Malt whisky yearbook 2012
Malt Whisky Yearbook has become an authoritative book that whisky enthusiasts worldwide look forward to each autumn. This is the seventh edition – Malt Whisky Yearbook 2012 – and this year it is bigger than ever, 300 pages!
The Yearbook is again fully revised and packed with new and up-to-date information on whisky distilleries from all over the world. Once again, distinguished whisky profiles such as Charles MacLean, Gavin Smith, Ian Buxton, Dominic Roskrow, Neil Ridley, Iorwerth Griffiths, Colin Dunn and Chris Bunting contribute with initiated features penned exclusively for the Yearbook.
Malt Whisky Yearbook 2012 lists hundreds of whisky shops, whisky sites and new bottlings. A comprehensive summary of the whisky year that was and all the latest statistics is also included. More than 200 tasting notes describing the flavour of single malts from all working distilleries in Scotland, Ireland and Japan.
Finally, with more than 500 colour photographs (most of them new since the last edition), Malt Whisky Yearbook 2012 is as much an essential reference guide as a book to read for pleasure.
Chris Bunting is a British journalist living in Japan since five years. He works for a Japanese newspaper and his guide to Japanese alcohol culture, titled "Drinking Japan", is due to be published at the end of the year. He is currently working on a book about Japanese whisky and writes on that subject at www.nonjatta.com.
Gavin D Smith
Gavin D Smith is one of Scotland's leading whisky writers and Contributing Editor to www.whisky-pages.com He hosts whisky presentations and tastings and produces feature material for a wide range of publications, including Whisky Magazine, The Malt Advocate and Whisky Etc. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Whisky, Wit & Wisdom, The A-Z of Whisky, Worts, Worms & Washbacks, The Secret Still, The Whisky Men, Ardbeg: A Peaty Provenance and Goodness Nose (with Richard Paterson). Most recently he has collaborated with Dominic Roscrow to produce a new edition of the iconic title Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion. He is a Keeper of the Quaich and lives on the Fife coast in Scotland.
Charles MacLean has spent the past twenty-five years researching and writing about Scotch whisky and is one of the leading authorities. He spends his time sharing his knowledge around the world, in articles and publications, lectures and tastings, and on TV and radio. His first book (Scotch Whisky) was published in 1993 and since then he has published nine books on the subject, his most recent being Charles MacLean´s Whiskypedia, published in 2009. He was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1992, in 1997 Malt Whisky won the Glenfiddich Award and in 2003 A Liquid History won 'Best Drinks Book' in the James Beard Awards.
Keeper of the Quaich and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, Ian Buxton is well-placed to write or talk about whisky, not least because he lives on the site of a former distillery!
Ian began work in the Scotch Whisky industry in 1987 and, since 1991, has run his own strategic marketing consultancy business. In addition, he gives lectures, presentations and tastings; runs the annual World Whiskies Conference and writes regular columns for Whisky Magazine, WhiskyEtc, The Tasting Panel and various other titles. With Neil Wilson he established Classic Expressions to reprint facsimile editions of rare whisky classics*. During 2010 he has written four new books on whisky: The Enduring Legacy of Dewar's (Angel's Share); Highland Park: A Good Foundation (for Highland Park Distillery); Glenglassaugh - A Distillery Reborn (Angel's Share) and his latest title 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die (Hachette).
During 2011 his ambition is to spend more time with his wife!
Dominic Roskrow is a freelance whisky writer and former editor of Whisky Magazine, which he edited for four years. He now edits Whiskeria, and writes regularly for Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate, Harpers and Drinks International. He is the business development director for The Whisky Shop chain. He has been writing about drinks for nearly 20 years and is the author of Whiskies: From Confused to Connoisseur and Collins Gems Whisky. In 2010 he provided new tasting notes and chapters for the sixth edition of Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion and his coffee table book The World's Best Whiskies - 750 Unmissable Drams from Tennessee to Tokyo was pub-lished in autumn 2010. He lives in Norfolk, home of England's first malt whisky distillery, and is married with three children and is one of the few people in the world to be both a Keeper of the Quaich and a Kentucky Colonel.
Colin Dunn has been in the whisky industry since the last century, initially with Morrison Bowmore where he spread the word on Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch, as well as helping to launch the Suntory Japanese whiskies Yamazaki, Hakushu malts and Hibiki blend in the UK market. At Diageo, Colin is whisky ambassador for their malt portfolio, organising training for bartenders and developing the malt category through presentations at exhibitions and festivals for consumers. Colin has been awarded "Class Magazine" ambassador of the year and the United Kingdom bartenders guild ambassador of the year on 2 separate occasions.
Neil Ridley is a regular contributor to Whisky Magazine and Imbibe, and he is also the co-editor of irreverent whisky blog www.caskstrength.net, recently nominated for several online awards. As well as being Drinks Editor for The Chap, Neil has written articles on whisky and other spirits for Aston Martin Magazine and The Evening Standard, as well as providing his opinion on tasting panels for the likes of The Spirits Business and the World Whisky Awards.