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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:37 pm

This is an interesting book.

All the usual information is in this book. Nice photos of distilleries and bottles, plus all the usual background.

But the publication is primarily an attempt to almost scientifically analyse malts by flavour.

Each malt is awarded 0 (None) to 4 (Full) in each of the following twelve categories:- body; sweetness; smoky; medicinal; tobacco; honey; spicy; winey; nutty; malty; fruity; and floral.

Using the above ratings, it is then placed in a "cluster" with similarly profiled malts.

This is excellent for a beginner like myself. Having liked a malt from a particular disillery, I can check its cluster and see at a glance malts from other distilleries that have similar characteristics.

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Postby Shigga » Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:04 pm

A pity it doesn't cover American or Canadian, I'm a big fan of bourbon... but surely interesting as an addon for MJ because his rating system is kind of a mystery to me ;)
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Postby Pipe and dram » Thu Jun 24, 2004 12:19 am

This book is far to complicated and uses a scientific approach to a non-scientific subject. He uses various authors tasting notes from a variety of books under no controlled conditions - just whims and notes at the time. Many of the malts in some of the classifications do not even come close.

Better to get David Stirks book - his classification is much simpler and much more accurrate.

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