“Jazz is not background music, it sets the mood, it opens the mind. A glass of malt does the same. So does this book. Thanks Hans…! ”

                                              DAVE BROOM, Whisky journalist

Whisky and Jazz

by Hans Offringa

2009, 208 pages
isbn-13: 978-0615281551
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Whisky and Jazz

by Hans Offringa

According to Artie Shaw “Jazz was born in a whisky barrel …” A perfect quotation for a book like this, in which Hans Offringa ingeniously connects 10 famous jazz musicians with 10 excellent single malt whiskies. The result is a collection of 10 unique blends, each carrying a blue note as well as a tasting note, presented in a “sippin’ and tasting guide.” The historical context in which jazz and whisky are placed makes this a publication that will appeal not only to whisky aficionados but also to those who love history and (jazz) music.

The stunning four-color photographs were shot by award-winning artist Gijs Dragt of the Netherlands, who also designed the book. Charlestonian jazz writer Jack McCray served as the book’s contributing editor.

Hans Offringa is a Dutch author, publisher, internationally renowned media-expert and whisky-connoisseur. 

Offringa is the founder of Gopher Publishers, considered the first publishing-and-printing-on-demand company in the world. His novel "The House" was the first book to have been electronically published, printed and personalized on-demand. 

He has written and translated many books on whisky over the years, including the popular "Bourbon & Blues". With his American wife he conducts whisky nosing & tasting sessions worldwide as The Whisky Couple.

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