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The World's Best Whiskies: 750 Essential Drams from Tennessee to Tokyo Hardcover – November 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798866
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dominic Roskrow is an experienced whisky journalist, who started writing about the drinks industry in 1991. He currently edits Whiskeria, a consumer whisky magazine. As the author of Need to Know Whiskies and Collins Gems: Whiskies Roskrow is an in-demand whisky expert. He regularly travels around the world visiting distilleries and speaking at whisky tastings. Roskrow lives in Great Britain.


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This is a really great guide for someone who wants to explore different styles of whiskey from all over the world.
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It's packed with information and the writing style is very entertaining.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wedge Antilles on November 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A gorgeous book that looks as good on a table as on the bookshelf. A well-designed layout keeps the reader engaged and can entertain the casual peruser. The World's Best Whiskies finds a middle ground between Murray's overly-comprehensive Whisky Bible and Buxton's best-of 101 Whiskies to try before you die.

Roskrow focuses more on background and character than on facts or grades. The book is full of little-known anecdotes, sports and music comparisons (blended whisky is like an American football team, Lagavulin 16 is Miles Davis, Glenrothes 25 has a recommended track -- "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & Papas), and absolute character. Reading feels more like a conversation than a lecture or an encyclopaedia entry.

A must-have for seasoned whisky-drinkers and newcomers alike. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Baron on March 3, 2011
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I already had a darn good reference book on Whiskey called "World Whiskeys." While there is a lot of overlap in that book and this one, this one was so good I bought it anyway and have not regretted it. While I don't yet have the author's palette, I found that his descriptions of whiskeys I had tried were pretty close to what I tasting in those whiskeys. Therefore, with this book, I feel I can usually trust his descriptions before I spend money on a bottle of something. And that's the main thing for me. But there's a LOT of interesting info in here besides the individual whiskey descriptions. A terrific guide for your own personal whiskey journey.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank A. Whorton on August 6, 2011
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Covers the world, though about 1/3 of the book is devoted to Scotland, whom we all know makes some darn good whisky. Starts with what makes a whisky/whiskey, how, when and where it is produced. You will find yourself making a shopping list as you go through the book because the author piques your interest in different styles. He limited the book to what he considered the 750 best. American bourbon, rye, Tennessee whiskey, and even corn whiskey are covered and the author does not "talk down" any particular style (though Islay scotch seems to receive his most loving prose). He has vignettes throughout the book of distilleries throughout the world and those articles are as interesting as reading about the drinks themselves. An outstanding reference! Before this book I never had tried a single malt scotch, but now Pandora's box is opened. I have yet to find a whisky from the book that I didn't love. Really opened my world to whisky and I find myself having one dram a night. Thank you, Mr. Roskrow!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Baker on March 4, 2012
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Author and whisky industry expert Dominic Roskrow, has complied a collection of reviews on some of the best whiskies you can find from around the world. There is a lot to explore in this volume, including spotlights on specific distilleries, tasting notes on hundreds of bottlings, and personal insights from his years spent writing about this industry. It is an entertaining and educational read, and worth adding to any whisky lover's reference material.
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By Robert J. Thume on May 23, 2014
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this is a very excellent and informative read for the beginner and increases the knowledge of the more informed....easy to read...great information
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I bought this as a gift for my husband and it was an excellent choice.

He loves whiskey and prior to buying this book had been exploring whiskies from the Islay's. He was very into the different styles of whiskies from different areas of just Ireland, so I thought this would be the perfect read for him.

The nice thing is there are a lot of features about different whiskey distilleries and lots of info about each different featured whiskey.

There are whiskies in all different price ranges, so you certainly do not have to be rich to read the book and explore, but I'm sure my husband took mental notes of a few extremely high end whiskies he would like to try. It's hard not to.

This is a really great guide for someone who wants to explore different styles of whiskey from all over the world. It's also a great coffee table book. If company comes over it's a good book for all the pictures and people like reading random blurbs of different whiskies.

I think this book could even inspire someone who is curious about whiskey, but has NO CLUE where to start or someone who wants to start off with a good experience.
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This book is a gem. I bought one for myself and have bought 2 more for friends. It's packed with information and the writing style is very entertaining. Amazon's price ($16) is a bargain.
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