Scotland and its Whiskies: The Great Whiskies, the Distilleries and Their Landscapes

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In his Malt Whisky Companion, Michael Jackson past winner of The Glenfiddich Trophy and no fewer than five Glenfiddich Awards was the first writer to describe in detail the aromas and flavors of Scotland’s most famous product. Now he goes even deeper into the world of whisky, discussing the terroir that shapes the taste of this classic liquor. Jackson’s passion for Scotland and its whiskies comes through clearly and deliciously, and photographer Harry Cory Wright (Strand: The Shifting Sands of the Outer Hebrides) beautifully captures the landscape’s magnificent colors and textures. Whether studying the ancient forms of barley in the Orkneys, drinking tea with peat-cutters while a storm brews over Islay, or preferring the finished product by the shore at sundown, they bring a personal understanding to the magic of malt.

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Michael Jackson (right) is a past winner of the Glenfiddich Trophy and no fewer than five Glenfiddich Awards for his books, as well as for his journalism. He has also won the André Simon Award and was a James Beard Award nominee for his writing in Wine and Spirits. His Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch has sold more than half a million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1989. He lives in London.

Harry Cory Wright is a leading landscape photographer. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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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. Mark Knoblauch
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