Appreciating Whisky offers the reader detailed, structured knowledge on how to develop his or her palate for whisky. Readers are first taken on a detailed tour of how whisky is produced, what each of its constituents and each of the stages of its manufacture bring to the final product. With this grounding, readers are then introduced to the various chemical processes at work during distillation and maturation that give each whisky its distinct characteristics. Using specific popular whiskies as examples, readers are taught how to recognize what they are tasting and smelling, and how to describe this in the language of the experts.