Leafing Through

Leafing Through

Bringing some of the best whisky books to your shelf

Whisky & Culture | 06 Sep 2013 | Issue 114 | By Rob Allanson

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This month sees a new addition to Whisky Magazine, the launch of the Whisky Magazine Bookclub. We have carefully selected 20 whisky related books which offer a broad appeal to connoisseurs and beginners alike, which you can find at www.whiskymag.com/books.\r\n\r\nOn the publication of each issue we will select one book of the month and also carry a short author interview to discover their inspiration behind the books and whisky likes.\r\n\r\nThis issue’s book of the month is a very good introduction to the world of whisky Let Me Tell You About Whisky by Neil Ridley and Gavin D. Smith and our author of the month is Neil Ridley whose book is reviewed below. Look out for an in depth interview on line.\r\n\r\nTo launch the Whisky Magazine bookclub all books are being offered at 20% discount plus postage and packing and if your order is over £30 you will receive a FREE copy of the Whisky Tasting Journal, the best place to create and archive your tasting notes, while stocks last.\r\n\r\n
\r\nShackleton’s Whisky
\r\nNeville Peat
\r\nISBN 9781848093904
\r\nBookclub offer: £13 plus P&P (RRP: £16.99)\r\n\r\nThe Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton is best known for his heroic expeditions and very rarely consumed alcohol having been brought up in a teetotal home. However on his expedition to the Antarctica in 1907 he took with him 25 cases of whisky and in 2010 three cases of the whisky were recovered under his hut at Cape Royds.\r\n\r\nThree bottles were returned to Whyte and Mackay where they were sent for sampling, analysis and near replication. This is their story.\r\n\r\n
\r\nCanadian Whisky
\r\nDavin de Kergommeaux
\r\nISBN 9780771027437
\r\nBookclub offer: £12 plus P&P (RRP: £15.99)\r\n\r\nThis is a well researched and passionate book expounding the joys and intricacies of Canadian whisky; often overlooked and dismissed by people. de Kergommeaux has exploded the myth that Canadian whiskies are dull and uninteresting. He takes the reader on a journey of discovery, delving into production methods, tasting notes and the histories of the great companies and brands. It is well illustrated and takes forays into the world of science, art and history.\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 (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. In the opening sections, and using some lovely illustrations, the writers take the story of how whisky began and demystify some of the common myths about whisky. The writers also offer practical advice, useful when faced with a daunting shop full of malts and blends.\r\n\r\n
\r\nThe World Atlas of Whisky
\r\nDave Broom
\r\nISBN 97818455335410
\r\nBookclub offer: £24 plus P&P (RRP: £30)\r\n\r\nIf you only had one book on your shelf this would be the one; this is the one stop shop for information about the whisky world. Whether it is the history of whisky, the nuances of various production and maturation methods, the romance of far flung distilleries and the mouth watering world of flavours that attracts you, this book has it all. This lavish tome is beautifully illustrated and written with the passion and clarity that many readers of Whisky Magazine have come to expect from Broom.\r\n
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