F. Paul Pacult – 2016
Called “America’s foremost spirits authority” by Forbes.com, F. Paul Pacult has been the publisher/editor of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal since 1991. Today, F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal is recognized as the world’s premier and most trusted independent source of spirits reviews and evaluations. He is also the creators of the groundbreaking, highly successful iWhiskey App. Through Spirit Journal, Inc., Paul consults to many large and small suppliers of the beverage alcohol industry, assisting with product improvement, development, marketing, category counsel, and messaging.
Paul is a founding member of the award-winning spirits and mixology training company Beverage Alcohol Resource LLC (BAR) and is likewise a founding member and judging chairman of the innovative beverage competition company Ultimate Beverage Challenge LLC. He is the director of the The Rum Authority and The Whiskey Authority initiatives both sponsored by Spirit Journal, Inc.
Paul is the author of five best-selling books: Kindred Spirits 2: 2,400 Reviews of Whiskey, Brandy, Vodka, Tequila, Rum, Gin, and Liqueurs from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal 2000-2007 (Spirit Journal, Inc., 2008); A Double Scotch: How Chivas Regal and The Glenlivet Became Global Icons (John Wiley, 2005), the best-selling American Still Life: The Jim Beam Story and the Making of the World’s #1 Bourbon (John Wiley, 2003), as well as Kindred Spirits (Hyperion, 1997) and The Beer Essentials (Hyperion, 1997). He is currently writing Kindred Spirits 3: All One Needs to Know About Spirits, available in late 2016.
From 1982 to 2009, he contributed to scores of national and international publications, including Playboy, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Cheers, Connoisseur, MarketWatch. Travel & Leisure, Men’s Journal, Beverage Dynamics and many others. Most prominently, for 17 years he wrote about spirits, cocktails and wine for the New York Times Magazine, was the Delta Sky wine/spirits/cocktail columnist for 13 years and for 9 years was Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s spirits columnist/spirits tasting editor. As one of beverage alcohol’s most sought-after and accomplished presenters, Paul annually conducts 30 to 40 training seminars for clients and as part of educational conferences and promotional programs.
Paul won the award for wine journalism excellence in 2001 from The Academy of Wine Communications. He is the only journalist worldwide to concurrently be a life member and Master of Keepers of the Quaich whisky society (Edinburgh, Scotland), a life member of Kentucky’s Bourbon Hall of Fame, and a life member of France’s Compagnie des Mouquetaires d’Armagnac (Company of Armagnac Musketeers). In September 2011, the Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac (BNIC) in France honored Paul as the Cognac Personality of the Year 2011. In January 2012, he was awarded the Cheers Conference 2012 trophy for “Raising the Bar” in spirits education.