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New ‘Art of Whisky’ Book Showcases A Unique Way To See Your Favorite Scotch

A new book on the art of whisky is coming this May, and it could change how you look at a glass of the brown spirit from now on.

Photographer Ernie Button was staring into the bottom of a nearly empty whisky glass, and noticed that it’s a thing of beauty.

He studied the intricate patterns formed in the residue at the bottom of a whisky glass, each as different as a snowflake, and he started to photograph them with new kinds of lighting techniques.

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An image from Art of Whisky (image via Chronicle Books)

The resulting photos are collected in The Art of Whisky, his new book that features images evoking earthly landscapes and extraterrestrial visions.

With more than a hundred photographs, the book will entice whisky enthusiasts and photography buffs alike. The pages of the book feature tasting notes, scenic images of Scotland’s whisky regions, information on the science of what the reader sees, and contributions from Scottish whisky expert, Charles MacLean.

The Art of Whisky is a unique gift book celebrating single malt Scotch in a startlingly beautiful way.

Button is an award-winning photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona, whose work has been exhibited in the United States, China, Scotland, and Europe. His photographs have been featured in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Whisky Advocate, American Photo, Popular Photography, Esquire, Wired, Smithsonian, Whisky Quarterly, and Popular Mechanics, as well as on limited edition packaging for The Macallan.

The Art of Whisky, by Ernie Button, is a 9” x 9” color photo book, 176 pages in total. It will have a suggested retail price of $24.95 when it hit store shelves.

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