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Tales of Whisky and Smuggling Paperback – 1 Jul 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: House of Lochar; New edition edition (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899863818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899863815
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the story of a war! A war between a hostile London government and an army of cottage whisky-makers, mostly in the Highlands of Scotland. These Highlanders believed they had a natural right to make "Uisge Bea" - literally "the water of life" - from their own barley just as they made porridge from their own oats. This book offers a collection of stories from the "Peatreek Conflict", which are a mixture of humour and tragedy but which aim to illustrate the indomitable spirit of the Highlander and the importance of Whisky in Scottish culture.

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A good book if you like whisky, history or just interesting tales. Basically short easily manageable chapters relating specific historical anecdotes; from famous smugglers and their nefarious means to secret production, all out fights but mostly covering the constant dodging and 'getting one over' of the Gaugers or taxmen. Often humorous, occasionally shocking, but informative and genuinely interesting. No literary masterpiece this, it's uncomplicated yet engaging and written in a style which captures something of the oral tradition of tale telling. It fully succeeds in that regard and certainly fills a hole in the vast range of whisky literature.
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As a lover of good whisky I found this book very interesting. The efforts made to overcome an unfair law led to amusing,and some times tragic incidents. Now I want to get some ordnance survey maps and visit these locations. A great wee book to help you reflect on a rarely covered aspect of history.
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I found this wee book a pleasure to read and enjoyed the happy moments as well as the tragic. Being Scottish, I was rather sad at the thought of a tax being imposed on a people who, in some areas, depended on the sale of aqua-vitae to live. I enjoyed it just as much as The Secret Still. Scotland's Clandestine Whisky Makers, even although descriptive detail was not as in-depth. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how the highlands of Scotland came to be the home of Scottish whisky and why those roots grew to an international industry. It came with the first Alembic still being brought to Scotland, carried on with a recipe for success and ended with the murderous theft of a beverage that could not be made south of the border...

Truly a great read, Tales of Whisky and Smuggling and The Secret Still. Scotland's Clandestine Whisky Makers go hand in hand...
Just as my grandfather described the history to me, 5 Stars...
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