Phillip Hills new book "Appreciating Whisky" is without question a classic.This book will raise the standards for all whisky writers to aspire.While I do not agree with all his inciteful ideas,his theories have me thinking about whisky in a whole new light.This is the best Whisky book I have ever purchased.
I can only confirm what you wrote. It was the first book I read that is written from a whole other perspective on whisky. It is less commercially inspired so to speak. Pip shares his large experience with the reader, almost like inside information.
And I like his irony very much.
I'm now reading another book, "Scotch Missed", from another insider, Brian Townsend. This book too contains a lot of
interesting information on the history of Scotch.
Xavier, if you like "Scotch Missed", make sure you also get Brian Townsend other book, "Lost Distilleries of Ireland"; same set-up, but then for Ireland. Rumour has it Brian is working on another whisky book ...
It's a wonderful read and I recommend to anybody with an interest in whisky.
Matt Page wrote:Just started reading this book (6 years after this topic started) and it is great - goes into a nice amount of detail about why whisky tastes as it does, the different alcohol molecules etc.. And some nice charts and suggestions for making tasting notes. Well worth a read for beginners and the more experienced.
Quite a coincindence! My copy arrived from ebay this morning and I've devoured the first chapter this evening! Shaping up to be an enjoyable and informative read.
Pleased to realise that you've just discovered this book, which I too found a delightful and informative read. The tastings I've sponsored the last two years have drawn on Phillips' book for information and it has made them even more educational than they were before. You can go as deeply into the chemical equations as you want, which appeals to the more scientific oriented members. The 10 groupings are simple to understand and yet detailed enough for the more knowledgable to glean from.
Wait'll you catch yourself reading it a second and a third time, then you'll know you're hooked.
borgom wrote:It looks like an interesting read but the online prices are ludicrous!
Just had a look on Amazon. It's either the book or a good bottle of whisky. Mrs Barleycorn will not let me have both, not with her hols coming up soon.
Mr Hills' evaluation of "Appreciation" just draws you in and you immediately want to read more.
Bring it on.
BTW the library are on to me. They have discovered the current value of this book and have put the Librarian Police onto me - I must not lose it and get it back to them soon, or I may just disappear totally from the Forum!
I already have it otherwise I would snap it up at this price!
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