A gorgeous book. Think of it as the big brother of Malt Whisky Companion. Impressive photographs and a most interesting chapters.
Written in two big sections, the first one explains how whisky is made from water, barley and yeast to cask ageing. Then as in Malt Whisky Companion it explains where flavors comes from. A very interesting section to know how whisky is made and why it tastes the way it does.
Then proceed Michael Jackson write about the main world whisky producers countries: Scotland with its different regions, single malts, vatted and blended whiskies, Ireland, Canada, USA and Japan with a final small section about rest of the world. For each part writes about most relevant distillers introducing interesting facts and short history of the distillery along with great photos and one or two tasting notes. All tasting notes has no score at all. Most of the distilleries are grouped by proximity.
I really love this book because in less than three hundred pages it shows most relevant facts about whisky that every connosieur should know about.
The only problem I see with the book is that sections for whisky outside of Scotland are not really as well done but still it is a must-have.