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Whisky Book Shop

By no means a comprehensive study of the whisky books available.

I have selected those that I feel are the best books to cover most aspects about the whisky industry, Its heritage and folklore.


To assist you I have created two whisky bookshops one at for UK Visitors and another at for my American visitors.


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The Bourbon Companion: The Connoisseur's Guide
By Gary Regan, Mardee Haidin Regan.
The Bourbon Companion is the newest edition to the Connoisseur Series. It features a comprehensive, A - Z directory of the top 100 bourbons, profiling each major di stillery, its history and distilling techniques. '

Classic Bourbon, Tennessee and Rye Whiskey (Classic Drinks Series)
By James Murray A study of American whiskey containing the author's tasting notes. This book covers bourbon, Tennessee and rye whiskey and tells the story of each distillery and brand, from world leaders such as Jim Beam to rarely bottled drinks like Jack Daniel's Barrel House. Classic Bourbon, Tennessee & Rye Whiskey
By Jim Murray The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible
By Leon W. Kania 

How to make beer, wine, liqueurs and moonshine whiskey. The author dusts off over 30 years of experience to tell you how it's done. He not only tells how to make darned near any kind of beer, wine, liqueur and whiskey you can imagine, he also tells you how to make the equipment to do it with. The Book of Classic American Whiskeys
By Mark H. Waymack, James Franklin Harris.
This work presents a complete guide to all the high-quality American whiskeys that are currently available. Descriptions and tasting notes are provided, along with a detailed account of all the important distilleries and colourful personalities - past and present - who have made American whiskey such a distinctive contribution to human culture. Moonshine!: Recipes, Tall Tales, Drinking Songs, Historical Stuff, Knee-slappers, How to Make It, How to Drink It, Pleasin' the Law, Recoverin' the Next Day
By Matthew B. Rowley.
Now heres a volume you can really drink to! Somethings brewing in these pages, and its moonshinea word that evokes fascination, curiosity, and a warm sense of nostalgia. Never before has there been such a richly illustrated, thorough, and entertaining celebration of the history of making fine distilled spirits.
Bourbon at Its Best: The Lore and Allure of America's Finest Spirits
By Ron Givens Locke's Distillery: A History
By Andy Bielenberg.
If you are interested in irish distilling history and especially Locke's, this book is your right choice! It has some black and white photos, never seen before, and all the informations you need when you are into history! For a whiskey lover a must! The Lost Distilleries of Ireland
By Brian Townsend.

Scotch may now be the most popular whisky in the world, but over a century ago, it was Irish whisky which was most commonly drunk. Today, only three producing units exist: at Midleton, County Cork; Bushmills, County Antrim; and Cooley at Dundalk, County Louth. The author of this work has researched the lost distilleries of Ireland and details what happened to them. Classic Irish Whiskey (Classic drinks series)
By James Murray Containing the author's tasting notes, this book on Irish whiskey covers: the history of Irish whiskey making; distillery and brand histories; pot still, pure malt and blended whiskeys; rare vintage bottlings; Irish whiskey liqueurs; poteen; and visitor facilities on Ireland's whiskey trail. In Praise of Poteen
By John McGuffin.

Bringing to life a legendary but little-known aspect of Irish history, this is a serious but by no means solemn study of illicit alcohol distilling in Ireland. 
A Taste of Irish Whiskey
By Jim Murray 1000 Years of Irish Whiskey
By Malachy Magee 

This book examines the misty origins of uisce beatha the 'water of life' and tells the intriguing, colourful and controversial story of Irish whiskey before it earned its place as a worldrenowned spirit. 
The Whiskeys of Ireland
By Peter Mulryan 
The History of Irish Whiskey: There is a direct correlation between the history of distilling in Ireland and the history of the island itself. It's as if whiskey were the lifeblood of the people. The Rise and Fall: Did you know that a hundred years ago Irish Whiskey was so prized, that Scottish distillers often shipped their whiskey to Dublin? Here it was mixed with minute quantities of Irish, re-exported as "Irish Whiskey" and sold at a premium! The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom
By Alfred Barnard 

