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on 29 October 2003
The Rasch 2000 edition was creditable, but Barnard's 1887 masterpiece has never looked better than in this facsimile. If you have not yet got the book that should be the cornerstone of any whisky library, get it now. Best of all is the introduction by the opinionated proprietor of Loch Fyne Whiskies. It is a masterful piece of writing and - through an inspired piece of detective work - features a wonderful photograph of the great Alfred himself. If you can't decide which malt to buy a true whisky aficionado for Christmas, this will delight them.
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on 28 August 2013
Barnard'd descriptions of the distilleries read more like an accountant's review rather than those of a passionate whisky imbiber. Despite the antiquarian dates when these visits took place, this tome remains an essential reference book and should grace the e-reader of all who share a common love of Scotland's national drink. Often interspersed with quirky observations, Barnard dispenses facts using charmingly out-dated units of measurement; however, their very obsolescence provides a pleasing diversion for readers wishing to convert Victorian Imperial units to to-day's equivalents.
Still a most worthwhile reference document.
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on 17 June 2008
This book is fantastic. It is a faithful reproduction of a journey taken around 1885 to every single one of the whisky distilleries in the UK that were operational at the time (including 4 in England). Not only does the author describe in detail the working of each distillery, he also describes the areas in which they are and the journey he undertook. This is a must for any whisky enthusiast. It also gives an insight into Victorian Britain. As an added bonus this edition includes five additional publications by the author. Another nice touch is some newspaper ads from the era. Highly recommended.
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on 29 January 2010
I bought this book quite a while ago, and love taking it out of the bookcase whenever I taste a whisky. Not to read what the whisky is like, cause this book doesn't provide anything like that (and would't tell you anything anyway since whisky has changed so much over the past 100+ years) but to read about Mr. Barnard and his trip to the distillery. He describes the mood of the day and what the environs are like and the people he meets. Just perfect to get a little closer to the history of the whisky you're about to drink.
Just love this book.
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on 30 November 2005
This book is a classic publication on whisky. Alfred Barnard visited all distilleries in Scotland, Ireland and England. It is a printing record of the distilleries in the year 1887. You can imagine the beautiful landscapes and the surroundings of his travel through the country. It is a report of his journey. He made a description of the distilleries and the equipment. If you read the text today, you don't want to know the details of the distilleries but you can enjoy the description of his travel and the problems he faced on his travel.
The book begins with an introduction on distilling. A map and an index of the distilleries head the three geographical (Scotland, Ireland and England) parts. There are beautiful printings of the distilleries and the surroundings of the estates included. You can enjoy the single chapter with a dram or you can read the text as a comparison to the real distilleries today.
This book is really for the collector and not for the beginner in whisky literature. It is a fortune to have this book in hands.
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on 13 July 2005
Every whisky enthusiastics has once heard of Barnard and its travel through the distillery in Scotland. The original edition 1880' eventually found (I saw one last year for £1200), but I found this edition and I can only highly recommend it: the quality of this fasimile is superb with detailed engravings and "golded" side pages for a suprisingly low price. Read it and travel back to the age of whisky and craftman ship. A must to have
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on 13 January 2013
An excellent well made and beautiful looking book, excellent as a gift or just on your bookshelf. If you are interested in the history of scottish whisky or whisky making in the United Kingdom it is a must have book, well worth every penny!! Gave as a gift to my husband at Christmas who was overjoyed to receive it.
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We were over in Islay when I saw this book at our hotel. A brilliant read and it was interesting to compare the distilleries as they were then to how they are now. For sure it is a lot easier (and faster) to travel between them today.
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on 21 April 2010
Terrific facsimile edition of the irreplaceable 1886-7 original with intro by erudite whisky retailer, Richard Joynson. A must-have for any would be malt whisky historian.
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on 11 April 2016
Classic piece of work on the distilleries of the UK over 100 years ago. Recommended reading for any connoisseurs of whisky
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