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Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide Hardcover – May 16, 2005
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First and foremost, this book is published by DK. This means that it will be rich in beautiful photographs and illustrations and weaker in text. I love well produced books and that is why I give this book five stars. The carefully shot pictures of Scotish whiskey distilleries are enough to make one plan a golfing/whiskey drinking vacation. However, the downside of DK books is that the writing is usually on the "lite" side. If you are looking for a guidebook to help you pick your next bottle of Scotch, this is not your book. Michael Jackson has produced other books that better describe and rate single malt Scotches. Purchase this book for the beautiful photographs and basic introduction to Scotch. Deeper knowledge will require more study and tasting.
This is not an all-encompassing tome of whiskeys, nor a buying guide, nor a tasting guide; there are plenty of other books out there for that. I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I think it would be better with a section on the relevant history of the region- for example, the Highland Clearances were mentioned many times, and eventually I had to go look it up. Also, the book would be better if they dropped the snob factor in the text- the condescension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. This is still a wonderful book, and if you are interested in whiskey at all it is definitely worth your time.
You are taken on a whirlwind tour into the development of single malt scotch and scotch blends, bourbon, and whiskeys, with styles that span global continents. Explorations of distilled beverages include selected tastings throughout Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Japan, Europe, Asia and Australasia. These worldwide destinations are brought to life with superb photographic images and extraordinary architectural graphics.
Further exploration into the enjoyment of whiskey includes whiskey cocktails and culinary creations, matching foods with whiskey, resources for further reading and a listing of major distilleries throughout the world.
For the novice or the connoisseur, WHISKEY - THE DEFINITIVE WORLD GUIDE is an adventure into the realm of spirits. It is impossible to peruse the pages without a feeling of awe, inspired by the magnificence, history, development and flavor profiles bestowed upon the amber gem.
This book is the 2006 winner of the James Beard Award in the Books on Drink category, and deservedly so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice looking book. Easy read. Clears up some misconceptions.Published 2 months ago by James Karow
really great book with a whole lot of information, and like any DK book there is a ton of photographs and illustrations that ad a visual aid in learning everything you need to know... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Peter1985
This is a good product, but some of the whiskey recommendations are now outdated.Published 13 months ago by Brandy
Great whiskey reading, tons of information and lots of photos. Delivered in accurate grading by the seller, awesome deal!Published 15 months ago by AndrewBsupafly
Gave a few of this as gifts to whisky fans and connoiseurs and everyone loved it.Published 16 months ago by Mario Ramirez Gurria
The book has nice, enticing photos but I find the writing a bit stilted. It's actually written by a wide variety of writers/contributors, and the topics are covered in a somewhat... Read morePublished 17 months ago by John McCabe