- An authority on Scotch whisky
- An ideal addition to a collection of whisky books for beginners or whisky distilling books
- Fantastic gift for any whisky lovers
Have you ever wondered why Scotch whisky tastes the way it does? Have you ever questioned the history of whisky and how its flavor notes have changed over the years? If so, then this book is for you! The flavor of Scotch whisky is influenced by a combination of history, craft, science, and tradition. Whether it is single malt Scotch whisky, dalmore whisky, or peat whisky, you will learn something about it in this book.
This book on scotch is also a compendium of curiosities! Learn about bottles of scotch, including orbit bottle labels, whiskey green labels, and more. Whiskypedia also outlines information about individual distilleries. Each one provides their whiskies with unique characteristics. They are grounded in the craft and custom of the distillery and its district, but the real key influences on the flavor are how the spirit is matured, the distilling equipment itself, and how the distilling equipment is operated. This guide explores all of those influences and more.
Whiskypedia is the first comprehensive source of the flavor and character of every malt whisky in Scotland. Written by Charles MacLean, “a world authority on malt whisky” (Daily Telegraph), shares his wisdom throughout this book. The history of Scotch whisky and information on Scotch distilling are also included. John MacPherson’s stunning photos compliment the text well. This is an ideal book about Scotch for any whisky fan.
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About 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.
Table of Contents
Historical Overview 9
Understanding the Label 20
A Taxonomy of Scotch 22
Regional Differences 23
Key to Entries 27
Gazetteer of Distilleries 39
Who Owns Whom? 327
Top Ten Single Malts 2007 333
World Consumption of Bottled Malt Whisky 2000-2007 334
Major Consumers of Bottled Malt Whisky 2007 335
Leading Independent Bottlers 337
Sources and Acknowledgements 347
Charles MacLean 351