The book is an endeavour to document the facts and figures of a formative and exciting segment of whisky history. It is also an attempt to mirror the arduous work and joy surrounding the rise of a cottage trade that became an industry. Its format is portraits of all the distilleries involved in the compilation of the Rare Malts Selection series; a collection of outstanding examples of the makes of thirty-six legendary distilleries. Each portrait contains histories and technical data, some never published before. The portraits include flavour profiles, tasting notes and comments, A special segment deals with tasting methodology, another gives a deeper insight into whisky nomenclature. In addition the full story of the Rare Malts Selection series is told in detail.