F. Paul Pacult, Biography 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 premier independent source of spirits reviews and evaluations. He and his wife/partner Sue Woodley are also the creators of the groundbreaking, highly successful iWhiskey App.
CONSULTING, EDUCATIONAL TRAINING & PUBLIC SPEAKING
Through Spirit Journal, Inc., Paul and Sue consult for many of the beverage alcohol industry’s largest international corporations as well as small artisinal companies. Since 1996, Paul has hosted Spirit Journal, Inc.’s celebrated Primary Liquids educational training program for mainstream and craft beverage and non-beverage companies throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Europe. Paul also hosts the tasting series in New York City, the Masters Series at Keens Steakhouse, now in its 19th year. Paul is the founder and judging director of Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge, two groundbreaking competitions now in their 6th year.
In addition to Spirit Journal, Inc., 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, 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 and Sue are currently writing Kindred Spirits 3: All One Needs to Know About Spirits to be available in late 2017/early 2018.
From 1982 to 2009, Paul contributed hundreds of articles 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, travel, and wine for The New York Times Magazine, was the Delta Sky Magazine wine/spirits/cocktail columnist for 13 years, and for 9 years was Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s spirits columnist/spirits tasting editor.
RADIO & TELEVISION
Sue produced and Paul co-hosted two nationally syndicated radio shows, The Happy Hour with Paul Pacult and Gary Regan (1996-1998) and Paul Pacult’s Good Life (1999). Paul has appeared in two landmark History Channel documentaries.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
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.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: Independent, Unbiased, Truthful
Since 1991, F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal has been the most trusted newsletter on spirits, wine, and beer in America. Published quarterly, F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal does not accept advertising and, as such, renders unbiased reviews and ratings that are considered the gold standard within the alcoholic beverage industry. To subscribe to F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, visit www.spiritjournal.com.