This book is partly a whisky book, partly and travel book and partly a social portrait of the island of Islay. For the Islay whisky enthusiast, this is the most detailed and complete book I have ever seen. All of the Islay whisky distilleries and their products are descried in complete detail. An added bonus; the book discusses at length why each of the whiskies tastes as it does. As well as the in-depth discussion of the whiskies, the book is a travelog of the island. Much of the island's history is described, and the reader gets to 'meet' some interesting island characters. The author is a professional writer of some ability, and it makes a change to have such a book written by a talented author. Without doubt, the best book about the island of Islay and also the best book about Islay whiskies. If you like the island or the whiskies (or both), get this book.
This is a beautifully written combination of history, geography, social comment and whisky lore. One tip: get a detailed map of Islay to have next to you or you spend your life going back and forwards to the map inside the cover. Be warned! Owning this book will cost you money. At least the requisite bottles of Islay malt to appreciate as you read and at most, a trip to Islay. Mine is booked.