Susannah Skiver Barton

A veteran journalist and sensory evaluation expert, Susannah Skiver Barton is a freelance writer specializing in whisky and other aged spirits. She previously worked as Senior Editor at Whisky Advocate, where she managed digital editorial operations; oversaw Whisky Advocate’s blind tasting department, responsible for the quarterly Buying Guide and annual Top 20 Most Exciting Whiskies of the Year awards list; and served as a reviewer of bourbon, scotch, and other whiskies. Concurrently, she served as Editor-at-Large of wine and spirits trade publication Market Watch.

Susannah combines the chops of an experienced independent reporter with a love of storytelling and sharing her knowledge and passion with others. She has broad experience on video, both taped and live; as a moderator of and participant in industry forums; and as a leader of whisky tastings for groups of all sizes.

Susannah has written hundreds of articles about whisky and spirits and interviewed the top names in the industry, giving her unparalleled access and expertise. She received the Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer Award in 2020. She is a Certified Spirits Specialist, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the University of Edinburgh. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @whattastesgood, and elsewhere on the internet at

All Articles From Susannah Skiver Barton

Find Out When You Can Buy This Year's Pappy Van Winkle

Behold, the release dates for all your favorite rare and limited-edition whiskeys, including Buffalo Trace, Booker's and Pappy

Why You Should Try Shochu, Japan’s Native Spirit

To start, it makes for a perfect highball

A Resurrected Distillery Is This Summer’s Hottest Destination

Castle & Key provides a stunning visitor experience that’s rare in the whiskey world

Meet the Canadian Distillery Behind the World’s Best Rye

If you don’t know the name Alberta Distillers, you’ve probably sampled their award-winning whisky. Here’s the secret behind their success.

Tequila Has Discovered Unique Cask Aging Just in Time

Patrón and other tequila brands are using ex-sherry, Scotch and red wine barrels to great and new effect