The Alcorithm

The Alcorithm

A revolutionary flavour guide to find the drinks you’ll love


Discover your new favourite wines, beers, spirits and cocktails in this unique and ingenious guide, led by your own taste buds

'All about the pleasures of raising a glass. This book tells you what to try next and why . . . Cheers!' Michel Roux Jr

'A kind of Flavour Thesaurus but for drinks. A joyful, thoughtful labyrinth in which you can happily lose yourself for hours' Daily Telegraph

**Finalist in the Guild of Food Writers Award for Drinks Book of the Year**

Do you always ask for the same old wine, the usual pint, the reliable spirit? It's all too easy to play it safe, and finding new favourites can take time and effort.

Until now.

Using the algorithm 'If you like this, you'll love that', this ingenious guide will lead you by your taste buds, using your existing favourite drinks and flavours to reveal vast varieties that will also suit your palate.

Fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Try Sancerre for similar grassy notes.

Partial to Vintage Champagne? Believe it or not, you may also like a Brown Porter.

Those who enjoy Scotch Single Malt Whisky should give a Californian Pinot Noir a go, while a preference for Pornstar Martinis suggests you'll also be fond of Japanese Sake.

Exploring the gamut of flavour styles, from floral and fruity to smoky and spicy, then showcasing all the drinks in which you can find them, from wine, beer, cider, tequila and vodka through to tea, coffee, mixers and everything in between

There's a whole universe of incredible wine, beer, spirits and cocktails just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed - if only we can step outside that comfort zone.

This book will show you how.

'Rob Buckhaven will help you discover your new favourite tipple . . . He knows his stuff and his enthusiasm is infectious' Sunday Express


  • A kind of Flavour Thesaurus but for drinks of all kinds including peppermint tea, sauvignon blanc, chartreuse and stout, it parses liquids by their aromatic notes and flavours, so that you can look up one drink or taste you enjoy and follow the scent-trail to another you might want to try . . . Open at any page and you're immediately plunged into a joyful, thoughtful labyrinth in which you can happily lose yourself for hours

About the author

Rob Buckhaven

Rob Buckhaven is a drinks expert with 14 years' experience in the wine and spirits industry. He is a drinks columnist for the Metro, a brand ambassador for Rathfinny Estate and in 2018 he was nominated for the position of IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year.

Rob has also appeared as a wine expert on The Market Kitchen and Something for the Weekend. He holds a MBA in Wine Marketing and Management from the prestigious INSEEC Business School in Bordeaux.
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