I'm starting to re-read books. The Making of Scotch Whisky by Moss and Hume was just as illuminating as first time round. I can see myself reading it again some time. Scotch: the whiskies of Scotland in fact and story, wasn't as enjoyable second time round. But Neil M Gunn's whisky and Scotland proved as hard a read as I remembered it.
Written in 1935 its can offer a valuable view of the industry from a time when little was popularly documented. The author wrote several books and his way with words as well as the style of the day had me lost many times. I stopped using my reading card some time ago and even though I don't ask my mum for help with the big words anymore I couldn't help but feel my education was lacking as reference after reference went right over my head. I often felt like giving up but the challenge proved a test I didn't want the book to win. Fortunately the tone turns with last the chunk of the book focusing on more down to earth topics like production and actually mentions a few drams by name. Don't think Ill try this one again.
I'm now reading Whisky Dream Waking a Giant, much more my level. Wonder what giant they are referring to?