Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Avery (October 16, 2014)
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I started drinking whisky in the early 80's while a grad student in Tokyo. I also bought my first bottle of Scotch during that time: It was highly recommended that I bring over to Japan as a traditional gift a bottle of Scotch whisky for my sensei (teacher). For the life of me I can't remember what I bought. I do recall that as a financially struggling grad student I was a bit shocked by the price. My taste for spirits that began in Tokyo remained over the years and so in addition to a small collection of cognacs, rums, and liqueurs, I slowly gathered a couple of bottles of single malt Scotches (e.g., Glenlivet 12yrs, Glenfiddich 12 yrs). In truth, I had zero knowledge about regional Scotch whisky differences but I knew there was a difference between single malt and blended Scotches and I fancied myself a "refined" single malt person even though I really didn't know nor could I taste the difference between the two. I also had a bottle of Hibiki 17 after seeing the movie, Lost in Translation. I ‘m embarrassed a bit to admit that although I lived in Japan and drank a lot of Japanese whisky back in the day as a student I had no knowledge about the history of Japanese whisky or even that there were different major distillers (I remember once in the fairly recent past when asked about a recommendation for a good Japanese whisky I told the person he should try Suntory Nikka)So all this changed last year when I happened to pick up Heather Greene's book and I realized what an idiot I am when it comes to the world of whiskies. "Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life" is the book that set me on the path of intentional, informed, mindful, meditative whisk(e)y tasting. I have subsequently bought about a dozen books on the subject - e.g.
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