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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent & informative list of 101 whiskies for the average whisky fan
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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...
Published on 7 April 2011 by Chris Hall

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Great book, purchased it for my dad for his birthday along with some whisky. Its great as he can now have a read through and tell me which one he wants to try as i always get him a bottle for birthdays xmas and father's day
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent & informative list of 101 whiskies for the average whisky fan, 7 April 2011
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Chris Hall "DLS Reviews" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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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! Furthermore, if you're feeling a little flush all of a sudden, Buxton assures us that you should be able to pick up a bottle of each of the whiskies in his list of 101 for a total of around £7,100 (best keep that little nugget of information from the wife).

This is certainly not the definitive list of whiskies. But rather it is a list of 101 whiskies to hopefully broaden fellow whisky lovers and enthusiasts experience of this beautiful and uniquely varied spirit. There's a surprising number of blends included in the list (well I was somewhat surprised anyway) - with 21 of the whiskies being blends.

On the second page of each entry, Buxton gives the reader a brief description of the whisky and its producer, with a little background information on its history etc. Then he gives some very readable tasting notes that don't fall into the trap of being too meandering and obscure (as is so often the case with whisky tasting notes). Indeed, Buxton gives very honest, understandable, identifiable and most importantly unpretentious points on the whiskies taste, flavour and depth. No nonsense whatsoever!

Whisky is after all a subjective drink. What is one person's Holy Grail is another's dishwater (admittedly not usually on quite such an exaggerated scale). Therefore, Buxton has purposefully avoided using any scoring or ranking of the whiskies detailed in the book. Instead, he details each ones merits, their own uniqueness and where they fit in (or not) with the world of whisky.

This truly is an invaluable and thoroughly interesting book. But be warned, it does entice you to delve a little deeper, and explore a little further into the world of this fine drink (for better or for worse)!

The book runs for a total of 224 pages, which includes a five page (explanatory) introduction by Ian Buxton, a basic and down-to-earth one page `How to Taste Whisky and Use This Book', and a final page on `Where to Buy'. Finally, the book itself is a high quality hardback, with full colour glossy pages throughout.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great little book!, 3 Oct. 2010
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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 101 Whiskies to try before you die - start now!, 5 Sept. 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a useful startng point !, 5 Nov. 2014
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A good starting point for anyone interested in getting to know /getting around the world of whisky..... by the time you are even 1/3 of the way in you should have found at least the vocabulary to know why you agree -or disagree -with the suggestions given- but such is research, one won't like Everything.....!or rather there will be some a lot lees to anyone's taste tan others -n[but at least you'll knoiw why!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to affordable whiskies., 28 Feb. 2014
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It is nice to see whisky recommendations that are within the reach of the average person's pocket. Secondly, it was hugely refreshing to find there is at least one author who has steadfastly refused to follow the trend of using meaningless adjectives to describe whiskies. Instead, you'll find an eminently readable guide explained using simple, understandable everyday terminology to convey the aromas and tastes of each whisky. A well-considered and nicely balanced guide in simple, understandable language and completely free of pretentious twaddle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and informative., 19 Sept. 2014
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There is little that I can add to the many favourable opinions about this brilliant book except to add weight to the volume of 5 star reviews. It may be concise but it is very informative. It is not a list of Ian Buxton's favourites - he includes some which don't particularly appeal to him simply because they are widely considered to be industry benchmarks by people in the know - and it contains only those whiskies which the majority of us will be able to find and afford. Whiskies from around the world are included and the book doesn't restrict itself to single malts. Many premium blends are recommended.

Ian Buxton's style is highly entertaining, bordering on the irreverent at times. He cannot resist poking fun at the romantic blurb which is pushed out by the industry's marketing departments yet he remains appreciative of their products.

For anyone who wants to get into the fascinating and diverse world of whisky but doesn't know where to start, this book is the perfect guide. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not as thunk as people drink I am!, 10 May 2015
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This little book will suit both the beginner and the expert in the wonderful world of whisky. This nice-sized volume is well laid out, with good descriptions of the products, pictures of the bottles, a price guide, and even space to record your verdicts as you work your way through the whiskies. There is also helpful information about the producers, distilleries and whether they have a visitors' centre. I like the fact that the featured whiskies are all available commercially, thus avoiding disappointment for the reader as they go forth to try them out. This book is a nice little browser, as well as a helpfully informative guide. Whether you like single malts, or are just thinking about where to start in exploring Japanese whiskies, then this is for you. This would make a perfect gift, or a welcome addition to any library. Keep it near the drinks cabinet as it saves all the walking as you settle down to try another taste or two of the 'water of life'. Recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little book, 5 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 101 whiskies to try before you die, 8 Jan. 2014
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my husbands favourite Christmas prezzie, apart from a bottle to go with it of course. Just be warned, you might, like me be opening up a massive can of worms! My hubby likes the way it is written. Ian Buxton has an easy narrative and doesn't give the whiskies a score, he simply gives an opinion and some background on each whisky listed, and there is a space at the bottom of the page for you to write your own comments about the ones you try, presumably, only because time may have elapsed since tasting, not because you were too sozzled to remember.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a dirty job but................., 17 Feb. 2011
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The whole whisky business can be a wee bit daunting at times, and completely baffling to the uninitiated. This book cuts through all the waffle and marks out of 100 rubbish and just tells you interesting and important things about what you really need to know. All the whiskies in the book, apart from a select few, are a) affordable and b) available and it all starts to make sense. It's a highly entertaining irreverant read with (huzzah) pictures of the bottles and labels. A great fireside / barside companion. Buy it !
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