Synopses & Reviews
An authoritative beginner's guide cutting straight through the mystery, myth, and complex-sounding terminology
Offering 200 recommended whiskies to try from around the world, with original tasting notes, this is a true beginner's guide providing a clear insight into the modern world of whiskey in a way that's never been done before. The book covers not just famous Highland malts, Irish pot still whiskeys, and American bourbons, but also whiskies from South East Asia, Japan, and Canada, as well as from many other producing countries, ranging from Wales through to Taiwan. There is advice on how to nose, taste, and savor; how to organize a whiskey tasting; which glassware to use; a selection of classic whiskey cocktails; and advice on food pairings. Whiskey bars from China to Norway to the U.S. are listed, as well as specialist retailers. Includes dual measures.
"Informative, accessible and fun . . . as fascinating for those with whisky knowledge as it is for total beginners." —Food & Travel
"A lovely book to pack on a tasting excursion, or simply to sit with and read beside a roaring wood fire in the winter months." —The Keeper
"A clear jargon-free guide . . . provides enough knowledge to feel confident talking about whisky and inspiration for choosing which whiskies to stock behind the bar." —Bar
About the Author
Neil Ridley codeveloped the award-winning whiskey & spirits blog Caskstrength.net. He writes regularly about a wide range of different drinks for spirit and lifestyle publications and is on the judging panel of the World Whisky Awards. Gavin D. Smith is a freelance journalist and author specializing in whiskey and beer. He is contributing editor for whisky-pages.com and contributes to other drinks magazines.