Considered by Alfred Barnard 'too well known to need any praise' the Highland single malt distillery of Glenglassaugh, by Portsoy was established in 1875. Its fortunes mirrored those of the Scotch whisky industry through boom and bust, until it was mothballed in December 1986. It seemed unlikely that Glenglassaugh would distil again - until it was unexpectedly purchased by a Dutch investment syndicate in February 2008. Over £1m was invested to refurbish the plant; an experienced team recruited and distilling began again in December 2008. Author Ian Buxton worked with the Glenglassaugh team for over a year and has had unprecedented, privileged access behind the scenes and to rare archive sources to tell the story of Glenglassaugh's foundation, growth, decline and renaissance. With original photography, personal testimonies and a detailed list of bottlings, Glenglassaugh: A Distillery Reborn will appeal to whisky fans, local historians, collectors and the general reader interested in the wider story of Scotch and Scotland. Since re-opening, Glenglassaugh's 30 and 40 Year Old whiskies have won major trophies (IWSC 2009) and been acclaimed by leading critics. This book explains these prize-winning whiskies; introduces the people who made it happen and tells the remarkable story of a distillery that came back from the grave.
Ian Buxton is well-placed to write or talk about whisky and drinks. A former Marketing Director of Glenmorangie, Scotland's long-time favourite single malt, 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. In that period, his clients include Bacardi Corporation (USA); Brown-Forman Corporation (USA); The Drambuie Liqueur Co; William Lawsons; John Dewar & Sons; William Grant & Sons; Morrison Bowmore Ltd; The Tomatin Distillery Co; Ben Nevis Distillery; Glenmorangie plc; The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre; The Scottish Liqueur Centre; Highland Distillers (Highland Park, Cutty Sark); Glenglassaugh Distillery and other distilled spirits companies and brands.
Ian was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1991, the highest honour of the Scotch Whisky industry. He is an occasional member of the international tasting panel for Whisky Magazine's 'World Whisky Awards' annual awards and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. He founded the World Whiskies Conference and was its Conference Director for 6 years before resigning in 2011 to concentrate on his writing.
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, Just-Drinks.com, WhiskyEtc, The Whisky Advocate, www.forwhiskylovers.com 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 and World Whisky for DK Publishing. 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)- the latter now available in Chinese, French, Hungarian and Portuguese (for Brazil).
In 2011, he edited and contributed to the official history of Cutty Sark, Cutty Sark: The Making of a Whisky Brand and wrote the history of Glenfarclas for their 175th anniversary - Glenfarclas: An Independent Distillery.
101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die, his latest book, was published in July 2012.
* Author of Whisky - History, Hints & Tips; major contributor to The Whisky Companion (Wm Grant & Sons)
* Editor The Wit & Wisdom of Tommy Dewar
* Editor and author of "Introduction & Appreciation" to facsimile reprint of Aeneas MacDonald's Whisky
* Co-author of Eyewitness Whisky and award-winning World Whiskies.
* Author of The Enduring Legacy of Dewar's; Glenglassaugh: A Distillery Reborn and 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die.
* Author of many articles on whisky (and other distilled spirits) in Whisky Magazine, The Whisky Advocate (USA), Scottish Field, The Keeper, Billionaire.com, Whisky (Russia), WhiskyEtc (Holland), The Tasting Panel (USA) and others.
* Conducts corporate tastings and education events on whisky internationally