Read a few Whisky books but this one tops the lot. Well written beautifully put together and loaded with lots of fascinating information for the Whisky lover and indeed if not a Whisky lover it'll keep your interest and maybe just whet your non Whisky palate!
This is an excellent book for someone wanting to get a sound and thorough introduction to the world of whisky. The authors are knowledgeable and have an entertaining style, while the information conveyed is comprehensive; the diagrams of the various production processes in particular are very helpful! I would give it five stars, but unfortunately a lack of editorial oversight has let a few rather blatant typos and formatting errors sneak in to spoil an otherwise professional and aesthetically pleasing volume. I'd still recommend it though, to the beginner or the expert.
Excellent and informative work, you feel like an expert after reading this book and all written in a straight forward way so that even a novice Whiskey lover like myself can understand what to look for when tasting that dram or two. Having read it, I was keen to try a variety of distilleries to taste the different flavours so well described here and ventured on to Bourbon Whiskey just to sample the difference for myself. I now also have an appreciation of the blenders skill hitherto not previously realised due to my lack of detail knowledge on how to recognise the flavours that had been there all the time. A highly recommended read.
The initial content with the book is a most pleasant, with a nice and solid hardcover, heavy weight paper and numerous coloured photographs. The text is clear, concise and reads well and covers a wide range of topics related to whisky. As mentioned by the authors, this book is a "true beginner's guide". Passed this stage, this book will be of limited to very limited interest, since the text is too concise for a most experienced whisky enthusiast to learn much form this book.
So, if this is your first whisky book, then you can be charmed by this book. If not, better to go for something else.
I must say that the number of whisky books out there is a little daunting, especially if you're a novice but wanting to know more. However, Let Me Tell You About Whisky takes a really refreshing approach and assumes no knowledge, whilst treating the reader without being at all patronising. The feel of the book is perfect for anyone who has several bottles of whisky on their shelves or the would-be enthusiast who wants to learn more about other types of whisky from around the world (especially Japan, Europe and America.) Highly recommended and a cracking read, especially when combined with a dram!