2 days) (2011)
  • Jefferson Pipe Band - Redding, California - Whisky tasting (2015)
  • Jefferson Pipe Band - Redding, California - Whisky tasting (April 2016)
  • Masonic Lodge - Paradise, California - Whisky, Scotland in a glass (2013)
  • Masonic Lodge - Paradise, California - Whisky , Scotland in a glass (2014)
  • Northern California Ballet - Paradise, California - Whisky tasting (2014)
  • Northern California Ballet - Paradise, California - Whisky tasting (2015)
  • Queen Mary - Long Beach, California (6 tastings over 2 days) (2012)
  • Riverside Golf & Country Club - Redding, California (2015)
  • Rotary Club - Davis, California - Whisky tasting evening(2015)
  • Rotary Club - Davis, California - Whisky tasting evening(2016)
  • Rotary Club - Paradise, California - Whisky tasting lunch (2013)
  • Rotary Club - Redding, California - Whisky tasting lunch (2012)
  • Rotary Club - Redding, California - Whisky tasting lunch (2013)
  • Rotary Club - Redding, California - Whisky tasting lunch (20114)
  • Seaside Highland Games - Ventura, California - (5 tastings over 3 days) (2012)
  • St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada  - Whisky, Scotland in a glass
  • Sutter Club - Sacramento, California (2013)
  • Taste for a cause - Chico, California (2014)
  • Taste for a cause - Chico, California (2015)
  • Taste for a cause - Chico, California (2016)
  • "The Mix" - Sacramento, California (2012)
  • Toys for Tots (with US Marine Corps) Belmont, California (2014)
  • Turtle Bay - Redding, California (2014)
  • Whisky Extravaganza - Los Angeles, California (2014)
  • Whisky & Food pairings dinner - Fleming's Steak House Walnut Creek, CA (2012) 
  • Whisky & Food pairings dinner - Nash's restaurant Chico, California (2011)
  • Whisky & Food pairings dinner - Nash's restaurant Chico, California (2012)
  • Whisky & Food pairings dinner - Queen Vic pub, Riviera Casino Las Vegas, NV (2012)
  • WhiskyFest - San Francisco, California (2012)
  • Whisky Live - Los Angeles, California (2012)
  • Whisky Live - Pleasanton, California (2012)
  • Whisky, Wine, Cigars & Brews - Redding, California (2013) 
  • Whisky, Wine, Cigars & Brews - Redding, California (2014)
  • World Whisky Day - Paradise, California (2013)
  • Young's Market Training Day - Redding, California (2015)



Radio & Television Interviews


Radio

  • British Forces Broadcasting Service - Gibraltar
  • KKXX - Butte County Scottish Society - Chico, California - 2015
  • KKXX - Taste for a Cause - Charity Whisky & Wine Event - Chico, California - 2016
  • KQMS - Jefferson Pipe Band - Charity Whisky Event - Redding, California - 2016 


Television 

  • Action News Now - Celtic Celebration - Chico, California
  • BBC Television - Quiz Master - British Royal Navy
  • BBC Television - Performer - Royal Albert Hall, London  
  • British Royal Navy - Leadership training video - Bodmin Moor 
  • KCLV - Celtic Games, Master of Ceremonies - Las Vegas - 2011

 


Master of Ceremonies (over 80 events)

  • Butte County Scottish Society -Paradise, California - For eight years at all events - Including; Burns Night dinners and Tartan Night celebrations 
  • Chamber of Commerce Ambassador - Paradise, California - At a number of new business openings
  • Jefferson Pipe Band - Redding, California - Scotland a light hearted look 
  • Las Vegas Celtic Games (2011) - Las Vegas, Nevada -Freemont Street Experience "Ceilidh" (two night event)   
  • Las Vegas Celtic Games (2011) - Las Vegas, Nevada (two day event)
  • Las Vegas Celtic Games (2012) - Las Vegas, Nevada - Celtic Games (two day event)   
  • Las Vegas Celtic Games (2012) - Las Vegas, Nevada - Freemont Street Experience "Ceilidh" (two night event)   
  • Queen Vic Pub, Riviera Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada - Burns Night, the bard of Scotland
  • Relay For Life - Paradise, California - Various events, including local television
  • Shasta Celtic Society - Reading, California - Parade of the Tartans
  • St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada - Burns Night the bard of Scotland
  • "White Elephant club" - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - "Entertainments Manager", two events a month for eighteen months
  • Windchimes Assisted living - Chico, California - Burns night, the bard of Scotland

