101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die is a whisky guide with a difference. It is not an awards list. It is not a list of the 101 'best' whiskies in the world in the opinion of a self-appointed whisky guru. It is simply a guide to the 101 whiskies that enthusiasts must seek out and try in order to complete their whisky education.
Avoiding the deliberately obscure, the ridiculously limited and the absurdly expensive, whisky expert Ian Buxton recommends an eclectic selection of old favourites, stellar newcomers and mystifyingly unknown drams that simply have to be drunk.
The book decodes the marketing hype and gets straight to the point; whether from Canada, India, America, Sweden, Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens and islands of Scotland, here are the 101 whiskies that you really want. Try them before you die - Slainte!
About the Author
Ian Buxton worked in the drinks industry for more than 30 years as a writer, commentator and consultant, Marketing Director of a world-leading single malt, and accidental owner of a derelict distillery. His distinctive style and deep industry knowledge offer unique insights into the world of whisky, recognised by the award of Keeper of the Quaich (1991, the highest accolade in Scotch) and as one of the few writers inducted into London's ancient fraternity, the Worshipful Company of Distillers. Ian's whisky books have been translated into eight languages.
"The fourth edition of this popular series comes fully revised and updated, including emphasis on North American whiskies, particularly from Canada, and--in place of Buxton's own tasting note--space for the reader to provide their own...Entries from the likes of Cotswolds, Mackmyra, and Teerenpeli--along with Scottish, Irish, American, and Canadian stalwarts--capture just how wide-ranging the world of whisky has become, and how much work the exploratory taster has ahead of them. You may not agree with Buxton's picks, but thumbing through the list is sure to turn up a few bottles new to even the most experienced whisky drinker." —Whisky Advocate
"USA Whisky expert Ian Buxton does away with connoisseur pomp to deliver this smartly designed, servicey little guide to the best brown stuff around."—Time Out (New York)
"I just couldn't put it down ... one of the best whisky books in years."—The Malt Whisky Yearbook
"The perfect stocking-filler for anyone who enjoys a good read or a good whisky."—Daily Record
"Concise and comic ... you don't need to be a whisky aficionado for this to warm your cockles."—Scottish Field
"Awesome sauce for even the slightest of whisky nerds ... completely worth picking up."—LiquorSnob.com
"Buxton's selection introduced me to some unexpected delights. Taste them all and you'll live forever! "—Charles MacLean, Master of the Quaich