New and Revised Whiskypedia
A whiskypedia written by Charles MacLean. A compendium of Scotch whisky.
“Charles MacLean is a world authority on malt whisky.” –Daily Telegraph
“MacLean has earned a reputation as the world’s leading authority on Scotch whisky.” –Wall Street Journal
- By Charles MacLean
- Revised and Expanded
- Color Photos of Each Bottle of Whisky
- 383 Pages
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 people used to think), nor do they result solely due to the region (as some still think). They have their roots in the craft and custom of the distillery and distillery’s district. However, the distilling equipment itself, how people operate it, and the maturation process of the spirit influence the flavor the most.
Whiskypedia explores these influences. For the first time, we explore the flavor and character of every malt whisky distilled in Scotland with reference to how one makes it. 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 currently available bottling, details how one makes the whisky, and explores the flavor and character of each make. Malt whisky acts as the quintessential spirit of place. John MacPherson captures this element of the story with his camera in order to create specially commissioned images that compliment the text. Softcover, 383 pages.