If ever I'm asked to suggest a good book for a whisky drinker I always suggest Ian Buxton (@101whiskies) and his 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die, here Ian suggests a range of mostly affordable drams that are well worth hunting out along with Ian's wonderful mix of knowledgable and sometimes humourous tasting notes.
Next in the series was 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die and then 101 Legendary Whiskies to Try Before You Die, which is on the shelf but I have yet to fully digest.
Ian has recently turned his attention to smother spirit that I'm fond of with 101 Gins to Try Before You Die, a selection of world gins which really are ones that should be hunted out and tried.
Over the summer I tend to drink more gin than whisky and I've been spending a fair bit of time going through this book, reading the more narrative style notes than general tasting notes and generally enjoying Ian's writing style once again.
Of course it wouldn't be possible to go through this without having some personal changes I'd love to see, for example I think the darnleys view spiced gin is far superior to the standard bottling and I would have given it more than just the fleeting mention it received.
Similarly the Martin Millers Westbourne Strength is one of the best gins I've ever tasted and although the standard bottling is very interesting I think it lacks the punch that the Westbourne strength gives.
I'd also love to see Ian's notes for Ish gin which is another brand I'm very keen on, with their fresh and refreshing gin.
Ian's book certainly has left me feeling I need to spend more time with gin and that there are a lot more gins that I need to spend time hunting down and trying,considering a quick count put me at 28/101 gins from this book.
If you like gin, or would like to try it out, then this book is a fabulous way of finding gins to try and for whittling down and finding your way through the Miriade of available gins.
Pop over to Amazon and grab a copy today, you won't be disappointed.
Many thanks to Birlinn Publishing for the review copy.