Meet Rusty Cerven. Winner of many accolades in the beverage world including being the Slovak representative on the Finals of the 10th Global Finlandia Vodka Cup in Finland in 2008, being the UK representative on the Global Final of Bombay Sapphire Competition in Morroco in 2012, and World Champion for Bols Around The World Competition in Amsterdam in 2013.
With several years experience under his belt, tending at The Connaught Bar and The Gibson in London, Rusty now serves as a freelancer assisting with bar development and consultancy.
A highly skilled, well traveled bartender with great passion and interest in hospitality, the bar industry, and the hotel business, Rusty understands this job as a craft and in his opinion the key objective is not to meet customer expectations, but to exceed them. We asked Rusty what he thinks about whisky, age statements and more. Here’s what he had to say.
What is your favourite Whisky/Whiskey and why?
I love the whisky category in general, it inspires me mainly for its craft and uniqueness. Compared to other spirits, it is more sensitive to location or climate where it is produced. If I should choose my preference, I go for whisky from Islay. It has very specific character with strong peaty flavours, which are unique only to whiskies from this island.