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Photo of Jake Emen

Jake Emen

Jake Emen is a freelance travel, food, and drinks journalist with more than a decade of experience. He serves as a judge for a number of international spirits and cocktail competitions, and as a voter for a range of annual food and beverage awards and best-of lists.

Experience: Jake Emen's work has been published in outlets including AFAR, Barron's, Bourbon+, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Distiller, Eater, Food & Wine, GQ, Imbibe, Inside Hook,, Maxim, Men's Health, Roads & Kingdoms, USA Today, Vinepair, the Washington Post, Whisky Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and a wide range of additional print and digital publications.

Jake is the founder of, the online home for his miscellaneous freelance writing and clips.

He's visited over 100 distilleries across 26 countries and six continents.

He once won a Delta Milestone award for spending entirely too much of his time flying around the world.
The Brora distillery is making whisky again for the first time in 38 years. 
Legent is a Kentucky bourbon made with Japanese blending skills.