Books can educate, be informative and take us away on a journey….here is a list of some must read books for those interested in whisky and other drinks. There are also links to a full list of books relating to the drinks industry, gin and whiskies at the end of this post.
This is one of my favourite drinks books. Whisky enthusiasts all over the world look forward to the Malt Whisky Yearbook every autumn.
The 2024 release is the 19th edition and again it is fully revised and packed with new and up-to-date information on more than 400 whisky distilleries from all over the world. Distinguished whisky experts contribute with new features written exclusively for this edition along with details of hundreds of whisky shops, whisky sites and new bottlings.
With introductions from renowned whisky expert Dave Broom and Alan Winchester, former Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, The Distillation of Whisky, 1927-1931 provides an unparalleled insight into the whisky-making techniques of the early twentieth century.
James Eadie also previously released The Distilleries of Great Britain & Ireland book.
Individual profiles of Islay’s 13 distilleries include tasting notes for selected malts that illustrate the incredible range of peated styles produced, together with a section on tasting techniques, making this an indispensable guide for Scotch whisky lovers.
The book is a work of passion by Emmanuel and it looks at more than 2,500 rare bottles of both independent and official bottlings, including 12,500 photographs of many of these rarely seen bottles, and fascinating interviews.
It provides an essential guide to dating and authenticating older bottles, and is one if not the most comprehensive books on old and rare Scotch Whisky ever written.
In this fully updated edition of Canadian Whisky, the nation’s authority himself, Davin de Kergommeaux celebrates the country’s often underplayed—yet integral—role in this storied spirit. A trusted independent whisky expert, de Kergommeaux has travelled the country in search of all things whisky to share the very latest findings, photographs, and tasting notes.
This fully updated guide by whisky authority and Japanese whisky expert Stefan Van Eycken takes you on a tour of some of the most coveted whiskies in the world.
David Gluckman’s compelling autobiography is filled with entertaining anecdotes drawn from over forty years of brand creation in and around the drinks business, including the story behind Bailey’s Irish Cream (which is where the book title comes from).
The book is illustrated with fantastic drinks photography and the inside stories behind dozens of famous drinks brand that remain staples in homes and bars all over the world. This remains one of my favourite drinks books.
Steven Grasse made a name for himself as not only a distiller but also the mind behind brands such as Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum. Through his work in advertising and marketing, Grasse has changed the game in the booze world and become an authority on building an authentic, enduring, and deeply beloved brand.
For a full list of books – please click on the links below depending on your area of interest: