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Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert Hardcover – May 8 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (May 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771027435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771027437
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.9 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WINNER OF THE GOURMAND BOOK AWARD FOR BEST SPIRITS BOOK CANADA 2012
WINNER, 2013 IACP Cookbook Awards – Wine, Beer, and Spirits

“This is an important time for Canadian whisky and this is an important book which isn’t just a story of a drink, but a story of Canada itself. It makes you want to get a bottle and a glass, pour yourself a stiff one, sit back and dive in. I’d suggest you do exactly that.”
—Dave Broom, author of The World Atlas of Whisky 

"The Canadian whisky industry has done itself no favours in recent years, content to be perceived as capable of only making bland ryes. Davin de Kergommeaux's book isn't just important, it's a game changer, bringing to life an extraordinary and evolving whisky industry. A proud, insightful beauty of a book."
—Dominic Roskrow, author of The World’s Best Whiskies and 1001 Whiskies to Try Before You Die
 
"After reading this book, I now understand there's a lot more of this spirit to explore, and de Kergommeaux has me excited to do so."
—Jason Wilson, spirits columnist, the Washington Post and author of Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits
 
“This is the book Canadian whisky has long needed and richly deserves. Detailed, authoritative, and well-written, it debunks myths and sets records straight with grace and aplomb. There is no guessing, no speculation, and no producer hype, just facts, clearly and patiently explained. I’m delighted that we now have this tremendous resource.”
—Charles K. Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight
 
“While much has been written about other world whiskies, Canada’s national spirit has always been left in the shadows – until now. Davin has brilliantly captured Canada’s true spirit. He takes the reader on an engaging and informative journey of discovery, revealing the art, science, history, and passion of the whisky men behind Canada’s iconic elixir. Just like Canadian whisky itself, Davin’s book will leave you thirsting for another.”
—John K. Hall, Whisky Maker, Forty Creek Whisky, Ontario
 
"de Kergommeaux's excellent book opens the door to this magnificent land, its whiskies, and history. Superbly researched and written, it is a must have for the whisky lover. If you have not discovered Canadian whisky, yet, let Davin be your guide." 
—Rob Allanson, Editor, Whisky Magazine
 
“I’ve been looking for a complete guidebook about Canadian whisky for ages and Davin de Kergommeaux’s new opus is far more than I’d hoped for. In truth, it’s a book that’s blessed with superpowers: it will make any Canadian, even the most well-known brands, taste (even) better once you have read it, or even just thumbed through it for the first time! Essential reading...”
—Serge Valentin, Publisher of Whiskyfun.com and contributor, Whisky & Fine Spirits France
 
"Canadian Whisky is truly unique, and Davin de Kergommeaux has captured a story that truly reflects whisky's place in Canadian history and culture. He's scored the hat trick all authors should strive for: detailed, informative, and entertaining. Canadian whiskies will always have a place on my shelf, right next to this book."
—Mark Gillespie, Executive Producer/Host, WhiskyCast: Cask-Strength Conversation 
 

About the Author

Davin de Kergommeaux is a certified sommelier and independent whisky expert who has been writing about, talking about and teaching about whisky for more than a decade.  His writing and tasting notes appear in Scotch Whisky Review, Whisky Advocate and on such websites as maltmaniacs.org and whiskyintelligence.com.  He is the Canadian editor for Whisky Magazine and publishes comprehensive notes about Canadian whisky on the website, canadianwhisky.org. The Association of Canadian Food Bloggers named de Kergommeaux's website the best wine and spirits blog of 2010, just 6 months after it was launched.  De Kergommeaux appears at whisky festivals from coast to coast in Canada and abroad and is a judge in a number of prestigious whisky competitions including the World Whisky Awards.


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This little book may be portable, but make no mistake, it is chock full of fantastic info. Assuming you purchased this book because you have at least an inkling of an interest in Canadian whisky, then you most certainly will not be disappointed. Throughout the book are tasting notes for all the major brands across this great country, to the smaller, regional treasures. The author explains the history of Canadian whisky in great detail as well as describing the various process's that have been employed over the years to make such a uniquely Canadian product. If you have ever appreciated a shot of 10-year old whisky rolling across your tongue, exploding with flavors, then this book will not only enhance that experience for you in the future, but also make you very, very thirsty for the good stuff.
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Easily the best book ever written about Canadian whisky. Great historical background on all the Canadian whisky distillers and superb reviews of the whisky itself. Indispensable for the whisky enthusiast no matter what you like to drink.
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Extremly informative, a different and sometimes surprising look at Canadian history. I've learned that Canadian whisky is unique amoung the world of whiskys, and well worth sampling.
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A fine bit of history that says as much about Canada as it does about our whisky. A book that should always be within reach to answer arguments.
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Canadian Whisky is coming into its own. All existing distilleries are adding production capacity. New Craft Distilleries are coming on line. Davin de Kergommeaux has written a finely polished gem of a book that clearly defines what makes our Whiskies as good as any in the world. Thank you Davin for a job well done!
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