New book: World WhiskyOctober 4th, 2009
This showed up on the Malt Advocate doorstep last week. It sort of reminds me of Michael Jackson’s “Whisky” book from several years back. It’s edited by Charles Maclean, and there are several well-respected authors (Dave Broom, Tom Bruce-Gardyne, Ian Buxton, Charles Maclean, Peter Mulryan, Hans Offringa, and Gavin Smith). There are some great pictures, and it covers whiskies from around the world. There’s also maps and tasting notes on many distillery bottlings.
Unlike MJ’s Whisky book, World Whisky doesn’t identify the author for each chapter. (If it does, I couldn’t find it.) That would be nice to know. For example, I was looking to see who wrote about American whiskeys (given that none of the writers for this book live in the U.S.), but couldn’t find the answer. (The reason why I was looking is because I can think of a few of whiskey writers living here in the U.S. who would have done a great job of it.)
It looks like a nice book, and I look forward to reading through it.
As I’m typing this, I couldn’t help but get a little bit emotional though, as it hit me: we are now in the post-Michael Jackson era, with a new generation of whisky writers carrying the whisky torch. As we discussed here earlier in the year, no one person can really replace Michael. This doesn’t mean things will be worse (or even better): just different.