Top critical review
Interesting, but over-long
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.