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Dominic Roskrow
Dominic is a freelance writer and consultant, specialising in whisky from non traditional regions. He has written 11 spirits books, and has another five due for publication in 2018. He has worked as a writer on a range of newspapers and magazines, and the titles he has edited include Whisky Magazine, The Spirits Business, Whiskeria, Pub Food, The Pub Business, and Club Mirror. He was Fortnum & Mason's Drink Writer of the Year in 2015, and his book Whisky: Japan was granted 'Best in the World' status at the 1917 Gourmand Awards in China. Dominic lives in Norfolk and he is one of the few people to be both a Kentucky colonel and a Keeper of the Quaich.

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 Whisky Quarterly 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.

Gavin 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.

Charles MacLean
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.

Neil Ridley
Neil writes about whisky and other fine spirits for a number of publications globally, including The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, and is also the deputy editor for Whisky Quarterly. 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', which is now printed in nine 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, author, and photographer Jonny McCormick has written hundreds of whisky articles for publications including Whisky Advocate, Whisky Magazine, Wine Spectator and the Malt Whisky Yearbook. McCormick created the Whisky Magazine Index and the Whisky Advocate Auction Index to track trading and value in the secondary market. He is a Keeper of the Quaich and he has led presentations about whisky in Europe, Asia, and North America.

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" was published by Cider Mill Press in April 2017.

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