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Whisky Island: A Portrait of Islay and its whiskies (English Edition) Kindle电子书
This is a reissue edition of the previously published title Peat Smoke and Spirit (9780747245780), published in 2005.
'This is not simply an appreciation of whisky, but a voyage into the history and geography of a tiny Scottish island' Daily Mail
Those who discover malt whisky quickly learn that the malts made on the Isle of Islay are some of the wildest and most characterful in the malt-whisky spectrum.
In Whisky Island, Islay's fascinating story is uncovered: from its history and stories of the many shipwrecks which litter its shores, to the beautiful wildlife, landscape and topography of the island revealed through intimate descriptions of the austerely beautiful and remote countryside. Interleaved through these different narrative strands comes the story of the whiskies themselves, traced from a distant past of bothies and illegal stills to present-day legality and prosperity. The flavour of each spirit is analysed and the differences between them teased out, as are the stories of the notable men and women who have played such a integral part in their creation.
- ASIN : B07Q1C9NZ4
- 出版社 : Headline Home (2019年5月16日)
- 出版日期 : 2019年5月16日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 3302 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 420页
- > ISBN : 0747245789
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This book seemed like it was written by someone who feels a deep passion about Islay. It goes into a lot of details regarding various aspects of the island. It covers history, recent and centuries ago. There is even a chapter dedicated to wildlife.
With the variety of subjects, my focus was in and out. I am not a history buff, but I found the history chapters the most interesting. There are "chapters" dedicated to 7 of the distilleries on Islay (Kilchoman was in construction at the time the book was published).
Overall, it is a good read if you want to learn more about Islay. Scotch enthusiasm is not necessarily required, but the distillery "chapters" do take place between each chapter.
I have many other entertaining and wonderfully-photographed books on whisky but by far, this is the most fulfilling intellectually. Chock full of etymological analysis and biological and historical facts, it must certainly rank as one of the most exhaustive texts on Islay (and its whiskies) to date. I must admit that I initially found the extensive bits about some of the early clan figures and their feuds a bit dry but after careful reading and absorption, it fit right in with the all-encompassing nature of the book.
I still had some questions regarding specifics of the distillation process and this book answered every one. It covers just about everything you'd ever want to know about the basics and delves further into the individual idiosyncrasies of each distillery. What are the particulars of Lagavulin's condensers? What are the lyne arm angles at Bunnahabhain? What are the spirit cuts at Laphroaig? All this and more are revealed in minute detail. Mr. Jefford also tackles some of the more controversial aspects of whisky production including the influence of peat levels in the water source, what role (if any) seaside maturation plays and the preferences for wood or stainless steel washbacks, among many other things.
Mercifully, this is not simply a dry technical text either so just as much energy is put into exploring the geology, natural history, weather and culture of Islay and its people. Perhaps an updated version is in order since quite a bit has changed since the book was written however it is still a fascinating book and if you're a lover of single malt, you'd be doing yourself a big favor in owning it.