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Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion (August 10, 2004)

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by Dean Tudor

Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion, Fully Revised 5th edition (Dorling Kindersley, 2004, 448 pages, ISBN 1-4053-0234-8, $35), has been expanded by 112 pages since the 1999 edition. The Companion was first available in 1989, so it has been around for 15 years now. Regular revision has enhanced Jackson's status; this is the world's best selling book on malt whisky.

There are now over 1000 tasting notes (awesome!), reviewing the latest releases from every distillery in Scotland (plus a few from offshore in Ireland, Japan, et al, in seven pages). He includes bottlings from closed distilleries and some rediscoveries.

The first 80 pages here bring us up to speed on malt whisky, including "what's new?"(e.g., micro distilleries, Japanese malts, revival of Islay, wood finishes, cask strengths, vintages and single casks, and unchillfiltered). Some changes included the fact that Cardhu is now a vatted malt, and the marketing embraces the alternate spelling (but it is pronounced the same) of Cardow.

Then, there is the A-Z listing of single malts. The range is from Aberfeldy to Tullibardine. For each, he gives the usual names and numbers, websites, history, house style, tasting notes for each label and brand (colour, nose, body, palate, finish, score). The good stuff is over 70, the exceptional drink is in the 80s, while the 90s are for the greats. The scores are not indexed, so you have to skim through the whole book to find the "best" malts, in Jackson's opinion. I'll tell you now that Macallan 1841 and 1948 rate a 96; Highland Park 25 year old and Lagavulin 16 year old, Lagavulin 1979, and Springbank 25 year old rate 95 each. There is also a bibliography and an index.

Some interesting or unusual facts: Nova Scotia's Glenora Distillery's Glen Breton rates a few encouraging lines but a score of only 71.
What I don't like about this book: Because of the need for colour in the label reproductions, the pages are thick and the book is exceedingly heavy. Not a bedside winner for the faint. In addition, there is no index to the rating numbers, nor are price ranges quoted.
What I do like about this book: There is a page describing vatted
malts, created to entice the younger palates.
Quality/Price Ratio: 97

 

 

 

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