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Whiskies Galore ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Whiskies Galore By Ian Buxton ✩ – Island whiskies have long held a fascination and a powerful emotional draw on whisky drinkers the world over Their special combination of heritage mystiue and remote location captures the imagination; Island whiskies have long held a fascination and a powerful emotional draw on whisky drinkers the world over Their special combination of heritage mystiue and remote location captures the imagination; their highly distinctive flavours are often imitated but seldom bettered There have been few books on island whisky and none written in recent years But Whiskies Galore is not your average whisky book It is not merely a catalogue of distilleries but a story of discovery and adventure Join Ian Buxton on a personal journey across Scotland's islands where he learns to fish with high explosives ends up hurling his dinner into the seaand comes face to face with a basking shark Combining an expert's knowledge of whisky with a travel writer's fondness for anecdote and with a keen description of place he provides a special treat for all who love the islands' magical drams.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 256 pages
  • Whiskies Galore
  • Ian Buxton
  • 06 June 2016

10 thoughts on “Whiskies Galore

  1. Neil Neil says:

    And the whisky what is it but the earth’s rich essence a symbol of all fruit and corn and cheerfulness and kindling? George Mackay Brown poet author and resident of Stromness uoted in this bookAbout 8 years ago my wife and I fell in love with the Scottish islands in particular the Hebrides Inner and Outer and we have holidayed there every year since then Well we went to Norfolk in search of family history and the swallowtail butterfly one year but that is not relevant to this review The point is that I was predisposed to enjoy this book which my wife gave me last Christmas because she knew that a book about whisky from the Scottish islands would be my kind of thingIan Buxton takes us on a tour of several islands with the main aim being to visit the distilleries there and sample their products Having spent a lifetime involved in the whisky industry he knows what he is talking about although I have to disagree with him when he is somewhat disparaging about whiskies from Islay Of the places he mentions I have visited all but Raasay and Orkney So as he talks about Arran Jura Mull Islay Harris Lewis and Skye I can mentally walk with him through the distilleries having visited them all myself Even on Islay which must have the highest density of distilleries of anywhere on earth I have at least called in at all of them even if I haven't done all the toursEach chapter is a brief history of distilling on the island Buxton provides the background to the distilleries some of which have been making whisky for 200 years and some of which have not yet made anything that has had time to mature for the three years reuired for it to be called whiskyI imagine this book is much fun for someone like me who has been to virtually all the places discussed than it would be for someone picking it up cold with no knowledge of the islands I lost count of the times I read passages out loud to my wife to remind her of a particular experience we had on one of our holidays We go mostly to feed my photography habit and a lot of images of wildlife and scenery end up on my website and my stalls at craft fairs but it would of course be very rude of me not to take a couple of hours away from that to visit a distillery It's only a problem on Islay where there are so many distilleries that you can find your whole holiday has disappeared before you get down to the serious birdwatching business that was the main purpose of the tripSo for the most part this is a highly entertaining read The writing is somewhat breathless Maybe it's the books I normally read but I found myself sometimes almost overwhelmed at the pace of this one there's a lot to pack in and Buxton goes at it at full speed Interestingly each chapter takes a bit of a strange diversion to discuss the pen and ink with which the author wrote the original manuscript This was a surprise to me as I guess I imagine most authors sit in front of a computer nowadays although I think I remember seeing something on Twitter a while ago where Toby Litt showed his handwritten manuscript so it would be interesting to know what proportion of authors choose to work longhand like this Buxton thinks carefully about the right pen and ink combination to reflect the character of the island he is writing about I imagine that the original manuscript of this book is very colorful to look at However the impact of this is of course dramatically reduced when the book is printed a luxury edition with different coloured inks for each chapter would be interesting but I imagine not commercially viableIt is my humble opinion after many years of diligent research that whiskies from the islands are the best whiskies in the world This is a very enjoyable insight into the world of those whiskies35 stars rounded up for the memories it stirred Unfortunately we've booked to go to Coll Tiree this year where there is little or no chance of a whisky related experience unless I can persuade my wife to call in at Oban while we wait for the ferryPS It's not unfortunate really I can't wait to get there as they look spectacular

  2. Steven Laird Steven Laird says:

    Very enjoyable light reading except when he starts talking about his pen and ink

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