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Becky Paskin
Becky Paskin is editor of new digital magazine Scotchwhisky.com, the world’s most authoritative online guide to Scotch whisky. She is the only journalist to gain a General Certificate in Distillation with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling – a qualification usually reserved for distillery operators. The former editor of The Spirits Business magazine, Becky is an expert in all manner of spirits and regularly presents educational whisky seminars at global drinks shows including Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and The Whisky Show in London.

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
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.

Ian Buxton
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!

Neil Ridley
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.

Jonny McCormick
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
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.

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�s on the Japanese panel of the WWA and is currently working on a book about the history of whisky making in Japan.

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