Top 10 drinks books for Christmas 2017

The Art of Whisky – Jon Purcell

Spiorad Publishing has published what it calls the “ultimate” whisky connoisseur’s coffee table book, The Art In Whisky, with two limited editions.

A photographic collection of the spirits by award-winning photographer Jon Purcell, the book closely examines whisky including its history, traditions and production. From grain to bottle, and all points in between, whisky connoisseurs are taken on an odyssey from whisky’s Celtic spiritual home, then across seas and continents to investigate its production, look behind the scenes and meet the characters involved in crafting the spirit in Japan and Australia.

Each copy is litho printed on vellum uncoated paper, featuring a suite of luxurious finishes. This allows allows every page to lay completely flat, unencumbered by a gutter, no matter where the book is opened.

Available in copper edition and black edition, the former is limited to just 250 hand-numbered copies, the 256 page volume is hand-bound in leather and burnished copper.

The book includes a forward by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson, who says: “This book should be part of every art lover and whisky connoisseur’s collection.”

The copper edition comes in a bespoke, handcrafted, calfskin leather clamshell case with suede interior, and sells for £1,250 a copy. The black edition is limited to 1000 hand numbered copies and sells for £450 a copy.

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