101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die

101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die by Ian Buxton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, I admit it – I drink whisky (or whiskey) and I have enjoyed the whole process of learning about and trying different varieties, and have established a (very) small whisky collection at home. This does cause some raised eyebrows among my library colleagues, and some surprised liquor store clerks that a white-haired, middle-aged woman maybe knows at least a thing or two about various whiskies.

This is a nice, concise guide to whisky without a lot of gibberish about the history and making of whisky. Just a page (and a picture) for each of Ian Buxton’s choices, with some basic facts (often humorous and occasionally snarky). I liked the variety. It includes not just single malt Scotch, but blends, American ryes and bourbons, Japanese and other world whiskies. I doubt I will ever try all 101, but I found a few recommendations that I do want to try. Clearly written for a UK market, so I don’t know what the general US availability is on these.

4 stars for the book, but only 2 for the Kindle version that I read. The font was muddy, with some very faint letters making it difficult to read, and I could not enlarge the font. What you see is what you get. Buy the book.

Book Description: Avoiding the deliberately obscure, the ridiculously limited, and the absurdly expensive, whiskey expert Ian Buxton has scoured the shelves of the world’s whiskey warehouses to recommend an eclectic selection of old favorites, stellar newcomers, and mystifyingly unknown drams that simply have to be drunk. This witty, focused, and practical guide is not an awards list or a list of the 101 “Best” whiskies in the world in the opinion of some self-appointed whiskey guru. It’s simply a guide to 101 whiskies that enthusiasts really must seek out and try—love them or hate them—to complete their whiskey education. What’s more, it’s both practical and realistic as it cuts through the clutter, decodes the marketing hype, and gets straight to the point; whether from India or America, Sweden or Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens, and islands of Scotland—here are the 101 whiskies that every whiskey enthusiast needs to try.


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