Whiskies Galore

A Tour of Scotland's Island Distilleries

By Ian Buxton

Format: Multiple Formats

First book on island whiskies for 12 years.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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Island whiskies have long held a fascination and a powerful emotional draw on whisky drinkers the world over. Their special combination of heritage, mystique, 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 simply 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 sea, and 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.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 14 Sep 2017
SKU 9781780274423-grouped
Number of Pages 256

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'a knowledgeable and lively writer'


'You will learn far more in this offbeat odyssey than in a hundred more straightforward whisky books'

'A delightful grand tour of island distilleries'

'A fascinating new book'

'A tour, an investigation, a fact finding mission, done with the utmost geniality by a man whose blood is most probably a pale amber hue… you can almost smell the peat, hear the clink of glasses and see the wind on the heather!' 

'A delightful grand tour of island distilleries. A great read: it mixes childhood recollections, laments about Hebridean weather, historical anecdotes and 101 astute, humorous observations'

'Ian Buxton is one of the country's best known and most prolific whisky writers and he writes on the subject with a fondness and knowledge, not to mention humour, which comes from a lifetime surrounded by whisky. His relaxed and conversational style makes the book a very enjoyable read'

'If you've read any of Bill Bryson's books you'll understand exactly where Ian's coming from ... Full of interest for whisky lovers and non-lovers alike - funny stories and full of obscure nerdy information from an expert in the field' 

'This is unlike any other whisky book yet published, and better than most!'

'something special, too, about this fascinating book ... All in all, this is the real thing - a single malt of a book - a lovely and loving read'

'Sardonic, unsentimental and often very funny ... the most original drink book I've read in a long time ... this book will make you love Scotch whisky all the more'

'his often hilarious travelogue mercilessly exposes cant, yet his profound love of these extraordinary places and our spirits is never in doubt'

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