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A wide-ranging and evocative portrait of Scotland' s distilleries, with text by renowned whisky expert Charles MacLean and photographs by Lara Platman and Alan MacDonald. Treating Scotland as eight distinct regions, this fascinating book describes the ' cultural terroir' of the country's fifty greatest distilleries; the ingredients, practices and traditions that result in ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Frances Lincoln Ltd
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Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Spirit of Place: The perfect book to plan a whisky tasting trip to Scotland
For newbie fans of Scottish single malt whiskies, this is a perfect introduction to 50 major distilleries in Scotland, separated into the different regions: Lowlands, Islay, Highlands, Speyside, and the Islands. It has a great two page summary of the fascinating and volatile history of most distilleries, with the humble beginnings from illegal stills trying to avoid the excise men, to the whisky boom of the 1880s and the
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Wonderful book for anyone with any kind of interest in Scotch whisky. Lots of great pictures but enough text to give some fascinating background information if you are a fan of whisky.
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An excellent guide, both to the distilleries and their surroundings. The pictures are quite amazing, and often capture details of the distilling process that are being lost or overtaken at many distilleries.
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Charles Maclean is the author of crime thrillers, and has also written about the Scottish countryside and other non-fiction.

He is the son of Sir Fitzroy Maclean – an Etonian, brilliant linguist, near-legendary adventurer, war hero, diplomat and author of Eastern Approaches. Charles Maclean is something of an adv