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4.0 out of 5 stars The Gateway to Distilleries, 31 Aug. 2012
This review is from: 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die (101 Whiskies) (Hardcover)
Ian Buxton's new edition of '101 World Whiskies to Try before You Die', edition 2012, is a wonderful book, easy to read and full of information. Ian's writing and use of language is rather amusing to read, perfect choice of words with some underlying wittiness. He presents his rather personal selection of whiskies from Australia, Austria...Ireland...Japan, Scotland...USA. There are more whiskies described than the book's title might suggest. Well, he sets the rules and breaks them from time to time as he pleases, it is impossible to be angry with him! His excuses are justified. He certainly loves Highland Park's whiskies as he recommends all of them! He also refers to special investment whiskies though he seemingly "dislikes" them. "Johnnie Walker's Diamond Jubilee" is his Bonus Whisky. It seems as if he does not like peated whiskies either, only a handful were regarded valuable to be mentioned. Positive, there are Blends listed in his rather arbitrary selection, he seemingly likes these and thus matches today's trend. Newcomers like Kilchoman, Glenglassaugh, Great King Street are also proposed to try. Ireland's whiskies are presented at large, also whiskies from Austria, Germany or even Switzerland. Scotland is covered from Whisky 37 to Whisky 68, a mixture in perfect harmony, all major companies are represented. Everyone has to be pleased... Although he disregards international accolades as a selective paradigma for his choice, he mentions from time to time these as if to 'justify' his selection. The reader gets very useful detailed background information about the listed distilleries, Blenders and their particular bottlings. He knows just every detail. Buxton's tasting notes are straight forward and just classic! They are very easy to follow and pretty much down to earth, they are just excellent and are of no fancy description. Useful advices 'How to taste whisky' are given by the author and a short list of 'Further Resources'. However, the recommendations 'Where to buy' are very short, e.g. Japan and other countires are missing. The hardcover binding is excellent, 223pp. This collection of whiskies will certainly please the whisky enthusiast and the beginner. Just buy, read and drink...if you still have got enough time to live..or just hurry up. The Gateway to Distilleries
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