Appreciating Whisky: The Connoisseur's Guide to Nosing, Tasting, and Enjoying Scotch

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As with fine wines, there is a social cachet in being able to "appreciate" a good Scotch. But how exactly do you learn this skill? This illustrated book offers the reader detailed, structured tuition on how to develop his or her palate for whisky. Readers are taken on a detailed tour of how whisky is produced, what each of its constituents and each of the stages of its manufacture bring to the final product. With this grounding, they are then introduced to the various chemical processes at work during distillation and maturation that give each whisky its distinct characteristics. Using specific popular whiskies which readers are encouraged to have to hand as they work through the book, they are taught how to recognise what it is they are tasting and smelling, and how to describe this in the language of the experts. Armed with this knowledge, readers should ultimately be able to develop their own informed impressions of the whisky they drink, rather than receive them second-hand from books.

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As with fine wines, there is a skill to being able to “appreciate” a good Scotch. But how does one attain the skill? Appreciating Whisky offers a complete course in developing a palate for whisky. Using specific popular whiskies that you are encouraged to have at hand as you work through the book, you will learn how to recognize what it is you are tasting and smelling and how to describe it in the language of the experts. How whisky is produced, and what each of its constituents and stages of manufacture brings to the final product are discussed in detail. You will then be introduced to the various chemical processes at work during distillation and maturation that give each whisky its distinct characteristics. Finally, you will be shown how to organize a formal tasting session. A definitive guide for the aspiring whisky buff.

About the Author:

Phillip Hills was a founder of the Scotch Malt Whisky Association and through this, played a significant role in persuading whisky companies to produce malt whisky for general consumption. He is the owner of The Malt Masterclass, a company specialising in private and corporate tasting classes. He is also the first (and only) holder since 1791 of a private licence to distill whisky which he does for demonstration purposes onhis private still.

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