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whsm
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 20-05-2014 at 22:45 pm

Alex Munro's Best Value Drams Paperback only £3.99 on Amazon or 0.99p on Kindle. Great wee book for the beginner who is looking to try some great single malts without breaking the bank.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 20-05-2014 at 23:37 pm

Another great book is 1001 Whiskies you should try before you die, well written, great photo's and well arranged. Only £10 on Amazon

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
D. T.
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 14-07-2014 at 22:19 pm

There is also a Dutch version of "1001 Whiskies ...": 1001 Whiskies die je geproefd moet hebben!".

It's kind of brillant, very informative, nice pictures and so on. What is missing?

I would have liked real ratings/points and maybe price indications. But I have to say I can understand that the price issue is a very very difficult one.

What I definitely don't like about the book are the reviews of "HO", really dull stuff in comparison with the contributions of the other writers. Too much stories and non-relevant info.

That being said it's my favourite book of the moment ...

I often read a couple of pages and then check out the corresponding Whisky Reviews of Ralfy on YouTube, the world's most entertaining whisky reviewer ever!

Cheers, D.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 03-02-2015 at 13:26 pm

I have just got a book off Amazon, quite cheap, called American Whiskey Bourbon and Rye, A guide to The Nation's Favourite Spirit. It includes Profiles, Ratings and tasting notes for more than 200 whiskeys. It is by Clay Risen. It is a nice looking book and it is well set out. I use this book mostly as a reference book. I must say I do not agree with a lot of his ratings and reviews. Anyway I have a nice collection of books going and I read them all the time and I am  learning all the time. Does anyone recommend a book on Japanese, Irish or world whisky. Cheers

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 03-02-2015 at 13:28 pm

What I mean is a book just on Japanese whisky and a book just on Irish and a book just on world whisky. Cheers

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
Whisky Hamster
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 08-02-2015 at 00:21 am

The best book on Japanese Whisky is supposed to be the one with the same title. Reason I personally did not get it yet is its limited availability/hefty pricetag. But hey, maybe you get lucky somewhere...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Japanese-Whisky-Figures-definitive-whiskies/dp/9163320932/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423351354&sr=8-1&keywords=9789163320934

  Edited on 08-02-2015 at 00:53 am
Oh Laphroaig, where art thou?
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 08-02-2015 at 10:39 am

Cough!!!Choke!!! Splutter!!! Sweet Mary mother of God, not only is the whisky overpriced,the books are as well. O_O

Thanks Whisk Hamster,it gives me something to go on. I will try Ebay wink

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
Whisky Hamster
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 08-02-2015 at 11:12 am

You are welcome! happy
This bookshop in Sweden still has it in stock (can be added to cart). The book is about 40EUR (348kr). Too bad I don't understand a word and unfortunately don't know any Swedish folks either... But if you find out about shipping and handling fees to other countries, please let me know. Here we go: http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/japanese-whisky-9789163320934
Oh, and the author (in 2008...) offers to take bulk orders of one box (10 books) over his site, but it's very web 1.0-ish to say the least & I couldn't find contact data... XD http://www.buxrud.se/linklib.htm

Update: I sent him a note via his facebook page.

  Edited on 08-02-2015 at 11:52 am
Oh Laphroaig, where art thou?
s_nonjatta
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 10-02-2015 at 01:09 am

The book is very dated and not entirely accurate in its details.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 28-10-2015 at 23:01 pm

I recently found an old Jim Murray whisky book from 1997 in a charity shop called The Complete Guide to Whisky,it's actually quite good,he goes into great detail about the distilleries,their whisky and their history. Some of it will be out of date now but still a good read and good to have in the collection.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
D. T.
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 31-10-2015 at 01:20 am

Personally, I'm a huge fan of the ever charming and witty Ian Buxton!

Three books to check out ...

101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die.
101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die.
101 Legendary Whiskies (You're Dying to Try but Possibly Never Will).

Cheers, D.


  Edited on 31-10-2015 at 01:21 am
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 31-10-2015 at 09:45 am

D.T, I do have,and I am slowly making my way through the 101 whiskies to try before you die. Thanks for the heads up on the other two, I will definitely check them out.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 31-10-2015 at 09:52 am

Just been on Amazon,there is a book called Scotch Missed. The Original guide to Scotland's lost distilleries, by Peter Townsend. It looks very interesting. Anyone read it or have it?

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
St. Pauli
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 31-10-2015 at 11:32 am

If you want to read a more scientific book, I can recommend this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Science-Commerce-Whisky-Buxton/dp/1849731500

lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 31-10-2015 at 13:06 pm
karloff wrote:

Just been on Amazon,there is a book called Scotch Missed. The Original guide to Scotland's lost distilleries, by Peter Townsend. It looks very interesting. Anyone read it or have it?


I have it but my book is by Brian Townsend, Scotch Missed, The lost distilleries Of Scotland?

