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The whiskies of Scotland
McDowall, R. J. S. (Robert John Stewart), 1892-
Fourth edition / revised by William Waugh.
Physical Description:
184 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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This is the forth edition, revised and enlarged, of R.J.S. McDowall's classic book, which has been an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide to the whiskies of Scotland for two decades. An international recession that closed many long-established distilleries, and a shift in drinking habits towards wines, and, paradoxically, toward the single malts, brought about many changes in the whiskey industry. Professor McDowall felt that few were as well qualified to assess those changes as his son-in-law, William Waugh, who owns perhaps even more to his father-in-law's tutelage than to his fine cellar. The Whiskies of Scotland is also a reliable guide to those distilleries that encourage visitors. Indeed, it is the book for all who are interested in whisky-from the novice, who innocently imagines that all Scotch is created equal, to the better informed, who appreciate the traditional skills that go into producing a distinctive whisky, unique and inimitable.

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Booklist Review

William Waugh's revision of his father-in-law's perfectly companionable guide to the ultimate drinker's delight thoroughly updates the third edition of 1975, adding chapters on distillery visits, vatted malts, and the state of the Scotch industry. Chapters on the various distilleries and products of the Highlands, Islay, Campbeltown, and the Lowlands; on malt and grain whiskies; on whisky making and whisky blending; on the businesses that distill, blend, and sell Scotch; and, most of all, that lovely chapter, ``The Pleasures of Whisky,'' remain as edifyingly and deliciously informative as before. (Note: when discussing fine Scotch, one never spells whisky with an e.) Connoisseurs will spend many moments in fact, hours pondering McDowall and Waugh's pithy incidental assessments of the members of that peerage of liquors (the single malt whiskies, in particular), comparing their own experiences and planning new tasting sensations. Every library on food and drink should have one good book about Scotch. This is one. Bibliography; index. RO. 641.2'52 Whiskey Scotland [CIP] 87-21962