A very good time of the year to splash out on a really good book and I was very impressed with The Scotch Whisky Treasures by Tom Bruce-Gardyne which recently came into the office. What is unusual is that it contains 20 pieces of removable memorabilia – including a facsimile of the Exchequer Roll granting Friar John Cor the right to purchase malt to make aqua vitae way back in 1494. It’s a long time since a book of this nature has been published, and I would recommend that you at least look at it if you can in your local bookshop before purchasing.
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The Scotch Whisky Treasures
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Written by a Scotsman who considers it a blessing to grow up with Scotch whisky, the author describes not only about the history of whisky distillation, the famous men whose passion can be found in their special malts, but also acts as a guide on tours of the main whisky regions, including the Western Isles, Speyside, Highlands, Lowlands and Campbeltown, visiting some of the greatest names in the production of Scotch: The Glenlivet, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Balvenie, Talisker – other brands (more than 80 of them) are available. Written with a passion and love for the subject and complemented by stunning photographs, maps and artworks, The Scotch Whisky Treasures has the added bonus of 20 facsimile memorabilia items which can be removed from the book. It makes this interactive volume a truly unique insight into Scotch whisky. It is beautifully put together and comes in a superb slipcase.
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In Bourbon Curious, award winning writer Fred Minnick creates an easy-to-read, interactive tasting journey to help you choose the right Bourbons for your flavour preferences – and take the next step in expanding your palate. The book groups Bourbon into four main flavour profiles – grain, nutmeg, caramel and cinnamon. While many Bourbons boast all four flavour notes, one delicious sensation typically overpowers the rest. This books uncovers more than 50 brands’ dominant tastes and suggests cocktail recipes to complement them. In addition, the author spends some time busting Bourbon myths, unravelling its mysteries, exploring distiller secrets and disclosing the recipes you won’t find on a bottle’s label. Bourbon is becoming more ingrained in the culinary world with foodies and drink enthusiasts alike looking for a basic understanding of America’s favourite spirit. Job well done.
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Packed full of historical recipes along with cocktails from contemporary bartenders, Rebellious Spirits is a treasure trove for the curious drinker. The accompanying recipes are just as intriguing: How did we drink gin before tonic? Was punch really made with curdled milk? And many more.
Let Me Tell You About Whisky
Neil Ridley & Gavin D Smith
Bookclub offer: £13.00 plus P&P
Written by two well known whisky writers, this book is probably the best primer out there. There have been many 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 explains fully the whisky process.
The Malt Whisky Yearbook 2016
Edited by Ingvar Ronde
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Whisky enthusiasts all over the world really do look forward to receiving this annual publication. It is written by people who really know about whisky, it’s fully revised every year and has become the best guide of its type on the market. An essential read for any whisky lover.