Charles MacLean has been described by The Times as “Scotland’s leading whisky expert.” He has been researching and writing about whisky for 35 years, and has published 15 books on the subject, including Malt Whisky, which won a Glenfiddich Award, and Whisky: A Liquid History, which won "Wine & Spirits Book of the Year" in the James Beard Awards 2005 and "Best Drinks Book" in the International Food Media Awards 2005. He was founding editor of Whisky Magazine (1997), contributes regularly to many publications, and has written historical and promotional materials for all the leading Scotch whisky companies. He is a member of the Judging Panel (Spirits) of the International Wines & Spirits Competition, was runner-up as "Communicator of the Year" in the 2003 IWSC Awards, and won "Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Scotch Whisky" in the 2012 Awards. He was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1992, and elevated to Master of the Quaich in 2009.
Ian Buxton is an author, commentator, and consultant with some 30 years’ experience in the drinks industry. He writes for a number of trade and consumer magazines and his books—including the bestselling 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die—have been translated into eight different languages.