Whiskey Women

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

Fred Minnick

Publication date:
October 2013
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
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ISBN : 9781612345642

Dimensions : 230 X 150 cm
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• Whiskey Women tells the previously untold stories of the women who have helped to create and influence the whiskey industry

Shortly after graduating 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.

Whiskey Women has been named one of the best drink books of 2013 by Liquor.com.

For a deeper taste of the book read the entertaining essay by the author on "The Role of Women" in Whisky Magazine Issue 114 - http://www.whiskymag.com/magazine/issue114/12010736.html


One of the Best Drink Books of 2013... "Whiskey Women brings praise and acknowledgement where it is due. Coming from a male writer, it speaks even louder, an enjoyable read of thoughtfully-assembled facts and stories illuminating the forgotten women of apothecaries and distilleries past.

'In Whiskey Women, Minnick gets the research part right, then puts it in a book that's well worth buying.'