Christmas gift ideas: Drink books

Country Life picks the best selection of gift books on drinks.

If you have someone in your family with a favourite tipple, a gift book on this list might be the perfect present…

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015 by Jim Murray (Dram Good Books Ltd., £12.99)
An essential for any whisky lover, this book has already caused a media storm with the announcement of a Japanese single malt winning their World Whisky of the Year accolade and not one Scotch featuring in the top five for the first time in 12 years. This new edition contains taste notes for 4,700 whiskies, marked for nose, taste, finish and balance.

Xmas Drinks books Whisky Bible

The Beer Book, ed. by Tim Hampson (Dorling Kindersley Limited, £16.99)
An excellent guide to the beers of the world with notable contributors and detailed sections on breweries, new craft beers, specialist beers and the classics. It even comes with tasting notes so you have an excuse to try all of them…

Xmas Drinks Books Beer Book

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The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffman (Mitchell Beazley, £20)
In this lovely hardback, James Hoffman delves into all things coffee, how its harvested and roasted, all the way through to the way in which beans are brewed. Charting coffee production over 35 countries, this is the perfect gift for anyone who is intruiged by the history, influence and possibilities of coffee.

Xmas drinks books Coffee


Distilled by Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley (Mitchell Beazley, £14.99)
This extensive hardback details the fascinating creation of spirits, from its ingredients to the choices a distiller makes in creating it. The authors also highlight the spirits around the world that are essential to be tasted along with handy tips on how best to drink them.

Distilled book jacket

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