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The Instant Expert's Guide to Single Malt Scotch Paperback – June 1, 2006
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The Instant Expert's Guide to Single Malt Scotch is well-written, painstakingly researched, and comes from a true love of Scotch. -- Liquor Snob
This book is a gem: a power punch of facts and information but presented in a total twaddle-free manner. -- Dominic Roskrow - Editor, Whisky Magazine
From the Publisher
This new edition of what has been described as "the single best introduction to single malt whisky ever" has been revised and expanded, and includes an introduction by Dominic Roskrow, editor of Whisky Magazine.
Written by Kevin Erskine, who also writes the very popular The Scotch Blog, a whisky industry news and commentary site which is required reading around the world by whisky insiders and whisky fans alike.
Scotch whisky is seeing something of a renaissance these days, but there's no place to go for someone with an interest in trying single malt scotch. The author has taken years of experience giving tastings to novices and teaching bar & restaurant staff, and distilled it down into a slim volume. There is no extraneous information here - just what a new scotch drinker needs to get up to speed with all of the basic essentials. Enjoy!
Top Customer Reviews
In comes Kevin Erskine's smooth read for such a complex beverage that quickly had me knowledgeable on how to properly enjoy this amazing spirit. This book is very concise (at only 67 pages) with lots of information that will quickly turn a novice into a pro. I highly recommend it if you too want to easily learn the marvels of single malt scotch.
I don't believe there is another book of this sort, which boils it down to only the most essential basics.
Neat little book.
Fun and fast with loads of information yet a kind tone that does not make you feel like a latecomer to the party.
Matt Jablow (Wannabe Whisky Gourmets- Yahoo group)
In short I was constrained by ignorance, and quite frankly intimidation. The glistening row of top shelf bottles were as mysterious and as impenetrable as any exclusive country club. My head spun with questions. How does one even start? Should I simply order the most expensive one, and assume its the best? or should I start with the least expensive and work my way up? Over Rocks? Neat? Single malt? Blends? What's with the missing 'E' in Whisky?
Clear, concise, and to the point (and slim enough to carry on your person whilst traipsing about the local waterholes), this book provides the foundations for a beginner, defines the mandatory nomenclature, and dispels many myths.
Mr. Erskines book has been almost wholly responsible for an eye opening education on the subject, and a growing appreciation of the drink, culture and history. Two thumbs up, 5 stars and a solid purchase.
I not only was confident to buy my first bottle of single malt--Knockado--and knew exactly the perfect treat to have with it. More importantly I understood why all the sips I had of other single malts from "helpful" male friends was totally not up my alley. Not because I was a "dumb girl", but because I had different tastes. Now I have the courage to simply smile and say--give me a Knockado--no ice, water on the side. I know exactly why to order that way. Major coolness almost achieved.
The author's style is very dry, very factual, rather pedantic and completely lacking in personality or color. Which is not to take away from some rather valuable information in the first few chapter. However, reading this book is a lot like reading a legal contract - it contains facts and information, but it's hard to get excited or any pleasure from the process.
Drinking single malt is a source of great pleasure for me, but I don't get the sense that the author has the same experience. After a lot of dry and colorless detail of the scotch preparing process, he wanders off into details that have little or nothing to do with single malt.
For this slender a book - even if it was loaded with fascinating information and written with great style - a price point of $8.95 would still feel a bit high. But with around half the book being unrelated to the subject, it's value is significantly less. At under $5, I would have felt that I got my money's worth.
Hope this helps you make an informed decision.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
gave this as a gift to my father and he loved it. It was great. Got it with some sipping stones and it really did the trick.Published 18 months ago by Barbara McClellan
I purchased this book as a gift for my husband. He is really enjoying reading it, and finds it very interesting.Published on June 20, 2014 by Jacqueline A.
This book is pure and simply a must for scotch drinkers. I have been a scotch fan for over err a twenty years and the technology r 's and history in this book is uplifting.Published on March 21, 2014 by par15
This was a great read. Erskine writes with a lot of affection for the drink, never making it stuffy, complicated or elitist. I found it easy, fast and clear. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by The Kid
A great guide for anyone who what's to get into single malt whisky without investing to much time.
The book is informational and straight to the point. Not much more to say. Read more
While it does explain the difference between single and blends, gives the area and a bit of history. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Richard C whitesell