I bought this book quite a while ago, and love taking it out of the bookcase whenever I taste a whisky. Not to read what the whisky is like, cause this book doesn't provide anything like that (and would't tell you anything anyway since whisky has changed so much over the past 100+ years) but to read about Mr. Barnard and his trip to the distillery. He describes the mood of the day and what the environs are like and the people he meets. Just perfect to get a little closer to the history of the whisky you're about to drink.
Just love this book.