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Malt Whisky: The Complete Guideby Charles Maclean
Synopses & Reviews
Portable sized edition of the award-winning Malt Whisky, from Charles MacLean, a world authority on the subject of malt whisky.
This edition is produced in a smaller format than the original Malt Whisky to allow the whisky enthusiast to carry it as a portable companion for reference when buying, tasting, or visiting distilleries. Full color maps locate the key distilleries, while over 150 photographs capture the essence of the spirit and how it is made. Charles MacLean describes how to appreciate and get the most out of tasting malt whisky, and a detailed A-Z directory features all of Scotland's key distilleries and their whiskies with full color labels. Also included are tips on buying malt whisky, as well as a guide to distillery visitor facilities and the best whisky societies and websites. This book offers all the information any malt lover could ever need to appreciate this magical spirit to the full.
Book News Annotation:
Scotland's leading whisky writer, MacLean set out to explain why all malt whiskys are different, though made of the same simple ingredients and in roughly the same manner. That quest has grown into a broad reference on the drink first published in 1997 and reprinted and revised every few years since. He discusses the history of distilling, how whisky is made, whisky tasting, the whisky regions, buying malt whisky, and visiting distilleries. He also includes a directory of all malt distilleries in the known universe, societies, and websites. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This wide-ranging and evocative photographic portrait of Scotland's distilleries, from Talisker to Lagavulin, from Laphroaig to Dalwhinnie, from the Isle of Arran to Glenkinchie, describes the "cultural terroir" of the country's fifty greatest distilleries--the ingredients, practices, and traditions that result in an exquisite range of single-malt whiskies. Over 250 specially commissioned photographs capture the texture of the surrounding landscapes through the changing seasons, vividly portray the craftsmen who work there, and detail the fabric of the buildings themselves. A unique addition to the literature on Scotch whisky, with text by the world's greatest whisky expert, Spirit of Place is the perfect gift for anyone planning to tour Scotland's distilleries, a souvenir for anyone who has visited them, and simply the perfect companion to a dram at home.
About the Author
Scotland's leading whisky writer Charles MacLean was founding editor of Whisky Magazine and of the Russian Whisky, and was for many years Contributing Editor of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's Newsletter (where he also chairs the Nosing Panel and writes the tasting notes). He contributes frequently to magazines around the world and is Whisky Correspondent to Scottish Field. He is a member of the Judging Panel (Spirits) of the International Wines and Spirits Competition, and was made a Keeper of the Quaich in 1992 and elevated to Master of the Quaich in October 2009 - the whisky industry's highest accolade.
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