It has become mandatory or at least fashionable to display your sophisticated knowledge about the whisky while having a drink with your friends. When you talk about Cask Strength or elaborate on the difference between wood finished and sherry finished, your friends are suitably impressed. If you love fine whisky and would like to know more about the what, how and why of whisky you can depend on Charles McLean.
Whiskypedia is the bar sized book and McLean’s eighth work to be published. MacLean isn’t just a connoisseur – he’s practically an industry legend who was elected a Keeper of Quaich, the industry’s highest accolade as well as a guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institute. The book explores the flavor and character of every malt whisky distilled in Scotland. MacLean goes into in-depth detail of the specific customs and equipment used in each distillery.
Introductory sessions of the book offer a historical overview of the popular Scottish spirit, touching on important components about the brewing process, where flavor comes from, and why whisky varies from region to region. What follows is a Whisky-lover’s dream: comprehensive entries for the 134 whisky distilleries in Scotland-detailing everything from maturation to style and plant.