A helpful guide.. but not really a Bible..I find that it is somewhat
useful in suggesting other whiskies that I might like, but simply
buying based on his scores is not a good idea. Read what he says about
something you like and then if he says similar things about one you've
not yet tried it might be worth a taste.
It alos helps get a handle on some of the "Taste Speak" that is thrown
around ..chocolate .. vanilla, orange peel, tar, heather and on and on
and on.. get a bit tiring for me .. but the book gives some insight
based on what you've tried.
For the most part I enjoy the book and it has helped me select a lot of
great whiskies. Before that book I never ventured too far from the beaten
track and it really opened my eyes to a lot of brands I would never have
Also, I feel his tastes are similar enough to mine where if he really likes
something I usually like it too. There are some I don't agree with at all
but for the most part it is on the money.
Any news on the 2006 version being released in the States?
I found that I mostly agreed with his rankings rather than scorings IYSWIM.
He'd give a blend I liked a higher score than one I didn't and likewise with
malts etc. However, he might give the blend a higher score than the malt
which I just wouldn't have (eg Teacher's 95, The Glenlivet 12 (83).
I also found his descriptions more down to earth than some, using tastes I
could relate to.
The book is well worth having, good coverage, good info, thin enough to take
to the shops in your pocket and reasonably priced. The only problem is that
I'd like a new one but can't be bothered to transfer all my notes.