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Whisky, a Very Peculiar History



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Whisky, a Very Peculiar History by Fiona MacDonald
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'Whisky, A Very Peculiar History' takes a sideways look at this most inebriating beverage from its simplistic origins to its pride of place in the drinks cabinets of the world. When Henry VIII disbanded the monasteries and let those brewing monks out into the wilderness, he had no idea of the kind of beast he'd unleashed. Whisky was used as a medicine, giving 'the glow of apparent well-being' and even horses were known to be given a dram here and there (although via the kneecaps). Featuring quirky tales of whisky's development and refining through the ages and detailed stories about its effect on the common man and woman, 'Whisky, A Very Peculiar History' delivers a warm aftertaste of hilarity with every shot of fact.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Scotland in a Bottle?; The water of life; Monks, medicine and magic; What's your poison?; Smugglers and excisemen; 'A most rascally liquor'; New laws, new technology; Barrels, bottles, blends, brands... and bugs; Meanwhile, in America; Whisky goes global; Timeline of distilleries; Index

Author Biography

Fiona Macdonald graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in history before going on to research and teach social history. She has contibuted to TV programmes and spent some time as a freelance researcher and picture researcher. In the last 15 or so years Fiona has been a full-time write and consultant. She estimates that she has probably wirtten over 300 books for people of all ages on a variety of different subjects, though she specialises in history.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations, black and white
Book House
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