Leah van Deventer is a multi-faceted spirits professional. Not only is she South Africa’s leading cocktail-and-spirits writer, but she holds the illustrious positions of Academy Chair for the World’s 50 Best Bars and Ambassador for the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. She’s also sits on the panels for both Middle East Africa and Writing and Media in the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, in addition to being a regular competition judge for both cocktails and spirits.

Most recently, Leah has added WSET educator to her repertoire, and she spearheads the spirits programme at the International Wine Education Centre under the guidance of award-winning instructor Cathy Marston.

A combination of work and wanderlust has seen Leah collect passport stamps for some 40 different countries, but she’s now pretty much settled back in her home city of Cape Town with her two cats.

Although Leah hasn’t spent much time behind the stick herself – preferring bar stool to bar tool – she’s been known to throw a decent cocktail or two.

Contact Leah for spirits writing, media partnerships, social-media collaborations, brand consulting, event planning and spirits courses. More info on her CV, skillsets and accolades – as well as references – can be seen here.