Billy Abbott is a drinks writer and judge specializing in whisky and fine spirits. Once a computer programmer with more than a decade of experience working in the financial industry, in 2011 he made the jump to the drinks world, writing words instead of code. By day he is a writer, trainer and ambassador for The Whisky Exchange. By night he is a freelance writer, drinks consultant and reviews editor for Whisky Quarterly magazine. He also organizes Whisky Squad – a London-based whisky-tasting group – and, when he finds time, writer of his own blog, Spirited Matters.