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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


1.THE WHISKY CABINET (Whitecap, 2014, 188 pages, ISBN 978-1-77050-237-6, $24.95 CAN soft covers) is by Mark Bylok, a whisky consultant and drinks writer. It is a basic tour through Scotland, Ireland, US, Canada, Japan and some emerging areas. He's got reviews of types and styles plus individual labels and distilleries. He also has a useful chapter on how to get the most from one's whisky drinking experience. As he says, you cannot rush the aging process. He also says that blind tasting is the key and that there's no perfect answer to "what's better?". For the US he covers 10 distilleries, including Maker's Mark (my fave) and Woodford Reserve. In Canada, Glenora stands out. The bulk of the book is, of course, Scotland, with 32 or so distilleries specially profiled, including my fave Talisker.
Audience and level of use: whisky lovers, reference libraries.
The downside to this book: his style does not lend itself to more directory-dictionary type data.
The upside to this book: over 100 brands are reviewed, with many more recommended.
Quality/Price Rating: 87.

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