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Gavin Smith

Contributing Editor

Gavin Smith, Contributing Editor

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 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.