REPOST: Rum Connoisseur Interview of The Week: JOE SWANSON – National Spirit Specialist

Original Post by Jose Hoffman on Feb 13, 2019

1. Who is Joe Swanson?

I am the National Spirits Specialist for Vision Wine & Spirits, the import division of Martignetti Companies, where I work to deliver the spirit culture of our global partners to our partners in the US trade. I began with the company in 2015, and I see this work through the lens of brewing and distillation: I look for texture and the signature of the maker. When I taste a new spirit, I want to know why it exists. My work in the industry began in 2004 as a brewer at Harpoon in Boston, Massachusetts, and later as a brewer at Allagash in Portland, Maine, where I grew up. After that, I worked as a distiller for the Cold River Distillery in Freeport, Maine for over 10 years, and I later served as the distillery’s National Sales and Marketing Director. A craft spirit enthusiast and rum/whisk(e)y educator, I spend my time traveling the US sharing my passion with spirit audiences. I currently live in Maine with my wife and six children, where I am an avid musician and lifelong student of philosophy.