Spirit of Place

Spirit of Place
Spirit of Place

Spirit of Place

Scotland's Great Whisky Distilleries
By Charles MacLean, Photographs by Lara Platman, Photographs by Allan MacDonald

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288 Pages, 10 x 11.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $47.95)

ISBN 9781613731833

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2015)

Price: $39.95
 
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Overview

This wide-ranging and evocative photographic portrait of Scotland's distilleries, from Talisker to Lagavulin, from Laphroaig to Dalwhinnie, from the Isle of Arran to Glenkinchie, describes the "cultural terroir" of the country's fifty greatest distilleries–the ingredients, practices, and traditions that result in an exquisite range of single-malt whiskies. Over 250 specially commissioned photographs capture the texture of the surrounding landscapes through the changing seasons, vividly portray the craftsmen who work there, and detail the fabric of the buildings themselves.A unique addition to the literature on Scotch whisky, with text by the world's greatest whisky expert, Spirit of Place is the perfect gift for anyone planning to tour Scotland's distilleries, a souvenir for anyone who has visited them, and simply the perfect companion to a dram at home.

Reviews

"Spirit of Place is the perfect gift for anyone planning to tour Scotland's distilleries, a souvenir for anyone who has visited them, and simply the perfect companion to a dram at home." —Luxury Travel Magazine

"I love the depth of information shared in this book, and Charlie gives us all that we need, but it really is the photographs that pull you in." —A Whisky Informative

"If you're a whisky fan and can't visit [Scotland] in person, the next best thing is here." —DrinkHacker

"MacLean writes learnedly about the casks where whiskey is aged, even the microclimate of the warehouses where they are stored."  — Shepherd Express

"a superb gift for a Scotch connoisseur." —The Tasting Panel

"big, beautiful hard cover book that would be a great addition to any whisky lover's coffee table." —Drink Insider

"This is armchair travel at its best."  —Wall Street Journal

Author Biography

Charles MacLean is the author of ten books, including the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky, and the leading book on single-malts, Malt Whisky, both of which were shortlisted for Glenfiddich Awards. Whisky: A Liquid History was named Wine and Spirit Book of the Year by the James Beard Foundation of New York. He has been managing editor of the Eyewitness Companion to Whisky and World Whiskies. He lives near Edinburgh. Lara Platman is a photographer and writer specializing in documenting areas of culture often considered endangered or eccentric. Her previous books include Harris Tweed and Art Workers Guild. Allan MacDonald is a photographer and folk musician specializing in landscapes and portraits. A son of the Hebrides, he is now based in Edinburgh. His work has been published in Time, the Huffington Post, the Daily Telegraph, and the Daily Mail.