Dave Broom was born in Glasgow and has spent his whole working life in the world of drink, from a whisky bottling line to Oddbins, a real ale pub, off-licence news, Australian wineries, to finally in 1995 becoming a writer specialising in spirits.
Since then, he has written regularly about all spirit categories. Of his twelve books, two – Drink: Never Mind the Peanuts and Rum – won the Glenfiddich award. His Whisky: The Manual was awarded Best Spirits Book at the Spirited Awards in 2015 and the World Atlas of Whisky has been called ‘a landmark publication’. His book Rum: The Manual was published in 2017 and Whisky-do, a Journey into Japanese Whisky will be published in September 2017 He is chief engineer for scotchwhisky.com, and writes for a number of other international titles.
Around half of his time is spent teaching and talking. He writes the online spirits training courses for global hospitality training group Lobster Ink, is a member of the Taste & Flavour education team, and designs in-house training courses for distillers. He was one of the team which developed (and continue to maintain) the generic Single Malt Flavour Map for Diageo and is regularly spotted at various international trade and consumer fairs.
He’s also been a judge at various cocktail competitions such as Havana Club Grand Prix, Bacardi Legacy, Beefeater 24, Nikka Perfect Serve, and Diageo’s World Class. In 2013 he was awarded the Communicator of the Year at the ISWC awards and in 2015 was voted Best Spirits Writer at the Spirited Awards.
He lives in Hove, England with his wife and daughter.