About a year ago, Dave Broom told us he was working on a new book. It was going to be a “user’s manual” of whisky and it sounded very intriguing. But then, anything Dave commits to paper is a joy for the imagination. He’s one of the few true originals in the world of whisky writing – someone who’s not content with rehashing the same stuff you’ve read in countless other books and magazines or on blogs – and it’s no secret we’re big fans of his work.
|Whisky - The Manual © Stefan Van Eycken|
The bulk of the book is dedicated to mixing whisky, with a focus on whiskies from all over the world (102 of them) and 5 mixers (soda, ginger ale, cola, coconut water and green tea). Broom did some serious research for this section, tasting all whiskies neat and with water as well as with the 5 mixers, the latter with mixer:whisky in equal parts and at 2:1 (always with ice). He gave each combination a score on a scale from N/A (cases in which mixing just doesn’t work) to 5* (must-try combinations – “the whisky transformed into a magnificent drink”).
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