Book Review: Malt Whisky Companion

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Information is everywhere these days. There is hardly a question that cannot be answered by looking it up online, on our phones, on our computers and even on our TVs. And not all of it is useful information either.

But do you ever wish you had somewhere to go that doesn’t require loading or tapping or charging? And do you ever wish that that place was all about your favourite beverage?

If you have, then all your wishes have come true in Michael Jackson’s Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch, 7th Edition. This is, as it proudly proclaims on its cover “the world’s best selling book on malt whisky”.

With a recent update to include 500 more malt reviews, everything you ever wanted to know (almost everything, should we say) is brought together in this one handy book.

Want to know the difference between an Islay and a Speyside? It’s here!

Want to know why Japanese malt is different (and some might say superior) to Scotch? It’s here!

Want to know why the barrel is just so important? That’s here too!

The book offers fascinating insight into the Whisky world, looking at distilleries from all around the world.

You can even look up your favourite malts to find a taste profile and score out of 100, providing you’re not too hipster and they’re not too obscure.

But with a section that includes US micro-distilleries, even the more obscure malts out there might get a feature in Jackson’s book!

With over 1,000 Whiskies organised A-Z, any time you pick up a new dram, you can quickly flick and find out what the professional verdict is.

Or you can use it to confirm that your choice is better than your mate’s. This is really paving the way to settling those in-bar debates about who’s drink is better!

Learn more about the Water of Life from Michael Jackson, once a journalist who then turned, quite wisely, to writing about Beer and Whisky, because let’s be honest, writing about alcohol won’t drive you to consuming it as quickly as journalism will.

He soon became massively well respected in both the Beer and Spirits world, with his books becoming important to connoisseurs and amateurs alike.

He had a great effect on the culture that surrounded these drinks and despite passing away in 2007 his influence thrives today.

The companion not only allows you to compare your own tasting notes to Jackson’s, but also offer in depth discussions of Whiskies from both Scotland and around the world, as well as the processes that create them

This is the perfect book to invest in if you love Whisky or know someone who does. It is filled with interesting facts and distillery notes that will make you want to take a trip to Scotland yourself.

No more will you need to sit and ponder the big questions of the Whisky world. You will only need to reach out and pick up this book to learn all you need to know about the world’s best tipple!

Buy here: Michael Jackson’s Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch, 7th Edition

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My name is Greg, and I’m a brand strategy consultant, writer, speaker, host and judge specialising in premium spirits. My mission is to experience, share and inspire with everything great about whisky, whiskey, gin, beer and fine dining through my writing, my brand building and my whisky tastings.

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