At first, I was in two minds about getting it. As a whisky beginner, I usually find more 'coffee table' style books to my liking. Pictures of bottles are useful, to familiarise me with labels. Info on and photos of distilleries is fascinating background
None of the above 'glam' in Jim's book. However, what you do get is the most definitive scored listing on the planet. Every distillery, every expression.
There are even sections on vatted malts, grains, blends and foregin whiskies.
This truly is a 'bible'. I carry it with me to the pub, to the off-licence, to the whisky shop, to the supermarket, everywhere.
Would that it was as easy to get hold of Jim as to get hold of his book!!!!
I also ordered the book from Amazon UK and I didn't have any problems.
I don't always agree with all of Jim's opinions, but I do believe he is objective and straightforward in his descriptions of various whiskies; I can more or less tell from reading one of his descriptions if I will like that particular whisky or not, and I will always keep his book at hand when buying a bottle.
PS: he also slams caramel coloring very hard
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