Nothing is more warming than a finger or two of whisky on a cold winter's night. Perhaps this is why the Scots, with their harsh climate, have come to produce such exquisite pure malts and blends over the centuries. Yet there are other traditions of whiskymaking: Ireland, the United States, Canada, and, more surprisingly, Japan have all produced fine whiskies. The first book in the Whisky boxed set explores the history and traditions of whisky, where it originated and how it is made today. There is a special section devoted to whiskies of the world, and a practical buyer's guide listing shops and clubs completes the volume. The second book takes the reader on a taste tour of individual whiskies from Ireland, Scotland, and North America, the historic distilleries that make these precious drinks and guiding the amateur to the whisky most likely to suit his palate. Each whisky is presented via a clear, easytoread table detailing its qualities, as well as information on the distillery that made it. The handy presentation of the Whisky boxed set and the range of interesting facts presented makes this the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a wee dram.