Whisky & Culture

What's New on the Shelf

Coming up in the whisky book world
By Rupert Wheeler
With not many new books being published at the beginning of the year, I have included a number of books we have reviewed before but which I believe to be not only good in content but more importantly very good value. I recently attended our Whisky Live show in London where we sold a large number of books including some of the ones listed here. As with most trends, single books about whisky are on the decline and what publishers seem to be doing now is publishing more and more books on the full range of spirits. Once autumn comes along we are bound to have a deluge of new books to review.

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Let Me Tell You About Whisky

Neil Ridley & Gavin D Smith

ISBN 9781862059658

Bookclub offer: £13 plus P&P

(RRP: £16.99)

There 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. There is advice on how to nose, taste and savour, how to organise a whisky tasting, which glassware to use, as well as a selection of classic whisky cocktails and advice on matching food and whisky. The book covers famous Highland malts, Irish pot still whiskeys and also other producing countries, ranging from Wales through to Taiwan.

 

The World Atlas of Whisky

Dave Broom

ISBN 9781845339517

Bookclub offer: £22.50 plus P&P

(RRP: £35)

Award-winning author, whisky expert and Whisky Magazine’s Editor at large Dave Broom, explores over 200 distilleries and examines over 400 expressions. Detailed descriptions of the Scottish distilleries can be found here, while Ireland, Japan, the USA, Canada and the rest of the world are given exhaustive coverage. There are tasting notes on single malts from Aberfeldy to Tormore, Yoichi (and coverage of the best of the blends). Six especially created 'Flavour Camp Charts' group whiskies by style, which allow readers to identify new whiskies from around the world to try. This extrensively updated and extended edition features new material on burgeoning areas, including detailed coverage of many recently opened US craft distilleries, new distilleries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and discussion of the growing whisky scene in Latin America.

 

Shackleton’s Whisky

Neville Peat

ISBN 9781848093904

Bookclub offer: £13 plus P&P

(RRP: £16.99)

Ernest Shackleton is best known for his heroic expeditions and rarely consumed alcohol. 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. Three bottles were returned to Whyte & Mackay where they were sent for near replication. This is their story.

 

Canadian Whisky

Davin de Kergommeaux

ISBN 9780771027437

Bookclub offer: £12 plus P&P

(RRP: £15.99)

This is a well researched and passionate book expounding the intricacies of Canadian whisky; often overlooked and dismissed by people. Davin has exploded that myth and he takes the reader on a journey of discovery, delving into production methods, tasting notes and the histories of the great companies and brands.

 

Distilled

Joel Harrison & Neil Ridley

ISBN 9781845339111

Bookclub offer: £12 plus P&P

(RRP: £14.99)

Today’s world of spirits is experiencing an explosive increase in craft distillers and pioneers of new distillates. It’s about men and women tearing up the rule books and creating new spirits with extraordinary personality. The book uncovers the best spirits. Very well researched with some great interviews.