Whisky lovers don’t just love to drink whisky (although it’s certainly high up on the list!) Thanks to the spirit’s rich history and unique taste and sensation to each drinker, there is a lot of fantastic writing about whisky out there that is sure to delight connoisseurs and novices alike. How about celebrating this World Book Day with some of VCL Vintners’ favourite whisky books
Assouline’s The Impossible Collection of Whiskey Book by Clay Risen
Written by bestselling spirits writer, Clay Risen, unpacks the history of the celebrated liquor. From the best Scotch of the Scottish Highlands to Kentucky’s finest Bourbon, you are invited to tour some of the world’s most famous distilleries and their finest bottles. The book is presented in a wrought-iron trimmed wood box modelled after an authentic whisky cask.
The Whisky Bible by Jim Murray (released annually)
This annual guide is viewed by many in the whisky industry as the most authoritative. Each addition contains over 4,600 detailed professionally analysed and easy to understand tasting notes on the world’s leading and lesser-known whiskies. The 2020 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible marked 17th year of annual publication.
Whisky: The Manual by Dave Broom
World-renowned Dave Broom explores his love for whisky. This book is an entertaining and enjoyable guide to the word of whisky with many practical pieces of advice on how to enjoy whisky.
Whisky by Aeneas MacDonald
Aeneas MacDonald’s book, Whisky, is highly revered and considered one of the most important books written on whisky. It was first published in 1930, by pseudonymous author Aeneas MacDonald. MacDonald was known for his strong aversion to blended Scotch, was opinionated, observant and masterful with words.
Malt Whisky: The Complete Guide by Charles MacLean
Printed in six languages, this book continues to be a key source for reference. Not only does Maclean educate the reader on how to get the most out of tasting malt whisky. The book also contains a detailed A-Z directory features all of Scotland’s key distilleries and their whiskies with full-colour labels. MacLean also includes tips on buying malt whisky, as well as a guide to distillery visitor facilities and the best whisky societies and websites.