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Issue 88 - Stepping up

Whisky Magazine Issue 88
June 2010

 

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Stepping up

William C. Meyers was one of three writers tasked with updating Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion for a sixth edition. So who is he?

If ever there was a case of ‘if you don't ask you don't get' it's of that William C. Meyers.

His name appears as one of the people who updated and revised Michael Jackson'sMalt Whisky Companion – known in America as The Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch. And yet many whisky enthusiasts don't know who he is.

So how did he end up contributing to the world's bestselling whisky book?

“When I read John Hansell's Malt Advocate blog stating that he had declined the Michael Jackson project I contacted John to express my interest,” he says. “John put me in touch with the correct people who deemed me worthy to contribute.” Meyers was taken on because the publishers were keen to have an American input and Meyers demonstrated an impressive passion and knowledge of whisky as well as an understanding of Michael Jackson and his work.

“I do have the greatest respect and admiration for Michael,” he says. “To produce this book and then do four updates is incredible.

Reviewing whiskies is enjoyable work but it is time consuming and requires great attention to detail. I have all six editions of the book and still turn to various editions as references. The experience has been incredible. While the book involved a great deal of work, it was an honour to assist with such an important project.” In fact Meyers is an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to whisky, an attorney by trade who was introduced to malt whisky by a friend when he achieved a place at law school.

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