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.
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.
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.
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.
A collection of writings on whisky and beer published to honour the memory of Michael Jackson. With contributions from the most respected experts in both fields and all profits going to the Parkinson's Disease Society, there's just no excuse not to buy it.
This idiosyncratic pocket guide to the world's most interesting drams has been one of our bestsellers this year. As one might expect from Ian Buxton, the list has its controversies and will no doubt provoke a debate as to what should or shouldn't have been included. Tremendous fun.
Musings on Millwall and Mortlach from Mr Murray this year, with more than 1000 new entries, taking the total to over 4500 tasting notes. Whisky of the Year is Ballantine's 17yo, a cracking blend that Jim's been championing for some years now. As ever the scores will continue to provoke debate, but this remains an essential purchase for legions of malt fans.
The 2012 update to Jim Murray's yearly Whisky Bible, complete with his top whiskies of the year. The winner this year was Old Pulteney 21 year old, a fine whisky that it's good to see get a kick up the charts. As ever, this year's edition is bursting with over 1200 new whiskies tasted and will provoke much debate amongst whisky aficionados.