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101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die (Revised & Updated) [Hardcover]

Ian Buxton
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2 Sep 2010

Fully updated and revised, 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. This is a desert island list of whiskies - fully revised and updated in the light of the industry's constant need to keep changing things!

Try them before you die - Slainte!

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Scotland; Revised edition edition (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755360834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755360833
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Buxton is well-placed to write or talk about whisky and drinks. A former Marketing Director of Glenmorangie, Scotland's long-time favourite single malt, he lived for many years Perthshire on the site of a former distillery. Today he's a resident of the Malvern Hills from where he conducts a love affair with Scotland's national drink (and the occasional G&T)!

Ian began work in the Scotch Whisky industry in 1987 and, since 1991, has run his own consultancy business. In that period, his clients include Bacardi Corporation (USA); Brown-Forman Corporation (USA); The Drambuie Liqueur Co; William Lawsons; John Dewar & Sons; William Grant & Sons; Morrison Bowmore Ltd; The Tomatin Distillery Co; Ben Nevis Distillery; Glenmorangie plc; The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre; The Scottish Liqueur Centre; Highland Distillers (Highland Park, Cutty Sark); Glenglassaugh Distillery and other distilled spirits companies and brands.

Ian was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1991, the highest honour of the Scotch Whisky industry. He is an occasional member of the international tasting panel for Whisky Magazine's 'World Whisky Awards' annual awards and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. He founded the World Whiskies Conference and was its Conference Director for 6 years before resigning in 2011 to concentrate on his writing.

As well as giving lectures, presentations and tastings on whisky, he writes regular columns for Whisky Magazine, the leading UK consumer title, and has contributed to its sister title Scotland. In addition, he writes for The Malt Whisky Yearbook, Just-Drinks.com, WhiskyEtc, Whisky Advocate, www.forwhiskylovers.com and elsewhere. He has presented on the web based channel www.singlemalt.tv and at a number of tasting events. He advised the SWA and the National Archives of Scotland on the 2009 Homecoming exhibition Whisky and the Scots for which he also wrote the accompanying monograph.

In 2002 his book Scotch Whisky: History, Hints and Tips appeared and subsequently he was one of the principal co-authors of Eyewitness Whisky and World Whisky for DK Publishing. 2010 saw three new books by Ian: The Enduring Legacy of Dewar's; Glenglassaugh: A Distillery Reborn and 101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die (Hachette)- the latter now available in Chinese, French, Hungarian and Portuguese (for Brazil).

In 2011, he edited and contributed to the official history of Cutty Sark, Cutty Sark: The Making of a Whisky Brand and wrote the history of Glenfarclas for their 175th anniversary - Glenfarclas: An Independent Distillery.

101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die, his latest book, was published in July 2012.

* Author of Whisky - History, Hints & Tips; major contributor to The Whisky Companion (Wm Grant & Sons)
* Editor The Wit & Wisdom of Tommy Dewar
* Editor and author of "Introduction & Appreciation" to facsimile reprint of Aeneas MacDonald's Whisky
* Co-author of Eyewitness Whisky and award-winning World Whiskies.
* Author of The Enduring Legacy of Dewar's; Glenglassaugh: A Distillery Reborn and 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die.
* Author of many articles on whisky (and other distilled spirits) in Whisky Magazine, The Whisky Advocate (USA), Scottish Field, The Keeper, Billionaire.com, Whisky (Russia), WhiskyEtc (Holland), The Tasting Panel (USA) and others.
* Conducts corporate tastings and education events on whisky internationally

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Whiskey expert Ian Buxton does away with connoisseur pomp to deliver this smartly designed little guide to the best brown stuff around. (Time Out (New York))

It's a tough job but someone had to do it...will make the perfect stocking filler for anyone who enjoys a good read or a good whiskey. (Daily Record)

Concise and comic...you don't need to be a whiskey aficionado for this to warm your cockles (Scottish Field)

Nicely packaged and produced...written with irreverence and humour (The Big Issue)

Rather like a drop or two of water in a dram of single malt, Ian Buxton's lively guide opens the subject of whisky up and lets it breathe...entertaining, enlightening, opinionated and irreverent (The Skinny)

Buxton's selection introduced me to some unexpected delights. Taste them all and you'll live forever! (Charles MacLean, Master of the Quaich)

I just couldn't put it down...one of the best whisky books in recent years (Ingvar Ronde, Editor The Malt Whisky Yearbook)

Buy me (Metro)

