Whisky Classified revolutionizes our appreciation of single malt whisky. David Wishart cuts through the confusing jargon often used to describe single malts and replaces it with an objective and easily applied guide to taste. Dr Wishart presents us with a new flavour profile. He identifies twelve dimensions to the aroma and taste of a single malt whisky: body, sweetness, smoky, medicinal, tobacco, honey, spicy, winey, nutty, malty, fruity, floral. These twelve cardinal features themselves incorporate over 400 whisky terms found in around 1000 published tasting notes. Comprehensively covering the distilleries of Scotland, this book reviews all the principal malt whiskies that span the flavour spectrum. It includes a short description of each distillery, information for visitors, the author's own tasting notes and his flavour profiles according to this innovative classification. The history of whisky-making and production methods are carefully explained, and Dr Wishart also reveals how to organize a whisky tasting.
Never before has the consumer been offered such a helpful description of single malt whiskies by flavour, developed with the full cooperation of the Scotch whisky industry. Whisky Classified is for all whisky drinkers, from the novice to the connoisseur.
David Wishart became interested in malt whisky when, as a mathematics undergraduate at St Andrews, he was first introduced to cask-strength Laphroaig by his father. Following his father into the Scottish Office, David qualified as a Chartered Statistician and served as Director of Statistics. He gained a PhD in classification methodology and is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Management, University of St Andrews. Dr Wishart has published the technical aspects of Whisky Classified in international journals and presented it widely at scientific conferences, seminars and whisky festivals. His recent work includes conducting surveys in the whisky industry to validate his classification, designing software and lecturing in the UK, Europe and North America.