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'Whisky in Your Pocket': 10th edition based on the original 'Malt Whisky Almanac' by Neil Wilson

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Whisky in Your Pocket e book: 10th edition based on the original 'Malt Whisky Almanac' by Neil Wilson

Now in its 10th edition, 'Whisky in Your Pocket', has been thoroughly revised. A compact book that is a pithy introduction to whisky by Neil Wilson whisky expert and writer will be available soon. Publication date 22 April

The book contains details for 130 malt and grain whiskies, and 26 blended whiskies.

The book contains handy regional reference maps and up-to-date bottle shots, and guides on pricing. It also gives suggestions for comparable whiskies.

'Whisky in Your Pocket' is based on the late Wallace Milroy’s 'Malt Whisky Almanac'. Milroy was one of the world’s most respected whisky connoisseurs. Neil Wilson was Milroy’s co-author and is a renowned whisky historian and writer.

The Malt Whisky Almanac is known and admired for its simple and straightforward approach, its lack of pretension and clarity. This edition is completely revised and expanded.

The book was first published in 1986 and written by Wallace Milroy with Neil Wilson. Back in the 1960s and 70s, Wallace Milroy and his brother Jack introduced malt whisky to London from their Soho Wine Market. Neil Wilson persuaded Wallace to create a beginner’s guide to single bottled malts and together they conceived 'The Original Malt Whisky Almanac: A Taster’s Guide'. It went on to sell over 300,000 copies.

This edition is an up-to-date guide to whisky suitable for beginners and enthusiasts.

ISBN 978 1 84934 1974 Price: £9.99 E BOOK TPS: 170 x 84mm, 208pp with 200 colour illustrations with maps and up-to-date bottle shots

 

REVIEW BY HANS OFFRINGA - shortly to appear in 'WHISKY PASSION'

In 1986 Wallace Milroy (1931-2016) published the 1st edition of his iconic Malt Whisky Almanac. Various updated editions would follow, whereby Wallace was assisted by Neil Wilson as his editor. In 2010 the name of the book was changed in Whisky in Your Pocket and continued a life on the book shelves. This 10th edition has been written and assembled by Neil Wilson, a distinguished author and publisher in his own right. Neil dedicated this edition to Duncan McGillavry, once the amiable distillery manager of Bruichladdich, who sadly passed away in 2020.

In the introduction you can read how whisky is made, before you delve into the main part of the book. Neil presents the distilleries of Scotland not in alphabetical order but per region (Speyside, Eastern Highlands, Northern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Western Highlands, Lowlands, Islay, Campbeltown and The Islands.

For each distillery in Scotland (malt, grain and newbies) a clear and attractively designed page-long profile is presented with telephone numbers, website, but also water source, grain supplier, number of stills as well as a very short tasting note of the standard bottling of the distillery. In the back Neil reserved space for blended malts, grain whiskies as well as 26 blended Scotches.

This is not an extensive tasting guide, nor an abridged version of the Malt Whisky Yearbook, nor a travel guide, but as a publication it stands on itself and may fill a gap here. Given the modest size it really fits into your pocket and is a perfect, modestly priced travel companion for those who want to hunt down distilleries in Scotland and broaden their knowledge. It’s already in my suitcase … waiting for the sign ‘all clear covid’!

Hans Offringa

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