Just cannot put it down. Permanently on my desk, not my coffee table. A lively read but also a serious work of reference on all manner of whiskey knowledge. And it is global in approach and explains the distinctions as amongst the different producing nations and regional differences within them with quiet authority. It is, as its sub-title suggests, very much the insider’s view as the author, Lew Bryson, is managing editor of Whisky Advocate. There is some very useful flavour profiling and much else that is of practical relevance. Lots of interesting photography and straightforward charts, which put comprehension of the subject matter within easy reach of the reader.
Bryson boldly exposes the basic influences of tradition, terroir, wood and climate on his favourite drink.