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Distillers Favourite Spirits Books

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07/04/2023 We ask distillers around the world about their favourite 2-3 distilling or spirits books. Here are their top books and how they learned.

1) Adam Rogers - Proof: The Science of Booze

Adam Rogers - Proof: The Science of Booze

Science journalist Adam Rogers's Proof is a spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol.

2) Whisky Science - A Condensed Distillation (Gregory H. Miller)

Gregory H. Miller - Whisky science : A Condensed Distillation

This is a book about the science behind whisky:  its production, its measurement, and its flavor.

3) The Science and Commerce of Whisky (Ian Buxton and Paul Hughes)

Ian Buxton and Paul Hughes - The Science and Commerce of Whisky

This book provides the reader with an overview of the latest academic research and industry best practices in an accessible and authoritative format. 

4) Liquid Intelligence - Dave Arnold (a book about why)

Dave Arnold - Liquid Intelligence

5) Nathaniel's Nutmeg - Giles Milton (incredible historic read)

Giles Milton - Nathaniel's Nutmeg

6) Marcel Thompson's "Still Magic" and "Gin Ventures" are a must-read for anyone looking to get into distilling or those who want to up their game.

Marcel Thompson's - Still Magic

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Marcel Thompson's - Gin Ventures

7) Other favorites include "The Drunken Botanist" by Amy Stewart looking at cocktail ingredients, and "Gin Galore" by Sean Murphy looking at the gin of Scotland. Yes, Scotland makes gin…

Amy Stewart - The Drunken Botanist

"Gin Galore" by Sean Murphy

 8) The Chemistry and Technology of Wines and Liquors - Karl Herstein and Thomas Gregory, 1935.  Note - There's also an expanded edition from 1942.

Karl Herstein and Thomas Gregory - The Chemistry and Technology of Wines and Liquors

9) Whisky Classified by David Wishart. It's having a great scientific approach to distilling and tasting.

Whisky Classified - David Wishart

10) The Compleat Distiller by Michael McCaw, Michael Nixon

Michael McCaw, Michael Nixon - The Compleat Distiller

11) By the Smoke and the Smell: My Search for the Rare and Sublime on the Spirits Trail by Thad Vogler

Thad Vogler - By the Smoke and the Smell: My Search for the Rare and Sublime on the Spirits Trail

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