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This review is from: Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram (Hardcover)
As a fan of Ian Banks fiction and a lover of whisky, I was looking forward to reading his account of visiting distilleries and his take on the impact of malts on Scottish culture. There is some of that here, but most of the book is self-indulgent blather. Rather than focus on single malts, as the title would indicate, Banks topics (in descending order of priority) are: 1. Driving around Scotland, 2. Various friends and acquaintences he wants to mention in a book, 3. Incidents from his life of little to no interest to anyone else, 4. Rants about current events and politics, and 5. Single Malts
If Banks wants to write such a horrible mish-mash and has enough clout as an author to get it published, that's great for him, but I resent the bait-and-switch of selling this as a book about visiting distilleries. I can't recommend this for anyone other than a truly rabid Banks fan.