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Whisky Erotico, Silvano Samaroli, The Whisky Library (Hong-Kong), 2017

Published initially in Italian, The Whisky Library in Hong-King had the good idea to translate this book in English. The print is with a soft cover and well made and with a pleasant modern font. Silvano Samaroli, the founder of the legendary Italian independent bottler Samaroli, who just passed away, wrote this book. One would expect from such a book to discover how he selected such excellent casks. In this respect, this book is somewhat short of my expectation. Little is provided about cask selection.
The first part is somewhat esoteric and metaphysical, before the book dives more into the whisky making, maturation and selection. The manufacturing process is well described and rather comprehensive and I share with him his views on the non-chill filtration and the craftsmanship. Somewhat contradictory with the age of the whiskies he bottled and the small leaflet provided with his bottles (The Selecting Art), which suggest an ideal age of bottling between 12 and 15 years of age, he writes in his book that the optimal age to bottle a whisky is 30 years. In addition, there are quite a few obvious mistakes, for examples, when he wrote that only 2 distilleries remain in Campbletown, but they now buy the grist and do not make their malt anymore. Since when Springbank stopped their own malting? This indicates that Silvano Samaroli had probably an excellent nose and taste, but his knowledge in the whisky making were not to that level. Thus my rating. Still a good read.

Rating: 3/5


C. Ask Whisky 2- The Stories Behind the Whiskies: Volume 2, Rory Mhor Nicoll, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , 2014

A collection of short stories and anecdotes related about whisky. A book printed in black and white, with a poor layout and lacking a story line. I struggled to go through the short stories. There are better books of the style around.

Rating: 1/5

The art of whisky: A deluxe blend of historic posters from the Public Record Office, Jim Murray, Pro Publications 1998

A very nice collections of photographs of whisky posters from the Public Record Office dated between 1862 and 1912, including annotations from Jim Murray. It might not be very well known, but it gives a very good impression on the marketing from blenders and distilleries to promote their products. The photographs are excellent. I enjoy it. If this type of information interests you, then do not hesitate to buy it. Do not expect to learn too much historical information on the whisky industry during that period.

Rating: 5/5

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