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(Putnam 1952 rep) 8vo 184pp Good (Book ref. 526) £5.00
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Jackson, Michael Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion, A Connoisseur's Guide to the Malt Whiskies of Scotland
London: Dorling Kindersley, 1989 First edition. Laminated boards 22x12 cm, many col ills, index Pagination: 240. Single malt scotches are the world's premier whiskies and all of them have their own distinctive characteristics. The Malt Whisky Companion is the first book to give them the systematic in-depth treatment hitherto reserved for wine. This book will inspire the reader to discover the difference between the 'nutty, toffeeish but never sweet' palate of the 8-year-old Fettercairn; the 'elegant, dry' 10-year-old Glenfarclas; the 'rich sherry aroma' of the 1966 Millburn; and the 'peppery grand finale' of the 1970 Oban malts. Fully illustrated with photographs, and labels, The Malt Whisky Companion is written in a highly evocative and entertaining, yet authoritative style, by Michael Jackson, author of the award-winning World Guide to Whisky. This is the essential reference book for the discerning whisky drinker, or those about to start their exploration into its pleasures. An A-Z guide to single malt scotches, featuring full tasting notes to over 250 different malts from 120 distilleries. Includes all of the well-known brands as well as rare and specialist bottlings. Unique rating system that gives a score to both the distilleries and each individual whisky.. Book: head bumped, a little bumping to other extremities, head of spine a little sunned, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3142) £12.00
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Mackie, Albert D The Scotch Whisky Drinker's Companion
Edinburgh: Ramsay Head Press, 1973 First edition. Yellow cloth, gilt, bw plates, bibliography Pagination: 124. A light-hearted but authoritative guide to the principal blends and single Scotch malt whiskies. This is the first popular book for the ordinary drinker who enjoys his dram. It tells him what goes to make the qualities of his favourite drink, where and how it is distilled and blended. Of the hundreds of blends and straight whiskies, the best known are here discussed with the knowledge of an expert who, being from Speyside folk, has an ancestral interest in the Highland distilleries and can claim to have ‘a lot of Scotch in him’.<P>In a chapter on Scotch Around the World the author looks at the export market and the reasons for the growing popularity of Scotch whisky in the countries of Europe, America, Asia and Africa.<P>There is, too, some useful advice on How to Drink It and notes on whisky liqueurs and cocktails. At once an entertaining and practical vade mecum for all who relish the magnificent virtues of Scotch. Contents: Contents: What is Scotch?; The art of the distiller; The malt distilleries; The grain distilleries; Single whiskies; The art of the blender; The proprietary brands; Scotch around the world; How to drink it; Liqueurs and cocktails; Bibliography. Plates: Cardow distillery, Knockando; The stillroom at Cardow; Maltings at Balmenach distillery, Cromdale; Linkwood distillery, Elgin; The mash-tun, Aberfeldy distillery, Perthshire; Pot still at Talisker, Isle of Skye; The stillhouse at Ord distillery, Muir-of-Ord; The Johnnie Walker blending hall; Filling casks at Glen Elgin distillery, Longmuir; Bottling in a DCL blending warehouse; In the stillhouse at Talisker; Storing in casks to mature; Coleburn distillery, Morayshire; Drying the malt; Bottling line at Kilmarnock; Using ‘valinche’ to draw sample; Imperial distillery, Carron; Burghead maltings, Morayshire; Testing and tasting. Book: hint of bumping to extremities, VG+, Jacket: unclipped, extremities a little rubbed, small stain to rear cover, spine sunned, a little dusty, VG- (Book ref. 3067) £13.00
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Townsend, Brian Scotch Missed, The Lost Distilleries of Scotland
Glasgow: Neil Wilson Publishing, 2000 Reprint. Paperback, many bw ills, map, index Pagination: 208. Comprehensive guide to the lost distilleries of Scotland. Contents: Preface; Introduction; Turning back the Clock; Out of the Farmyards...; Growth into the Golden Era; Temperance and David Lloyd George; Expansion and Prosperity; The North (Ben Wyvis; Gerston; Gerston II; Glen Albyn; Glen Mhor; Glenskiach; Man O'Hoy; Millburn; Old Clynelish/Brora; Pollo); Speyside and the North-east (Banff; Benachie; Coleburn; Convalmore; Glenaden; Glenugie; Glen Cawdor; Parkmore; Speyside; Towiemore); The East Coast and Tayside (Auchnagie; Auchinblae; Ballechin; Bon Accord; Devanha; Glen Coull; Glenesk; Glenury-Royal; Grandtully; Isla; Lochside; North Port; Strathdee; Stronachie); Central and Lothian (Bankier; Bo'ness; Cambus; Carsebridge; Glenfoyle; Glenmavis; Glenochil; Kirkliston; Rosebank; St Magdalene; Strathmore); Fife (Auchtermuchty; Auchtertool; Drumcaldie; Grange); Edinburgh (Abbeyhill; Bonnington; Caledonian; Canonmills; Dean; Glen Sciennes; Lochrin; Sunbury; Yardheads); The South and Borders (Annandale; Glen Tarras; Ladyburn; Langholm); Glasgow (Adelphi; Camlachie; Dundashill; Kinclaith; Provanmill; Yoker); Strathclyde and the West of Scotland (Ardgowan; Bellfield; Clydesdale; Garnheath; Gartloch; Glenpatrick; Greenock; Inverleven and Lomond; Saucel; Tambowie); West Highlands, Islands and Islay (Glendarroch; Glenlochy; Lochindaal; Nevis; Port Ellen); Campbeltown (Albyn; Ardlussa; Argyll; Benmore; Burnside; Campbeltown; Dalaruan; Dalintober; Glengyle; Glen Nevis; Glenside; Hazelburn; Kinloch; Kintyre; Lochhead; Lochruan; Longrow; Meadowburn; Rieclachan; Springside); Index of Distilleries with OS Map References; Map of Lost Distilleries: Central Scotland; Map of Lost Distilleries: Rest of Scotland. Book: corners a little bumped, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3063) £9.00
