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Island Whisky Trail [Paperback]

Neil Wilson

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June 1 2003
This guide for the whisky enthusiast covers the distilleries of Islay, Jura, Mull and Skye along with historical information on distilling on Arran and in Argyll. Neil Wilson first visited these distilleries in 1984, aboard the ketch "Alystra" and wrote "Scotch and Water" as a result of his trip, delving into the history, development and the people who made the great whiskies of history. This book incorporates the original research from "Scotch and Water" and includes a great deal of new material. The Islay malt sector is growing faster than any other in the trade, and this has led to the annual Islay Whisky Festival which attracts thousands of overseas visitors. The book not only features the established distilleries on Islay (Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore, Ardbeg, CaolIla, Lagavulin, Laphroaig) and Jura, Mull and Skye (Talisker) but also the lost distilleries of Port Ellen, Tallant and Ardenistiel among others. The west-coast Oban Distillery is also included and there is a thorough look at the major role that women played in the history of illicit distilling in the County of Argyll and in Kintyre, with maps of known sites of distilling and appendices of the distillers and where and when they lived. Some of these records go back to the late 17th century. Local amenity information, along with maps and travel information, is also included. The book is copiously illustrated in full colour throughout.

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Neil Wilson is a publisher specialising in whisky books and also contributes as a freelance writer on the subject to the national press.

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4.0 out of 5 stars the island whisky trail an illustrated guide to the hebridean distilleries Jan. 9 2007
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This is a splendid book about the single malt distilleries of the Hebrides, and although it features a yacht owners' exclusive tour, it is well worth the read just to find out about the distilleries that will show you around and give you a whisky tasting. Nice photography and well-written narrative. The 4 star rating (as opposed to 5) is because very few of us will be able to afford it!
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the update version.... Oct. 1 2013
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Still not a lot of writing about the sailing aspect, but at least there's some connection between the sailing and the whisky touring and tasting....

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