- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: DK; 01 edition (28 April 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751344346
- ISBN-13: 978-0751344349
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 28.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Whisky: The definitive world guide to scotch, bourbon and whiskey Hardcover – 28 Apr 2005
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About the Author
Michael Jackson is the world's leading authority on whisky. He has won many accolades, including the Andre Simon Award and no fewer than five Glenfiddich Awards. He also contributes to a number of publications, including The Independent and Whisky Magazine. Michael lives in Hammersmith, London.
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Every part of the world is included in this book, from Scotland and Ireland to Japan and Australia and even European countries like Poland. The history and specialty of the distilleries in the different regions of the world are described. More important several whiskies are described in the form of tasting notes, which can be very helpful if you're in search of a new whisky.
Another pleasant point about this book is the variety of authors that contributed to it, each with their own professional opinion.
I thought I knew my whisky, but this book shows that whisky is truly a drink with great complexity. I can recommend this book to everyone who enjoys whisky and who like to learn more about it. Read it the way I did, with a fine glass of your favorite whisky. You will appreciate your spirit of choice as you taste the past!
Having in my time visited several of the smaller distilleries in Scotland, the most recent being Royal Lochnagar on the river Dee, near Balmoral, I though that I also knew some of the less well known, not to say obscure brands, but this book has an immense variety to choose from and certainly proves that the whisky available at your local pub or off-licence is merely the tip of the iceberg as far as whisk[e]y is concerned. Of course apart from numerous varieties from Scotland there are several varieties of whiskey common to Ireland, with Bushmills being probably the most well-known brand but of course there are many others, Tullamore Dew and Black Bush are just two more of a host of brands.
The book goes into great detail regarding the different types of whisky: Single malt, single grain and blended and the plus and minus points of the multitude of different brands. Many will be surprised to know that it is not only Scotland and Ireland that hold the monopoly on whisky. America of course produce their well know Jack Daniels and Jim Beam bourbons. Canada also produces whisky, as do places as far afield as Japan and India and surprisingly much closer to home, Wales.
The book tells the reader virtually everything they are ever likely to want to know regarding the history of whisky, e.g. the word whiskey is taken from an ancient Gaelic term "uisce beatha" which translates as "water of life".Read more ›
Although I am sure that Michael and the other contributors know far more about whisky than they are able to include in a single book, there is enough here to satisfy most people's curiosity. The first section (understanding whiskies) explains some of the basics and even includes a couple of pages about whisky in literature. Sadly, there is no mention of whisky in song although there would be plenty to choose from.
Next comes a section (aromas and flavors) explaining the factors that determine the differences between whiskies. Climate, geology, water, heather, sea breeze, seaweed, barley and peat all make their mark even before processing begins. The section continues by giving details of the distillation and maturing process and the factors that influence the final result.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant. Simple to find your way around this book and full of the type of information you want to know.Published 15 days ago by LisaG
Bought as a present and very well received. Well written, well laid out and informative. Look forward to borrowing it soon....!Published 9 months ago by C Thompson
Was bought as a gift, all I can say is that my friend really liked it. Note: not written by the king of pop.Published 11 months ago by greg
Christmas present that has been very well received. Good price and prompt delivery.Published 12 months ago by LaydeBird
Very broad insight to enjoy your daily whisk-e-y point of coming at easePublished 12 months ago by J. L. Emanuel