Gavin D Smith
Gavin D Smith is one of Scotland's leading whisky writers and Contributing Editor to www.whisky-pages.com He hosts whisky presentations and tastings and produces feature material for a wide range of publications, including Whisky Magazine, The Malt Advocate and Whisky Etc. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Whisky, Wit & Wisdom, The A-Z of Whisky, Worts, Worms & Washbacks, The Secret Still, The Whisky Men, Ardbeg: A Peaty Provenance and Goodness Nose (with Richard Paterson). Most recently he has collaborated with Dominic Roscrow to produce a new edition of the iconic title Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion. He is a Keeper of the Quaich and lives on the Fife coast in Scotland.
Charles MacLean has spent the past twenty-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, his most recent being Charles MacLean´s Whiskypedia, published in 2009. He was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1992, in 1997 Malt Whisky won the Glenfiddich Award and in 2003 A Liquid History won 'Best Drinks Book' in the James Beard Awards.
Keeper of the Quaich and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, Ian Buxton is well-placed to write or talk about whisky, not least because he lives on the site of a former distillery!
Ian began work in the Scotch Whisky industry in 1987 and, since 1991, has run his own strategic marketing consultancy business. In addition, he gives lectures, presentations and tastings; runs the annual World Whiskies Conference and writes regular columns for Whisky Magazine, WhiskyEtc, The Tasting Panel and various other titles. With Neil Wilson he established Classic Expressions to reprint facsimile editions of rare whisky classics*. During 2010 he has written four new books on whisky: The Enduring Legacy of Dewar's (Angel's Share); Highland Park: A Good Foundation (for Highland Park Distillery); Glenglassaugh - A Distillery Reborn (Angel's Share) and his latest title 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die (Hachette).
During 2011 his ambition is to spend more time with his wife!
Dominic Roskrow is a freelance whisky writer and former editor of Whisky Magazine, which he edited for four years. He now edits Whiskeria, and writes regularly for Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate, Harpers and Drinks International. He is the business development director for The Whisky Shop chain. He has been writing about drinks for nearly 20 years and is the author of Whiskies: From Confused to Connoisseur and Collins Gems Whisky. In 2010 he provided new tasting notes and chapters for the sixth edition of Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion and his coffee table book The World's Best Whiskies - 750 Unmissable Drams from Tennessee to Tokyo was pub-lished in autumn 2010. He lives in Norfolk, home of England's first malt whisky distillery, and is married with three children and is one of the few people in the world to be both a Keeper of the Quaich and a Kentucky Colonel.
Neil Ridley is a regular contributor to Whisky Magazine and Imbibe, and he is also the co-editor of irreverent whisky blog www.caskstrength.net, recently nominated for several online awards. As well as being Drinks Editor for The Chap, Neil has written articles on whisky and other spirits for Aston Martin Magazine and The Evening Standard, as well as providing his opinion on tasting panels for the likes of The Spirits Business and the World Whisky Awards.
Ian Wisniewski is a food, drink and travel writer and broadcaster specialising in spirits.
He contributes to various publications, including Whisky Magazine, and has written 8 books on drinks, including Classic Malt Whisky. He is a regular visitor at malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, and also distilleries in various other countries, as he is fascinated by the production process. He is also chairman of the vodka judges for the International Spirits Challenge, and frequently conducts tutored tastings.
Whisky writer & photographer Jonny McCormick specialises in the scientific and technical facets of whisky production, branding, packaging and articulating aspects of the secondary market for rare single malt whiskies. He is the creator of the Whisky Magazine Index and the Whisky Advocate Auction Index and his work has appeared in a range of publications including Whisky Advocate (formerly Malt Advocate), Whisky Magazine, The Keeper, Whiskeria, Whisky Magazine & Fine Spirits (France) and Fine Spirits magazine (Italy).
Nicholas Coldicott is the former editor-in-chief of Eat magazine, former drink columnist for The Japan Times and former contributing editor at Whisky Magazine Japan. He currently works for Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, and writes a drink column for CNNgo.com.