Whisky enthusiasts all over the world look forward to the Malt Whisky Yearbook every autumn. This 13th edition is again fully revised and packed with new and up-to-date information on more than 400 whisky distilleries from all over the world. Distinguished whisky experts contribute with new features written exclusively for this new edition along with details of hundreds of whisky shops, whisky sites and new bottlings. The Independent Bottlers chapter gives you all the details about the world ́s most successful blenders and bottlers complete with tasting notes. A comprehensive summary of the whisky year that was and all the latest statistics is also included. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2018 includes more than 250 tasting notes describing the flavour of single malts from all working distilleries in Scotland and Japan. Finally, with more than 500 colour photographs, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2018 is as much an essential reference guide as a book to read for pleasure.
Author: Rachel McCormack
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-06-29
‘Hard not to hate Rachel McCormack who bags the best gig of the year and then writes a brilliant book’ Val McDermid Whisky is Scotland's national drink and has been for over five hundred years, since then becoming a global phenomenon. It is a drink that is a profound and important part of Scottish life and culture but, unlike other countries and their national libations, it has hardly been used in food. Rachel McCormack is going to change that with this book. Limiting whisky to a drink, she believes, is similar to the traditional Presbyterian attitude to sex; it should only be done with the lights off and in the missionary position. Rachel believes that there is an entire Karma Sutraof whisky use out there and she has put it in this book. Interspersing an engaging mix of anecdotes, history and information on distillers and recipes, this book will appeal to everyone from the cooking whisky connoisseur, to the novice whisky learner looking for some guidance on what to eat and cook. Rachel travels the length and breadth of Scotland, discovering a myriad of unique and interesting people and facts about this remarkable drink, with interviews with the key people who create it around the country, as she visits the famous distilleries of her country, as well as the more home-grown variety.
For centuries, whisky has tickled the palettes of the famous and the infamous alike, the good as well as the downright sinful. In this study, Charles MacLean pours a lifetime's passion and knowledge of Scotch whisky into an extraordinary array of anecdotes about this popular drink and those who have loved it. From ghost stories, tales of illicit smuggling operations, and feuding between the Scottish whisky families to poems and celebrations of the world's finest spirit, this is an engaging collection of literary works all dedicated to Scotland's most generous gift to the world.
Author: Gavin D. Smith
Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing
Release Date: 2013-04-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
In this informative and entertaining series of interviews leading whisky writer Gavin D. Smith reveals the workings of the Scotch whisky industry in a series of interviews with characters who have lived and worked in the business of making Scotch. Some are nostalgic, harkening back to a former era when the Health &; Safety mandarins did not exist, while other are contemporary and reveal how things work today. The 12 interviews are accompanied by black and white photographs of the participants along with archival illustrations not published before. Gavin's interviewees are: Norman Morrison, maltman and mashman, Talisker Distillery, Isle of Skye; Boyo Norquoy, stillman, Highland Park Distillery, Orkney; Jim Cryle, master distiller, Glenlivet Distillery, Speyside; Gordon Dey, brewer, Dallas Dhu Distillery &; manager, Aultmore Distillery, Speyside; Rodney Burtt, trainee, Glen Mhor &; Glen Albyn distilleries, Inverness; Douglas Murray, technical guru, Cambus Distillery, Clackmannanshire; Douglas Yeats, cooper, John Dewar &; Sons, Perth; John Ramsay, blender, Famous Grouse &; Cutty Sark, Perth &; London; John Peterson, distillery designer and chemist, Loch Lomond Distillery, Alexandria; Ginger Willie, warehouseman, Bowmore, Islay; John Grant, proprietor, Glenfarclas Distillery, Speyside; Laing Brothers, independent bottlers and merchants, Glasgow
101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die is the companion guide to 2010's 101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die. Ian Buxton again eschews the obvious whiskies and recommends another 101 whiskies that he believes every whisky lover should taste. In Ian Buxton's new collection of whisky recommendations he has cast his net wider. He includes not only whiskies from the established whisky-producing countries, but also many newcomers. The book includes whiskies from Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, India, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, Scotland, Taiwan, USA and Wales. All the whiskies included are both affordable and accessible. Ian Buxton does not believe in collecting whiskies or investing in whisky. He believes in tasting and enjoying the huge range of whiskies that are available. The book includes single malts and blends - and provacatively a few renegade suggestions that are bound to offend purists.
