- Title: Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey
- Author: Fred Minnick
- ISBN: 9781612345642
- Page: 254
- Format: Hardcover
Shortly after graduating from University of Glasgow in 1934, Elizabeth Bessie Williamson began working as a temporary secretary at the Laphroaig Distillery on the Scottish island Islay Williamson quickly found herself joining the boys in the tasting room, studying the distillation process, and winning them over with her knowledge of Scottish whisky After the owner of LapShortly after graduating from University of Glasgow in 1934, Elizabeth Bessie Williamson began working as a temporary secretary at the Laphroaig Distillery on the Scottish island Islay Williamson quickly found herself joining the boys in the tasting room, studying the distillation process, and winning them over with her knowledge of Scottish whisky After the owner of Laphroaig passed away, Williamson took over the prestigious company and became the American spokesperson for the entire Scotch whisky industry Impressing clients and showing her passion as the Scotch Whisky Association s trade ambassador, she soon gained fame within the industry, becoming known as the greatest female distiller Whiskey Women tells the tales of women who have created this industry, from Mesopotamia s first beer brewers and distillers to America s rough and tough bootleggers during Prohibition Women have long distilled, marketed, and owned significant shares in spirits companies Williamson s story is one of many among the influential women who changed the Scotch whisky industry as well as influenced the American bourbon whiskey and Irish whiskey markets Until now their stories have remained untold.
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It is perhaps telling that all of the blurbs on the back of this book are just descriptions of the contents, without any actual praise for the writing. The writing is horrible. Dull, meandering, and full of what I will generously assume are typos.This book contains a lot of useful information that would be hard to find elsewhere. As a reference, it does fill a useful niche. But this is content deserving of a much better writer than it received.In addition, for a book purporting to tell the story [...]
I am a whisky enthusiast who has many whisky books in her collection. I was skeptical when I heard about this book but then received it as a gift from a friend. I read it cover to cover and truly enjoyed the history, the ease at which it can be read as well as the content. Fred wrote this book so that anyone, no matter where they are on their own personal whisky journey can understand and appreciate this story. The fact that he has researched and well documented is proof at how dedicated he was [...]
Though Mr. Minnick tackles a multitude of subjects with a plethora of sources, he seems to lose sight (repeatedly) of what exactly is his chosen subject. He begins giving a brief history of beer in Sumeria/Egypt that is so utterly incomplete (and incorrect, I'm told by a friendly Egyptologist) that I immediately began to have misgivings about reading this book. Based on the description by the publisher, I expected numerous vignettes about women who played important roles in the history of whiske [...]
Reading this book helped me feel a real connection to the whiskey industry. Women have had such a significant role in the creation and preservation of distilled alcohol. It was impressive to read about the stories of many recognizable brands and to learn about the women behind the bottle. While women are welcome in the alcohol industry in present times, they haven't always been in recognizable positions of power. Kentucky has their very first female master distiller with Marianne Barnes at Woodf [...]
If I️ needed a whiskey resource book or if I️ was in the industry then maybe I’d like this book. It seemed like a well researched college paper that I️ had little interest in. I got distracted or fell asleep at least ten times per page.
Great book about some amazing lady leaders taking the reader thru the span of time to today's current distillers
An interesting read on an under discussed side of whiskey history. I just wish there had been more individual detail with some of the stories.
"Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey" is an important work in the field of whiskey history. The particular view that "Whiskey Women" undoes is the notion that whiskey is a man's drink and that, after that fact, it's OK for women to like it too. The "it's OK, honey, I'll scoot over for you and make room for you on this bench on the whiskey express" notion that is embodied in such facts as whiskey marketing people developing extremely light whiskie [...]
I am whiskey drinker. I usually choose Jameson or Bushmills on the rocks, although I’m also a fan of the Four Roses Bourbon out of Lawrenceburg. Until my trip to Edinburgh last year I thought I loathed Scotch whisky; I couldn’t take the peaty, smoky smell. Upon being introduced to the Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, however, I found another brown liquor to add to the rotation.Given my love of whiskies, and knowing my feminist views, my husband found the perfect book to surprise me with [...]
