Series: 1001 (Universe)
Hardcover: 960 pages
Publisher: Universe (May 15, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.5 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #174,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #38 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Beverages & Wine > Wine & Spirits > Whiskey #191 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Beverages & Wine > Wine & Spirits > Spirits
I'm a new whisky lover and recently joined a whisky club (people contribute a bottle and pay some dues). I bought this book to share with the other members and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Each article has a short story about the origin and nature of the whisky as well as some tasting notes. I love that I can read a little background information about the whiskies I'm trying out. Whiskies are a lot like people -- each have their own stories and some of them are fascinating to downright bizarre. And this book is not limited to only single-malt scotches either. You will find reviews for whisky and bourbons from around the globe. In my experience, I've really enjoyed branching out to regions not known for whisky production as they produce some great flavours.Keep in mind that this is not a ratings guide like Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2012 although it does have some basic tasting notes. You will also not find prices either (but it does have a link to the distillery's website for each whisky). So you may become excited about a particular whisky only to find that it is out of your price range.If you are new to whisky, then I suggest reading some random pages. You will learn a lot. If you like to have whisky tastings, buy this book and place it next to the bottles. Because talking about whisky is half the fun of drinking them!
Great gift for a fellow whisky lover. This whiskey "compendium" is not so much a guide of whiskies you should check out in your lifetime as the title suggests. Instead, it's more like a collection of every whisky that has every been created with detailed notes on each whisky's history, flavor, and drinking suggestions. The book includes multiple ages of many bottles, and special editions, many of which an average connoisseur will never get their hands on. Even so, it's cool to have an enourmous checklist, and be able to measure your notes with the "professionals.'"
My husband loves this book. It has inspired him to try different whiskies now and has given him knowledge of what he doesn't like to be in them or the barrel that may be used. Very helpful descriptions.
I gave this to my business partner because he has a passion for single malt scotches and wanted to start a collection. To this day (It's late May!) he still tells me he reads it and uses it to review what he wants to buy and try next.
Purchased this book as a gift for my brother in law for Christmas, along with a bottle of whiskey that I researched by looking at this book, I believe he enjoyed both. It was easy to find information about what whiskey to purchase using the book.
Has a lot of great info on each of the whiskies cited. However, in addition to many rare and excellent drams, this book also contains just about every low end tasteless swill you can find on the bottom shelves of every liquor store there is.
I am a recent convert to scotch - and really found this book both fun and informative - love the little details on the "expressions" - working my way through the list ;-) And it covers more than just Single Malts.
How do you purchase a gift for someone who has everything Whiskey/Whisky? Well, if they love to read about Whiskey or is it Whisky? Anyway, the W-Snob will love this book. Bundle it with Peat Smoke and Spirit (another book) and they'll be in reader-Heaven!
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