This book on single malt whisky makes an excellent guide for all whisky drinkers, from the novice to the connoisseur. Single malt whisky is the fastest expanding sector of the booming whisky market. Over half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries are open to visitors and visitor numbers reached record numbers of over 1.7 million in 2016. Whisky Classified has revolutionized our appreciation of single malt whisky. David Wishart cuts through the confusing jargon often used to describe single malts and replaces it with an objective and easily applied guide to taste using his easy to understand system of flavour profiles. He identifies twelve dimensions to the aroma and taste of a single malt whisky: body, sweetness, smoky, medicinal, tobacco, honey, spicy, winey, nutty, malty, fruity, floral. In this fully revised and updated edition, David Wishart has included all new UK and Irish producers of single malt whisky. The author has also updated the taste profiles for each selected malt to ensure that this book remains the definitive guide to tasting malt whisky. Each entry includes a short description of the distillery, information for visitors, the author's own tasting notes and his flavour profiles according to this innovative classification. The history of whisky-making and production methods are clearly explained, and the author also explains how to organize a whisky tasting.
A Field Guide to Whisky is a one-stop guide for all the information a whisky enthusiast needs. With the whisky market booming all over the world, now is a perfect time for a comprehensive guide to this popular brown spirit. What are the basic ingredients in all whiskies? How does it get its flavor? Which big-name brands truly deserve their reputation? What are the current whisky trends around the world? And who was Jack Daniel, anyway? This abundance of information is distilled(!) into 324 short entries covering basic whisky literacy, production methods, consumption tips, trends, trivia, geographical maps and lists of distilleries, whisky trails, bars, hotels, and festivals by an industry insider. Boasting 230 color photographs and a beautiful package to boot, A Field Guide to Whisky will make a whisky expert out of anyone.
Author: Stefan Van Eycken
Publisher: Cider Mill Press
Release Date: 2017-04-04
The first, most definitive guide to the exciting revolution happening in the world of Japanese whisky! Raise a glass to Japanese whisky! Whisky Rising is the essential reference with revolutionary new insights into the emerging world of Japanese whisky, featuring profiles on distilleries new and old (some so new, they don’t even have whisky yet!), interviews with master distillers and blenders, and reviews and tasting notes for the best of the best, plus a definitive catalog featuring all of the must-drink whiskies! Follow the whisky bar guide and learn something new from the nosing and drinking tips. Whisky Rising will give you a taste of the good stuff!
Author: Charles Maclean
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: 2015-10-01
This wide-ranging and evocative photographic portrait of Scotland's distilleries, from Talisker to Lagavulin, from Laphroaig to Dalwhinnie, from the Isle of Arran to Glenkinchie, describes the "cultural terroir" of the country's fifty greatest distilleries-the ingredients, practices, and traditions that result in an exquisite range of single-malt whiskies. Over 250 specially commissioned photographs capture the texture of the surrounding landscapes through the changing seasons, vividly portray the craftsmen who work there, and detail the fabric of the buildings themselves. A unique addition to the literature on Scotch whisky, with text by the world's greatest whisky expert, Spirit of Place is the perfect gift for anyone planning to tour Scotland's distilleries, a souvenir for anyone who has visited them, and simply the perfect companion to a dram at home.
Island whiskies have long held a fascination and a powerful emotional draw on whisky drinkers the world over. Their special combination of heritage, mystique, and remote location captures the imagination; their highly distinctive flavours are often imitated but seldom bettered. There have been few books on island whisky and none written in recent years.But Whiskies Galore is not your average whisky book. It is not simply a catalogue of distilleries, but a story of discovery and adventure. Join Ian Buxton on a personal journey across Scotland's islands, where he learns to fish with high explosives, ends up hurling his dinner into the sea, and comes face to face with a basking shark. Combining an expert's knowledge of whisky with a travel writer's fondness for anecdote, and with a keen description of place, he provides a special treat for all who love the islands' magical drams.
