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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive account of a neglected subject., 13 Jan 2014
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There are any number of books devoted to the history of Scotch whisky but very little that examines the story of London's own distillation, gin. I had expected a book dealing mainly with the depredations of the Gin Craze in 18th century London but this book, whilst dealing very informatively with that, offers much more. The historical narrative runs up to the present day and is supplemented by many and varied facts about the production of and uses of gin and related spirits. It provides a very good overview of the way in which the distillation of spirits developed over the centuries as well as a comprehensive account of current trends. The book is very attractively produced with many photographs and illustrations and the "Did you know?" boxes allow Thea Bennett to provide additional information without clogging up the main narrative. A great gift book for any of your G & T buddies and an excellent addition to any collection of books on London (or alcholic) history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Job's a good 'un, 9 Dec 2013
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I bought this book as a gift for my gin-loving aunt, and she hasn't stopped praising it. She's even threatening to try and make some of her own using the recipes inside, god help us! But yes, a great gift for anyone who knows their Gordon's from their Beefeater (or would like to know...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars an absolutely brilliant guide, and a complete revelation, 29 Mar 2014
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Thea Bennett has written a comprehensive and most interesting account of the history of gin, and then all its various guises are discussed and just make you want to rush out and try them all. I used to think that gin all tasted the same, very nice, but absolutely not a jot of difference between them and nothing to warrant spending lots of dosh on a bottle when a cheap one was just as good. I am now a complete convert and have learnt so much from this book. Highly recommended. a really good read too
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