Shortly after graduating from University of Glasgow in 1934, Elizabeth “Bessie” Williamson began working as a temporary secretary at the Laphroaig Distillery on the Scottish island Islay. Williamson quickly found herself joining the boys in the tasting room, studying the distillation process, and winning them over with her knowledge of Scottish whisky.
After the owner of La...more
This book contains a lot of useful information that would be hard to find elsewhere. As a reference, it does fill a useful niche. But this is content deserving of a much better writer than it received.
In addition, for a book purporting to tell the story ...more
I read it cover to cover and truly enjoyed the history, the ease at which it can be read as well as the content. Fred wrote this book so that anyone, no matter where they are on their own personal whisky journey can understand and appreciate this story. The fact that he has researched and well documented is proof at how dedicated he was ...more
Fred Minnick's book about women in history who were deeply involved in the whiskey industries in the States, Scotland and Ireland is a deeply researched piece of untold history. I should know as I was involved in much of the Scottish archival research, particularly, in relation to the Dalmore and Laphroaig distilleries. If you like your history, your whiskey and your women, then this is a fantastic read. ...more
There’s also the delightfully obliviousness to toxic masculine culture. Not to mention the times he’ll focus on the men over the women. That being said, this book is a good effo ...more
Given my love of whiskies, and knowing my feminist views, my husband found the perfect book to surprise me with ear ...more
However, it lacks the life, flair, and space to be anything more. The writing is impersonal and distant, lacking the thou ...more
Straight and to the point, but that is what whiskey drinkers like, right?