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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Gift
Interesting gift for my husband - fun to read and help him set up a list of scotches to try
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good book for novices; little interest for aficionados
Daniel Lerner's primer on Scotch whisky (no "e" allowed!) is a useful book primarily for those with no knowledge of the subject- as Mr. Lerner admits he himself was when he embarked on this project. As a single-malt enthusiast but by no means an expert, I bought this book for its promised survey of and tasting notes on more than 100 whiskies. I regret to say...
Published on November 10, 1998 by Jonathan T. Smillie


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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good book for novices; little interest for aficionados, November 10, 1998
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Daniel Lerner's primer on Scotch whisky (no "e" allowed!) is a useful book primarily for those with no knowledge of the subject- as Mr. Lerner admits he himself was when he embarked on this project. As a single-malt enthusiast but by no means an expert, I bought this book for its promised survey of and tasting notes on more than 100 whiskies. I regret to say that I was disappointed.
The greatest liability of the book is in the tasting notes, which are often vague, frequently simplistic, and rarely informative. Part of this is doubtless due to the rather scattershot tasting methods employed, described in an appendix by the author; however, if you're looking for detailed information on which whiskies match your personal tastes, this is not the book to buy.
For the beginner, perhaps, this manual, with its glossy color photography and useful general overview of the process of whisky production, is a decent buy; next time, however, I'll spend more money to get a more detailed book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice format--needs work, June 8, 2007
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One of the strengths if this book is a very pleasing format that uses the subjects themselves as decorative illustrations. A picture here is worth more than a thousand words. The introductory matter is informative and well presented. Unfortunately a glaring error present in a former edition is perpetuated in the current volume. Laphroaig is labeled as a northern highland scotch, when it is clearly labeled and well known as coming from a distillery on the southern coast of Islay. The fact that this mistake appears in another edition makes one wonder whether poor editing or poor research is at root. In all, a nice little volume. However, if you can only get one refernece book on the topic, get Michael Jackson's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but not up to date, January 12, 2014
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The Scotch Whisky world is steeped in tradition but also constantly changing. This book gives some great historical info but a lot of the information on distillers is out of date or just flat wrong. Cheap price makes it still worth checking out but not to be relied on as 100% correct.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Gift, January 5, 2014
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This review is from: Single Malt and Scotch Whisky: A Guide to Hundreds of Brands and Varieties (Hardcover)
Interesting gift for my husband - fun to read and help him set up a list of scotches to try
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read, December 2, 2013
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Does a reasonable job as a quick read of explaining many of the fundamentals of single malt scotch along with blended. Additionally, provides details on many distilleries and brands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Christmas gift for the Scotch Lover in the family, July 31, 2013
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I bought 3 of these books and all the recipients loved it and of course that enjoy tasting different kinds of scotch!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift and was liked and appreciated, March 22, 2013
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Given to a single malt fan, and they enjoyed the book. Book is small and compact, but easy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There are a lot of Guide Books out there in the market...., December 14, 2012
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This book is a fine book on the topic of Scotch Whisky. The highlights of this book is really the layout and the photography used in the book. There are other books that have a more complete list of Single-Malts (look for Michael Jackson), but this one is very nicely laid out.

I recommend it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drink responsibly, December 3, 2012
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It sits in my drink cabinet and I see many of my guests looking through it. And asking for a refill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal reference and guide, March 4, 2007
This review is from: Single Malt and Scotch Whisky: A Guide to Hundreds of Brands and Varieties (Hardcover)
Knowledgeably compiled and expertly organized by Daniel Lerner, "Single Malt And Scotch Whisky" is an informed and informative 199-page reference guide to more than two hundred brands and varieties of scotch whisky. This superbly illustrated, newly revised and expanded addition covers the varieties, strength, aroma, flavor, and distinguishing characteristics of each cited brand. Comprehensive, 'reader friendly', and easily portable, readers will begin with an informative introductory chapter on 'How to Use this Book', and then move on to learn about the distilling process, what constitutes Scotch Whiskey, labels, and more. Enhanced with the inclusion of a glossary, a resource guide, and a comprehensive index, "Single Malt And Scotch Whiskey" is clearly an ideal reference and guide which is very highly recommended for novice whiskey drinkers, restauranteurs, barkeeps, and collectors.
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