Gavin Smith is a professional freelance journalist and author who specialises in the subject of whisky. He is the author of more than 20 published books, including An A-Z of Whisky, Wort, Worms and Washbacks, Whisky Wit and Wisdom, The Secret Still, The Whisky Men, Ardbeg: A Peaty Provenance, Goodness Nose (with Richard Paterson) and Discovering Scotland’s Distilleries.
Smith is also co-author of Eyewitness Companion Whisky (2008) and World Whisky (2009), both published by Dorling Kindersley Ltd, and he revised and updated Michael Jackson’s seminal, best-selling volume The Malt Whisky Companion for a 6th edition, published in spring 2010.
As a freelance journalist he contributes on a regular basis to Scotland Magazine, Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate, Whiskeria, Whisky Life, Whisky Etc, The Keeper, Drinks International and Malt Whisky Yearbook.
Having co-edited the first seven issues of the consumer drinks magazine Fine Expressions, Smith now acts as contributing editor for www.whisky-pages.com. He also regularly undertakes commissions with leading drinks companies, currently working on a long-term project with William Grant & Sons, as well as writing another whisky title and his third book about beer. He is married and lives in the Scottish Borders.