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The World Atlas of Whisky: More Than 350 Expressions Tasted - More Than 150 Distilleries Explored [Hardcover]

Dave Broom
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Oct. 18 2010
While Scotland gave birth to whisky, its progeny now populate all four corners of the globe - from the U.S. to Japan, South Africa to Scandinavia. Today whisky sales are booming, making the timing perfect for this massive, witty, gorgeously illustrated volume. An ideal whisky "bible" for either connoisseur or neophyte, THE WORLD ATLAS OF WHISKY covers the history, process, distilleries and expressions of the world great whiskies, complete with detailed maps and 150 labels.

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Award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom has been writing about whisky for 20 years as a journalist an author. A four-time Glenfiddich Award-winning author, Broom is editor of the Scotch Whisky Review, editor of Whisky Magazine: Japan, consultant editor to Whisky Magazine (UK, USA, France, Spain) and writes for a number of other publications including The Spectator, Mixology and Imbide. In addition, he regularly appears on television and radio, and is actively involved in whisky education, acting as a consultant to major distillers on tasting technique as well as teaching professionals and the public.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whisky atlas Dec 2 2011
By Peter
I found it to be very informative and well laid out. There's some great photography and history behind each distillery. However, I wasn't all that impressed with the reviews of the whisky, but still worth buying
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! March 24 2014
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Quite up to date. Good distillery info. Makes one want to take the trek to Scotland. Makes a great gift for a single malt lover. Also looks good on the coffee table.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is it for you? Coffee table book with modest information content Dec 9 2012
By Sitting in Seattle - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not what I expected, so I want to help you decide whether it's what you want.

This is a large, heavy, coffee table sized book with beautiful printing and photography, an overview of whisky production of several kinds (single malt, bourbon, etc), and 1-2 page spreads on selected distilleries and their whiskies in Scotland and worldwide. Besides discussing each distillery, it has tasting notes for a few whiskies from each one, plus a recommendation of what to try next for them (i.e., if you like this one, go try that one). That's all good if it's what you want.

What is it NOT? First of all, it is not really an atlas in any sense, either literal (maps) or figurative (conceptual). There are a few maps but they are not comprehensive or detailed enough to count as an atlas in my opinion. Figuratively, it provides a conceptual "map" of whisky with two dimensions (vanilla vs. grain plus peat vs. clean, as I see it, although the author uses different words) but it is not really terribly informative for several reasons: it leaves many whiskies uncategorized, it explicitly takes no account of quality, and it doesn't even map all the whiskies in the book. Perhaps most strangely, the whiskies in the book are explained not with the map but with an unrelated other method of categorizing that uses different sensory terms ("fruit", "floral", etc.)

Second, it is not comprehensive. Not all scotches are there, certainly not all bourbons are there, and so forth. I have seven generally available whiskies on my shelf right now, and the book has tasting notes for 3 of them (of which one is from Japan, so it's 2 for 6 from Scotland and the US). So it is not at all a comprehensive reference.

Third, it is not a critical evaluation in the sense that it rates or ranks whiskies. It does not pretend to be, but I wanted to point that out. It happily discusses very cheap whiskies alongside expensive ones, sometimes almost to a point of absurdity. For instance, when I read the tasting notes for one whisky I enjoy, it said that I should next try Crown Royal. Yikes. Is that trying to say that the whisky I like is actually bad? Or does the author believe CR is good? Or does he think someone who drinks single malts would also sip Crown Royal? I don't know.

Finally, it is not a dense book. That's a good thing if you want something to browse. It has multiple 2-page spreads that are simply photographs (nice photos, although often rather obvious and cliched, such as a photo of Mount Fuji). This goes with the point that it is a coffee table book, not a reference.

Bottom line: if you want an introductory book that discusses scotch along with a few other world whiskies, dresses up a table, and is beautiful, then you'll enjoy it. Despite my complaints, I think it's an OK book, if you know what you're getting. If you want a reference, it's not. Cheers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dec 10 2010
By Tokyo Resident - Published on Amazon.com
The photographs are worth the book's price in themselves, but this book has a lot more to offer than that. I live in Japan and kid myself I know a bit about the country and its whisky, but the chapter on Japan taught me something on every page. Broom is absolutely sure in his knowledge of Japanese whisky but writes lyrically in a light easy-to-read style. The "flavor camp" classifications are a great idea, dividing whiskies according to simple, easy to understand characteristics (peaty and smoky etc.) and allowing the reader to cross reference whiskies of those types from across the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted in an armchair whisky book Feb. 17 2014
By Jaime - Published on Amazon.com
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Getting interested in whisky, I wished for a book that would cover it all, explain the history of regions and distilleries, and give me the general gist of what flavors and characteristic I might expect from different brands. Here it is. Nicely laid out, big, beautiful photography of lonely peat bogs and such – it's an armchair traveler book, for sure, informative and much more relaxing to read than clicking through a bunch of blogs. It's not up-to-the-minute on the latest releases, but that's OK. Mr. Broom and editors did a great job here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift. Jan. 29 2013
By Carolyn M Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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It was given as a gift and was loved and appreciated. It was informative and interesting. The pictures were very colorful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, Gorgeous Book Jan. 29 2013
By SpecialT - Published on Amazon.com
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Very informative on a broad range of whiskies from around the world. Well organized & well written. Beautifully illustrated. I've enjoyed it a great deal.
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