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Mary Anne Mumbi

International Women’s Day Edition

From Hillary Clinton who always makes time for a stiff glass of whiskey, to Ava Gardner whose wish was to die with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other, we wish to mark International Women’s day with 4 lovely ladies and their love for whisky.

Mary Anne Mumbi

President Women Who Whiskey – Nairobi

Mary Anne Mumbi

  1. When did you discover you prefer whiskey over other drinks?

Almost immediately I tried my first whisky which was Johnnie Walker – the rich history behind the brand intrigued me and ever since this introduction, it’s been a fascinating whisky journey, as I try new whiskies.

  1. What is it you like about whiskey?

The taste – I can find a whisky for whatever mood I am in. I love how diverse whisky is and also – as a foodie, the fact that I can pair it with different meals is a huge plus. The experimental process is fun!

  1. How do you take your whiskey?

Usually, you’ll find me enjoying my whisky with a dash of water, but I do enjoy classic cocktails with whisky sour being a frequent pick. I also have to say, the beauty about whisky is you can have it however you like – on ice, with water, as a cocktail or topped up with soda. The most important thing is that you enjoy it.

  1. How many whiskies have you tasted so far?

I have lost count, but I can say it’s in the hundreds. I love exploring and experimenting with whiskies; on nights out, I order drams I have never tasted and through this I have discovered fantastic drams. I then proceed to purchase the bottles and add them to the Women Who Whiskey vault.

  1. What is the most interesting whiskey that you have tasted?

Athru Annacoona, which is the most unique Irish whiskey I have ever tasted.

  1. Which is your favorite go to whiskey bottle and why do you enjoy this bottle?

This question always comes up and I always have a different answer every time because it depends on my mood at the time. At the moment I am exploring Japanese whiskies with Nikka, Yamazaki and Hibiki being recent favorites. I also recently sampled Aultmore 18 and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  1. What whiskies are on your must-try list?

There are many whiskies on my to-try list so I will give the top 3 which I am planning to try out soon;

  • Glenfiddich Grand Cru
  • Octomore 10.1
  • Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Maureen Kanyi

Maureen Kanyi

  1. When did you first become a whiskey lover?

8 years ago. My friend and I were at a bar trying to decide on what to drink when she suggested Jack Daniels and Coke. That’s when I realized there’s a whole world of whiskey that I didn’t know about.

  1. What was it about whiskey that drew you into that world?

I find each whiskey has such definitive characteristic, none taste like another. And this is a world you can be drawn into, a world that you can get deliciously lost in.

  1. How do you take your whiskey?

It depends. If I am sipping on Jack Daniels, then I will add some coke and ice cubes to my glass. Most of the single malts, I will only add 1 ice cube to my glass and when it comes to something like a Dalwhinnie or Monkey Shoulder, I like to enjoy it neat.

  1. How many whiskies have you tasted so far?

Wow, hard to tell, maybe over 20 or 30 different types……not sure

  1. What is the most interesting whiskey that you have tasted?

I think so far it’s The Glenmorangie Lasanta .

  1. Which is your favorite go to whiskey and why do you enjoy this bottle?

I like the Dalwhinnie Scotch Whiskey. It’s really smooth and easy to drink. This blend is not too strong and definitely a good choice to sit back and relax with.

  1. Why do you think some ladies shy away from whiskey?

I think some ladies believe that whiskey is too strong. They probably tried a certain whiskey that they did not enjoy and unfortunately that stuck with them. The key here is to experiment, see what you like.

  1. What whiskies are on your must-try list?

The Suntory Whisky Toki. It came up in a conversation and I was like mmmh whiskey from Japan…That will be interesting..

  1. It’s no secret that ladies who like to enjoy whiskey may have to deal with some misogynistic comments and remarks. Can you share a time where you were in such a situation and what’s the best way to deal with this?

Fortunately, I have never dealt with any misogynistic remarks with regards to my choice of drink, and a lot of ladies today are trying and experimenting with different types of whiskeys. It’s no longer a mans world.

  1. If you could enjoy a glass of whiskey with a lady past or present, who would it be?

Faith Njeri and Viola Davis

Faith Njeri

Beautician

  1. When did you become a whiskey lover?

Around 2013

  1. What was it about whiskey that drew you into that world?

I enjoy the taste of whiskey and another advantage is that I don’t have to deal with a hangover, even after binging all night.

  1. How do you take your whiskey? (Neat, with ice cubes, water or on a cocktail)

I add a couple of ice cubes to my glass, and sometimes I like to enjoy a delicious whiskey cocktail

  1. Why do you think some women shy away from whiskey?

Because it is often considered a man’s drink, at least from where I’m from.

  1. What is your favorite go-to whiskey and why do you like this specific whisky?

Singleton 12 years. I love the fruity scent and the spices. sweetness and woody warm feeling.

  1. What advice would you give to a whisky newbie?

Not really a word of advice, I’d simply ask them, where have you been all this time?

  1. If you could enjoy a glass of whiskey with a lady, past or present, who would it be?

Definitely Maureen Kanyi – Founder of Oaks and Corks.

Tiffany Adisa

Sales Representative – Oaks & Corks

  1. When did you discover you prefer whiskey over other drinks?

Around 5 years ago.

  1. What is it you like about whiskey?

When you take it neat, you’re unlikely to suffer from a hangover

  1. How do you take your whiskey (Neat, with ice cubes, water, on a cocktail, soda?)

I add just a few ice cubes to my glass

  1. How many whiskies have you tasted so far?

8 different varieties

  1. What is the most interesting whiskey that you have tasted?

Johnnie Walker, Double Black

  1. Which is your favorite go to whiskey and why do you enjoy this bottle?

I love Jack Daniels. It is very sweet for a whiskey and it’s on the lower end of alcohol content

  1. What whiskies are on your must-try list?

All varieties of the Fiddich

 

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