Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scottish Whisky

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Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scottish Whisky

Photographed by John MacPherson
by Charles MacLean

Skyhorse Publishing Inc. | November 21, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Why does Scotch whisky taste like it does?  Where do the flavors come from?  How might they have changed over the years?  

The flavor of Scotch whisky is as much influenced by history, craft, and tradition as it is by science. Individual distilleries give their whiskies unique characteristics. These characteristics do not arise magically (as was once thought), nor are they solely the result of the region (as is still thought, by some). They have their roots in the craft and custom of the distillery and of the district in which it is located, but the key influences upon flavor are the distilling equipment itself, how it is operated, and how the spirit is matured.

Whiskypedia explores these influences. For the first time,   the flavor and character of every malt whisky distilled in Scotland is explored with reference to how it is made.  Introductory sections provide an historical overview, an examination of regional differences, and an explanation of the contribution made by each stage of the production process. This compendium is a comprehensive guide to all the distilleries in Scotland (both malt and grain). Each entry provides a brief account of the distillery’s history and curiosities, lists the bottlings which are currently available, details how the whisky is made, and explores the flavor and character of each make. Malt whisky is the quintessential “spirit of place,” and this element of the story has been captured by John MacPherson''s camera in specially commissioned images which compliment the text. 150 color illustrations

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 5.6 in

Published: November 21, 2012

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1620871076

ISBN - 13: 9781620871072

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Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scottish Whisky

Photographed by John MacPherson
by Charles MacLean

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 5.6 in

Published: November 21, 2012

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1620871076

ISBN - 13: 9781620871072

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Why does Scotch whisky taste like it does?  Where do the flavors come from?  How might they have changed over the years?  

The flavor of Scotch whisky is as much influenced by history, craft, and tradition as it is by science. Individual distilleries give their whiskies unique characteristics. These characteristics do not arise magically (as was once thought), nor are they solely the result of the region (as is still thought, by some). They have their roots in the craft and custom of the distillery and of the district in which it is located, but the key influences upon flavor are the distilling equipment itself, how it is operated, and how the spirit is matured.

Whiskypedia explores these influences. For the first time,   the flavor and character of every malt whisky distilled in Scotland is explored with reference to how it is made.  Introductory sections provide an historical overview, an examination of regional differences, and an explanation of the contribution made by each stage of the production process. This compendium is a comprehensive guide to all the distilleries in Scotland (both malt and grain). Each entry provides a brief account of the distillery’s history and curiosities, lists the bottlings which are currently available, details how the whisky is made, and explores the flavor and character of each make. Malt whisky is the quintessential “spirit of place,” and this element of the story has been captured by John MacPherson''s camera in specially commissioned images which compliment the text. 150 color illustrations

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Charles MacLean has been researching and writing books and articles about whisky since 1981. He shares his enthusiasm and knowledge by giving talks and tastings around the world, by leading "whisky expeditions" in Scotland (The Whisky Train and Whisky Cruises), and by presenting training programs and classes for whisky companies, clubs, and individuals. His eight books on whisky include the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky, and the leading book on its subject, Malt Whisky, both of which were short-listed for Glenfiddich Awards. He is a member of the Judging Panel (Spirits) of the International Wines & Spirits Competition. He acts as a consultant to the whisky industry on a variety of matters, and was elected a Keeper of the Quaich, the industry''s highest accolade. He is a Visiting Lecturer to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and a Councilor of the Clan Maclean. He lives near Edinburgh.