Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch: A Connoisseur's Guide to the Single Malt Whiskies of Scotland

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The Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch, now a classic reference, was the first book to give single malt scotch the systematic, in-depth treatment reserved for wine. This new edition will help you to discover the differences between the "lightly earthy, nutty" palate of the 10-year-old Fettercairn; the "elegant, dry" 10-year-old Glenfarclas; the "full, smooth" body of the 1971 Millburn; and the "sweetish, gingery, warming" finish of the 12-year-old Oban malts.

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Overview

The Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch, now a classic reference, was the first book to give single malt scotch the systematic, in-depth treatment reserved for wine. This new edition will help you to discover the differences between the "lightly earthy, nutty" palate of the 10-year-old Fettercairn; the "elegant, dry" 10-year-old Glenfarclas; the "full, smooth" body of the 1971 Millburn; and the "sweetish, gingery, warming" finish of the 12-year-old Oban malts.

This is the essential reference for the discerning scotch drinker, and for those about to begin their exploration into the pleasures of single malt whiskies.

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A complete revision of the 2004 edition by the late James Beard Award winner Jackson (Whisky), this volume contains 500 new labels, rated by experts Roskrow (World's Best Whiskies), Gavin D. Smith (Secret Still), and William C. Meyers (scotchguy.com). Also revised are distillery profiles and tasting notes for 1000 other bottlings. Included are luminous product photos and fascinating details on terms, flavor influences, regional varieties, and the significance of age and cask. Organized alphabetically by distillery name, entries run two to three pages. A lovely and comprehensive hardcover guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561385195
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.59 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Jackson was widely recognized as the world's leading authority on whiskey. He is the author of DK's James Beard award-winning Whiskey, and his books have sold over three million copies worldwide.
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Interviews & Essays

A Conversation with William C. Meyers, of The Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch

What sparked your passion for the single malt Scotch and what keeps that passion going?

Each distillery is unique, and new casks are constantly being bottled and discovered, covering a vast range of tastes. I love trying new bootlings and savoring old favorites.

In the book's introduction you note that Michael Jackson always had questions to ask on distillery tours explaining that, "There is always something new to learn." What has been your latest discovery in the industry?

My latest discovery was the effect of different yeast strains on the whiskey, as demonstrated at a barrel tasting this past autumn at Four Roses Bourbon Distillery.

What advice do you have for the novice whisky aficionados out there?

Drink what you like & taste as many expressions as possible. Whisky is subjective, like art.

There is a section of the book that focuses entirely on flavors; how the landscape influences the end product. Of all the variables that can affect the taste, which do you think is the most important?

I think the most important variable is the wood. Quality bourbon, sherry & wine casks dramatically impact the final product.

If you had to choose one single malt Scotch to drink before you died, which one would it be and why?

So many amazing whiskies, so many factors go into which dram to pour. I could not pick one, but would select Macallan Cask #935 1949 and Ardbeg Committee Cask #2394 as two highly rated contenders.

DK Publishing is world renowned for its distinctive, highly visual books that inform, inspire, and entertain readers of all ages. Publisher of the New York Times bestseller LEGO ® Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, and Do Not Open, among others. DK also publishes the award-winning Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Only one liver!

    The guide is a great source of inspiration to try new whiskies and is a good primer on the topic. We have had great fun guessing Jackson's rating at tastings and awarding prizes for the closest guess to the actual rating in the guide. I may not always agree with the rating, but I do not always agree with the movie critics or my wife either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    Informative

    Some disagree with his ratings, but I've never found a 95 in his book to be worse than a 75. These are general guidelines. It's the most recent guide to malts. The only drawback is the size. When dramming outside the home, it's bulky in your pocket.

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