Canadian Whisky by Davin de Kergommeaux

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Not only is De Kergommeaux's book easily the best book on the market about Canadian Whisky, it is one of the best books about whisky period.
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Davin de Kergommeaux takes readers on a journey through the first systematic presentation of Canadian whisky: how it's made, who makes it, why it tastes the way it does, its history, and the rich, centuries-old folklore surrounding it.
Join whisky authority Davin de Kergommeaux on a pan-Canadian journey from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, celebrating the diversity of Canada's unique spirit. With his conversational and accessible tutelage, de Kergommeaux offers readers a carefully researched, reliable, and authoritative guide to Canadian whisky that is, quite simply, not available anywhere else. Not only a book describing the history and culture of the spirit, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert is also an informed exploration of taste. For the first time, whisky consumers -- experts and novices alike -- can approach Canadian whisky with a connoisseur's appreciation of its rich subtleties.

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Davin de Kergommeaux is a certified sommelier and independent whisky expert who has been writing about, talking about and teaching about whisky for more than a decade. His writing and tasting notes appear in Scotch Whisky Review, Whisky Advocate and on such websites as and He is the Canadian editor for Whisky Magazine and publishes comprehensive notes about Canadian whisky on the website, The Association of Canadian Food Bloggers named de Kergommeaux's website the best wine and spirits blog of 2010, just 6 months after it was launched. De Kergommeaux appears at whisky festivals from coast to coast in Canada and abroad and is a judge in a number of prestigious whisky competitions including the World Whisky Awards.
Published May 8, 2012 by McClelland & Stewart. 352 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by John Hansell on Jul 05 2012

Even if it doesn’t make you a regular Canadian whisky drinker, it will at least dispel the myths and mistaken assumptions you may have about this entire category of whisky, for de Kergommeaux has written a book full of facts about Canadian whisky, and written it well.

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Reviewed by Chris Hand on May 22 2012

...dispersed throughout the book are “tasting notes” on 100 Canadian whiskies. Mr. de Kergommeaux needs a thesaurus. After reading half a dozen, they all end up reading exactly like each other.

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Reviewed by Oliver Klimek on May 19 2012

...a book made for reading and not for casual browsing or use as a reference work...essential reading for anyone interested in whisky beyond Scotch and bourbon.

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Reviewed by Chip Dykstra on May 15 2012

This has to be the most complete set of tasting notes every assembled for Canadian Whisky, and these tasting notes help bring entire book together binding the chapters to each other with the flavours and aromas of Canadian Whisky.

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May 07 2012

Not only is De Kergommeaux's book easily the best book on the market about Canadian Whisky, it is one of the best books about whisky period.

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