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.
A recreation of the famous Savoy Cocktail Book, first published in 1930 and put together by Harry Craddock, the legendary man behind the hotel's American bar at the time. This contains a small section of new cocktails at the front, courtesy of the bar's new curators, Daniel Baernreuther and Erik Lorincz, but it is otherwise an excellent recreation and presentation of the original.
A follow-up to Ian Buxton's preview '101 Whiskies', expanding the reach to the whole world and examining lots of the interesting bottlings that are becoming increasingly available. WARNING: Contains 102 whiskies.
The 2014 edition of Jim Murray's much loved but ever controversial Whisky Bible. A guide to over 4,500 whiskies according to Jim Murray's palate, with scores that are perused by everyone working in the world of whisky. Whether you agree with his opinions or not, this is one of the most important books of the whisky year.
The second part of Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown's epic drinks histoire covers the cocktail golden age until the present, and is subtitled 'From publicans to master mixologists'. Engaging and easy to read stuff from these alcohol historians, this book was the winner of Best Drink History in the UK at the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
A hugely informative labour of love by Swedish publisher and whisky nut Ingvar Ronde, the 2012 Malt Whisky Yearbook is, remarkably the seventh edition, and is bigger and better than ever. With comprehensive distillery profiles, in-depth articles from some great writers and bang up to date info on the latest events in the whisky world, the Malt Whisky Yearbook is an annual institution. A uniquely pleasurable read, as always.
The 2013 edition of Ingvar Ronde's excellent yearly updated guide to the world of whisky, and we're not just saying that because he likes our blog. Packed full of distillery information from around the world as well as new articles on the state of the industry.
The 2014 edition of the excellent Malt Whisky Yearbook, edited by Swedish whisky writer Ingvar Ronde. Included once again are features from many well respected whisky writers, lists of the world's best whisky shops and websites and many new colour photographs.
Gavin Smith's Whisky: A Book of Words is a journey into the vocabulary used in both the distillation and drinking of whisky. It explores words used throughout the world of whisky, taking in Japan as well as English-speaking countries.
The Scotch Whisky Book, written by Mark Skipworth and published in 1992. This gives a history of Scotch whisky, details on the differences between single malt and blends, a list of the various brands and tasting notes.
The 1989 reprint of Scotch and Water. The book was ritten by Neil Wilson to detail a group who sailed through the Hebrides in 1985 to discover, record the history of and taste whiskies from the distilleries on Islay, Jura, Mull and Skye.
This is the 1986 edition of The Whiskies of Scotland, written by R McDowall. The book gives a detailed history of the industry, including a recession that closed a glut of distilleries and also acts as a guide to those that accept visitors.
A great coffee table whisky book, edited by Charles Maclean and featuring contributions from a Who's Who of the international whisky gliterati: Gavin D. Smith, Dave Broom, Hans Offringa, Peter Mulryan et al.