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My Favorite Things: Whiskey Opus


As much as the Smithsonian Fashion book captivated my attention, the Whiskey Opus by DK Publishing was my husband’s kryptonite. Together this pair of books had the both of us reading after the kids went to bed instead of the usual TV or internet.

The Whiskey Opus is right on fashionable time; the interest in whiskey has never been higher. Here in Edmonton alone, whiskey tastings have been the latest rage, whether at home or paired with menu’s from high-end restaurants. Indeed, there have been several events that have been centered around this liquor and the subsequent tastings.

I can truly say I don’t understand whiskey and all that it entails, however, I have several foodie friends that are passionate about it. This would be the book for them.


Half of the book – of course-  is composed of the whiskey’s of Scotland, divided into the areas that produced each. I, in my infinite whiskey ignorance, had no idea that Canada has amazing whiskeys from distillers in Alberta, Ontario and even Nova Scotia. I would suggest that anyone who is interested in local whiskeys – and by local I mean Canadian- buy this book to learn the history behind each.

(click on the picture below to see a larger view of the Alberta whiskey page)


You know what?

I already see a party in the making. I would host one where you taste only Canadian whiskeys and compare the regions. Add in some local food…Hmm.

Maybe I’m into whiskey after all…


Book: Hardcover | 229 x 277mm | 300 pages | ISBN 9780756698331 | 21 Aug 2012 | Dorling Kindersley

Providing hundreds of detailed tasting notes and an exploration of the story of whiskey told through in-depth distillery entries, Whiskey Opus helps seasoned connoisseurs in their quest to discover the world’s best whiskies.

Every whiskey style from single malt to poteen is represented, along with tips and tricks for recognizing and appreciating each one.

With great whiskeys being produced all over the world, Whiskey Opus covers a range of distilleries, from Banffshire to Bangalore, Scotland to Spain, and Kentucky to Japan — providing whiskey lovers with everything they need to know to fully appreciate their favorite spirit.

For more information on this book and others, you can visit DK Books at, and click the flag to choose your country.


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    Peggy Doyle
    April 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm


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