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Scotland and Its Whiskies: The Great Whiskies, the Distilleries and Their Landscapes Hardcover – 19 Apr 2001

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers (19 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903296110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903296110
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 22.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JonDS on 8 Nov 2003
Format: Hardcover
The author and photographer’s collaboration gives us a work that vividly portrays Scotland and its whiskies. Written and visual images rather than details such as lists of distilleries and bottlings are in these pages. It is a perfect read while enjoying a fine single malt. The greatest negative is that it is too easy to keep reading and enjoying on into the third or fourth glass.
A good read when planning a visit. There is useful information and material that doesn’t always find its way into guidebooks. The descriptions evoke clear images that are amplified by the photographs; helpful when planning for the memorable experience of enjoying a countryside and its distilleries.
For those who enjoy a read about Scotland and its whisky then this book is a recommended investment. It will compliment any book collection that holds works on whisky.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan 2002
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This beautiful coffee-table book is the pictorial companion to Michael Jackson's authoritative Whisky Companion. The author and his photographer Harry Cory Wright take us on a marvellous journey, from the lowlands across the isles to Orkney and south again to Speyside, drawing romantic and grandiose portraits of the great whiskies, the distilleries and their landscapes.
While your friends are tasting your rare malts collection you should pass around this volume and show off your exquisite taste by adding expert comments on the various brands. Better still, keep the whisky and the book to yourself; settle down in a leather Georgian wing chair, in front of a winter's fire and be carried off to that whiskiest of all islands, savouring your Lagavulin, Bowmore or Bunnahabhain.
The magnificent photographs of Harry Cory Wright evoke the magic and diversity of Scotland's moors, hills and coasts and leave no doubt why such a stiff and enticing drink originates from that country. This is the ultimate guide on how to become a drunk in style.
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By SpenoD on 27 July 2014
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Very well put together. Some lovely photographs.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Truly magical insite to Scotland and her Whiskies 31 Mar 2002
By Charles Swett - Published on
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A couple of years ago I was blessed by being given one of the best, if not the best job in the world. "Brand Ambassador" for one of the finest and best known Scotch Whisky Brands. After an all too brief trip to Scotland, I have dedicated most of my free time to reading everything about Scotland and her Whiskies that I can get my hands on.
Mr. Jackson's wonderfully poetic description of the land that now owns my heart has served to make a return trip much more than a wish.
I so loved this book that I made a gift of it to the library of Cardhu Distillery.
Thank you Mr. Jackson for making Scotland come alive to Whisky lovers everywhere.
Slainte bha
Charles Swett
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A combined piece of verbal & photographic art! 12 Dec 2005
By Rose Glavas - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book about my favourite all time drink! That's how I would describe this well written, beautifully photographed and intricate journey through Scotland, describing its whiskies.

Working together, Jackson and Wright have put together a combined piece of verbal and photographic artwork. The information provided is very educational, but enjoyable, with historic and technical information entwined with Jackson's fireside conversational style making this a pleasure to read. I can't reproduce the photography but I can give you a sample of the style of writing from page 63:

"After I had breathed the air of early Christianity and Celtic myth, the journey back was slow. It was not just the two hours' drive from Fionnphort to Tobermory, the main town of Mull, but also the otherworldliness of the landscape."

This book has been broken up with the chapters as follows: Overture; The Islands; The East; Coda; Directory of distilleries; Glossary, Index and Acknowledgements. I liked the maps each section had that showed where distilleries were either operating, operating with visitor centre, mothballed or operating intermittently; or closed. This information would come in handy if you are planning on visiting the areas yourself.

`Scotland and its Whiskies' is the perfect gift for that special person who has everything (including you!). It is an informative and enjoyable read; while pleasing the eye at the same time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An excellent addition to any Whisky fans library 1 Mar 2006
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This book was purchased along with MJ's 5th Edition Whisky guide. I found it an excellent read while enjoying a nice glass of single malt. The pictures are beautiful and MJ's commentary make me want to visit Scotland and tour the distilleries myself.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A bit peaty with a fragrant complex nose and a smooth finish 13 Feb 2004
By Christopher Schmitz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I got hooked on single malt scotches a few years ago--not hooked in an AA "higher power" sense--but hooked on sipping and savoring Balvenie, Oban, Cragganmore, and others.
As an adoptee who recently learned of his Scottish heritage, this handsome book with its lovely pictures of the highland countryside makes me proud. The Scottish have given the world the telephone (Graham Bell), the bicycle (Dunlop), the game of golf (St. Andrew's), cloning (Wilmut), penicillin (Fleming), and capitalism (Adam Smith)...not to mention some fabulous hooch <hick!>
Our author is a foremost specialist on the subject of single malts discussing the subtle differences based on barrel-wood and mineral earth that make each scotch unique to its region. Besides, with someone like Michael Jackson says a 12 year old is tastier than a 16 year old, you better believe him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A nice read with a glass of scotch 24 Feb 2006
By scotch hound - Published on
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This is a quality production. The photos and the descriptions are fantastic. I found myself pouring a glass of scotch from whichever region I was reading that night, ie. Islay, Speyside, etc, and enjoying the dram more than usual.
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