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ganagati started a discussion

To further my knowledge of this spectacular drink, I'd like to learn a bit of history about the distilleries themselves. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good whisky book?

Thanks, Andrew

6 years ago

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Hey Andrew. I've looked at the thread markjedi1 linked to and agree there are great suggestions offered, several of which I refer to at some point during the year. My take on books to, as you put it, "... learn a bit of history about the distilleries themselves," is to read the "microscope" books offered about one distillery -- often produced by the distillery so some folks skeptically view them as marketing hype.

Here are three I've truly enjoyed:

Jura -- Taste Island Life (published by the Isle of Jura distillery)

The Legend of Laphroaig by Marcel van Gils and Hans Offringa (for the distillery)

Whisky Dream -- Waking a Giant by Stuart Rivans (about Bruichladdich)

Another precious book about Scotland's whisky is:

Bottled History by Ian Macilwain (it's Ian's b&w photos of distilleries with some stories of those distilleries' long-time employees -- simply wonderful)

6 years ago 0

JoeVelo replied

MIchael Jackson's Whiskey is a great book to begin with. A lot of infos on the making of whiskey and the different distilleries around the world. I have just received Dave Broom's World Atlas of Whisky and it seems to be a hitter too. Dominic Roskrow's 750 essential drams from Tennessee to Tokyo is also a great book for tasting notes.

6 years ago 0

MacBaker62 replied

I'd recommend the following reference books:

Michael Jackson's "Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch"

Charles MacLean's "Whiskypedia"

Dave Bloom's tome, "The World Atlas of Whisky"

Ian Buxton's fun and informative "101 Whiskies" to Try Before You Die"

and lastly, the classic "must read" for any whisky buff, Aeneas MacDonald's "Whisky"

6 years ago 0

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