Welcome toThe Whisky Lounge

The Whisky Lounge is a place in which EVERYONE is encouraged to develop and nurture their interest and passion in the 'Water of Life'.

Meet the team

I've never failed to be impressed by the enthusiasm, commitment and sheer passion that everyone at The Whisky Lounge shows towards whisky. Whisky drinkers around the world would be much worse off without the likes of Eddie and the team championing their cause.

What our visitors say

Meet the team

Eddie Ludlow

Eddie Ludlow

Founder & Evangelist

Eddie is the founder of The Whisky Lounge.
Having worked in various parts of the industry, including for Ardbeg & Glenmorangie and Oddbins, Eddie has possibly brought more whisky to more people and parts of the UK than anyone else. He still loves being ‘hands on’ and in amongst it and can usually be found converting new whisky-drinkers at all of our large events.

Eddie has been an IWSC whisky judge since 2009, is a Keeper of the Quaich and a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Distillers. His first book, ‘Whisky – A Tasting Course’ was published by DK in 2019, and was nominated for ‘Best Debut Drinks Book’ in 2020 in the Fortnum and Mason Food & Drink book awards.

Amanda Ludlow

Amanda Ludlow

Co-founder

Amanda has worked world wide in the food and drinks industry for 20 years. Her whisky journey really began in earnest when she joined The Whisky Lounge in 2011.

Amanda is the behind the scenes ideas factory of the business. She has a maniacal passion for putting the The Whisky Lounge customer first. Since joining the team Amanda has continued to develop her love of whisky and all spirits becoming a IWSC judge in 2015.

Our Whisky Missionaries

Connas

Lee Connor

North-East of England

"It's easier if you call me Connas!"

Famous for being the best Banjo player on his street ("prove me wrong!"). Lee's more notable experiences include some nonsense in the Finance Sector, various ongoing work for charitable organisations and active involvement in the local music scene.

His rise into whisky geekery started in his 20's, when he could often be seen spoiling perfectly good spirit with various mixers. His pallet, not to mention his metabolism, has since "matured", and this, combined with a trip to Islay with the TWL team in 2013, means he now has an almost overwhelming interest in all things whisky.

What our visitors say

I’ve never failed to be impressed by the enthusiasm, commitment and sheer passion that everyone at The Whisky Lounge shows towards whisky. Whisky drinkers around the world would be much worse off without the likes of Eddie and the team championing their cause.

Graham Eunson

Distillery Manager, Tomatin

There are many people out there who profess to know a lot about whisky, and have clearly chosen this subject as their ‘flavour of the month’.

And then there are people who genuinely, passionately live, breathe, eat and sleep whisky, and these are the people who are truly worth listening to, and who will genuinely teach you something about this fantastic subject that you didn’t already know. Eddie Ludlow is undoubtedly in this latter category.

Dr. Bill Lumsden

Head of Distilling & Whisky Creation, Glenmorangie

The Whisky Lounge events have been like a breath of fresh air to the UK whisky scene. Exceptionally well-organised, their informal, contemporary approach has brought a new audience of enthusiastic men and women to the world of whisky, while still attracting all our old (and young!) friends. For Compass Box, the Whisky Lounge events are one of the first things to go in our diaries each year!

Chris Maybin

Compass Box Whisky Co.

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