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Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  155 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
From grain to glass, "Whiskey tells you everything and anything you'll ever want to know about whiskey, from storing and serving whiskey, whiskey cocktails, to pairing whiskey with food. Whether interested in the story behind aromas and flavors, what makes certain distilleries unique or how weather and environment influence taste--this is the most fascinating illustrated e ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 16th 2005 by DK (first published January 1st 1988)
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Flávio Sousa
Jan 24, 2012 Flávio Sousa rated it it was ok
Shelves: beer-and-wine
Let me be blunt and upfront by stating that the redeeming points of this book are the eye candy DK-patented images and the regional anecdotes pertaining to whiskey.

The book, amazingly (taking into consideration the contribution given by Michael Jackson) fails at achieving technical rigor; Case-in-point, the first thing one reads as soon as one turns the last indexed page: "Ale: Any beer that is black and bitter." This of course is an absolute monstrosity, especially considering it's located in t
If I ever have this book on my shelf, will my beard turn gray and my hairline pull to the top of my skull? Will I call old friends who now have families and careers and all I have to show for my gray beard and bald head, are books and bottles of whiskey?

If I ever have this book on my shelf, will I have money and will I care about things like fine whiskey and cocktails and my stock portfolio that is huge and throbbing against my finances?

If I ever have this book on my shelf, will I still listen
Doug Frantz
Dec 01, 2014 Doug Frantz rated it liked it
great book for the whiskey lover. I wish it went in more details for us beginners but I def learned a good deal about upper class whiskey
Jun 20, 2014 Shilpa rated it it was amazing
A great go to guide, for everything you want to know about whiskey.
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Feb 10, 2012 Mel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I love this book! Passionately written by the best in the business and filled with stunning photographs this is essential reading for anyone in the drinks trade or even for those with just a casual interest in the amber liquid. It's not just a book of facts, it's highly entertaining too with lots of anecdotes and quirky details- when reading it feels more like having a chat in a cosy pub with a good mate.
Mar 02, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: whisky, beer-brewing
An absolutely stunning read with wonderful pictures and memorable passages. It is a wonderful book to seek out if you have any interest whatsoever in whisky, its history, and its production.

It is a shame that Michael Jackson (not the pop singer) passed away before he could write a follow-up to this.
Jan 08, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing
Michael Jackson is not a pop-singer--All you ever wanted to know about whisk(e)y, with really amazing photos to go along with it. Be careful--I had to give my copy away.
Apr 18, 2014 Greg rated it did not like it
was once an excellent book, but someone decided to make an American edition and misspell the word whisky throughout which made it unreadable for me.
Oct 16, 2009 Carnevale8705 rated it liked it
Again, the title of the book says it all.
Apr 14, 2008 Whiskey_taichou rated it it was amazing
The bible of Whisky. It is astounding!
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it
not modest but he is good
Sep 20, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
whisk(e)y is good.
Sep 04, 2008 Barracuda rated it it was amazing
Whisky is awesome.
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