Iain Banks travels all over Scotland, visiting world famous distilleries and off-the-beaten-path locations to better understand the enduring mysteries of Scotch whisky. It's a book about whisky, for sure, with all kinds of peaty details about pronunciation and malting, but it's also, as Ian Rankin says in his introduction, about "friendship and kindship and the allure of the open road." Banks writes of whisky as a symbol of Scotland, the land and the people, of its ability to absorb and blend what it draws on, and for its transformative power as it goes out into the world and wins over admirers everywhere. 384 page hardcover with attached ribbon bookmark. This is not your usual whisky book, no listings of bottles with tasting notes. A very enjoyable read for any Scotch drinker and it may just inspire you to plan a similar road trip in Scotland. We think it also inspired Gavin MacTavish and Sam Heughan to embark on their travels - their book, Clanlands, and the Starz series, Men in Kilts.
Iain Banks became famous for his first novel, The Wasp Factory, published in 1984. A member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh, he was commissioned to write a 'travel book about whisky distilleries' , now titled Raw Spirit. Iain Banks died in 2013.
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