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A Late Summer Read

Recently published whisky related books

Whisky & Culture | 02 Sep 2016 | Issue 138 | By Rupert Wheeler

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Absolutely delighted that we can tie in our lead title this issue with a Distillery Focus (see page 27) on Arran Distillery which has reached the grand old age of 21. The book is slightly unusual in that it is a large landscape format which does allow for some superb landscape shots of the wildlife on Arran. I particularly like the back end of the book where all the expressions are detailed as well as illustrated.\r\n\r\nIan Buxton, to celebrate the opening of Teeling Whisky in Dublin, has written a new introduction to a book first published in 1878. Noticeable that when published there was no ‘e’ in whisky. How times have changed.\r\n\r\n
\r\nThe Arran Malt
\r\nNeil Wilson
\r\nISBN 9781906000929
\r\nBookclub offer: £16.00 plus P&P
\r\n(RRP: £19.99)\r\n\r\nThe whisky distillery at Lochranza that produced spirit for the first time on Arran in almost 160 years has now reached 21 years of age. It was the last distillery built in Scotland before the second millennium closed and has been the forerunner of dozens of new distilling projects springing up across Scotland. But its history has not been simple and in this book Neil Wilson has meticulously researched the beginnings of the Isle of Arran Distillers from how its two founding directors, Hal Currie and David Hutchison, decided to build the distillery, through its difficult years as the company struggled with cash flow and poor wood management, to its final surge in profitability as it became recognised as one of Scotland’s finest malts. Along the way the author interviewed many of the people who were involved with the company’s development.\r\n\r\nPlease see the Distillery Focus on page 27.\r\n\r\n
\r\nIconic Whisky
\r\nCyrille Mald & Alexandre Vingtier
\r\nISBN 9781910254639
\r\nBookclub offer: £16.00 plus P&P
\r\n(RRP: £20.00)\r\n\r\nFeaturing 1,000 listed whiskies from around the world, this exceptional and unique guidebook is a must-have for whisky amateurs and connoisseurs alike. It provides a visual categorisation of the main aromas (nose, body, finish and strength), plus additional tasting notes based on the authors’ uniquely conceived aroma wheel. Including maps which illustrate geographical areas of production and different terroirs, as well as 3D illustrations of whisky production, Iconic Whisky provides an amazing wealth of information about the nature and origins of whiskies from all around the world. From different types of whisky to the different stages of the production process, grain types, casks, glassware and vocabulary, this book contains essential resources that all amateurs and professionals need to know.\r\n\r\n
\r\nLet Me Tell You About Whisky
\r\nNeil Ridley & Gavin D. Smith
\r\nISBN 9781862059658
\r\nBookclub offer: £13.00 plus P&P
\r\n(RRP: £16.99)\r\n\r\nWritten by two well-known whisky writers, this book is probably the best primer out there. There have been many primer books about whisky, but not one with such detailed and all encompassing scope. The book assumes that the reader has no prior whisky knowledge and explains the full whisky process in detail.\r\n\r\n
\r\nTruths About Whisky
\r\nISBN not issued
\r\nAvailable only online at www.teelingwhisky.com at €30.00\r\n\r\nArguably the most important book ever written on Irish whiskey. The book was first issued in 1878 and describes the efforts of the four giant Dublin distillers to promote pot still whiskey. The book has been re-issued with a new introduction by well-known whisky writer Ian Buxton.\r\n\r\n
\r\nTasting Whiskey
\r\nLew Bryson
\r\nISBN 9781612123011
\r\nBookclub offer: £10.50 plus P&P
\r\n(RRP: £13.50)\r\n\r\nMany factors contribute to the distinctive flavours and aromas of whisky such as charred oak casks, the grain and local distilling traditions. If you are fascinated with whisky and all its subtleties and variations, let Lew Bryson take you through the great whisky producing regions and discover the unique characteristics of each spirit.\r\n
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