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Robb, J Marshall; Walsh, Maurice (foreword); MacDiarmid, Hugh (dedication); Mackie, George (illus); Turnbull, Archie R (ed) Scotch Whisky, A Guide
Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, [1950] First edition. Red cloth, gilt, bw plates, line drawings, list of distilleries, index Pagination: 80. Here is a guide to whisky. It tells the story of Scotch from barley to bottle, simple yet with a full description of all the processes involved. In these days of scarcity it is the more important that Scots, and other enlightened folk, should know what whisky is and what it should taste like. Those who read this guide will not be taken in again with some dubious substitute: and when they have the good fortune to track down the ‘real Mackay’, they will know how to do it justice.<P>Here is the history of whisky. Scotch is our most important export to the US. This book is intended as a tribute to the industry and to its men. But the history of Scotch is older than the dollar gap. It is part of the life of our people. This guide attempts to capture, in anthology form, the spirit of whisky, and what it has meant to Scots.<P>This is the first illustrated guide to whisky.. Book: head/tail a little bumped and sl sunned, owner signature [Methven of Edinburgh], Robert Burns bicentenary label to ffep, endpapers sl browned, VG, Jacket: unclipped, worn with significant loss to extremities, G only (Book ref. 3054) £13.00
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Fairley, Jan; Gillon, Jack; McMaster, Charles; Moss, Michael Chambers Scottish Drink Book, Whisky, Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks
Edinburgh: Chambers, 1990 First edition. Blue cloth 25x20 cm, gilt, col and bw plates, index Pagination: 128. Scotland and Scotch are indeed synonymous in the popular mind, but a host of different kinds of drinks have been distilled, brewed and manufactured in the land since water was first drawn and herbs added to liven it up.<P>Few realise the rich complexity of the picture. In times not so long past, practically every Scottish town and village had its own distillery for whisky, brewery for beer and locally manufactured soft drinks delivered by horse and cart. The ports were busy with trade, local agriculture provided the raw ingredients, and local industry satisfied the need for bottles, barrels and other implements. A wealth of lore, language and secret recipes abounded and, as a result, contemporary Scotland has inherited a legacy of regional taste and national variation.<P>It is this rich inheritance which the book documents and brings to life. Contents: Water, the essential link; Wine and the Auld Alliance; Beer, a proud tradition; Whisky, quality of Scotland. Book: extremities v sl bumped, hint of yellowing to margins of a few pages, VG, Jacket: unclipped, a little edge creasing, VG (Book ref. 3034) £14.00
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Young, Douglas Scotland
London: Cassell, 1971 First edition. Purple cloth, gilt titling, index Pagination: xi, 268. Two spirits give a special infusion of life to Scotland: Scotch whisky and the mellow, 70-proof mind of Douglas Young. Poet and scholar, prophet of internationalism and former chairman of the Scottish National Party, ambassador of the Scottish way of life, Professor Young has distilled in this book the harvest of fifty years’ study of his native country. Writing, with his unique blend of enthusiasm and detachment, not only for Scottish readers at home and abroad, but also for the Sassenachs south of Hadrian’s Wall and other breeds across the waters, he here puts Scotland into sober perspective.<P>Professor Young first builds up a composite picture of the Scot today, whom he finds to be at once realistic and recklessly sentimental, scientific and soldierly, bibulous and kilted, teetotal and trousered, violent and drunken, addicted to casual homicide, fond of closing public houses unseasonably, too careful with money, generous, noble, democratic, humane and enjoying a peculiar relationship with the Almighty.<P>A new spirit of national identity is fermenting among this nation of individualists, from the lighthouse keepers on the Muckle Flugga to the shipyard workers of Clydebank, a search for freedom that will revolutionize the lives of both the Scots and the unsuspecting Sassenachs in the 1970s and beyond. Without sentimentality or excessive reverence for institutions old or new, Douglas Young warns of the dangers of Scotland ‘swirling off into the Celtic mists’, discusses such factors as the imbalance between the Highlands and the industrial regions, and between the eastern and western seaboards, and produces some hard-hitting home truths on matters as varied as the present policies of the Scottish National Party, the housing problem, the inequities of long-distance government, and the true story of whisky. Confident that ‘there will always be some sort of Scotland’, the author also believes that ‘the Scots, if they woke up and ceased to be so timorous and smug, might not only better themselves but even set an example to other nations. Contents: A peculiar people; Occupations and environments; Religion and the kirks; Law and disorders; Royalty, aristocracy and clansmanship; Schools and universities; Politics and power groups; The highlands and the islands; Sports and pastimes; Whiskies; Languages, literatures and the mass media; The arts; Scots abroad; Scotland for ever?. Book: head/tail of spine sl bumped, o/w Fine, Jacket: slight creasing, VG (Book ref. 2954) £14.00
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Lomond Books. 1994. Third imp. Large format hardback. 156 pages. B.w. and colour illustrations. Illustrated end-papers. Fine in fine d.w. ISBN: 0-600-55291-8. (Book ref. 7362) £7.95
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Wilson, Neil: ''Scotch and Water. Isla - Jura - Mull - Skye''.
