Harris, James F.; Waymack, Mark H.
Single-Malt Whiskies of Scotland
Court, ISBN 0-8126-9213-6, First Published 1992, 194 Pages, 23 x 15 cm,
Single-malt scotches are the world's most exalted and sublime spirits, the culmination of centuries of folk culture, canny workmanship, scrupulous adherence to exacting standards, and a touch of elusive mystery.
Twenty years ago, single-malt scotches were largely unknown even to many scotch-drinkers, whose experience of Scotch was confined to blends-mixtures of small amounts of single malts with 70-90 percent cheap and characterless grain alcohol. But there has recently been an explosion of interest in single malts, and any good liquor store now carries more than a dozen different brands.
This book, by two American philosophers, provides a map of the single-malt cosmos for the intelligent and discerning enthusiast.
It contains an engaging account of the background, history, manufacture, and qualities of single-malt whisky, detailed evaluations of all available single malts of reliable quality, and knowledgeable instructions on how to organize a whisky tasting. Harris and Waymack have been passionate devotees of single-malt whisky for nearly 20 years, have spent much time in Scotland on field research for this book, and have personally assembled two of the world's most outstanding collections of single malts.
James F. Harris is Haserot professor of philosophy at the College of William and Mary, and author of several outstanding philosophical works, including the provocative Against Relativism. He is editor of Logic, God, and Metaphysics and author of numerous philosophical articles.
A leading expert on medical ethics, Mark H. Waymack is assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago, and clinical consultant in the Ethics Program at Northwestern University Medical School. He is co-author (with George Taler, M.D.) of Medical Ethics and the Elderly.