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on 11 April 2013
An interesting bit of historical background about the food and drink adulteration of the Victorian era, and the scandals that provoked improvements in food labelling and investigation. Not only the whisky of the title, but foods and drink in general are discussed, and as such it shines a worthwhile light on this possibly little known period.
However, it feels as though it is repeating itself at times as you work through the chapters with almost identical stories being repeated to hammer home the tale - some more incisive editing could have drastically shortened the book with marginal loss of meaning.
But overall, a worthwhile read to fill in what is probably a gap in most people's knowledge.
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on 10 August 2013
Edward Burns gives an rather detailed and highly qualified insight into the making of fake whisky in the 19th century in Britain. His book is an excellent substantial research of lots of historic sources. Very interesting to read, the author's research realy opens the eyes of the whisky enthusiast and clears the sight of the rather "romantic" views and perception of the industrial developments of blending whisky in the 19th century. His research is mainly concentrated on the situation in Glasgow. Highly recommendable to the real whisky enthusiasts. The Gateway to Distilleries.
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on 29 April 2013
An interesting and enlightening book which shows that the recent horse meat scandal is nothing new!
If there is a profit to be maximised by adding a cheaper alternative to the mix, then the less than scrupulous will try it. In this case it was the addition of various types of spirit added to whisky in Victorian Glasgow.
There is a good bit of detail in there, some of which seems to repeat itself, but all in all, I quite enjoyed the book for a change from what I would usually read.
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on 13 November 2013
A fascinating history of drink adulteration. If you thought it was a new idea to adulterate Vodka with methanol, think again, it has been going on for years. I have a professional interest in the contents of alcoholic beverages and a personal liking for single malts so I found this book fascinating.
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on 19 April 2013
This is a great story about public health in the 19th century, but it would have been better for not being overextended through repetition and irrelvant material,
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on 9 May 2013
Not a bad read some interesting facts a little slow and heavy going in places not sure what I was expecting but not sure this was it
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on 20 March 2013
Most of the alleged additives went by several alternative names at the time involved, this being before systematic international scientific nomenclature was agreed. This was not sufficiently acknowledged. That cheaper adulterants have been added to increase profitability has occurred from time immemorial to the current horse for beef and beyond.
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