Japanese Whisky – Facts, figures and taste
By: Ulf Buxrud
Publisher: DataAnalysis Scandinavia AB, https://www.buxrud.se/japan.htm
Ulf Buxrud is a great connoisseur of whisky. He has previously written a book about single malts from Scotland. This is his second book and in it he explores the world of Japanese whisky. Contrary to many other spirits (and wines), whisky is not a protected denomination of origin. So Japan is both a great consumer and producer of whisky. The major part of the book contains producer profiles with both history, tasting notes and even some tourism tips for the potential visitor – a good idea! The first part of the book gives you an introduction to whisky in Japan, including how it first came to this country as well as a chapter on how whisky is made (with some interesting Japanese specialities). It is a big format book (too big for our book shelf!) and the design is elegant. Just a pity that the photos generally are dull and poor (and some are even mounted the wrong way). In spite of that, this is definitely a book to be slowly consumed by any adventurous whisky enthusiast who ventures beyond Scotland.