- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781784721428
- ISBN-13: 978-1784721428
- ASIN: 1784721425
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The great Dave Broom has done it again. Another beautiful book! This Japanese whisky title is a best sprits book contender...a book that will stand the test of time. It's outstanding!―Fred Minnick
'Knowledge, integrity, and passion: these are the three words that best describe Dave Broom. It shows in every word he writes.' - John Hansell, Publisher and Editor,―Whisky Advocate Magazine
The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky by Dave Broom is an amazing book. If you care about whisky, you must add it to your collection.―Fred Minnick
About the Author
Dave Broom is an internationally acclaimed drinks writer who has been writing on the subject for 25 years as both journalist and author. He is regarded as one of the world's foremost writers on Japanese whisky.
Dave has written ten books, including The World Atlas of Whisky, now in its second edition. He has won many awards, including two Glenfiddich prizes. In 2013 he won the prestigious IWSC Communicator of the Year Award and he won the 2016 Golden Spirit Award from Tales of the Cocktail. Dave is chief engineer at scotchwhisky.com, a lead columnist and taster on Whisky Advocate (USA) and for five years served as editor-in-chief of Whisky Magazine Japan. He also writes for Whisky Advocate, Drink! (China), Fine Spirits (France), Warehouse (Czech Republic), The Spectator, Prospect, the FT Magazine and many more. He is a regular broadcaster on TV (Sunday Brunch) and radio.
Over his two decades in the field, Dave has built up a considerable international following with regular training/educational visits to Japan, France, Holland, Scandinavia, Germany, Africa and North America. He is actively involved in whisky education and also acts as a consultant to major distillers on tasting techniques as well as training professionals and the public. Dave has also worked with Suntory in developing a language of tasting that communicates Japanese concepts to English-speaking audiences.
Kohei Take is a Tokyo-based photographer, specialising in travel, portraits and fashion. His work has appeared in many ads and in magazines.
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This book is the result of a project to explore many (all?) of the whisky production facilities in Japan. The author, David Broom, a Scotsman, and apostle of the great Michael Jackson and so brings an expert's appreciation to the task. The project also incudes a single photographer, Kohei Take, a well known photographer in Japan, to document the tour.
As to content, the book is a series of essays and adventures that deal not only with the whisky itself, but the travel and culture of whisky in Japan, and the people and personalities. This turns out to be quite interesting. I've felt that changes in the Scotch industry were mostly marketing ploys, in Japan, the production of whisky seems to be perfection of craft. This is reflected in the title of the book 'The Way' ... attention to the details and subtlety of the process, ingredients and product as craft. As such, there is a great deal more to Japanese whisky than merely duplicating practices in Scotland.
This is a complicated book; it is not a 'field guide' but an in-depth discussion of the subject in many aspects. (It does have tasting notes however!) It is an art project in itself with high production values in selection of papers, reproduction of the photographs, fonts, colors etc. The number of chapters, essays and photographs makes it easy to enjoy this book in short bursts of contemplative reading. A narrow ribbon is included in the binding to facilitate place keeping. This is a book to savor; it deserves your time.
The book is beautiful. The quality of the discussion is more than matched by the quality of the pictures, which provide a unique view of Japan unlike any other I have seen. If you love Japan or whiskey, you will enjoy and learn much from this book.
Almost like a drink that you want to savor and not drink so quickly, I took my time reading Dave Broom's book because while Japanese whisky is the centerpoint, it's also a book that appreciates Japanese culture, locations visited and has a travel element, which I absolutely enjoyed about this book.
I appreciate this book because whisky expert Dave Broom really is thoughtful and informative when it comes to his approach to the production process, the people behind the whisky and the whisky itself.
I appreciate the hardwork that went into the creation of this book but also the fact that Dave Broom made the effort to not stay in one area but experience various locations throughout Japan.
I recently traveled through Japan on a coffee tour (and also checking out a few Japanese craft beer locations) several months ago and for me, it's wonderful to read the passion featured in the words by Dave Broom. He's no doubt a whisky connoisseur and his book is truly manages to combine one's appreciation of Japanese whisky and Japanese culture with full efficacy.
As for the hardbound book, it's well-edited, the photography by Kohei Take is also wonderful.
Overall, "The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky" is a unique, informative and well-written book that I recommend to whisky lovers but also those who have a strong passion of Japanese culture.
The information of the distilleries and the whisky they produce is finely distilled and lucidly described. The other treasure of this book are the many pages (all in green background) of what may appear to be irrelevant subjects – such as the Japanese tea ceremony, the ‘Washi’ or papermaking craft, and the philosophy of wabi-sabi. One quickly realises what Broom is doing. The exquisiteness of Japanese whisky is not just the end product. It is also not just the process of distilling. It is not just the water. It is about the Japanese and their way of life – their very attitude and culture. Once we learn that, and perhaps be a little bit Japanese in our thinking, we can truly appreciate Japanese whisky; and the Japanese whisky makers will appreciate us a little bit more too.