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Malt Whisky Almanac: A Taster's Guide [Hardcover]

Wallace Milroy
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Book Description

24 July 1998
Now in its 7th edition, this guide to malt whisky has been extended and updated. Additional chapters include "Thought for Food" - matching various malts on a regional basis with the cuisine to which it is most suited, and "Whisky on the Web" - listing the top 100 whisky Websites. The almanac seeks to provide the enthusiast with as much information as possible on each distillery, and offers: brand/malt name and address; manager's name and telephone/fax number; ownership; production status; establishment date; water source; type of maltings; cask woods used for maturation; and number of wash and spirit stills. Reception centre details include opening times, admission charges, disabled access, information on tastings and other attractions. Tasting notes, colour labels and vintage bottling lists are also provided.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing; 7th Revised edition edition (24 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897784686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897784686
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 10.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If Malt Whisky was science-fiction, Wallace Milroy would be Captain Kirk. The Starship Enterprise would be his wonderful shop in London's Soho--a truly exciting whisky cave--and this: his logbook, star date 1998.

The author does not simply sip, sell and scribe--he even acts as a consultant to a number of distilleries and his is considered to be one of the world's most respected whisky connoisseurs. From household names like Glenfiddich to the more obscure (and unpronounceable unless you've had a dram or two) An Cnoc, the seventh edition of this pocketbook lists every Malt available in Scotland and Northern Ireland. There are delightful, concise tasting notes; colour pictures of the labels to look out for; details of visitor centres (which now attract tens of thousands of visitors each year), and listings of specialist retailers. If you get your Highlands confused with your Lowlands; you want to find that Malt with "fresh, clean, sherry overtones with hints of walnut"; or you fancy a £1,600 bottle of 1946 Macallan, travelling with Wallace is recommended. --Nick Tarayan


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Previously, I have developed my love of malt whisky drinking with the aid of Michael Jackson's book 'Malt Whisky Companion 1994'. However, the new edition of 'The Original Malt Whisky Almanac' by Wallace Milroy, caught my eye and I thought I would indulge in a second specialist book about malt whisky.
There is little to choose between the two. Both are extremely comprehensive however, I feel the Malt Whisky Almanac just about comes out on top. Its compact size, detailed tasting notes and clear layout make it convenient and easy to read. Virtually, every malt whisky ever produced seems to get a sympathetic mention. In Michael Jackson's guide whiskies are rated in a very clinical fashion using a scoring system. How do you rate a whisky as 73 out of 100 ? Wallace Milroy's guide takes a different approach and accurately describes the whisky and lets the reader decide what whisky to try based on its individual style - a much preferred option. The background information on distilleries is also extremely interesting.
I find it very difficult to be critical about the book. However, the new section on foods suitable for accompanying fine whisky is a little pompous. Many of the suggested foods are rather bizarre. Some are certainly very adventurous. A chapter on actual tasting techniques and hosting tasting parties might be a worthy addition in the future.
All in all, a very thorough guide to savouring the 'water of life'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars malt whisky almanac 12 Nov 2011
By wim
Format:Hardcover
It is a great, small, easy to handle almanac. Fits in a large pocket and so very helpfull when tasting and reviewing whisky's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars almanac 1 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover
a good account on old times of good whiskies. hence a bit outdated information but still good reading. Could be valuable for collectors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars There are other guide books out there 12 Feb 2013
By JP Czar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was first printed in the in the mid-80s. The copy I purchase came from the late 1990s. It's a pocket guide, so the first few pages cover the 'history' of whisky and then there are tasting notes on numerous whiskies.

I would recommend that you keep looking around for another book...
5.0 out of 5 stars Physically Small 10 April 2010
By E. Smucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought for my son-in-law who loved it. I was disappointed because I thought of it as a coffee table book and it is physically small. He loved it because he could tuck it in the bar area.
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