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Scotland and its whiskies
Jackson, Michael, 1942-2007.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt, [2001]

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144 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 x 25 cm
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The master of whisky crafts a travelogue through the distillery regions evoking the magic of Scotland's landscapes and its most famous exports-the great malts.

With his Malt Whisky Companion, Michael Jackson was the first writer to describe in detail the aromas and flavors of Scotland's most famous product. Now he depicts the country that shapes the whiskies, with a calm clarity that doesn't hide his passion for Scotland and its whiskies. Ten chapters take us to each of the great distilleries, detailing the influence of climate and geography. Also included are a directory of distilleries and their malts, and a glossary.

Whether studying the ancient varieties of barley in the Orkney Islands, drinking tea with peat cutters while a storm brews over Islay, or relishing the finished product by the shore at sundown, Jackson and photographer Harry Cory Wright bring a personal understanding to the magic of malt. Anyone with even the slightest fancy for Scotland or its water of life will gain from joining their exploration. Their collaboration has produced an original contribution to the literature of whisky and a dazzling composite portrait of Scotland.

Author Notes

Author and journalist Michael Jackson was born in Yorkshire, England on March 27, 1942. He wrote numerous books about beer and whiskey and was considered an authority in the area. He suffered from Parkinson's disease and died on August 30, 2007.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Rugged Scotland's climate is too chilly to grow wine grapes, but it does support fields of barley and rushing streams of crystal waters. These combine to make Scotch whisky, whose well-aged, single-malt varieties connoisseurs prize above all other distilled spirits save France's cognacs and Armagnacs. Michael Jackson combines his broad knowledge of these whiskies with superb color photographs of Highland vistas in Scotland and its Whiskies. If it's true, as the French contend, that the land itself dictates the kind of wine its vines produce, it follows that Scotland's whiskies will vary from one distillery to another depending on the qualities of grain and water composing the final outcome. Growing taste for artisanal Scotch whisky makes this an especially useful purchase, and its exquisite Highland panoramas make it a worthwhile travel guide as well.

Table of Contents

Scotland and its Spiritp. 6
Overturep. 12
A Lowland Journeyp. 14
The Islandsp. 20
Glasgow to Arranp. 22
To Campbeltownp. 30
Islay, the Whiskiest Islandp. 36
To Mullp. 56
To Skyep. 64
To Orkneyp. 70
The Eastp. 78
From Wick to Invernessp. 80
Speyside: rivers of Whiskyp. 86
Speyside to Aberdeenshirep. 110
Dalwhinnie to Perthp. 118
Coda: to the Borderp. 126
Directory of distilleriesp. 130
Glossaryp. 140
Indexp. 142
Acknowledgmentsp. 144