Around 1885, Alfred Barnard was secretary of Harper's Weekly Gazette, a journal dedicated to the wine and spirit trade. In order to provide his readers with the history and descriptions of the whisky-making process, Barnard decided to visit all distilleries in Scotland, England and Ireland. Accompanied by friends, he visited over 150 distilleries. The names found in his reports still excite the dedicated whisky connoisseur today, as well as others whose fame has faded since the end of the 19th century. The appeal of Barnard's book lies not only in the technical descriptions of each distillery's processes, but also in the colourful descriptions of his journeys, brimming with historical colour and detail. A superbly illustrated facsimile edition, with over 200 engravings, this book is a complete guide to the origins of Scotland's national drink, as well as a lively picture of life and travel in the Victorian age. Scotch Missed: Lost Distilleries of Scotland
By Brian Townsend.

This text details the remnants and ruins of almost every Victorian working distillery in Scotland. This revised edition updates the most recent closures and includes additional photographs. The author brings to life a large portion of Scottish industrial heritage, enlivened by worker interviews. Malt Whisky
By Charles MacLean 
Fully updated and revised, "Malt Whisky" is aimed at those who already enjoy malt but who want to know more. Divided into five sections, the book combines practical details with history and debate. The author explores malt's development, its production today, and what makes each whisky unique. He also explains how to get the most out of tasting malt whisky, and he profiles every key distillery for those wanting a quick but expert recommendation. Appendices enhance the book by providing a guide to buying and collecting whisky; including details of the world's leading whisky clubs, websites and independent bottlers. The Distilleries of Campbeltown: The Rise and Fall of the Whisky Capital of the World
By David I. Stirk

Campbeltown was once the whisky capital of the world with 29 distilleries operating simultaneously in 1835. How had this remote fishing port and royal burgh become the epicentre of Scotland's greatest export? David Stirk reveals all in this engaging and well illustrated insight into the people who were the movers and shakers behind this huge industry. 
Whisky Classified
By David Wishart Whisky Classified revolutionizes our appreciation of single malt whisky. David Wishart cuts through the confusing jargon often used to describe single malts and replaces it with an objective and easily applied guide to taste. Dr Wishart presents us with a new flavour profile. He identifies twelve dimensions to the aroma and taste of a single malt whisky: body, sweetness, smoky, medicinal, tobacco, honey, spicy, winey, nutty, malty, fruity, floral. These twelve cardinal features themselves incorporate over 400 whisky terms found in around 1000 published tasting notes. 
Whisky Classified revolutionizes our appreciation of single malt whisky. David Wishart cuts through the confusing jargon often used to describe single malts and replaces it with an objective and easily applied guide to taste. Dr Wishart presents us with a new flavour profile. He identifies twelve dimensions to the aroma and taste of a single malt whisky: body, sweetness, smoky, medicinal, tobacco, honey, spicy, winey, nutty, malty, fruity, floral. These twelve cardinal features themselves incorporate over 400 whisky terms found in around 1000 published tasting notes. 
The Whiskey Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Finest Whiskies
By Helen Arthur

The Whiskey Companion is a comprehensive guide to more than 100 of the best whiskies, including several rare varieties from around the globe. Each whiskey featured in the book is accompanied by a wealth of distillery facts, tasting notes, and recommendations. Details are also given of whiskies from distilleries that have ceased production and whiskies at ages and strengths not generally commercially available. * Provides a detailed explanation of the whiskey distilling process, complete with a full glossary of terms * Fully illustrated with photographs of labels and bottles, plus detailed maps of the area of origin * Catalogues more than 100 of the finest whiskies-from malts to bourbons-from all around the world

The Connoisseur's Guide to Whisky: Discover the World's Finest Whiskies.By Helen Arthur 
Helen Arthur is a respected whisky connoisseur who has written extensively on the subject. She has contributed articles to many newspapers and journals including Whisky Magazine, and has written a number of books. 

