The Way of Whisky
A Journey Around Japanese Whisky
Documenting the history of Japan’s distilleries and the whiskies they produce, award-winning writer Dave Broom explores how the drinks are as much ‘a product of mindset’ as the result of commercial processes. In addition to tasting note, facts and figures, he examines the philosophy that influences the creation and appreciation of the spirit, and how it is impacted by many factors, including the seasons, craftsmanship and culture of the country.
This comprehensive guide to Scotland’s whiskies begins with an illustrated history of the spirit, an introduction to how it is made and what to look for in tasting. The different whisky regions are explored, with maps pinpointing the locations of the distilleries. Each producer is examined in more detail in the A–Z directory, which includes information on their typical flavours.
Classic and Contemporary Cocktails
The number of independent gin distilleries has increased significantly in recent years, and there is far more than simple tonic that can be added to the spirit. This cocktail collection includes the classic Martini and Long Island Iced Tea as well as more unusual recipes, such as the ‘vibrant and zesty’ West Side Pink Flamingo, and ‘light and floral’ drinks infused with ingredients such as chamomile or cucumber. There is a list of useful equipment and a brief guide to some bartending skills. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
A Personal Journey (of Sorts, and a Sort of a Journey) Around Scotland's Island Distilleries
In entertaining style, the veteran whisky author Ian Buxton records his journey around Scotland’s island distilleries, from Arran and its basking sharks to Orkney, and the ‘aficionados, collectors and obsessives’ encountered along the way.
The Big Book of Gin
Dan Jones begins by tracing the history of Mother’s Ruin from its roots in Dutch genever, through the Gin Lanes of 17th-century London to the proliferation of artisan gins today. He provides tasting notes for the world’s best brands and over 100 recipes for gin cocktails, including classics such as Pink Gin and Singapore Sling as well as Martinis, fizzes, punches and hangover cures such as Turbo G&T (more gin). Slightly off-mint.
Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks
Classic Cocktail and Punch Recipes for the Discerning Drinker
With recipes incorporating wines, ales, ciders, liqueurs, spirits and alcohol-free drinks, and an introduction to the ‘new art’ of refrigeration, this first British cocktail book, originally published in 1869, provides an entertaining insight into the drinking habits of the Victorians.