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Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch | by Thomas Cizauskas
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Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch

Author: Michael Jackson

Paperback: 272 pages

Publisher: DK; 3rd edition (November 10, 1994)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0751301469

ISBN-13: 978-0751301465

[Rear cover: here.]



"To have created the pleasure of the single-malt Scotch is a magnificent achievement. How odd, then, to keep it almost a secret, which the Scots have done for decades. There is a charm to the reserve of the Highlander and Islander, but thank heavens they let slip the gift of single malts.


I stumbled upon my first malt as an 18-year old, and have in the three decades since regarded Scotland as an Aladdin's cave of alcohols. Some would still keep this secret, but that would cause the source to dry up through neglect. Others have drawn attention to the history and romance of the malts and even —too briefly— given attention to their character. That, to me, is what matters."



▶ British beer and whisk(e)y writer Michael Jackson was an erudite Yorkshire newspaperman who promulgated, in several books, the concept of beer type or beer style, based on geography and tradition, but also ingredient and process. A novel idea in 1977, 'beer style' is now well-established, if often twisted beyond Jackson's original premise. His books on scotch whisk(e)y, similarly, were among the first to give single malt scotch "the systematic, in-depth treatment reserved for wine."


▶ Born on 27 March 1942, Michael Jackson died on 30 August 2007, at age 65, of complications associated with Parkinson's Disease.



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