Spirit of Place: Whisky Distilleries of Scotland

Author(s): Charles Maclean

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A wide-ranging and evocative portrait of Scotland’s distilleries, with text by renowned whisky expert Charles MacLean and photographs by Lara Platman and Alan MacDonald.

Treating Scotland as eight distinct regions, this fascinating book describes the ‘cultural terroir’ of the country's fifty greatest distilleries; the ingredients, practices and traditions that result in such an exquisite range of whiskies. Specially commisioned photographs capture the texture of the surrounding landscapes and communities through the changing seasons, as well as portraits of those craftsmen who work there, and the fabric of the buildings themselves.

Spirit of Place is a unique addition to the literature on Scotch whisky, from the world's greatest expert on the subject. The perfect gift for anyone planning a tour of Scotland's distilleries, a souvenir for anyone who has visited them, and simply the perfect companion to a dram at home.


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CHARLES MACLEAN is the author of ten books to date, including the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky and the leading book on its subject, Malt Whisky, both of which were short-listed for Glenfiddich Awards. Whisky: A Liquid History was named Wine and Spirit Book of the Year (2005) by the James Beard Foundation of New York. In 2008 he was Managing Editor of Dorling Kindersley's Eyewitness Companion to Whisky, and in 2009 their World Whiskies. He lives near Edinburgh with his wife and three sons. 'Charles MacLean is Scotland's leading whisky expert' The Times, March 2010 LARA PLATMAN is a photographer and writer, specialising in documenting areas of culture that are often considered to be eccentric or endangered. Her previous books are a collection of portraits of craftsmen in their working environments for the Art Workers Guild (Unicorn Press), and Harris Tweed (Frances Lincoln). ALLAN MACDONALD is a photographer and folk musician, specializing in landscape 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 among others.

General Fields

  • : 9780711235403
  • : frances lincoln
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : September 2015
  • : 305mm X 250mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Charles Maclean
  • : Hardback
  • : en
  • : 338.476635209411
  • : 288
  • : 250 photographs in colour and b/w