WhiskyFest Speaker Ian Buxton

Ian Buxton

Spirits Writer & Commentator

Ian Buxton has been working in and around the whisky industry for rather longer than he cares to remember (nearly 30 years, but who’s counting?) but was drinking professionally well before that.

In a career marked by both incident and accident, he has been Marketing Director of a world-famous single malt; consultant to more distillers than you can shake a stick at; built several award-winning distillery visitor centres, including the Dewar’s brand home at Aberfeldy Distillery; written a great variety of articles and books, and created a major industry conference.  His books include The Enduring Legacy of Dewar’s and his most-recent, the 4th edition of the highly popular 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die.

He is a Keeper of the Quaich and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. Once, apparently without noticing, he bought a derelict distillery.