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Presentations

  1. Alexander Dawson School - Las Vegas, Nevada - Scotland A to Z (Kindergarten)
  2. "Astar" whisky club - Paradise, California - Whisky, Scotland in a glass
  3. Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California - Hiking the West Highland Way, Scotland
  4. Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California - Hiking the Great Glen Way, Scotland
  5. Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California - Scotland a light hearted look
  6. Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California - Robert Burns the Bard of Scotland
  7. Enloe Hospital - Chico, California - Hiking the Great Glen Way, Scotland
  8. Feather River Assisted living - Paradise, California - A trip around Scotland
  9. Feather River Assisted living - Paradise, California - Scotland a light hearted look
  10. California Department of Forestry - Tehema County, California - Fire Safety
  11. First Presbyterian Church - Corning, California - Scotland (2012)
  12. First Presbyterian Church - Corning, California - Scotland a light hearted look(2013)
  13. First Presbyterian Church - Corning, California - Scotland A to Z (2014)
  14. First Presbyterian Church - Oroville, California - Scotland A to Z (2015)
  15. Infocomm - Taipei, Taiwan China - Documentation
  • Jefferson Pipe Band - Redding, California - Scotland a light hearted look (June 2016)
  • Lady Elks - Chico, California - A trip around Scotland
  1. Lady Elks - Paradise, California - A trip around Scotland
  2. Leadership course - Portsmouth, England - Events leading up to WWI
  3. Leadership course - Portsmouth, England - Dunkirk
  4. Leadership course - Bath, England - Events leading up to WWI
  5. Merryhill Elementary, Las Vegas, Nevada - Scotland A to Z 
  6. Nevada Society of Scottish Clans - Reno, Nevada - Scotland, a light hearted look
  7. NGSS - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Public Speaking
  8. Rotary Club - Redding California - Whisky, Scotland in a glass
  9. Senior Center - Paradise, California - A trip around Scotland
  10. Shriners - Chico, California - A trip around Scotland
  11. SIRs - Paradise, California - A trip around Scotland
  12. St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada - Hiking the West Highland Way, Scotland
  13. St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada - Scotland a light hearted look
  14. St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada - Robert Burns the bard of Scotland
  15. St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada  -Hiking the Great Glen Way
  16. St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada - William Wallace & Robert the Bruce
  17. St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada  -Whisky, Scotland in a glass
  18. Windchimes Assisted living - Chico, California, Nevada - A trip around Scotland

Robert Burns the bard of Scotland

  • Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California -  "Address to the Haggis" (2005)
  • Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California -  "Address to the Haggis" (2006)
  • Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California -  "Address to the Haggis" (2007)
  • Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California -  "Immortal memory"
  • Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California -  "Tam O' Shanter"
  • Butte County Scottish Society - Paradise, California -  "Toast to the Lassies"
  • Nevada Society of Scottish Clans - Reno, Nevada - "Address to the Haggis" (2012)
  • Nevada Society of Scottish Clans - Reno, Nevada - "Address to the Haggis" (2015)
  • Queen Vic Pub,Riviera Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada - "Address to the Haggis"
  • "White Elephant club" Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - "Toast to the Lassies"
  • St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Nevada  - "Address to the Haggis" (at Something Scottish)
  • Windchimes Assisted living - Chico, California - "Toast to the Lassies"

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Quiz Master (I have set & conducted hundreds of quiz's)

  • British Royal Navy - Various venues (including BBC television) over 23 years
  • Saudi Arabia - "White Elephant club"
  • Queen Victoria Pub, Riviera Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada - St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada  - Tartan Night "Scottish Quiz"