Whiskies Galore, by Ian Buxton (Birlinn 2018)

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Whiskies Galore carries the subtitle 'A tour of Scotland's Island Distilleries', and in 12 chapters whisky expert Ian Buxton travels through 9 islands reporting hilariously but authoritatively on their whisky making tradition. It's not a thorough inventory of tasting notes and ratings, rather a personal journey to discover what is different and unique, if anything, about island distilleries. It's beautifully and evocatively descriptive of life and landscape on the isolated islands, and Buxton is a well-informed, iconoclastic and articulate companion. A quite brilliant book if you like Scotland or whisky!