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The Whiskies of Scotland Encounters of a Connoisseur by Michael Jackson

The Whiskies of Scotland Encounters of a Connoisseur


The Whiskies of Scotland Encounters of a Connoisseur by Michael Jackson

The northern European climate of rugged Scotland is too chilly to grow grapes, but it does support fields of barley and rushing streams of crystal waters, which combine to make outstanding whisky - well-aged, single-malt varieties connoisseurs throughout the world prize above all other distilled spirits (save for the cognacs and Armagnacs of France). This book presents Michael Jackson's broad knowledge and love of these whiskies with superb colour photographs of Scotland and its landscape. The French contend that the land dictates the kind of wine that its vines produce, and if this is true it follows that Scotland's whiskies will vary from one distillery to another depending on the qualities of the grain and water composing the final outcome. Michael Jackson, in his Malt Whisky Companion, was the first writer to describe in detail the aromas and flavors of Scotland's most famous product. In The Whiskies of Scotland he goes even deeper into the world of whisky, discussing the 'terroir' that shapes the many tastes of this classic liquor. Jackson's passion for Scotland and its whiskies comes through clearly and deliciously, and photographer Harry Cory Wright perfectly captures the places that Jackson so magically and lovingly describes.

About the Author

Michael Jackson (1942-2007) was a past winner of the Glenfiddich Trophy and of five Glenfiddich awards for his books (which include the Beer Companion and Malt Whisky Companion), journalism and TV films. He also won the Andre Simon Award. He was Consultant Editor to Whisky Magazine and a columnist for the Malt Advocator. Dominic Roskrow, who has reviewed the text and updated the directory for this new edition, is a former editor of Whisky Magazine and author of Need to Know Whiskies. The photographer Harry Cory Wright (Strand: The Shifting Sands of the Outer Hebrides) beautifully captures the landscape's magnificent colours and textures.

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Publication date

1st January 1999


Michael Jackson

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Duncan Baird Publishers an imprint of Watkins Media


160 pages


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