Lochar Publishing (Moffat) 1989. Reprint of the 1985 softbound edition. 128pp; illustrated. Blue boards slightly marked, otherwise VG in slightly chipped dustwrapper. [a guide to the Hebridean malt whisky distilleries, past and present]. (Book ref. 3655) £12.00
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Sillett, S W: ''Illicit Scotch''.
Impulse Publications Ltd (Aberdeen) 1970. New edition. 121pp; 4 illustrations. Red boards. VG in dustwrapper. [a history of illicit distillation and whisky smuggling in Scotland, from 1505 to the present day, including some humorous and macabre anecdotes]. (Book ref. 1371) £15.00
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Banks, Iain: ''Raw Spirit. In Search of the Perfect Dram''.
Century Books (London) 2003. xi + 368pp. Black boards. Fine in dustwrapper. Signed by author. [an informative and amusing account of a tour of Scottish malt whisky distilleries]. (Book ref. 5114) £15.00
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McDowall, R.J.S. The Whiskies of Scotland
London: John Murray, 1968. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0719517257 An informative history of the whiskies of Scotland; red binding, viii + 164 pages, map showing the main distilleries, bibliography, index; dustjacket slight wear, no previous owner name. Second impression. (Book ref. 7010) £4.00
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McManus: Whisky Johnny;
London, Harrap, 1956; 1st Edition; HBk; Good+/ Dj Poor; 199pp with light foxiing; Navy covers wiht white lettering; Dust jacket has triangle loss at top edge, 2" loss at bottom of spine, creases, edge wear, price intact. " Exciting sea story which combines the natural hazards of deep sea life with the skulduggery of a modern thriller." (Book ref. 7543) £8.00
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Parry Stephen Miniature Decanters and Whisky Measures
London: Polyptoton, 1981. First Edition. A very good copy Softcover. 15 pages. 4 pages of illustrations. A monograph published to coincide with an exhibition of the collection it describes. (Book ref. 11014) £8.00
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Steadman Ralph Still Life with Bottle
London: Ebury Press, 1994. First Edition. 0 09 178409 3 4to. A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which has one very small edge tear. Signed and dated by the author on the title page (the date being 20 October 1994). Gift inscription on front end-paper. 160 pages. Numerous colour illustrations. An "informed and irreverent" look at malt whisky. (Book ref. 10640) £50.00
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Martine Roddy Scotland the Land and the Whisky
John Murray in Association with the Keepers of the Quaich, 1994. Illustrated by Patrick Douglas-Hamilton. First Edition. Oblong 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 224pp. A book of colour photographs with accompanying text which aims to blend the Scottish landscape with the whisky it produces. (Book ref. 7735) £18.00
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McDowall R.J.S. The Whiskies of Scotland
London: John Murray, 1968. Reprint. A very good copy in a very good price-clipped dustwrapper. 164pps. Inscription on f.e.p. A short informative history of the whiskies of Scotland. (Book ref. 375) £5.00
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House Jack Pride of Perth
London: Hutchinson Benham, 1976. First. The story of Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd. A very good copy in a very good protected dustwrapper. Illustrated. 134 pps. (Book ref. 373) £5.00
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CHESTER, Helen (ed): Cocktails & snacks.
London: Ward Lock, 1983. Reprint. VG grey cloth h/b with silver lettering to spine; Good+ col illus d/w with white lettering, not pc, some tears & stain. 21cms x 28cms, 96pp. B/w illus & col plates. Clean, unmarked copy. Weight 704g. 0706362047. (Book ref. 2710) £4.00
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Elder, Andrew Whisky Map of Scotland
Bartholomew, 1992. Original Wraps. Very Good +/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 0702818135 / Marked down as shelflife to card covers internally as new (looks unopened !) - Guaranteed posting 24hrs from Wales (Book ref. 009894) £10.00
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