Edward Bates


Panel Judge

Edward’s interest in spirits stems from a school visit to Cognac at the age of 13.

Since that first visit, a passing interest has turned into a life long passion for French distilled products.

His career has focused on spirits for the last 20 years. During this time his acknowledged expertise has been utilised by a number of the UK’s companies as diverse as Diageo, Berry Bros. & Rudd and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Edward now works as a consultant for a number of whisky brands, a writer and educator and was, in 2012 selected by the B.N.I.C. to be one of the UK’s Cognac Educators.

His passion for distilled Frence spirits also extends to Armagnac where he was made Mousquetaire d’Armagnac in 2008.

Edward Bates