- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: 27Press
- Audible.com Release Date: May 9, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072BMJTSJ
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7 Lessons on Irish Whiskey: An Introduction to Drinking and Enjoying the Whiskeys of Ireland Audiobook – Unabridged
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I approached this book as a lover of single malt Scottish whisky, and was curious to understand the differences between Scotch and Irish whiskey. The answer seems to be that there are many more similarities than there are differences, and even the oft-cited examples (no peat in Irish whiskey, triple distillation for Irish whiskey; compared to peat in Scottish whisky and double distillation) are as filled with exceptions (some whiskey has peat, many whiskies do not; some whisky is also triple distilled) as not.
There is probably a reason why the realistic practical drinker of 'brown spirits' doesn't limit himself (or herself!) to only Scottish single malt. I feel encouraged to attack a bottle of, hmmmm, Knappogue Castle 1951 (singled out in the book as being one of the most sought after whiskeys in the world, although the book fails to explain why).
The book keeps on offering a link to supplemental material on its website. One does wonder why this supplemental material - some of which might seem to be core that should be in the book, such as a recipe for how to make an Irish Cream type drink - is not actually in the book. And when one goes to the publisher website, they annoyingly will not show you the supplementary material unless you give them an email address in return.
So why four stars instead of five? It would have been nice to see a few illustrations - the book has none whatsoever. And the book is very brief. Of course it doesn't pretend to be lengthy, and makes a positive point of describing it as a 40 minute read. So, full marks for accuracy of description, but in terms of comprehensive complete coverage of the topic, I think it needs to give back a star, particularly when it seems to deliberately withhold information that could/should be in the book, but which is instead hidden behind a requirement to give an email address on the publisher's website.
At its very fair price, however, you'd be well advised to buy a copy and sure to be happy with your purchase.
This book/pamphlet (it is indeed short as the title promises) gives lots of insight, and whets my appetite for more Whiskey knowledge. And, of course, whets my appetite for more Whiskey!
This book is currently free on Kindle, but the $0.99 normal price is still an easy recommendation.