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Malt Whiskey

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Scotland's national drink is available in more than 300 brands, styles, and ages, reflecting the diversity of the Scottish people themselves. This beguiling buyer and collector's guide features 250 color photographs, maps, and illustrations, and combines the fascinating story of Scotch whisky's origins with an explanation of the distilling process, including how the ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Mitchell Beazley (first published October 16th 1997)
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Barry Avis
Nov 23, 2016 Barry Avis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book starts with a brief 35 page history of Malt Whisky from 1450 to 2010 which is fascinating. It then details how whisky is made and the role each ingredient and process has in forming the distinctive flavours we all love.
The weakest section comes next with a far too detailed study of how to taste whisky (really for purists only!) and the final historical section details main areas of Scottish malt production and their history.
The Directory section details current and recently closed/demo
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Alan Bartlett
Jan 21, 2013 Alan Bartlett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the handy portable sized revised edition and is a wonderful "little" book. There is so much information packed into the compact size book including a history of whisky, a section on how it is made and there is a directory of all of Scotland's distilleries with tasting notes of some of the whiskies produced, whether they have a visitor's centre etc and there are some excellent colour maps and moody b & w photos of windswept Scottish landscapes. I have made a note of a dozen whiskies ...more
Jorgen Lundgren
Feb 05, 2015 Jorgen Lundgren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: whisky
Beautiful written book about Scottish Whisky, covering the great history how it all started then the different areas around Scotland in a way you want to see and visit them all. How whisky is made, with a great piece of information, "contemporary sensory scientists estimate that maturation can account for between 60 and 80 per cent of the flavour of malt whisky". And the final words - ,"The wood makes the whiskey ". And tasting advice following with single malt whisky distilleries some gone but ...more
Chris
Apr 18, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most comprehensive, informative, and well-written primer on the history, manufacture, and regions of Scotch whisky that I have read. MacLean's "Malt Whisky" is a must read for anyone interested in the subject.
Timothy Batson
Apr 08, 2008 Timothy Batson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Scotch Enthusists
Charles MacLean details the history, heritage and distilling of Scottish Malt Whisky in beautiful detail and candor. Anyone who has a taste and an interest in Scotch would love this companion piece.
Hunter Marston
A detailed and romantic analysis of the history, culture, and various scenic regions, that go into all those beautiful bottles of scotch whiskey, otherwise known as 'aqua vitae'.
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Charles MacLean is a writer whose special subject is Scotch whisky, about which he has published ten books to date, including the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky and the leading book on its subject, Malt Whisky, both of which were short-listed for Glenfiddich Awards.

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