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Informative and fun
on 26 May 2008
Excellent book. An essential read for the inquisitive beginner, and a good fun read and reference for the more experienced. Nice layout, excellent pictures, etc. Also very up-to-date. But where this book really shines is in his insights and his value judgements. I just love the extra categories of "Signature malt" and "Go on, treat yourself..." that accompany the "Core range" category for each listed distillery. And the man's taste and feel for quality can't be faulted.
"The fabulous fifty" is a great chapter; it's good and fun for the beginner to be told what one informed person thinks is really good and worthwhile whisky to buy. The more experienced can pick holes and disagree of course (I disagree that the Laphroaig 10 y-o is more of a flavour bombardment than the Quarter Cask), but who cares?
Another plus is his way of describing whiskies with little insights that readers can easily relate to. His description of The Famous Grouse as being the Kylie Minogue of the whisky world is genius, and just one of many such nuggets.
Buy, read and enjoy - with a dram of course!