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Coming up in the whisky book world
By Rupert Wheeler
Our book of the month is Edradour by Andrew Cameron and it’s not often that we receive books entirely centered on one distillery. Andrew felt the need to update the book from its first printing seven years ago and although very small and compact, it fits a lot in and is a good worthwhile read. The aim of the Whisky Magazine book club is to offer our readers the best in whisky books, but if you know of a whisky related book that we are not showing then please do get in touch. I am always looking for new titles and although publishers do tend to send me review copies, there is always going to be something I miss. Please make sure that you go to our website to get the best book deals.

 

Edradour

Andrew Cameron

ISBN 9781784621872

Bookclub offer: £7.00 plus P&P

(RRP: £8.99)

The Edradour Distillery is the smallest, longest running distillery in Scotland and receives 50,000 visitors a year from all over the world. As the last remaining distillery of its size, visitors get a true sense of how a distillery worked in the 19th Century. This small and very compact book, illustrated in full colour, gives a full history of the distillery from its inception in about 1837. The book, subtitled ‘The Myth, the Mafia and the Magic,’ tracks the history of the distillery from the days of illicit distilling in the 18th Century and how it got involved with the New York Mafia. The book has been thoroughly updated since it was first published seven years ago and much has changed. The distillery is also unusual in that after a period of 69 years the distilery is now, since 2002, back in the hands of a Scotsman.

 

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. 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 includes Highland malts, Irish pot still whiskeys and other producing countries, from Wales through to Taiwan.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.