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The Single Malt Whisky Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide Paperback – June 1, 2002

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Helen Arthur has been writing about and working in the whisky industry for over 20 years. She also organises The National Trust for Scotland's biannual Malt Whisky Tasting held in the City of London. Her previous books include Whisky, Water of Life, published by Apple Press Helen lives in Putley in Hertfordshire.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Apple Press (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840923628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840923629
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,499,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Elliott on April 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The fact of the matter is that for every trend that comes and goes, a corresponding handbook soon appears. Scan the on-line book shelves and you will no doubt find "Sideburns, An Owner's Manual", "The Basics of Bellbottoms", and three hundred books on cigars, Smurfs and Tamagochis. Single Malt Scotch has also become trendy, but true aficionados just smile and sip their scotch, knowing full well that the suspender clad masses will soon move on to a new microbrew, over-priced tequila or Northern Patagonian Pinot Noir.
Single Malt Scotch is not everybody's cup of tea. It can be harsh, brackish, burning and medicinal. And that's some of the good stuff. Finding the one that suits your taste, and your mood, is a difficult, albeit enjoyable, task. And that's where The Single Malt Whiskey Companion comes in so handy. An accurate and detailed tasting guide helps newcomers locate the beginner's bottle, and more seasoned fans to find a lesser known brand that's worth a try. So while the popularity of Single Malt Scotch itself may begin to decline, the relevance of well-written and informative companion books will endure.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 29, 2000
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This book will be of interest to those who seek short histories of the various Scotch distilleries and photographs (nicely done) of the bottles and their labels. I was dissapointed by the shallow tasting notes, my real interest in buying this book.
History and photographs can also be found in Michael Jackson's book of a similar title, but he also provides fantastic insight into the complex flavors of a stunning *800* different single malt Scotch Whiskies. If you only plan to read 2 or 3 books on the subject of Scotch Whisky, pass on this book and search out Michael Jackson or Charles MacLean, two highly respected Scotch Whisky experts and exceptional writers on the subject.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert M on July 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Simply terrible book. A reissue of the 1997 original but not updated at all. Even the foreward and introduction and global whiskey sales info is from 1997. Hopelessly, horribley out of date. Save your money. Don't even bother if it's free. There are so many other truely excellent books on whisky that you needn't bother with this waste of paper. Adds nothing to the genre.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A must have for all scotch lovers. Whether you have just started to experience single malts or think you've had them all, this book will make you realize there are single malts you didn't know existed. After reading this book the real challenge will be trying to find them all. The descriptions are clear and concise. One of the by prducts of this book is the tasting. Five of us get together to taste two or three different single malts and we refer to the book for insight and I must say that the characteristics stated in the book have been right on the mark. The authors really did their research and it shows. If you like single malts you will love this book.
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