A Field Guide to Whisky
A Field Guide to Whisky is a one-stop guide for all the information a whisky enthusiast needs. With the whisky market booming all over the world, now is a perfect time for a comprehensive guide to this popular brown spirit. What are the basic ingredients in all whiskies? How does it get its flavor? Which big-name brands truly deserve their reputation? What are the current whisky trends around the world? And who was Jack Daniel, anyway? This abundance of information is distilled(!) into 324 short entries covering basic whisky literacy, production methods, consumption tips, trends, trivia, geographical maps and lists of distilleries, whisky trails, bars, hotels, and festivals by an industry insider. Boasting 230 color photographs and a beautiful package to boot, A Field Guide to Whisky will make a whisky expert out of anyone.
A Z of Whisky
WHISKY is not only the world's most consistently successful and popular drink, it is also one of the oldest, having been around in one form or another since the first millennium. However, documentary records only commence in Scotland in 1494 when it was distilled as a spirit known as aqua vitae. Its growth since then has been better detailed and a complete lexicon has developed in line with whisky's increasing sophistication and worldwide popularity. The A to Z of Whisky is designed for whisky enthusiasts, lovers of Scotland, academics, journalists, amateur historians, broadcasters and researchers who need to have all the relevant facts and references about whisky close to hand. The entries cover every possible aspect of the spirit (including the American, Canadian and Irish derivatives) from aftershots to zymurgy, and include those curious terms which often crop up in the world of whisky, such as:viscimetry 'Viscimation is what happens when two liquids of different viscosity mix, creating eddies and visible threads or ribbons. These are referred to as viscimetric whorls ... The most commonly observed instance of viscimetry is where water is added to spirituous alcohol, especially whisky, where the colour makes the effect more observable. Since time immemorial, whisky-drinkers have referred to the phenomenon as "awakening the serpent".' (MacLean, MMoW) In Whisky Magazine, Issue 56, July 2006, Dave Broom writes of Ichiro's Malt 1988 King of Diamonds, 'This has classic Japanese finesse (and excellent viscimetry). Great whisky is about balance and this has it ... in diamonds, not spades.' But this is no dry, didactic reference tome. It is crammed full of anecdote, aside and comment, a great deal of it tongue-in-cheek. This makes using the A-Z of Whisky both an informative and entertaining task. 'I cannot recommend it too highly,' Charles MacLean, whisky writer and author of the Mitchell Beazley Pocket Whisky Book.
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Whisky Wit Wisdom
This book deals with the lighter and quirkier sides of whisky-making, whisky consumption, whisky over-consumption, whisky in literature, whisky and the law, and even whisky and death. A selection of leading whisky industry personalities have contributed their favourite humorous stories concerning 'the cratur', and the text is augmented by a series of historic Punch cartoons and modern cartoons in a wide variety of styles. Some sample entries concerning foreign countries and whisky include: Many nations have tried to copy Scotch and Irish whisk(e)y, and none more determinedly than the Japanese. One English-born former Tokyo resident recalled being asked in the 1920s by a local whisky distiller to come up with a label which would lull drinkers into believing that they were getting genuine Scotch. He suggested 'Guaranteed bottled in Buckingham Palace under the personal supervision of His Majesty the King.' The labels were duly printed and the whisky went on sale. And: Stories are told of early Japanese whiskies with names such as 'King Anne', but a personal favourite concerns a whisky produced in Ecuador. One can only conjecture about the origins of the name, and speculate that perhaps a disgruntled expatriate Scotsman was asked to help choose something suitable. The whisky is marketed as 'Auld Piss.'
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The Bluffer s Guide to the Flight Deck
Be an instant expert on the flight deck and bluff your way without being pressurised. No pre-flight checks required, just a sense of humor. From 'The Dispatcher' to 'Diversions', and from 'Runways' to 'Reverse Thrust', The Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck provides all you need for a fully informed approach.
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A Blokes Guide to Cooking The Ultimate Bluffers Guide
Blokes in their natural environment have hectic lives, what between Cricket, Baseball, World Cups, World Series, Friday Night Football and Test Matches. Its amazing we have anytime left for work let alone romance or learning how to cook. A Blokes Guide to Cooking The Ultimate Bluffers Guide delves into the world of bluffing to show easy and creative international recipes within the grasps of the common man Bloke. It unravels the whole process from what utensils you need, picking the right menu then all the way to hiding the evidence after cooking to protect the innocent (mainly us). Now this isnt just another heres the recipes and this is what it should look like type of book. It covers all you need to know to get what you want from cooking, which by the way usually doesn't have much to do with just eating. The mere survival of the bloke species could be threatened if the Bloke does not go forth and multiply (or at least get out of the dog house with the Mrss for just being a bloke). The staple diet of meat and 3 veg still has its place in the blokes natural habitat but cooking to impress (see, I told you cooking didnt have much to do with just eating) takes a little bit more contemplation. Especially if you want to be rocketed to legend status, with the latest fling. We are man, we created fire! So we should be able to cook if someone just gives us a few tips, right?
The Bluffer s Guide to Opera
In most areas of human endeavor, bluffing is an easy way of getting by -- a method of artificially appearing knowledgeable. The Bluffer's Guides are a three million-copy best-selling series of snappy little books containing facts, jargon, and inside information -- all that readers need to know to hold their own among the experts.