Top 10 whisky education books

25th March, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

The fascinating world of whisky has captured the interest of millions – for a superior understanding of the sector, these educational books are a must.


From Bourbon women to malt Scotch production, these are the top 10 whisky education books any spirits boffin should own

Whether you’re a Scotch connoisseur, Bourbon fanatic or Irish whiskey novice, there’s a plethora of books out there designed to enlighten and enthral.

Some are encyclopaedic tomes which offer a concise and invaluable information, while others cater for a more niche and specialised consumer base.

Those looking for recommendations on the world’s best whiskies selected by the best palates in the business are spoiled for choice, while those seeking to understand to secret history of the sector will also find their needs can be met.

Click through the follow pages to discover our pick of the top 10 whisky education books. Think we’ve missed an essential reference book or guide? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

5 Responses to “Top 10 whisky education books”

  1. michael ross says:

    was kinda hoping that the recent Scotch Malt Whisky Investment & Enjoyment by Michael Ross might have made an appearance, but maybe next year!

  2. Monique Huston says:

    The Malt Whisky Yearbook, published annually, is the best all-around in the business.

  3. Stiff says:

    Surprised not to see “Bourbon Straight” or “Bourbon Strange” by Chuck Cowdery…He is the undisputed authority on American whiskey after all.

  4. Whisky Classified by David Wishart is the only book working with a objective system to rate whiskies. A must-have for anyone interested in the different flavor aspects.

  5. Suzie says:

    I mean no offense but several of the books you listed are not EDUCATIONAL in my opinion and there are much better ones out there today. Hope you research a little harder next year.

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