101 Whiskies to try before you die: Book Review

on Jul 12 in whisky Books by dan

101 whiskies to try before you die

Having an understanding family and collegues is important when you are both a blogger and whisky enthusiast. Mostly because a lot of money and time goes into following the path of good whisky and blogging. So when my work mates bought me “101 whiskies to try before you die” I was happy to be surrounded by supportive people who seemed to ‘get it’.

This was my first whisky book, and I really liked the way Ian Buxton approached the subject of whisky recommendations in ’101 whiskies to try before you die’. As a relatively young and new to person to whisky I was actually surprised at how much his attitude aligned to my own and how sensible but passionate it seemed.

…100-point scoring systems simply don’t work

Take for instance this comment from the introduction:

…unusually, nothing has a ‘score’. Again I simply don’t accept one persons individual preferences and more or less idiosyncratic scoring system (And thats what most whisky books really are.). There are several reasons why I believe 100-point scoring systems simply don’t work, not least the idea that any one individual can consistently and reliable differentiate between a whisky scoring 92 and one scoring 93 point

A good point that turned me away from giving whisky ‘scores’. And also:

101 whiskies to try before you die does not contain obscure single cask bottling that sold out weeks before publication and it doesn’t contain hugely expensive whiskies that virtually no one can afford to buy anyway.

What is it about

Ian Buxton talks a lot in his introduction about what the Book is not. So what is it about?

The book is a list of 101 whiskies which are excellent examples of there kind which are well worth a try for one reason or another. Ian explains why each one is included in the book and gives you a useful guide for each whisky including information on:

Price - Ian includes a colour coded price guide
Availability - How easy it is to find and where you can get it
Visitor Centre - If the distillery has a visitor centre or not
Colour - Colour of this whisky
Nose - How it smells
Taste - How it tastes
Finish - What the finish is like
Verdict - I neat little area for you to make your own notes on (how thoughtful)

A book to try before you die?

I would say yes! The Content 101 whiskies to try before you die contains on each whisky is entertaining and information rich, but its just the right amount to get you started looking into a whisky yourself. The photo’s are clear and high quality as are the graphical bits and bobs and the typography too.

Ian’s experience and excellent attitude towards whisky are really what shines through for me. My advice would be look on Amazon, use the ‘look inside’ feature to read the introduction and the first few pages. If you don’t like that then don’t buy the book. However I suggest you do, for £8 quid [Hardcover] you cant go wrong! and no I don’t make any money from the sale of the books.

Link: 101 whiskies to try before you die on Amazon

Video about the book from the Author:


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