A tour of Scottish distilleries explores the history, personality and mystery of the water of life.
As a native of Scotland, bestselling author Ian Banks has decided to undertake a tour of the distilleries of his homeland in a bid to uncover the unique spirit of the single malt.
Visiting world-famous distilleries and also the small and obscure ones, Iain Banks embarks on a journey of discovery which educates him about the places, people and products surrounding the centuries-old tradition of whisky production.
Using various modes of transport - island ferries, cars across the highlands and even bicycles - Banks' tour of Scotland combines history, literature and landscape in an entertaining and informative account of an exploration in which the arrival is by no means the most important part of the journey.
From the Hardcover edition.
"...In the final judgement, it does what every good book should manage to do ... and what a hundred other books on whisky (and a thousand other books on Scotland) have signally failed to do: makes you want to go for a drink with the author" * Observer *
"Studded with bracing shots of pure insight and eloquence. And he's sound on the scotch as well" * The Independent *
"It's a very readable and hugely informative book, and Bank's gentle humour permeates the pages" * Time Out *
"It's an engaging piece of work, part love letter, part memoir" * Esquire *
"A beautifully realised fusion of travelogue, social commentary and drinking guide. Scotland's most famous export is decanted into full-bodied, humorous prose." * Independent on Sunday *
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 5th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.5 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1