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101 Whiskies to Try Before You Dieby Ian Buxton
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A clever distillation of Americaandrsquo;s favorite libation, by the New York Times best-selling authors of The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert
Whiskey fever is sweeping the nation. Every day, craft distilleries are popping up in remote counties and urban centers, offering a wealth of great choices to consumersandmdash;and just as many puzzlements. Does the introduction of a simple andldquo;eandrdquo; to go from whisky to whiskey mean anything? Whatandrsquo;s the difference between Scotch and Rye? Whatandrsquo;s Canadian whisky anyway? And what about the whiskeys of Scotland, Japan, and Ireland? Whereand#39;s a humble Joe to start?and#160;
In this witty kid-style book on an adult topic, Richard Betts boils down his know-how into twenty pages, cooling our andldquo;brown-sweatandrdquo; anxieties and dividing whiskey into three simple categories: Grain, Wood, and Place. While most whiskey tomes are about as fun as a chemistry lesson, Betts makes the learning slide down easy, reassuring us that this exalted spirit is just distilled beer and, through a nasal romp, helping us figure out which kinds we love best. Humorous illustrations and scratch-and-sniff scents (vanilla, sandalwood, grass, and more) help would-be connoisseurs learn their personal preferences. Language label and Map to Your Desires included.
A clever distillation of Americaandrsquo;s favorite libation, by the New York Times best-selling authors of The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert.
A fun and accessible guide to completing an education in whiskey from a man who knows his hooch
Avoiding the deliberately obscure, the ridiculously limited, and the absurdly expensive, whiskey expert Ian Buxton has scoured the shelves of the world's whiskey warehouses to recommend an eclectic selection of old favorites, stellar newcomers, and mystifyingly unknown drams that simply have to be drunk. This witty, focused, and practical guide is not an awards list or a list of the 101 "Best" whiskies in the world in the opinion of some self-appointed whiskey guru. Its simply a guide to 101 whiskies that enthusiasts really must seek out and try—love them or hate them—to complete their whiskey education. What's more, it's both practical and realistic as it cuts through the clutter, decodes the marketing hype, and gets straight to the point; whether from India or America, Sweden or Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens, and islands of Scotland—here are the 101 whiskies that every whiskey enthusiast needs to try. Sláinte!
About the Author
Ian Buxton is a former marketing director of Glenmorangie. He was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1991, the highest honor of the Scotch whisky industry; he is a member of the international tasting panel for the annual World Whisky Awards; and he is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. He writes regular columns for The Keeper, Whisky Magazine, and WhiskyEtc, and has written for the Country Life, Scottish Field, and the Times.
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