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cfosterk
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 09-12-2017 at 01:38 am

Charity shop purchase - a coffee table hard back "The Story of Scotch Whisky" by Tom Bruce-Gardyne

Only £1.50 and quite informative around the history of some distilleries and regions RRP 25.00 - ouch!

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 15-07-2018 at 19:47 pm

Also whilst in Alnwick I picked up a couple of books. The Scotch Whisky Book by Tom Bruce - Gardyne and The  Michael Jackson Beer Companion Book. Didn't know he wrote about beer as well as whisky. All from a second hand book store. A few  quid each. 

  Edited on 15-07-2018 at 19:52 pm
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 12-01-2019 at 11:43 am

Just bought a book called The Bourbon Bible by Eric Zandona. It's hardback and everything in there for the bourbon enthusiast. Nice photos, lots of information and tasting notes on a 140 bourbons. Praise the Lord!

  Edited on 12-01-2019 at 11:44 am
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 19-05-2019 at 15:11 pm

Just back from trailing the Highlands.

At Glenturret distillery I found the latest edition of Alfred Barnards book on distilleries in the UK.

A man that can truely be called a whisky trailblazer, as this book was published in 1887 collecting all his stories from traveling and visiting every active distillery in Scotland, England and Ireland at the time.

I've been looking for this online but found it too expencive with postage, it's a large format 650 page brick of a book.

At Glenturret I hesitated and left it behind, but when I found it again at Aberfeldy I felt like this book was calling me to pick it up.

£40, it's 650 pages, 200 Victorian era etching illustrations of the distilleries, + copies of advertisements, equipment illustrations and patents.

It's not only an accurate description of every detail in the works of 129 Scotish distilleries (and 28 Irish and 4 English), but it is a travel log describing the hardship of getting to some of these remote places, the roads and tracks, the terrain and scenery and people they encoutered on the way.

Barnard was a journalist for Harper's Weekly Gazette and from the few pages I've skimed through he had a knack for capturing his audience with his writing.

I was a bit sceptical about my understanding of the Victorian English language, as I hardly understand 150 year old writings of my own language. But it's not Shakespeare or Burns, this could have been written yesterday. 

Really looking forward to dive into this happy


Barnard

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 21-05-2019 at 22:28 pm

peatbogger wrote:

Just back from trailing the Highlands.

At Glenturret distillery I found the latest edition of Alfred Barnards book on distilleries in the UK.

A man that can truely be called a whisky trailblazer, as this book was published in 1887 collecting all his stories from traveling and visiting every active distillery in Scotland, England and Ireland at the time.

I've been looking for this online but found it too expencive with postage, it's a large format 650 page brick of a book.

At Glenturret I hesitated and left it behind, but when I found it again at Aberfeldy I felt like this book was calling me to pick it up.

£40, it's 650 pages, 200 Victorian era etching illustrations of the distilleries, + copies of advertisements, equipment illustrations and patents.

It's not only an accurate description of every detail in the works of 129 Scotish distilleries (and 28 Irish and 4 English), but it is a travel log describing the hardship of getting to some of these remote places, the roads and tracks, the terrain and scenery and people they encoutered on the way.

Barnard was a journalist for Harper's Weekly Gazette and from the few pages I've skimed through he had a knack for capturing his audience with his writing.

I was a bit sceptical about my understanding of the Victorian English language, as I hardly understand 150 year old writings of my own language. But it's not Shakespeare or Burns, this could have been written yesterday. 

Really looking forward to dive into this happy


Barnard

I will have to keep an eye out for that one, it sounds great. 

If anyone is interested in old whisky books that are second hand and in very good condition, go to Ebay UK and type in whisky books. Loads will come up from a company called World of Books. They are practically giving them away and most of the time it's free post. They don't believe in chucking books into landfill, that's why they are so cheap. There are loads of early Micheal Jackson books and I have just ordered a hardback version of The Malt Whisky Almanac by Wallace Milroy from 1991 for £2.45 + free postage. Check it out I am sure there is something there for everyone. 

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 22-05-2019 at 01:42 am

Got that book Karloff I don`t think WM has a bad thing to say about any whisky, I think my copy is late 80`s and the format is similar to the Malt Whisky Year Book by MJ, but much more condensed.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 25-05-2019 at 12:12 pm

Just recieved the Wallace Milroy's Malt Whisky Almanac and I must say it beautifully illustrated, written and set out. For a book that is 28 years old it is near mint condition. Nice to read Wallace's notes of whisky from distiller's long gone. A nice edition to my ever expanding library. All this for just £2.45.  happy 

  Edited on 25-05-2019 at 12:16 pm
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 26-08-2019 at 21:57 pm

I was in Barter books today in Alnwick and picked up The Collins Gem pocket whisky book by Carol P Shaw for £2. It's an old one from 1995. Nice little book. 

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
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