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Monday, July 16, 2012

DRINK BOOK OF THE MONTH! --- 1001 Whiskies

2012; distr. Random House of Canada, 960 pages, ISBN 978-0-7893-2487-0,
$36.95 US hard covers) has been edited by Dominic Roskrow, an award-
winning drinks writer (Whiskey Magazine, Harper's) and book author who
also edits Whiskeria. It is one of a series of "bucket list" books,
such as 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, 1001 Foods …, 1001
Wines… The Whiskies and Foods books work best because the initial
database is much smaller. Here is a team of 23 writers who have
analyzed the best of whiskies, beginning with Scotland and moving on
through Ireland, US, Canada, Japan, Europe, and the Rest Of the World
(ROW). There are several indexes, principally to whiskies by name and
whiskies by country. So single malts, blends, bourbons, and ryes are
also covered. Most of them are small-batch producers. Each entry
contains critical tasting notes, a history of the distillery,
temperature recommendations, ABVs, and initials to indicate who the
writer is. There's a whack of Canadian companies here, beginning with
Alberta Premium, Black Velvet, Forty Creek, Canadian Club, Glen Breton
and Wiser's – 44 in all. There's about a page per entry, and there are
pictures of bottles for just about all of them. Quality/Price Rating:

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