WhiskyFest Chicago Speaker Johnnie Mundell
Morrison Bowmore Distillers
For Johnnie Mundell, whisky and family go hand in hand. The Mundell family has been involved in transporting the whisky made on Islay since 1971 (Johnnie was born in 1977). The Kennacraig ferry terminal, gateway to Islay, was once part of his family’s farm used for summer picnics. Johnnie’s professional involvement in the whisky business started with his discovery that he possessed just the right mix of accent, green card and passionate outspokenness. He now travels the West Coast of the US, and occasionally points far and wide, as an educator for Morrison Bowmore Distillers.
Johnnie is known for his inimitable style in creating events that bring strangers together to appreciate fine single malts such as Auchentoshan, Bowmore, and Glen Garioch. He is infamous in Los Angeles for his uniquely cultured whisky and poetry events and his Bowmore Oyster Luge.
Today, his dream to travel around the world and tell stories for a living to all kinds of people has been fulfilled, telling the tale of Islay’s oldest distillery. Johnnie now lives near the beach in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters, and is always happy to trade whisky for words.