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Another Little Gem
on 31 July 2012
Presumably working on the basis that "if it's not broken, why fix it", whisky writer Ian Buxton has just published the follow-up to his best seller "101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die". His new volume now broadens our horizons to take in "101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die" and must be the result of a great deal of. research and dogged detective work to track down what I presume are some of the more obscure offerings, say from Tasmania or South Africa.
As before, Mr Buxton provides helpful accompanying background information on the people and enterprises producing the whiskies alongwith brief tasting notes, all contained comfortably and clearly within a single page format opposite a picture of the whisky itself.
While I would be more than happy attempting to try all of the 101 World Whiskies he suggests before I died, it probably is (almost) a viable proposition. I'm aware however of other whisky tomes that have jumped on the "Try Before You Die Bandwagon". Some have gone as far as suggesting a mind numbing, bankruptcy inducing 1001 Whiskies to try. That's all very well, but Mr Buxton. has presumably taken his time to select a varied and representative sample of what's on offer from around the world and brought them together in this, concise, gem of a book.
As before, some will argue that their favourite tipple of such and such should have been included, just as I did when the original book was published. However that's part of the joy - coming across new whiskies that may be worth a try and being prepared for a few surprises along the way.
The book is again a handy "pocket size", useful for taking along to tasting sessions with friends or to pick up and read at the end of a hard day with a dram in hand.
This is a little "Aladdin's Cave" of a book that contains a wealth of information in it's pages and is a serious contender when searching for information on what's on offer these days in the World of Whiskies that extends beyond Scotch and Rye.
I can highly recommend this book and it's predecessor.