The Malt Whisky File: The Connoisseur's Guide to Malt Whiskies and Their Distilleries
By John D. Lamond, Robin Tucek.
This is a comprehensive guide to both the famous, and little-known, distilleries of Scotland and Ireland, and to their malt whiskies. From Aberfeldy to Tullibardine, from the Lowlands to the Islands, for those distilleries whose whiskies one still has to savour, this book is a useful accompaniment for a wee dram or two. There are 400 detailed tasting notes of single-malt whiskies, this book is a reference work for malt whisky lovers around the world. It features an objective rating system for sweetness, peatiness and availability which should help readers to find a malt whisky akin to their taste. This expanded and revised edition includes special sections on Irish and Japanese malts. Still Going Strong: A History Of Scotch Whisky Advertising
By John Hughes 
Johnnie Walker Red Label, Black & White, Bells, J&B, Talisker, Lagavulin - all world famous brands, but what were their origins and what is their history? Whisky, perhaps Scotland's most famous export, has been produced for centuries, but in the nineteenth century, production moved away from small stills to the sorts of mass production we see today. With the growth in larger distilleries, there was a matching growth in whisky branding and advertising. Scotch, whether Malt or blended is now produced by large companies, and the brands are known the world over.
Classic Blended Scotch (Classic Drinks Series)
By Jim Murray
This book is an A-Z of blended brands and blenders, a history of whisky and a lesson in whisky making for anyone who ever wondered why they like a certain blend and want to know what other brands offer similar delights The Scottish Whisky Distilleries: For the Whisky Enthusiast 2006 Edition
By Misako Udo

This is the only trully comprehensive guide, with full technical and historical details, of every existing and lost distillery in Scotland. 

Misako Udo's exhaustive and ongoing research into the subject shows what a true obsessive can offer to the whisky enthusiast. 

The Scotch Whisky Book
By Tom Bruce-Gardyne, Glyn Satterley 

If you are looking for an introductory book on whisky, I can only highly recommend it. Price value is excellent. "Whisky Magazine" Tastings: The First 10 Years
From Navigator Guides Pocket Guide to Scotch Whisky (Mitchell Beazley Pocket Guides)
By Charles MacLean 
First published in 1993, this is the fourth edition of this invaluable, comprehensive, and authoritative guide to the vast range of whisky styles and distilleries in Scotland. Essential reference for anyone interested in whisky, the book explores how this world-famous spirit is made and explains the differences in character and style depending on where it is made. Divided into two sections covering malt whisky and blended whisky, there are easy-to-follow, A-Z listings detailing where the whisky is produced, the distiller and owner, and the author's own style reference points. At the back of the book are useful, practical notes about visiting distilleries and collecting whisky. The Malt Whisky File: The Essential Guide for the Malt Whisky Connoisseur
By John And Tucek, Robin Lamond, Robin Tucek, John Lamond 
From Islay to Orkney, from Scotland to Ireland, and from Japan to New Zealand, this fully revised fourth edition incorporates a unique and helpful rating system for each malt's sweetness, peatiness and availability and a new guide to cost, as well as sections on 'historical' whiskies and on regionalisation. With more tasting notes and information than any comparable manual, this is a must-have for whisky lovers and novices alike.

Collecting Malt Whisky: A Price Guide
By Martin Scott Green An invaluable book for anyone who is considering buying or selling a rare or expensive bottle of whisky. Also if they are starting to collect whisky or are an established collector this book is a must have item Whisky: The Definitive World Guide to Scotch, Bourbon and Whiskey
By Michael Jackson
A must for every whisky connoisseur! Enjoy a wee nip of the “water of life” with the world’s bestselling whisky writer, Michael Jackson. Embark on a global journey, from the highlands of Scotland to the trendy whisky bars of Tokyo, to discover the world of whisky as it is today. Includes tasting notes of the key whiskies for each distillery. Malt Whisky Companion
By Michael Jackson 
Do you know your Mortlach from your Miltonduff? A Glenfiddich from a Glenlugie? Find out the differences in Michael Jackson's new edition of his celebrated guide to single malts. This is an essential read for the whisky connoisseur. Whisky Bookshop at
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