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Peat Smoke and Spirit: A Portrait of Islay and its whiskies Paperback – 6 Jun 2005

4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Home (6 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780747245780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747245780
  • ASIN: 0747245789
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Jefford writes so beautifully that I suspect he could make a history of galvanised steel bolts seem graceful and absorbing. And so this is not simply an appreciation of whisky, but a voyage into the history and geography of a tiny Scottish island (Daily Mail)

The attention to detail and thoroughness of this book brings the distilleries so vividly alive that you can almost smell the whisky. Thoroughly recommended to whisky connoisseur and dabbler alike (Birmingham Evening Mail)

There's no better book about these whiskies than Andrew Jefford's PEAT SMOKE AND SPIRIT... Jefford is an excellent writer... In PEAT SMOKE AND SPIRIT, Andrew Jefford has written a compelling narrative that succeeds on every level (Mid-Atlantic Brewing News)

If ever there was a book to read on a cold - possibly moonlit - night with a stiff dram beside you, then this is it. Irresistible (Scotland on Sunday)

A cracking social history of Islay which might have been dreamed up by Robert Louis Stevenson. There are shipwrecks and betrayals, acts of great heroism and enormous folly. By the end of this exceptionally well written book, you will have the sense of knowing much of this island, and a very strong urge to go there for a wee dram or two (Evening Standard)

A dram good read... Jefford's descriptions of the drinks themselves are almost as delicious as some of the flavours he evokes (Hampstead & Highgate Express)

A read for the taste buds...Although the book is likely to be read by the discerning drinkers of malt whisky, the appeal of Jefford's writing is to far more than Scotch tipplers (Canberra Times)

I defy tea-total imbibers not to be bewitched and beguiled by Jefford's deft and spirited writing... For anyone who loves a dram, this is essential reading (Oxford Times)

An intriguing history (Melbourne Age)

The pages simply resonate with detailed portraits of the whiskies, the characters who produce them, and the landscapes which have fashioned this most precious of beverages (Clive Platman)

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A wonderfully evocative book that tells the story of Islay's whisky and reflects a place and a taste never to be forgotten

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