There are not many people on this planet (if any) who know more about whisky. The book is a terrific reference...the selections are both thorough and quirky (Australian Gourmet Pages)

A fun and accessible guide to completing an education in whisky from a man who knows his hooch (Kevin Erskine, The Scotch Blog)

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A fully updated and revised edition of the witty, focused and practical guide to some of the world's finest whiskies.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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First published in September of 2010, whisky connoisseur and enthusiast Ian Buxton's book `101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die' is a compact book (12cm x 18.5cm) offering advice, guidance and tips on a range of important and particularly tasty whiskies that the author (who is very much in the know) has compiled. The book is not aimed at the whisky collector or those with vast wads of cash rolling around their home. Instead this is a book for everyday folk who simply enjoy a good whisky.

The range of whiskies included in the book span across the globe; from Scotland to America, Ireland, Japan, Canada and even Sweden amongst other places. The whiskies are listed in alphabetical order, each with two pages allocated to each whisky.

On the first page you have a large colour photograph of the whisky, together with the name of the producer, the location of the distillery (not applicable if it's a blend), whether or not there is a visitor centre, the general availability (e.g. specialists, supermarkets, duty free etc) and a rough guide to the price.

The pricing guide is broken into five categories. These are:
(1) Under £25, (2) £25-40, (3) £40-69, (4) £70-£150, (5) Over £150.

In his introduction, Buxton admits that absolutely no whiskies over the £1,000 barrier even had a look in during the compilation of the book (thankfully!). Around half of the whiskies included are under £40, with an overall average price (after removing the three most expensive additions from the collection) of around £56 per bottle. Not bad!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Whisky writer, consultant and whisky afficionado Ian Buxton has written the desert island list of whiskies in his new book 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die. There are not many people on this planet (if any) that know more about whisky and the whisky trade. Consultant to more distillers than you can shake a nulla nulla at (funny, they call it a stick in Scotland whereas here a stick is just a boomerang that doesn't come back) Ian Buxton also instigated (and still runs) a major, annual Whisky Industry Conference and apparently bought a derelict distillery... when he was sober.

This new book is both a terrific reference and a 'journal' for anyone who is game to take up the challenge. Showing 101 whiskies with an image, description and tasting notes and facts like owner, distillery, availability, price and whether they have a visitors' centre or not. There is also a space at the bottom the description page that allows for the owners of the book to make notes as they taste their way through Ian's selections. The selections are both thorough and quirky. All the expected whiskies are there, but also some very obscure (and hard to get) examples of Ian's wide ranging experience and seasoned palate. I must admit I have tasted most of the whiskies in the book, which confirms to me that the selection is very thorough, but where the hell do you find Green Spot?

I totally concur with Ian's sentiments, and I quote: "101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die is a whiksy list with a difference. It's not an awards list. It is not a list of 101 best whiskies in the world. It is simply, as it says in the title, a guide to 101 Whiskies that enthusiasts really should seek out and try - love them or hate them - to complete their whisky educations. What's more, it's practical and realistic."

All I can say is: Sláinte!
Franz Scheurer
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great little book! 3 Oct 2010
I got this book as a gift from my wife (I have only recently started to get into whisky)
It's a brilliant guide to the (sometimes overwhelming) world of whisky.
Nicely designed and clearly laid out - the individual entries are interesting, witty and full of helpful pointers. There's even space to add your own thoughts on each whisky...
I might not manage all 101 but I'm going to give it a try!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little book 5 Sep 2010
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This is something fresh and new to the whisky world. No silly scores. No subjective rankings. Just details of 101 readily available (and not overly expensive) whiskies which everyone should try.

There's a colour photo of each featured whisky (to help you find it on the shop shelf), together with witty notes on the relevant distillery and expression. Ian's also included tasting notes in layman's terms.

Go buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well presented and informative 19 Sep 2010
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The whisky world is overflowing with tasting notes and spurious aewards. This book does not seek to add to the pile. Instead, Ian Buxton has simply listed 101 interesting whiskies, together with reasons, background information and tasting notes. It is a thought provoking read and presenting the whiskies in alphabetical order makes it impossible to infer a hierarchy - on the other hand, it does make the last two or three rather less of a surprise.

I have tried most of the 101 whiskies already and agree with most of the choices - I would take issue with one or two but then where would the fun be if we all agreed all the time.

This is a nicely presented, well written book and by steering clear of rankings, ratings and one off super expensive bottlings it sills a real gap in the market.
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