Ian Buxton is well-placed to write or talk about whisky and drinks. A former Marketing Director of one of Scotland's best-loved single malts, he lives in Perthshire on the site of a former distillery from where he conducts a love affair with Scotland's national drink!
Ian began work in the Scotch Whisky industry in 1987 and, since 1991, has run his own consultancy business. He was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1991, the highest honour of the Scotch Whisky industry and is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. He is a member of the international tasting panel for Whisky Magazine's ‘World Whisky Awards' annual awards and Conference Director of the World Whiskies Conference, which he created.
As well as giving lectures, presentations and tastings on whisky, he writes regular columns for Whisky Magazine, the leading UK consumer title, and has contributed to its sister title Scotland. In addition, he writes for The Malt Whisky Yearbook, The Tasting Panel, WhiskyEtc, Scottish Field, The Times and elsewhere. He has presented on the web based channel www.singlemalt.tv and at a number of tasting events. He advised the SWA and the National Archives of Scotland on the 2009 Homecoming exhibition Whisky and the Scots for which he also wrote the accompanying monograph.
In 2002 his book Scotch Whisky: History, Hints and Tips appeared and subsequently he was one of the principal co-authors of Eyewitness Whisky, World Whisky and Great Whiskies for Dorland Kindersley. In 2006 he was responsible for the reprinting of Aeneas MacDonald's classic 1930 text Whisky, adding a new Introduction to this iconic work. 2010 saw three new books by Ian: The Enduring Legacy of Dewar's; Glenglassaugh: A Distillery Reborn and 101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die (Hachette).