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Malt Whisky Yearbook 2021 Review

9th November 2020
Review of the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2021 a book which focuses on the facts & figures, history and the latest bottlings from whisky distilleries.

Malt Whisky Yearbook 2021The Malt Whisky Yearbook which is the work of Ingvar Ronde and has been an annual release since 2005, very much a reference book which mainly focuses on the facts & figures, history and recent events of each distillery covered in the book.

This latest edition as usual has been fully revised and covers 665 malt whisky distilleries around the world, most space is allocated to the malt whisky distilleries of Scotland, with most established Scotch malt whisky distilleries covered over at least one page which details each distilleries production facts and figures, history as well as a brief listing of their current whisky offerings and many of the distilleries covered have one of two tasting notes usually for their popular core range bottlings giving readers an insight into the style of whisky the distillery produces.

The ever growing number of new Scotch malt whisky distilleries are covered over a half page each and perhaps of interest to whisky enthusiasts and collectors their is a section 'Closed Distilleries' which covers some closed and even demolished distilleries which are still of interest.

There is a section covering distilleries around the globe - Europe, North America, Australia & New Zealand, Asia, Africa and South America. This would have been a quickly expanding section in recent years, although not as detailed a section as the Scotch section it certainly gives the reader an insight into malt whisky which is now being produced around the world. There is also an entire chapter about the world's leading independent bottlers.

The Malt Whisky Yearbook is primarily but not just a reference book, there are contributions from well known whisky writers and commentators such as Charles MacLean, Gavin D Smith and Ian Wisniewski. You will also find a comprehensive summary of the news and trends in the whisky industry.

One small criticism I have is the reduction in print size in places, considerably in some sections of the book, making it difficult to comfortably read in a dimly lit room while enjoying a dram of your favourite single malt. Perhaps it is just my eyesight but I would say the content packed yearbook has outgrown the size of the book and I would love to see the Malt Whisky Yearbook presented in a larger coffee table book format, something like 30cm X 20cm, which which would give space for decent size images and a comprehensive list of each distilleries core ranges with rated reviews of each whisky, now that would be very attractive.

Malt Whisky Yearbook 2021 typical distillery info page layout - GlenDronach Distillery & Glencadam Distillery

Malt Whisky Yearbook 2021 Features:

  • The main part of the book (200 pages) covers 665 malt whisky distilleries around the world with all the facts updated.
  • New exciting articles by distinguished writers such as Charles MacLean, Gavin D Smith, Neil Ridley, Jonny McCormick, Joel Harrison and Ian Wisniewski.
  • More than 200 tasting notes, including independent bottlings.
  • New feature - meet seven Whisky Legends with 358 years of experience between them.
  • A listing of more than 150 of the world's greatest whisky shops.
  • The Whisky Year That Was - the most comprehensive summary you'll find of the news and trends in the industry.
  • An entire chapter about the world“s leading independent bottlers.
  • All the latest info on bottlings and web sites as well as the latest statistics and figures.
  • More than 500 colour photos.

Overall a great buy for any whisky lover and without a doubt an ideal whisky gift for a whisky loving friend or family member, perhaps not a repeat buy every year for all but it is certainly worth updating the copy on your shelf once and a while and every whisky drinker should appreciate at least one copy on their shelf.

You will find the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2021 is currently available from Amazon currently on offer for £10.54 which also qualifies it for FREE Delivery

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