ABOUT ME

Billy Abbott

I'm a writer and trainer specialising in drinks. I've been blogging about booze since 2009 and started working in drinks full time in 2011. Since then I've been writing, presenting and training people about drinks around the world.

I work at The Whisky Exchange during the day, writing words and teaching people about all kinds of alcoholic drinks. I write more words at night for fun and profit, as well as running tastings, training sessions, and occasionally doing a bit of drinks consulting and competition judging.

Before shifting to being a writer, I was a computer programmer and IT trainer, and I use these skills to advise people on the web and social media, as well as occasionally writing a bit of code for fun.

Specialities

Whisky – especially from Scotland and non-traditional countries

Beer – from traditional European to modern new-world styles

Rum – including technical classification and history

Other spirits – especially gin, absinthe and Tequila

Social

Download my CV Selected writing

MY WORK

  • All
  • Writing
  • Events
  • Judging
  • Training
  • Professional Organisations
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The Whisky Exchange Blog
Editor

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Spirited Matters
Owner and lead writer

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Whisky Quarterly
Reviews Editor

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1001 whiskies you must try before you die
Contributor

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Whisky Squad
Organiser

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Whisky Show
Writer and Presenter

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The Whisky Lounge
Presenter and Host

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Maltstock
Regular Presenter

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American Distilling Institute
Anchor Judge

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International Wine and Spirits Competition
Judge

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World Drinks Awards:
Beer & Whisky
Judge

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Independent Bottlers Challenge
Judge

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Global Spirits Masters
Panel Chair

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Wine and Spirits Educational Trust
Spirits Educator

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Worshipful Company of Distillers
Freeman

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Circle of Wine Writers
Member

RECENT WRITING

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