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4.0 out of 5 stars An inside look at the Scotch Whisky Industry.
An entertaining and informative look at the Scotch Whisky industry by one who has spent his life working in its many areas. The book is a welcome departure from the many reference works produced in recent years. Witty and humorous - particularly the incident with the 'pools of ice' at Laphroaig - this is one of the few books that I had difficulty putting down. More...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Stillman's eye view of the whisky industry
As a fan and student of whisky I read McDougall¹s memoir with great interest. He covers the highs and lows of working in the odd and fascinating whisky industry candidly with humor and affection. Written in a straightforward fashion that I think would have been greatly enhanced by a good ear for Scots English, McDougall¹s breadth of experience is nonetheless...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Stillman's eye view of the whisky industry, 5 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Wort, Worms and Washbacks: Memoirs from the Stillhouse (Paperback)
As a fan and student of whisky I read McDougall¹s memoir with great interest. He covers the highs and lows of working in the odd and fascinating whisky industry candidly with humor and affection. Written in a straightforward fashion that I think would have been greatly enhanced by a good ear for Scots English, McDougall¹s breadth of experience is nonetheless impressive (and possibly unique in the field). Some of the scenes of distillery life - from both sober and inebriated perspectives - are entertaining and they occasionally reminded me of Somerville & Ross¹s Experiences of an Irish R.M. One story set on the ³whisky island² of Islay involving the confusion of glass panes in a cucumber frame with ice-covered puddles made me laugh out loud. There is lots - probably too much - written about whisky, but very little has been written about day to day distillery life by a bona fide expert. McDougall has enriched the lore and provided useful insights into what is often a rather secretive and easily romanticized industry. I would recommend this book for serious whiskyphiles and anyone interested in this important aspect of Scottish life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inside look at the Scotch Whisky Industry., 16 July 2000
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This review is from: Wort, Worms and Washbacks: Memoirs from the Stillhouse (Paperback)
An entertaining and informative look at the Scotch Whisky industry by one who has spent his life working in its many areas. The book is a welcome departure from the many reference works produced in recent years. Witty and humorous - particularly the incident with the 'pools of ice' at Laphroaig - this is one of the few books that I had difficulty putting down. More books of this calibre are needed from those with past experience of the industry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Stillman's eye view of the whisky industry, 5 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Wort, Worms and Washbacks: Memoirs from the Stillhouse (Paperback)
As a fan and student of whisky I read McDougall¹s memoir with great interest. He covers the highs and lows of working in the odd and fascinating whisky industry candidly with humor and affection. Written in a straightforward fashion that I think would have been greatly enhanced by a good ear for Scots English, McDougall¹s breadth of experience is nonetheless impressive (and possibly unique in the field). Some of the scenes of distillery life - from both sober and inebriated perspectives - are entertaining and they occasionally reminded me of Somerville & Ross¹s Experiences of an Irish R.M. One story set on the ³whisky island² of Islay involving the confusion of glass panes in a cucumber frame with ice-covered puddles made me laugh out loud. There is lots - probably too much - written about whisky, but very little has been written about day to day distillery life by a bona fide expert. McDougall has enriched the lore and provided useful insights into what is often a rather secretive and easily romanticized industry. I would recommend this book for serious whiskyphiles and anyone interested in this important aspect of Scottish life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Stillman's eye view of the whisky industry, 5 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Wort, Worms and Washbacks: Memoirs from the Stillhouse (Paperback)
As a fan and student of whisky I read McDougall¹s memoir with great interest. He covers the highs and lows of working in the odd and fascinating whisky industry candidly with humor and affection. Written in a straightforward fashion that I think would have been greatly enhanced by a good ear for Scots English, McDougall¹s breadth of experience is nonetheless impressive (and possibly unique in the field). Some of the scenes of distillery life - from both sober and inebriated perspectives - are entertaining and they occasionally reminded me of Somerville & Ross¹s Experiences of an Irish R.M. One story set on the ³whisky island² of Islay involving the confusion of glass panes in a cucumber frame with ice-covered puddles made me laugh out loud. There is lots - probably too much - written about whisky, but very little has been written about day to day distillery life by a bona fide expert. McDougall has enriched the lore and provided useful insights into what is often a rather secretive and easily romanticized industry. I would recommend this book for serious whiskyphiles and anyone interested in this important aspect of Scottish life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing tale of the Scots whisky industry, 22 Sep 1999
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If you are looking for something a little different from the usual "Whisky Trial" books , then read this. An excelent insight into the life of a Scottish distiller , this book is witty and one you will find hard to place down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wort Worms & Washbacks, 21 Mar 2013
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A fascinating autobiography of a life in the distilling industry. I knew a few of the people in the book so the pen pictures of them ran very true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little read, 14 July 2014
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If you drink whisky or run a business you must read this book. I bought another three for friends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs?, 12 April 2014
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Entertaining enough read, as MacDougall takes us through his career. Rather unfortunately though, the author has a tendency to portray himself as the hero of the hour too often, a trait always likely to skew the reader's appreciation of a memoir. If this is how MacDougall remembers certain events, fair enough; as I say though, entertaining, but owes more to fiction, rather than fact.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Gateway to Distilleries, 11 Aug 2013
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This book is some sort of biography of one of the prolific Scottish distillery managers. The step by step account is therefore rather personal and of less general interest. Only recommended for the true whisky enthusiast. The Gateway to Distilleries.
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