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a look back in time
on 30 November 2005
This book is a classic publication on whisky. Alfred Barnard visited all distilleries in Scotland, Ireland and England. It is a printing record of the distilleries in the year 1887. You can imagine the beautiful landscapes and the surroundings of his travel through the country. It is a report of his journey. He made a description of the distilleries and the equipment. If you read the text today, you don't want to know the details of the distilleries but you can enjoy the description of his travel and the problems he faced on his travel.
The book begins with an introduction on distilling. A map and an index of the distilleries head the three geographical (Scotland, Ireland and England) parts. There are beautiful printings of the distilleries and the surroundings of the estates included. You can enjoy the single chapter with a dram or you can read the text as a comparison to the real distilleries today.
This book is really for the collector and not for the beginner in whisky literature. It is a fortune to have this book in hands.