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The World Atlas of Whisky: More Than 350 Expressions Tasted - More Than 150 Distilleries Explored Hardcover – October 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335779
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Broom, a leading writer in the field, believes that “we are living in the most exciting period in whisky’s long evolution,” and readers who regularly patrols the aisles of a quality liquor store will be inclined to agree. After perusing this book, however, they’ll be boggled at how much they have yet to sip and sample. But this is no mere mapping of distilleries. Yes, there are country maps, with significant regions and distilleries indicated, but there are maps of flavors, too—the first indication of Broom’s creative approach. Writing succinctly and sometimes scenically, he profiles distilleries and shares his tasting notes, then offers suggestions of what to taste next. In teaching how to taste, he proffers sensible “flavor camps” that avoid the kind of over-adjectival rhapsodizing that makes so many people leery of drinks writing in the first place. The whole approach is sensible, informed, encouraging—and beautifully illustrated, too, for those who may prefer pictures to prose while browsing. Though it is a world atlas, 169 pages are devoted to Scotland, leaving 12 for Ireland, 18 for Japan, 37 for the U.S., 10 for Canada, and 29 for the rest of the world. Whiskey drinkers with no interest in Scotch are forewarned, although perhaps this book can cure them. --Keir Graff

About the Author

Award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom has been writing about whisky for 20 years as a journalist an author. A four-time Glenfiddich Award-winning author, Broom is editor of the Scotch Whisky Review, editor of Whisky Magazine: Japan, consultant editor to Whisky Magazine (UK, USA, France, Spain) and writes for a number of other publications including The Spectator, Mixology and Imbide. In addition, he regularly appears on television and radio, and is actively involved in whisky education, acting as a consultant to major distillers on tasting technique as well as teaching professionals and the public.

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Well organized & well written.
SpecialT
Great book, highlights are many, tasting notes of intricate depth, a sophistication of descriptive tasting candy, exquisite attention to minor details, such as ABV.
James G. Collins
A must have book for connoisseurs.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sitting in Seattle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 9, 2012
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This book is not what I expected, so I want to help you decide whether it's what you want.

This is a large, heavy, coffee table sized book with beautiful printing and photography, an overview of whisky production of several kinds (single malt, bourbon, etc), and 1-2 page spreads on selected distilleries and their whiskies in Scotland and worldwide. Besides discussing each distillery, it has tasting notes for a few whiskies from each one, plus a recommendation of what to try next for them (i.e., if you like this one, go try that one). That's all good if it's what you want.

What is it NOT? First of all, it is not really an atlas in any sense, either literal (maps) or figurative (conceptual). There are a few maps but they are not comprehensive or detailed enough to count as an atlas in my opinion. Figuratively, it provides a conceptual "map" of whisky with two dimensions (vanilla vs. grain plus peat vs. clean, as I see it, although the author uses different words) but it is not really terribly informative for several reasons: it leaves many whiskies uncategorized, it explicitly takes no account of quality, and it doesn't even map all the whiskies in the book. Perhaps most strangely, the whiskies in the book are explained not with the map but with an unrelated other method of categorizing that uses different sensory terms ("fruit", "floral", etc.)

Second, it is not comprehensive. Not all scotches are there, certainly not all bourbons are there, and so forth. I have seven generally available whiskies on my shelf right now, and the book has tasting notes for 3 of them (of which one is from Japan, so it's 2 for 6 from Scotland and the US). So it is not at all a comprehensive reference.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tokyo Resident on December 10, 2010
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The photographs are worth the book's price in themselves, but this book has a lot more to offer than that. I live in Japan and kid myself I know a bit about the country and its whisky, but the chapter on Japan taught me something on every page. Broom is absolutely sure in his knowledge of Japanese whisky but writes lyrically in a light easy-to-read style. The "flavor camp" classifications are a great idea, dividing whiskies according to simple, easy to understand characteristics (peaty and smoky etc.) and allowing the reader to cross reference whiskies of those types from across the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime on February 17, 2014
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Getting interested in whisky, I wished for a book that would cover it all, explain the history of regions and distilleries, and give me the general gist of what flavors and characteristic I might expect from different brands. Here it is. Nicely laid out, big, beautiful photography of lonely peat bogs and such – it's an armchair traveler book, for sure, informative and much more relaxing to read than clicking through a bunch of blogs. It's not up-to-the-minute on the latest releases, but that's OK. Mr. Broom and editors did a great job here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn M Hughes on January 29, 2013
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It was given as a gift and was loved and appreciated. It was informative and interesting. The pictures were very colorful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SpecialT on January 29, 2013
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Very informative on a broad range of whiskies from around the world. Well organized & well written. Beautifully illustrated. I've enjoyed it a great deal.
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Interesting discussions of top brands and lore. My dad, 90, loved it as a gift and I have my own.
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By Kathy Kim on January 29, 2014
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I got this book for whiskey lover as christmas present and he absolutely loved it. great quality pages and print and nice pictures. the categories are well organized and easy to search for certain whiskeys. i recommend...
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By Tranquility Girl on January 10, 2013
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This has been purchased as a 65th birthday present for a friend. I know he will like it as he "pours" over my husband's copy of this book.
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