I assume its the same one?

The book lists 11 different areas of lost whisky distilleries, the Springbank area lists 20 distilleries alone.

I found it interesting because many of the distilleries listed in some areas I had never heard of so it was a real education and some of the distilleries closed in the 1800`s.

As an example  for Edinburgh area it mentions Glen Sciennes, Lochrin, Sunbury and Yardheads to name but a few.

A real education and some of the distilleries are only half a page because not much is known about them.



karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 31-10-2015 at 13:32 pm

My mistake Lincolnimp, it is Brian and not Peter. Thanks for your review,you have sold it to me, sounds like a great read. wink

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 02-11-2015 at 19:39 pm

Misako Udo - Scottish Whisky Distilleries: For the Whisky Enthusiast


This one is great... just NOT for casual reading (I can't emphasize that enough).  It's kind of like a technical spec sheet to supplement your more interesting reads, but it's ridiculously comprehensive.  We're talking very detailed info on a huge number of Scottish distilleries (past and present), like number of stills, still sizes, entire ownership history, production levels, production history (i.e. when it was mothballed, active, demolished), etc, etc.

The only problem is it's a little aged now, so it might be tough to find, and recent distillery production changes would not be represented.

I usually use it for curiosities, like when I want to know who owned a distillery, when, for how long, when the distillery was idle / producing / blown-to-pieces, etc.  For that kind of stuff, it's absolutely amazing... but if you try to read it cover-to-cover, prepare for some ZZZ's
  Edited on 02-11-2015 at 19:40 pm
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 02-11-2015 at 21:10 pm

Mrgood, that one sounds very similar to a book I have called Discovering Scotland's Distilleries by Gavin D Smith and Graeme Wallace. A great little book I take with me,everytime I go North of the boarder, well organised book, most distilleries take up two pages with History,points of special interest,visitor experience,location information,contacts,admission,opening times and much much more. Fits nicely in ya pocket. The one I have is 2010 so I could do with an update. Paid £10 for it.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 03-11-2015 at 15:52 pm

Karloff, yep, it's similar but much more comprehensive.  Think of Smith and Wallace's as a summary by comparison.  Take the info in their book, multiply it by the entire history of the distilleries (instead of just the current state), then add in every distillery you ever (or never) heard of.  We're talking literally hundreds.


Say, for example, you bought at auction an old Glen Garioch distilled in 1948 and bottled in '73, and you wanted info on who was running the show, etc, at those times.  This book can tell you minute details like that.  Of course, being so comprehensive means you couldn't really use it as a  pocket book.  The one you have is probably better suited for that particular purpose.
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 03-11-2015 at 18:31 pm

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Scottish%20distilleries%20for%20the%20whisky%20enthusiast

I was very interested in that book Mrgood, so i looked on Amazon uk. LOOK AT THOSE PRICES, SWEET MARY MOTHER OF GOD!!!!!! 

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 03-11-2015 at 19:14 pm
karloff wrote:

I was very interested in that book Mrgood, so i looked on Amazon uk. LOOK AT THOSE PRICES, SWEET MARY MOTHER OF GOD!!!!!! 

heh... cripes!  I guess books can appreciate in value after they go out of print in the same way whisky does after the distillery goes kablooey.  I could get some damn fine whisky for what they're asking.  Now I'm thinking maybe I need to list mine for sale. happy


I wonder if she has plans of putting out an updated edition any time soon.
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 03-11-2015 at 19:49 pm

Mrgood,what was the books original price? And how much did you pay for yours? If you don't mind me asking.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 04-11-2015 at 15:12 pm
karloff wrote:

what was the books original price? And how much did you pay for yours?.

The listed price on the back says £15.  Sucker that I am, I paid about triple that a few years ago. At the time I thought I was getting fleeced, but looking at current asking prices I guess it could've been worse.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 23-01-2016 at 00:59 am

My wife bought me Scotch Missed,Scotland's Lost Distilleries ny Brian Townsend for Christmas, instead of reading it from cover to cover,I just randomly pick a page and a distillery, weird I know but it works for me. It brings a tear to your eye some of the stories, but in a hundred years from now,what distilleries do you think will be in the revised version ?

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 23-01-2016 at 01:28 am
karloff wrote:

My wife bought me Scotch Missed,Scotland's Lost Distilleries ny Brian Townsend for Christmas... what distilleries do you think will be in the revised version ?

What a depressing thought that is... it could probably make for a thread of it's own.  I'd go with the likes of Glen Spey, Knockando, Strahmill... basically anything Diageo owns that has a relatively small production and is primarily used for blends.  With Roseisle on line, I expect Diageo's smaller blend producers would be the first on the chopping block if the market crashed.  On the other hand, they might opt to knock down one of the bigger producers if it's especially inefficient or has a costly up-keep.

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