The best books about whisky 📚

Browse the best books on whisky as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Terroir of Whiskey: A Distiller's Journey Into the Flavor of Place

The Terroir of Whiskey: A Distiller's Journey Into the Flavor of Place

By Rob Arnold

Why this book?

Terroir of whiskey? Come on! It’s just distilled grain, right? Rob Arnold begs to disagree, vigorously arguing the case for terroir in whiskey. His thesis that the areas producing the raw materials for whiskey have a profound impact on drink’s flavor and character is a difficult one to test, but he manages in this book to clearly lay out the science of such terroir. Along the way, there are brilliant examples of whiskey distilling, the role of ingredients in whiskey making, and the cultural and social contexts of the beverage. His book sometimes reads like a detective story, making…

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Book cover of Scotch Whisky: A Liquid History

Scotch Whisky: A Liquid History

By Charles MacLean

Why this book?

Charles MacLean MBE is without any doubt the number one expert on Scotch whisky in the world. His writings are always a joy to read. Charlie, as he is known by friends and family, has a penchant for history and pouring it in highly entertaining sentences, avoiding facts like figures cluttering up the story line. He has been researching and writing whisky books & articles since 1981, and shares his enthusiasm and knowledge by giving talks and tastings around the world, by leading ‘whisky expeditions’ in Scotland and by presenting training programmes and Masterclasses for whisky companies, clubs and individuals.…

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Book cover of The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky

The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky

By Dave Broom

Why this book?

Dave Broom is an all-round drinks writer and presenter, not limiting himself to Scotch only. He has written a score of books on various libations and is also considered a rum connoisseur. In fact, he is also one of the true experts on Japanese whisky. His The Way of Whisky not only captures the spirit of the drink but also the spirit of Japan, in a tender, almost poetical way. In his recently released road movie The Amber Light he takes his audience through the world of Scottish Whisky in his inimitable manner, which makes him such a great presenter.…

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Book cover of A Long Stride: The Story of the World's No. 1 Scotch Whisky

A Long Stride: The Story of the World's No. 1 Scotch Whisky

By Nicholas Morgan

Why this book?

Historian Dr. Nicholas Morgan, Nick for intimi, was instrumental in setting up Diageo’s archives during his more than 30-year long career in the whisky industry and that is only one of his many accomplishments in this particular field. In the three years before he retired, he studied the history of the best-selling whisky brand in the world: Johnnie Walker. The result is an excellent book that explains how the making of whisky grew from a cottage industry in the Highlands to the multi-billion dollar industry of today. He uses the JW brand as an ‘example par excellence’ and explains…

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Book cover of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

By Daniel Okrent

Why this book?

Americans have quite a different relationship with alcohol compared to Europeans. This book uncovers the background of how Prohibition came about, how influences other than alcohol were key, along with the ingenuity of people on both sides of the debate to put their case or dodge the restrictions. Full of stories that explore the men, indomitable women, bootleggers, and economic as well as social forces and hypocrisy involved in the establishment and eventual repeal of Prohibition laws across America.
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Book cover of The Complete Whiskey Course: A Comprehensive Tasting School in Ten Classes

The Complete Whiskey Course: A Comprehensive Tasting School in Ten Classes

By Robin Robinson

Why this book?

Knowing what we drink and how it’s made can be as interesting as knowing what to do with it once it’s on your table (or bar). Among the many whiskey books out there, The Complete Whiskey Course does a great job at covering a lot of ground in an unpretentious and welcoming manner. From the distilling process to label identification (a very handy chapter for newbies and pros alike), origin stories, and unique tasting notes, this book makes for a fun gateway platform for deeper educational dives as the drinker’s interest and experience grows.

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