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The Whisky Dictionary

Iain Hector Ross

The Whisky Dictionary by Iain Hector Ross


The Whisky Dictionary is both a celebration of the world of whisky and a window into it.

Iain Hector Ross has ranged deep, far and wide into the industry to capture whisky speak in a single guide. He has literally climbed inside the distilling process to feel the heat, savour the aromas and absorb the words that swirl around the making and sharing of Scotch whisky. Now this language itself has been ‘casked’ between the covers of this delightful guide, and whisky enthusiasts the world over can understand, explore and enjoy Scotch in all its wondrous diversity in a single publication.

RRP: £14.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781910985922
Publication Date: 19/10/2017
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Iain Hector Ross
Iain Hector Ross grew up in Glasgow in the leafy West End enclave of Kelvingrove. Having a father from Skye and a mother from Lewis meant Gaelic was not only...


‘More than anything, this book represents a map of the language used to describe the creation, marketing and enjoyment of whisky... This is a perfect Christmas gift for any whisky fan, and a delightful, if slightly unwieldy way to learn about the history, creation, and enjoyment of Scotch whisky.’

Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes

‘An unusual and humorous dictionary of place names, terms,places and whisky folklore accompanied by delightful illustrations by artist Ben Averis. Ross leaves no stone unturned and has presented a book that will delight both aficionados and beginners.’

Scots Magazine

‘A wonderful work of reference that should be on the Christmas list of anyone who has someone in their life who loves whisky.’

Undiscovered Scotland

‘Ross knows that of which he writes, and his dictionary informs, educates and thoroughly entertains as he explains both the science and the mythology of Scotland’s national drink.’

Scots Whay Hae!

‘Impressively informative and presented in an alphabetical format, "The Whiskey Dictionary" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library collections.’

The Midwest Book Review

‘Informative, entertaining and passionate, the Whisky Dictionary is a unique guide to the special vocabulary shared by whisky makers and whisky lovers the world over.’

Diamantino De Sousa

‘With witty pencil sketches by Ben Averis, this is a book to keep and uncork from time to time for the pleasures of its words and facts. ’

Northwords Now

‘ Indispensable...’

Port Magazine