Author: Neil Wilson
Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing Ltd
Release Date: 2016-07-02
Despite being only 21 years old, Lochranza Distillery on the Isle of Arran is the latest in a long line of distilleries that once existed there. The island's illicit whisky that was made in the 18th century was considered so good that it was on a par with the best smuggled Glenlivet and the Skye traveller John MacCulloch recorded in 1824 that Arran Water, as it was called, 'in the older days, was the burgundy of all the vintages.' The last legal distillery on Arran closed in 1837 and it was not until David Hutchison, a Glasgow architect whose family had property on Arran, attended a dinner of the Arran Society of Glasgow in March 1991, that the idea to start a new distillery took seed. He approached his friend Harold Currie, a retired ex-Chivas Regal MD, and together they brought about the creation of Lochranza Distillery which started production in June 1995. But that's not the whole story as the project was beset by NIMBY objectors, nesting eagles, licensing problems, SNH concerns regarding the impact on a National Scenic Area, European environmental regulations, and, once approved, a race to raise sufficient finance. But despite all that, the distillery was built and is now world-renowned for the quality of its spirit. Neil Wilson has spent a year researching the company and its evolution and has written an entertaining insight into the history of how the distillery was created and how it has evolved with full financial disclosure which shows that without the support of two major shareholders, the whole business would have collapsed in the first decade of the new millennium. Now Arran is seen as the inspiration that has brought over 20 or so new distilleries of varying sizes into creation since 2000 across the length and breadth of Scotland. The story reveals how the Currie family's interests in the company were eventually subsumed by shareholder power and control passed to the current owners who continue to invest heavily in the future. And the book also reveals plans of the company's new proposed distillery in the south of Arran which will, subject to approval, produce the peated varieties of Arran malt. It is a fascinating story, illustrated with archive and contemporary illustrations and includes interviews with many of the people who have been involved in the story from the start.
This highly accessible and enjoyable guide is full of practical and fascinating information about how to enjoy whisky. All whisky styles are covered, including (just whisper it) blends. Along the way a good few myths are exploded, including the idea that whisky has to be taken neat. In 'What to Drink', Dave Broom explores flavour camps - how to understand a style of whisky - and moves on to provide extensive tasting notes of the major brands, demonstrating whisky's extraordinary diversity. In 'How to Drink', he sets out how to enjoy whisky in myriad ways - using water and mixers, from soda to green tea; and in cocktails, from the Manhattan to the Rusty Nail. He even looks at pairing whisky and food. In this spirited, entertaining and no-nonsense guide, world-renowned expert Dave Broom dispels the mysteries of whisky and unlocks a whole host of exciting possibilities for this magical drink.
Revised and updated in 2013, 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die is a whisky guide with a difference. It is not an awards list. It is not a list of the 101 'best' whiskies in the world in the opinion of a self-appointed whisky guru. It is simply a guide to the 101 whiskies that enthusiasts must seek out and try in order to complete their whisky education. Avoiding the deliberately obscure, the ridiculously limited and the absurdly expensive, whisky expert Ian Buxton recommends an eclectic selection of old favourites, stellar newcomers and mystifyingly unknown drams that simply have to be drunk. The book decodes the marketing hype and gets straight to the point; whether from India, America, Sweden, Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens and islands of Scotland, here are the 101 whiskies that you really want. Try them before you die - Slainte!
Author: Brian Townsend
Publisher: Neil Wilson Pub Limited
Release Date: 2000
Townsend details the ruins of almost every Victorian working distillery in Scotland, from the remnants of once-great concerns such as Saucel Distillery in Paisley to a tumble of bricks and mortar in a remote location, like Glen Tarras at Langholm.