Simon Difford's classic book on alcohol products and culture, packed with product information on over a thousand spirits and liqueurs. A must for drinks enthusiasts and an essential reference work for bartenders.
Another hugely impressive tome from Simon Difford. This Diffords Guide contains not only a selection of cocktails, but also over 120 international bar reviews, as well as Difford's own selection of London's top 100 watering holes.
Iain Banks's bestselling book detailing his journeys around Scotland in search of a 'perfect dram'. Equal parts love story for the 'great wee roads' of the country and for its spirit, it's a must read for any whisky lover.
Charles Maclean's 'Scotch Whisky' is erudite, informative and entertaining - just like the man himself! Essential reading for new initiates to the wonders of whisky, and a great reference work for aficionados.
Originally published in 1935 and written by Neil Gunn, Whisky and Scotland depicts the fascinating history of whisky distillation in Scotland. This is the edition published in 1988 reprint and was still seen to be relevant, despite the 50 year gap since originally being written.
A splendid reference work from the ever-excellent Gavin D. Smith, the A-Z of Whisky is not only useful as a quick fact-checker, but is also packed with interesting explanations and clarifications of the minutiae (and indeed the lingo) associated with the world of whisky. Crucially, it's also subtly funny, elevating it well above a dry list of who's and whats.
The sixth edition of Jim Murray's famous pocket whisky guide, this year's Whisky Bible includes more than 1500 new & updated entries. The comical review of Port Charlotte PC6 is worth the price by itself.
Jim Murray's 2010 Bible has over 1000 new entries, which works out as an average of around three every single day. But he does all the work for the Bible in a liver-cringing three or four months. For that alone he deserves a medal.
An absolute must for aficionados of the uisge, this is the third of these yearbooks. Bang up to date, with brilliant distillery profiles (and not just Scottish ones either), interviews and fascinating articles - just a great read for anyone interested in whisky.
The 2010 edition of Ingvar Ronde's essential whisky companion is the fifth in the series, begging the question - how did we do without it before? New features this year include interviews with distillery managers and a series of in-depth articles on the distillation process.
Ingvar's Ronde's 2011 Malt Whisky Yearbook, packed as ever with up-to-date distillery profiles and fascinating articles from the likes Ian Buxton and Charles Maclean. This book just seems to get better every year. An essential reference work and a damn good read, as always.