James Freeman

SMWS executive head chef

First whisky memory

Having my first SMWS dram at The Vaults on a Friday night around 25 years ago, I didn’t really do whisky before that.. it was a very different venue in those days, as some may remember.

Favourite whisky-drinking music

Got to be something with Scottish musicians, Stealers Wheel or Bert Jansch.

Best box set


Fantasy whisky tasting companions My great great grandparents when they were my age.

Most memorable dram A Cask No. 71.76: Scent with love, gifted by Sarah and the team at Queen Street on my wedding day.

Most used emoji Don't do emojis!

Guilty pleasure Homemade tablet.

Dream destination Patagonia in Argentina.

Strangest food

Sea urchin, great with a peaty malt.

Favourite bar Any with a pool table and a juke box and a good selection of single malts.