The Whisky Tasting Club


 I am delighted to announce that I am to take over as Editor of British-based drinks magazine The Spirits Business.

The magazine is aimed at an international on trade readership and is the official magazine of the International Bartenders’ Association. It was launched and successfully edited by the formidable Patience Gould, who stood down recently. But I have ambitious plans to take the magazine to the next level and after extensive talks with the publishers, I’m looking forward to bringing a fresh approach to its contents.

The Spirits Business is published nine times a year but we hope eventually to increase this to 12 issues. I will also be heading up the highly regarded Spirits Masters, and was already working alongside Daisy Jones developing the Irish Whiskey Masters and set to launch the New World Whisky Masters.

Although the new post is a big and demanding one,  and was originally envisaged as a full time one, I will be keeping my freelance business and will continue as:

* the Editor of Whiskeria

* consultant and regional business director for The Whisky Shop retail chain

* freelance writer for Whisky Magazine

* freelance writer and taster for Malt Advocate

* director of The Whisky Tasting Club

I will obviously use my new position to develop whisky coverage and to ensure that The Spirits Business is the leading trade title for whisky. And I also want to:

* provide a platform for promoting whiskies from a wide range of ‘new world’ countries

* promote and report on the escalating world micro-distilling revolution

* offer focused, informative and analytical drinks business features

* increase the contributions from industry experts to ensure the magazine’s content is both relevant and cutting edge.

I will take over the magazine in September and in the meantime Richard Woodard will edit the magazine. My planned  online magazine, New World Whisky Review, has been shelved for the time being but may well be launched on the back of The Spirits Business website later in the year.

On a personal note, I’m really excited about the opportunity to develop The Spirits Business in to an even stronger business title, to bring a fresh approach to whisky coverage and to report on the very latest spirits drinks trends from across the world. My recent role as Editor of Aga Living reminded me how much I love editing and when  I set up my freelance business five years ago I called it True Spirit because I wanted to create a spirits magazine. I am looking forward to a formidable challenge and hope to use the post to establish the next generation of worlds spirits producers, particularly the whisky makers emerging from all parts of the world.

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  • Ian Buxton

    Jun 6th, 2011

    Nice one. Congratulations, Dominic, sounds great – and more fun than the Aga saga. :)

  • Ian Buxton

    Jun 9th, 2011

    Meant to leave a ‘congratulations’ here the other night; must have done it wrong since it hasn’t appeared and I can’t imagine you’d block a ‘well done’ message.
    So, well done and congratulations on the move. Great stuff!

  • sorry Ian, your comment got caught in our filter, I’ve found it now and told Dom

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