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Issue 115 - Compiling Canada

Whisky Magazine Issue 115
October 2013


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Compiling Canada

Davin de Kergommeaux talks about his recent publishing venture

Who came up with the idea for writing the book. You or the publisher?

The book began as a series of binders that I put together about Canadian whisky. I was very active with the Malt Maniacs writing about Scotch and other single malts. At the same time I was exploring some of the history of Canadian whisky and every time I turned around another long-held belief was exposed as a myth. I began digging into archives and so on and also tasting some of the less well-known Canadian whiskies.

All the while I was adding tidbits to my binders. At one point my daughter said, “Dad, you know you are writing a book.” The idea just grew from there and I ended up approaching an agent who then sold my idea on to a publisher. It was my ideas presented to a publisher by a reputable agent who took the time to understand the project, that got me the book deal.

Have you written any other books and if so what are they?

Yes, I have contributed to several other whisky books. My book-publishing career began when, after much good-natured cajoling, Dave Broom agreed to let me write a draft for a chapter about Canadian whisky for The World Atlas of Whisky.

Dave fixed it up a bit, but essentially it was my work. He still continues to give me lots of helpful advice and welcome support. Not long after the Atlas came out, Dominic Roskrow approached me to contribute the Canadian entries for his book, 1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die.

That was a substantial piece of work and includes 45 o...

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