Dominic Roskrow, a prominent whisk(e)y writer whose words have covered this particular topic for many years, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend at age 61.
Roskrow most prominently was known to those with a love for whisk(e)y for the numerous books he authored on the subject, which included (some titles may be different as multiple versions have been published) Whisky: Malt Whiskies of Scotland, 1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die, World’s Best Whiskies: 750 Unmissable Drams from Tennessee to Tokyo, and Whisky Japan: The Essential Guide to The World’s Most Exotic Whisky. He also contributed to several more.
In addition to his time spent as a whisk(e)y book author, Roskrow penned many a column and article for the likes of Whisky Magazine, The Spirits Business, Whisky Quarterly, Whiskeria, Drinks International, Harpers Wine & Spirits Trade News and Whisky Advocate, among others. He also served as editor at several of these publications, perhaps most prominently at Whisky Magazine.
In addition to his work as a writer, Roskrow also consulted with several whisk(e)y companies. Additionally, he believed a lot in the idea of world whisky, and to this end ran the Wizards of Whisky Awards for 10 years to highlight the best of new whisk(e)y producers. Back in 2021 he launched “the free to enter New Wizards Awards to honour new distillers and whiskies, no matter how small they are.”
For all is work and support of the whisk(e)y industry, Roskrow received some notable honors, including being named a Keeper of the Quaich (2007, Scotch) and a Kentucky Colonel (2010, Bourbon), by different sectors of the global whisk(e)y community.
The true sense of Roskrow’s influence upon both the industry and consumers alike can be seen on social media as, since the time of his passing, numerous tributes have appeared on multiple platforms including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.