Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram

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Arrow, 2004 - Distilleries - 366 pages
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A tour of Scottish distilleries explores the history, personality and mystery of the water of life.

As a native of Scotland, bestselling author Ian Banks has decided to undertake a tour of the distilleries of his homeland in a bid to uncover the unique spirit of the single malt.

Visiting world-famous distilleries and also the small and obscure ones, Iain Banks embarks on a journey of discovery which educates him about the places, people and products surrounding the centuries-old tradition of whisky production.
Using various modes of transport -- island ferries, cars across the highlands and even bicycles -- Banks’ tour of Scotland combines history, literature and landscape in an entertaining and informative account of an exploration in which the arrival is by no means the most important part of the journey.

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Review: Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram

User Review  - Vasil Kolev - Goodreads

"After extensive research, I can definitely tell you that single-malt whiskies are good to drink." The book was great. Actually the parts with explaining how the whiskies taste are the boring ones ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anton Tomsinov - Goodreads

It was quite a pleasant reading. Iain Banks touches much more than just whisky: this books mostly speaks about Scotland itself, people, nature, and culture, about the invisible threads that connect ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Iain Banks was born in Scotland in 1954. He came to widespread public notice in 1984 with the publication of his first award-winning novel, The Wasp Factory. He went on to gain enormous and popular critical acclaim with further works of fiction and science fiction. In 1993 he was acknowledged as one of the Best of Young British Writers. He wrote bestselling science fiction books under the name Iain M Banks. He died from cancer in 2013.

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