Book Review: Whisky Glory Taster’s Guide Volume #1: Tall Tales & True Stories, A Dewar’s Review Compendium
Mark Garbin’s first kindle release, Whisky and Romance Manhattan – A Rare Neighborhood Guide to New York Bars & Restaurants: Thirty-Two Fantastic Whisky Palaces to Gaze, Cuddle and Drink Includes the Sexiest Bar In Manhattan, flew under my radar because I am not actively seeking cuddling spots or bars in Manhattan. On the upside: I am confident there is a market looking for this sort of thing. Although I am curious how many of the 32 establishments profiled still exist post-Covid.
Garbin’s follow-up E-book arrives with a title that is equally a mouthful: Whisky Glory Taster’s Guide Volume #1: Tall Tales & True Stories, A Dewar’s Review Compendium. He offers reviews and tasting profiles of 11 expressions in the Dewar’s range. Garbin starts with releases in what he deems the classic line and goes forward to discuss expressions with special finishes and higher age statements. His writing style is informal and tone is highly conversational, resulting in less of a taster’s guide and more a lengthy discussion with someone at a bar, passionate about the subject. Along the way, he also provides anecdotes and tales which reinforce the warm casualness found throughout Whisky Glory’s 43 pages.
The sole complaint to be found lies in the content’s presentation. Many bottle pictures and the profile picture of Dewar’s Master Blender Stephanie MacLeod are of low-resolution quality and pixelated, trim lines are present in photos that could use some touching up, and there are one too many hyphenated line breaks.
People well-versed in the core and special releases of Dewar’s portfolio may not glean new information from the reviews or tasting notes. It’s a safe bet that if you are into Dewar’s, you’ve already formed opinions and do not require the provided assistance. However, if you’re new to the game and looking for a solid Dewar’s roadmap, this serves as a good starting point. At $2, the return on investment is reasonable. The “Volume #1” in the title implies subsequent editions. It will be interesting to see which topic arrives next.
B / $2 / [BUY IT FROM AMAZON]