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Whisky & Culture | 20 Mar 2015 | Issue 126 | By Rupert Wheeler

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This month sees us reviewing a new book by Ian Buxton. When I first saw this book I was very impressed with a/ the quality of the design but also b/ the quality of the research contained within. It is a fascinating story of how a family run business has now become part of Beam Suntory one of the largest drinks companies in the world.\r\n\r\nWhen I started to read Wood, Whiskey and Wine it occurred to me that I had never given much thought as to the history of the barrel. Something I had taken for granted I suppose, but on reading more I soon realised that this is a fascinating insight and it is to be thoroughly recommended.\r\n\r\nPlease make sure that you go to our website to get the best book deals.\r\n\r\n
\r\nBut the Distilleries Went On
\r\nIan Buxton
\r\nISBN 9781906000868
\r\nBookclub offer: £24.00 plus P&P
\r\n(RRP: £30.00)\r\n\r\nThis book is subtitled The Morrison Bowmore story – The History of a Scotch Whisky Company 1951-2014. The book is an illustrated history of the company from its founding by Stanley P. Morrison in Glasgow in 1951 right through to the acquistion of a stake by Suntory in 1989 and now part of the vast Beam Suntory organisation. This is a fascinating history of the evolution of one of Scotland’s most enterprising companies, one which has risen from whisky brokering to become leader in the premium and single malt business. The past 63 years have seen huge change in the whisky world – along the way the Morrison Bowmore story also contains many highs and lows. Ian Buxton is a very well known whisky author with now 10 books in print.\r\n\r\n
\r\nWood, Whiskey and Wine
\r\nHenry H Work
\r\nISBN 9781780233567
\r\nBookclub offer: £16.00 plus P&P
\r\n(RRP: £20.00)\r\n\r\nFor over 2,000 years barrels have been used to store and transport a diverse array of commodities around the earth. This book is a unique and enlightening account of the, but rarely acknowledged, function of wooden barrels over the past two millennia. Always adapting to the requirements of the day, barrels have changed the face of the global economy and ensured the safe passage of provisions, and in times of peace and war. Intrinsically linked to the use of wood and ships, the barrel evolved to become a flexible and vital component of the world’s shipping industry, transporting not only wine, beer and whisky but also crude oil and even Tobasco sauce. Henry H Work is a cooper who has worked in the vineyards of the Napa Valley.\r\n\r\n
\r\nWhisk(e)y Distilled
\r\nHeather Greene
\r\nISBN 9780670016808
\r\nBookclub offer: £13.50 plus P&P
\r\n(RRP: £16.99)\r\n\r\nWhiskey is the hottest spirit in the USA and bourbon is the fastest growing of the five biggest spirit categories. The author dispels myths, provides knowledge and ultimately teaches whisky connoisseurs and newbies alike how to enjoy whisky that is seeing a resugence in the USA. She is currently director of The Whisky School in New York.\r\n\r\n
\r\nThinking Drinkers
\r\nBen McFarland & Tom Sandham
\r\nISBN 9781909342620
\r\nBookclub offer: £16.00 plus P&P
\r\n(RRP: £20.00)\r\n\r\nThe Thinking Drinkers are two of the UK’s leading experts on alcohol. Their mantra is ‘Drink less but drink better’ and they have brought together fascinating facts and trivia on subjects such as the origin of the word ‘teetotal’ and some frankly weird shenanigans around the subject of absinthe.\r\n\r\n
\r\nLet Me Tell You About Whisky
\r\nNeil Ridley & Gavin D. Smith
\r\nISBN 9781862059658
\r\nBookclub offer: £13 plus P&P
\r\n(RRP: £16.99)\r\n\r\nThere have been a lot of primer books about whisky in recent years, but not one with such detailed and all encompassing scope. The book assumes that the reader has no prior whisky knowledge and clearly explains the processes that go in to making whisky with some extremely good illustrations.\r\n
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