Never before has the consumer been offered such a rational and impartial description of single malt whiskies. Using a new profiling system based on whisky's 12 dimensions of taste, this is a rigorously researched, one-of-a kind guide to choosing single malts by flavor. In Whisky Classified, expert David Wishart excludes the confusing jargon often used to describe malts and...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Pavilion
(first published March 1st 2003)
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In Whisky Classified, David Wishart gives you nearly everything you need to know about uisge beatha (pronounced ooshgy-bay) the Gaelic form of aqua vitae or the water of life. The first half of the book takes you through the history, production, and drinking vessels and techniques for best appreciating what most of us outside Scotland call single malt scotch. Wishart then gives you a variety of terms to help you describe the taste, nose (smell), colour, body, etc. of whisky, as well as introduci...more
Whisky Classified offers a pretty basic and quite extensive look into the world of Single Malt Whisky. David Wishart is very analytical in his writing so that's why I'm a bit disappointed that there's so little general knowledge about whisky and how you should enjoy it. When it comes to specific information though, this book should be enough for most people. Wishart lists dozens of distillieries, each with a location on map, a one page introduction and a taste classification of their most popula...more
This book was purchased in Scotland after going through the Scotch Whisky Experience. Basically to enhance my limited knowledge of Scotch Whisky. I really enjoyed the background and terminology provided. The comparative descriptions make future purchases more intelligent. Worth buying and keeping.
The problem with whisky guides is that they make me want to taste all of the whiskies reviewed. On the plus side, however, is a handy guide to pronouncing many of my favourites which, up until now, I've basically pointed to and said, "That one, please."