“Like a rare old Highland malt, Whisky by Aeneas MacDonald is a pleasure to savor…The current edition has been poured into a handsome hardbound facsimile of the original, allowing readers to experience its cask-strength brilliance in much the same way as early admirers of the book, such as T.S. Eliot, did...MacDonald is out to the reading public about his love for and knowledge of whisky in every sentence of this landmark work. And surely Whisky may be considered a landmark….MacDonald offers an impassioned yet thorough and accessible explanation of the nature, history, making, and blending, geography, and judging, purchase, and care of “this great, potent, and princely drink.”…His mission is to provide enlightenment…This mixture of educative with the polemical makes for a blend of characterful palate and lasting finish. Whisky inevitably remains as joyful and as relevant a read as ever, and Canongate is to be commended for making available to a new generation of readers what is not only the founding text of modern whisky literature but also a treasure in the canon of Scottish letters. Lovers of Scotland and single malts are advised not to wait another 77 years for the next reissue.”Bloomsbury Review
978-1-84195-919-1 • $18.95 • Cloth • Nov. 2007
For the whisky enthusiast who cares as deeply about it as any oenophile does about wine, Whisky is a passionate, instructive, historical book that illuminates the great history of the transfixing spirit.
First published in 1930, Aeneas Macdonald’s Whisky is considered a classic of whisky writinga small, passionate, polemical, and informative gem of a book. The earliest book on the subject from the drinker’s point of view, it’s both a useful buying companion and an homage to the world’s most exclusive spirit. More than just a guide to whisky, this is an essential book for buffs and a fantastic read for those of us whose whisky knowledge only extends to not putting mixers in a malt.
This little book began whisky’s renaissance. MacDonald’s sense of what it means to be Scottish, his passionate discussion of why whiskyespecially good whiskymatters, and his notes on how, when, and why to drink whisky are indispensible. Remarkably, Whisky has never been reprinted in America. This commemorative edition includes an introduction by renowned whisky writer Ian Buxton and a foreword by Charlie MacLean (author of MacLean’s Whisky Miscellany). Whisky will attract wide attention from whisky enthusiasts and casual dram takers alike, and will delight enthusiasts with its taste, wit, and illuminating history.