Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scottish Whisky

Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scottish Whisky

by Charles MacLean
     
 

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Why does Scotch whisky taste like it does?  Where do the flavors come from?  How might they have changed over the years?  

The flavor of Scotch whisky is as much influenced by history, craft, and tradition as it is by science. Individual distilleries give their whiskies unique characteristics. These characteristics do not arise magically (as was

Overview

Why does Scotch whisky taste like it does?  Where do the flavors come from?  How might they have changed over the years?  

The flavor of Scotch whisky is as much influenced by history, craft, and tradition as it is by science. Individual distilleries give their whiskies unique characteristics. These characteristics do not arise magically (as was once thought), nor are they solely the result of the region (as is still thought, by some). They have their roots in the craft and custom of the distillery and of the district in which it is located, but the key influences upon flavor are the distilling equipment itself, how it is operated, and how the spirit is matured.

Whiskypedia explores these influences. For the first time,   the flavor and character of every malt whisky distilled in Scotland is explored with reference to how it is made.  Introductory sections provide an historical overview, an examination of regional differences, and an explanation of the contribution made by each stage of the production process. This compendium is a comprehensive guide to all the distilleries in Scotland (both malt and grain). Each entry provides a brief account of the distillery’s history and curiosities, lists the bottlings which are currently available, details how the whisky is made, and explores the flavor and character of each make. Malt whisky is the quintessential “spirit of place,” and this element of the story has been captured by John MacPherson's camera in specially commissioned images which compliment the text. 150 color illustrations

Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Keir Graff
“MacLean, who won a James Beard Award for Scotch Whisky: A Liquid History (2003), here provides an A–Z guide to Scotland’s most famous export, after golf. Noting in his introduction that differences in flavor are less the result of distilleries’ locations, as is usually thought, than of tradition, technique, and market concerns, he provides information about materials, equipment, and procedures for aficionados curious to make such comparisons. But the heart of these entries lies in the "historical notes" and "curiosities," where the author’s research and enthusiasm are clearly evident. Buyers and collectors will find the list of "expressions" (commonly available bottlings) useful, while many users will jump straight to the informed, richly descriptive tasting notes (Dalmore smells "rich and sherried, with sweet malt, fruit cake, orange peel and marzipan.") As Scotch’s popularity grows, its world changes surprisingly fast, and updated information is crucial. The untimely death of beer and spirits writer Michael Jackson in 2007 makes the eminent MacLean’s work more important than ever. Serious drinkers—this is not a book for beginners—can ask for no better guide.”
Keir Graff - Booklist
“MacLean, who won a James Beard Award for Scotch Whisky: A Liquid History
(2003), here provides an A–Z guide to Scotland’s most famous export,
after golf. Noting in his introduction that differences in flavor are less the result of distilleries’ locations, as is usually thought, than of tradition, technique, and market concerns, he provides information about materials, equipment, and procedures for aficionados curious to make such comparisons. But the heart of these entries lies in the
“historical notes” and “curiosities,” where the author’s research and enthusiasm are clearly evident. Buyers and collectors will find the list of “expressions” (commonly available bottlings) useful, while many users will jump straight to the informed, richly descriptive tasting notes (Dalmore smells “rich and sherried, with sweet malt, fruit cake,
orange peel and marzipan.”) As Scotch’s popularity grows, its world changes surprisingly fast, and updated information is crucial. The untimely death of beer and spirits writer Michael Jackson in 2007 makes the eminent MacLean’s work more important than ever. Serious drinkers—this is not a book for beginners—can ask for no better guide.”
The Sunday Times
“Whisky’s finest guru.”
Booklist
“The untimely death of beer and spirits writer Michael Jackson in 2007 makes the eminent MacLean’s work more important than ever. Serious drinkers—this is not a book for beginners—can ask for no better guide.”
From the Publisher

“Charles MacLean is a world authority on malt whisky.”—Daily Telegraph

“The untimely death of beer and spirits writer Michael Jackson in 2007 makes the eminent MacLean’s work more important than ever. Serious drinkers—this is not a book for beginners—can ask for no better guide.” —Keir Graff, Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620871072
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
11/21/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Charles MacLean has spent almost thirty years researching, writing, and lecturing about Scotch whisky. Whiskypedia is the result of his deep immersion in the craft. He lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.

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