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Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion

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Do you know your Mortlach from your Miltonduff? A Glenfiddich from a Glenlugie? Find out the differences in Michael Jackson's guide to single malts. This guide includes over 800 malts.
Unknown Binding, 448 pages
Published October 2nd 2003 by Not Avail (first published 1989)
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Ray Kelly
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion is simply the definitive guide to Malt Whiskies. It is an essential guide for any whisky connoisseur or a nice reference for the beginner to Scotch. I read the 6th and final edition which was published in 2010 a few years after the death of Michael Jackson, the world's leading authority on whisky (and beer). This reference book is easy to use and colorful. It starts with a short introduction into the world of Scotch single malt whisky. This includes a nice ...more
Parrish Lantern
Jun 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whisky

Malt Whisky companion 6th ed
Being this is my first ever public book review & having just got the Malt Whisky companion I thought serendipity (or words to that effect). This is the first edition since Michael Jackson died in 2008 & has been updated by Gavin D. Smith,Dominic Roskrow & William C. Meyers.
All pledged with the intention of carrying on the great mans legacy.
If you want a book on Malts that will tell you whats lousy look
elsewhere, thats not what this is about, if you want a
Wolfe Tone
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-and-drinks
Simply the best book on Malt Whisky, from the greatest food and drinks journalist that ever lived, the late great Michael Jackson.

Not a book with funny tasting notes, pouring scorn on what isn't the writers taste, this stays civilized, always. Jackson loves this product, and stays far away from modern notions such as marketing or brand. He is a traditionalist at heart, who believes that Whisky is a wonderful product of craftsmanship, to be admired and studied, and not to be spoken ill of.

A book
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A comprehensive and thorough guide to malt whisky. The chapters about the background to whisky - origins, flavours, regional variations etc. - are very helpful to someone new to whisky appreciation. There's about 70 pages of introductory material, followed by about 350 pages about specific whiskies.

I have the 2004 edition but it was updated in 2010 with new material on whiskies in production. Thoroughly recommend it for the neophyte and the connoisseur.
Recommended companion for any self-respecting whisky drinker. Just don't be disappointed when you realise it wasn't written by the king of pop. Ow!
One of the best and full review about malt whisky, with a huge number of single malt and most of the distilleries in Scotland.
Thanks to the writer we are able to know and understand the spirit, from the peaty one to the old and sherry flavoured one.
For every single whisky you may find description in nose, palate and finish. Sometime you may appreciate a 88 points Highland whisky instead than a 95 points Islay whisky; it's a matter of mood and time.
Take a very long time to read the book if you wa
Jul 07, 2007 rated it liked it
For a basic understanding of malt whisky you really don't need to look further than this book. The only annoying thing about this book is how many great whiskies Mr. Jackson has tried to compared to you.
Edward Fenner
Excellent reference book. Must have for Scotch aficionados.
Nov 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Whisky drinkers
I have nothing new to say about this book. Solid reference. I will probably not get to taste even half of these single malts before I go to that great distillery in the sky.
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