From the original triple blend Irish whiskey
Blend is your unique story. Your celebration of diversity, immigration, or overcoming social challenges in the pursuit of life.
We want to hear it all. Where you’re from, how you found your way, how far you’ve come (personally and professionally and beyond!), and what you’ve had to overcome to make it all possible.Share your story with #IAMBLEND
Below are celebrations of blend. Blended backgrounds, stories of diversity, social, economic, and cultural challenges that were overcome.
M y name is Alain Hain and I was born in Acapulco, Mexico. I associate with the people around me more than I associate with a specific country. Because of my background and upbringing and heritage, I am more open-minded to other cultures and blends. I’m proud to be a United States citizen but at the same time, I’m proud to be a citizen of the world.
M y name is Shem Blum. I’m Scottish, Welsh, Northern European, Greek, and half of my ancestry is Russian-Hungarian. My mother’s side was Catholic, and my father’s side was Jewish. Making sure those different traditions are carried through is important to them, and it’s something that I’ll hopefully pass down to younger generations. Most of us are blends of a lot of different nationalities, traditions, rituals and religions, and most people who live in America are immigrants from some other part of the world. It’s important to identify with who you are and who your people are but also understand and accept others.
M y name is Dor Ameir. I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but I live in Brooklyn, New York. My background is African American and I grew up in a very Afro-centric family, so we really connected with our culture and our background. On both sides of my family, my grandparents were involved in the civil rights movement. I always felt that the whole idea of who we are as black people. Felt that being black was an important part of our family’s heritage, our culture, and and our being.There’s a little bit of black people in everything: technology, clothing, music, and entertainment. Growing up, I didn’t have the chance to interact with other races. Living in New York City now has been a culture shock, I see people of all different types of ethnicities. As cultures blend together, i just see more understanding and acceptance of values.
M y name is Eugene Steficek. I grew up in a small city in northern New Jersey. As an adopted black kid growing up in a white town, whoever nurtures you, whoever brought you up - that’s family. My mom who raised me will always be my mom. I try to live my life as a person who is welcoming, very open, affirming of other people. This is what my upbringing taught me.
M y name is Christina Labrador and I was born and raised on Long Island. Growing up Puerto Rican, I always heard stories about my culture, my heritage, where my ancestors came from. I’m so fascinated by where I’m from and how my family arrived…I get mistaken for a lot of different things. I recently completed a DNA test and learned that I’m 29% Iberian Peninsula, 12% African, 5% Irish, 11% British, 5% Ashkenazi. Knowing this helped me cope with feelings of being a cultural outsider as I grew up. Today, I love all cultures because I feel like I can relate to many of them for some reason. The results gave me the validation to think “I’m one of you, and kinda one of you too.”
M y name is Roger Guerrero. My father is from Cuba and my mother is from Colombia. My mom is actually Afro-Colombian and my dad is more of a European blend. I’m first generation, born in the US. My parents’ customs are still very strong. They left Cuba and Colombia to give us a better life. My brother and I were the first ones in our family to go to college. Since I was a child, I was exposed to a lot of people from a lot of different places. The apartment building that I lived in was full of first generation immigrants. My father was the superintendent of the building, so everyone would get together in our apartment. It was a melting pot of different cultures. It was definitely an interesting blend.
M y name is Camille Workman. I am a mix of black, white, and Native American, German, Irish, Polish, French…and a little bit of Cuban. I wasn’t raised as an African American, I wasn’t raised as a Native American, I wasn’t raised as a Cuban or a French woman. I was told how to be a person of the world and really enjoy all of the cultures that my various family members have contributed to my heritage. I’m so lucky, I’m what the world is going to be in generations to come, just a mix of all the people on the planet.
Our very own Blend story starts with the Irish immigrants who stopped at nothing to introduce the first Irish blend—one that brought people together and was enjoyed by all.View Our Range
The film returns to Danny, one of our four heroes from the Parting Glass, who has moved to America to take over his father’s traditional Irish bar. Here his customers are his friends, and they are representative of the rich cultural diversity of modern New York.
Danny Boy captures a moment of tension, tease and love between a man, his wife and his friends to showcase both The Beauty of Blend and Tullamore D.E.W.’s distinctly Irish True Character.