Tristan has been a familiar face at Bishop’s Cellar for quite some time. He left for a few years but we’re thrilled to have him working part-time in the shop again. Tristan enjoys keeping his palate sharp and finding the right product for each customer.
Our resident conversationalist, Tristan can engage just about anyone in a quality discussion about wine and spirits. He knows his stuff and enjoys learning more whenever he can. Tristan believes that understanding wine culture helps enrich other parts of his life as well. He’s interested in reading, enjoying new music and films, and brushing up on his kitchen creations.
Tristan Gray's Picks
It is a poorly-kept secret that although I love wine, whisky was my first love. As the air gets crisp each autumn, I return to it. There is no better way to celebrate Halifax’s best-dressed season than with a dram of whisky. This year I’ve chosen the exclusive (9000 bottles made) Springbank 14 Bourbon Wood. The nose has plenty of warming spices, vanilla, and baked pear richness but doesn’t forsake the sooty and sea-breeze driven profile of all good Campbelltown whisky. The palate has an added toasty sweetness and depth that helps balance the creosote, liquorice, and more challenging phenolic flavours of Springbank without obscuring them. This is like a liquid wood-stove ready to warm you up just as the chill sets in. Though it loves pumpkin pie and rich cheeses, this whisky is best paired with a long walk among the changing leaves… but why choose?