In my preview I mentioned that there were some historical factoids in the primitive era I found a little questionable. The whole book has an anecdotal feel about it, sort of like you sat down at a Whiskey event with someone storytelling for another drink. The stories about the women are dry, however without sympathy or anything beyond a news reporters read into their lives. I gather that examining personal papers wasn't a priority. I found the perspective sexist, despite the focus on women, like [...]
I was very disappointed in the book. I am a serious Whiskey drinking woman. I love whiskey and I love to study history, so I thought this was the perfect book for me. It was not. For starters, It is poorly written and a complete bore. There is so much great literary non-fiction on the market now, this book is the opposite. I also did not think this book lived up to it's title. It did not go into nearly enough detail about any specific woman in the whiskey world. One of the most interesting chapt [...]
This isn't so much a book about the untold story of women in the whiskey business, as it is a summary of women who should be acknowledged in whiskey history. As an outline or entry point into the essential contributions women have made, it is great. Minnick is focused on including as many names as possible, and heralding those who have made substantial strides in the business.However, it lacks the life, flair, and space to be anything more. The writing is impersonal and distant, lacking the thou [...]
Good book about how women have been involved in and transformed the whisky industry, from the "Tough Irish Women" to the Scotch and Americans. Some have criticized the author's lack of research, but he has provided copious notes for each chapter and a bibliography. What more do you want? This work was written on a bare bones budget with some travel paid for by one distillery, but for the most part, I see this book as a labor of love. I respect that. The book is more academic in nature and may no [...]
For some reason, Whiskey Women was slow starting, but very fascinating and empowering once I got into the history of women and drink, especially the early North American trade. Author Fred Minnick doesn't seem to miss a single detail, and a reader will surely get an education not only in the important role women have played in the spirits industry, but also in the nature of distillation, aging, and tasting of all types of whiskeys/whiskys. And, as I'm finishing it, I have added at least five oth [...]
An interesting book about the history of whiskey and the role women played in it. It got a little dry toward the end but I learned a lot. Admittedly, I picked this up on a whim, especially since I live in bourbon country in Kentucky. Like some of the other reviewers, I wish the author had delved deeper in to the lives of the women in the whiskey world and stayed more closely to topic. In the end it felt like he was doing a bit of advertising for some of the biggest whiskey makers.
It was brief account. But it felt like listing the brands and the women involved and did that for the top brands. It was an interesting read, but I felt I was just reading bullet points. Granted, it was information I never knew but felt impersonal. Straight and to the point, but that is what whiskey drinkers like, right?
It took a while to find its footing. The discussion of the 20th century onward flowed much better. My first impression was that it was written like a high schooler's attempt at an essay which made me a bit worried. Switching over to the audiobook was something of an improvement though.
I was excited to read this but early on it became a let down. At the outset it offers a history of whiskey in Great Britain with lots of flimsy speculation about individual womens' roles. It wasn't compelling enough to get through more than 40 pages. I might hang onto it and skim in the future.
A lot of really good information, could have used more anecdotes and may have benefitted from more in depth profiles of women currently in the whiskey business, but certainly a good brief overview of the topic.
Very interesting from a historical perspective - I didn't realize women were banned from bars, drinking, ads, etc, but actually worked in the spirits industry virtually unrecognized until recent years.
A bit boring. I love history but this was dry. Learned a few things but so much was missing.
Interesting, and lots of good facts and history. Writing feels dry and stiff.
What a fascinating read! bookaweekwithjen/
I loved the information in this book (especially the prohibition/bootlegger chapters). However, the writing style reminded me of an undergraduate research paper and drove me a little batty.
The book reads as a historical revue of women in whiskey. A little clunky to read at times, but very interesting and well researched.
Fascinating. The impact women have had positive and negative.
Distinguished.but a bit dry and austere.
Intriguing read on the history of women in different facets of the whiskey business; lots of great historical information.
Absolutely fabulous book on women's history of distillation--a must read for any whiskey enthusiast and any woman.
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