Whiskey Women

The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey

Fred Minnick

Whiskey Women tells the tales of women who created the whisky industry, from Mesopotamia's first beer brewers and distillers to America's rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition.
Publication date:
September 2020
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Language:
English
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Hardback
ISBN : 9781612345642

Dimensions : 230 X 150 mm
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ISBN : 9781640123618

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Overview
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• Reveals the little-known history of women and whiskey
• Shows how women transformed the multi-billion-dollar spirits market
• Presents a highly readable, entertaining, and informative period of American business and social history
• 2013 Gold winner for Women's Studies from Foreword Reviews
• Finalist for Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book in the 2014 Spirited Award from Tales of Cocktails
• Silver winner of 2014 Independent Publisher's Book Award in Women's Issues

Shortly after graduating from the 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 spokesperson in America 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.

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, including Bushmills, Johnnie Walker, and Maker's Mark. Williamson's story is one of many among the influential women who greatly influenced Scotch, bourbon, and Irish whiskey. Until now their stories have remained untold.