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Goodness Nose

The Passionate Revelations of a Scotch Whisky Master Blender

Author:  Richard Patterson and Gavin Smith



Richard Patterson with the help of Gavin Smith, chronicles his rise at Whyte & Mackay in a book filled with humor, wisdom and history.  An insider's journal on the world of whisky blenders, provides a fascinating digest of insights from this third generation Glasgow whisky man. Any scotch enthusiast will enjoy this passionate, revealing and most readable book. 


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Malt Whisky Yearbook 2010

Author:  Ingvar Ronde



Malt Whisky Yearbook has become an authoritative book that whisky enthusiasts worldwide look forward to each autumn. This is the fifth edition – Malt Whisky Yearbook 2010.

The Yearbook is again fully revised and packed with new and up-to-date information on whisky distilleries from all over the world. Once again, distinguished whisky profiles such as Charles MacLean, David Stirk, Gavin Smith, Ian Buxton, Dominic Roskrow and Ian Wisniewski contribute with initiated features penned exclusively for the Yearbook. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2010 lists hundreds of whisky shops, whisky sites and new bottlings. A comprehensive summary of the whisky year that was and all the latest statistics is also included. Nearly 200 tasting notes describing the flavour of single malts from all working distilleries in Scotland and Ireland. Finally, with more than 500 colour photographs (most of them new since the last edition), "Malt Whisky Yearbook 2010" is as much an essential reference guide as a book to read for pleasure.


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Peat Smoke and Spirit

Author:  Andrew Jefford



The rough and beautiful topography of Islay is as intrinsic to its malts as is its history.  From illegal past to prosperous present, author Jefford engages us in legends that paint a vivid and fascinating portait of this island and its whiskies.  Well written narratives tell a captivating story as delicious as each dram.

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Author:  Michael Jackson 



This beautifully written and photographed book is a true homage to whiskies around the world.  Broad in scope, it not only covers single malts and blended scotches, but bourbons and whiskies from Ireland, Canada, Japan and the United States.  A 2006 James Beard Award winner, "Whiskey" clearly demonstrates the passion of Jackson, now deceased but one of the most widely published authors on this topic.  This book is elegant enough for the coffee table while providing an essential guide to the distilling process and each nation's imprint on this wonderful spirit. 


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Whisky and Jazz


Hans Offringa says it all in a line from his book: "A beautiful dram of single malt heightens the joy of listening." Add the exquisite photography by Gijs Draft to the equation and you have the ultimate winning trifecta of sensory experiences.

Dual passions of whisky and jazz shine through 200 pages that are evenly split on the stars of both worlds.  Crisp biographies of ten jazz masters accompany ten concise descriptions of top distilleries.  Hans then takes the ultimate step in pairing a single dram to a specific recording for his "piece de resistance".  I for one, intend to sip and listen my way through each pairing, beginning with Charlie Parker's anthology, with a finger of Springbank 100 proof.