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The Famous Grouse Whisky Companion: Heritage, History, Recipes and Drinks [Hardcover]

Ian Buxton
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012

Drinks companion meets cookbook in this charming package. Discover the history of Scotch whisky and the part Famous Grouse has played in its development while also learning how to mix a perfect Famous Honey & Marmalade Sour.

Compiled by renowned whisky writer Ian Buxton, this captivating miscellany is packed with intriguing facts and trivia, from the story of an iconic brand - its unconventional start named after a Scottish bird and its rise in popularity - to a fascinating insight into how whisky is distilled and bottled.

With over 45 recipes for whisky-based dishes and cocktails, including Famous Grouse Rack of Lamb, Mackerel with Snow Grouse Pickled Rhubarb and Apple Tarte Tatin with Whisky Ice Cream, this book belongs on every whisky enthusiast's shelf.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091944740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091944742
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 lives in Perthshire on the site of a former distillery from where he conducts a love affair with Scotland's national drink!

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,, WhiskyEtc, The Whisky Advocate, and elsewhere. He has presented on the web based channel 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,, Whisky (Russia), WhiskyEtc (Holland), The Tasting Panel (USA) and others.
* Conducts corporate tastings and education events on whisky internationally

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"If you like to drink whisky, this should be on your bucket list." ( on "101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die")

Book Description

A fascinating miscellany of whisky facts, as well as whisky-based food and cocktail recipes from the world famous brand

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5.0 out of 5 stars Famous Grouse 29 Aug 2012
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I bought this book for my Husband as a surprise and he thought it was great and he enjoyed reading it. He loves 'The Famous Grouse' advert when it comes on the television, he is looking forward to the next new one when it arrives on our screens!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice wee book 12 Jan 2014
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I bought this to add into a Xmas hamper for my in laws who love Famous Grouse. It's a lovely wee hardback with some background of the history of Famous Grouse and recipes. Perfect buy for a whisky lover who has everything!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 18 Jun 2013
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I bought this for my Father-in-Law for Father's Day and he loved it! beautifully edited little book, full of interesting facts about the whisky. An ideal gift for a whisky drinker.
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