Join us for a Book Signing with Elizabeth Riley Bell, author of the Smart Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Keeper of the Quaich. Beginners to connoisseurs are welcome.
Elizabeth Riley Bell has recently written a comprehensive book about single malt Scotch whisky, which extends to over 400 pages. It is the first comprehensive book written by an American on the subject and was released in 2012 with a second edition released in July 2014.
She is a consultant and authority on single malt Scotch and writes about single malts, the whisky industry, and Scotland’s distillery region as well as conducting tastings, Scotch dinners, and staff development sessions. Additionally, she works on blind tasting panels at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh, evaluates single malts for magazine buying guides and works as a consultant for several whisky distributors. Her extensive travels in all the distillery regions in Scotland have allowed her to gain first-hand knowledge of the production of Scotch and new products and to establish professional contacts there, which included working a distillery run with the mashman and stillman at Speyburn Distillery.
In April 1996, she was the first woman and the first American to undergo training in the evaluation of whiskies at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute in Edinburgh and recently updated her skills while attending a refresher course in 2011. In April 2014, the Scotch Whisky Industry inducted her as a Keeper of the Quaich in recognition of her contribution to the culture, heritage and promotion of Scotch Whisky.
"The Smart Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky" by Elizabeth Riley Bell
This is the singular and “smart” guide to understanding, appreciating, and collecting single malt Scotch whisky. The world of single malt whisky offers an opportunity to appreciate a different drink that has highly nuanced flavors and aromas. It is a world rooted in tradition, stories, and fellowship. For the reader, who would like to know more about single malt whiskies, but simply doesn’t know where to start—let alone choose one from all the offerings on the shelves or attempt to pronounce their names properly, this lavishly illustrated book provides information to: • Learn about the distilleries • Master the pronunciation of Scotch malt whisky names • Identify the flavors in the “house style” of each distillery • Recognize the whisky regions • Appreciate the flavors and aromas of single malt whisky • Understand the making of malt whisky • Read a bottle label, as defined by recent regulations • Choose and buy single malt whisky. Readers who want additional information will learn to: • Appreciate the development of flavors in whisky • Host a tasting • Use the language of whisky descriptors • Discover little known distilleries • Build a collection of malts for yourself and for auction • Manage a taste of the expensive ones. Read The Smart Guide To Single Malt Scotch Whisky to introduce yourself to Scotland’s original whisky and to guide you as you learn about the varieties of this “sipping whisky.” Then use the Guide to move yourself to new levels of sophisticated appreciation and deeper levels of knowledge.