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Gavid D Smith
Gavin D Smith is one of Scotland's leading whisky writers and Contributing Editor Scotland for Whisky Magazine. He regularly undertakes writing commissions for leading drinks companies and produces articles for a wide range of publications, including Whisky Magazine, Whisky Magazine & Fine Spirits – France, Whisky Etc, Whisky Advocate, Whiskeria, Whisky Quarterly and The Cask. He is the author and co-author of some 30 books, and recent publications include The Dalmore Presents History in the Making – Richard Paterson 50 Year Anniversary and a new and fully updated edition of Michael Jackson's Whisky the Definitive World Guide, co-written with Dominic Roskrow.

Neil Ridley
Neil writes about whisky and other fine spirits for a number of publications globally, including The Daily and Sunday Telegraph. He is the former chairman of the World Whiskies Awards and regularly presents a drinks feature on the popular TV show, Channel 4 Sunday Brunch. His first book, (written with Gavin D. Smith) 'Let Me Tell You About Whisky' was published in 2013 and since then, he has co-authored 'Distilled', with Joel Harrison, which is now printed in thirteen languages, winning the Fortnum & Mason Drink Book Of The Year in 2015. His latest book, 'Straight Up...' celebrates the finest drinking experiences on every continent.

Jonny McCormick
Whisky writer and photographer Jonny McCormick is Contributing Editor of Whisky Advocate magazine and one of their leading whisky reviewers. He is known as a specialist in the field of rare and collectable whiskies, and his prolific writing on the topic has made him an authority on the secondary market. He is a Keeper of the Quaich and has presented Scotch whisky tastings in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison is an award winning author, communicator and industry consultant, whose work has been published in over 20 countries, across 13 different languages. His writing work can be seen in publications such as The Wall Street Journal India and The Daily Telegraph in the UK. Harrison also appears regularly on British television across a number of shows as a whisky specialist. He sits as a judge for the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) where today he holds the role of a Trophy Judge and Chairman across Scotch whisky and other spirits. In 2013 Harrison was made a Keeper of the Quaich.

Becky Paskin
Becky Paskin is editor of online magazine Scotchwhisky.com, the world's leading website for Scotch whisky lovers. She was the first journalist to gain a General Certificate in Distillation with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling – a qualification usually reserved for distillery operators. Becky has been writing about drinks for over 10 years, and is a member of the society Keepers of the Quaich. She regularly presents educational whisky seminars at global drinks shows. In 2018 she co-founded #OurWhisky, a movement to challenge outdated stereotypical perceptions of the modern whisky drinker.

Ian Buxton
Ian Buxton has nearly 30 years' experience in the whisky industry. He runs his own strategic marketing consultancy; holds tastings, and writes regular columns for a number of trade and consumer magazines. As well as several corporate histories, Ian has written three titles in the bestselling 101 Whiskies series and has enjoyed great success with the companion 101 Gins To Try Before You Die. Most recently, he wrote a whisky and travel personal memoir, Whiskies Galore, and has just published 101 Rums to Try Before You Die. Ian does not plan on dying any time soon – he has a 4 th edition of 101 Whiskies to prepare and then a revision of The Science & Commerce of Whisky (with Professor Paul Hughes) for the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Ian Wisniewski
Ian Wisniewski is a freelance drinks writer focusing on spirits, and particularly Scotch whisky. He contributes to various publications including Whisky Magazine and is the author of ten books, including Classic Malt Whisky. He regularly visits distilleries in Scotland, in order to learn more about the production process which is of particular interest to him.

Charles Maclean
Charles MacLean has spent the past thirty-five years researching and writing about Scotch whisky and is one of the leading authorities. He spends his time sharing his knowledge around the world, in articles and publications, lectures and tastings, and on TV and radio. His first book (Scotch Whisky) was published in 1993 and since then he has published nine books on the subject. He was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1992 and became Master of the Quaich in 2009. In 1997, Malt Whisky won the Glenfiddich Award and in 2003 A Liquid History won 'Best Drinks Book' in the James Beard Awards. In 2012 he also starred in Ken Loach's film The Angel's Share.

Stefan Van Eycken
Stefan Van Eycken grew up in Belgium and Scotland and moved to Japan in 2000. Editor of Nonjatta, he is also the man behind the 'Ghost Series' bottlings and the charity event 'Spirits for Small Change'. He is regional editor (Japan) for Whisky Magazine UK, and a regular contributor to Whisky Magazine Japan and France. His book "Whisky Rising: The Definitive Guide to the Finest Whiskies and Distillers from Japan" is available in English, Chinese and Japanese.


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