Synopses & Reviews
Shortly after graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1934, Elizabeth and#8220;Bessieand#8221; 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 theand#160;spokesperson in America for the entire Scotch whisky industry. Impressing clients and showing her passion as the Scotch Whisky Associationand#8217;s trade ambassador, she soon gained fame within the industry.
Whiskey Women tells the tales of women who have created this industry, from Mesopotamiaand#8217;s first beer brewers and distillers to Americaand#8217;s rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Women have long distilled, marketed, and owned significant shares in spirits companies, including Bushmills, Johnnie Walker, and Makerand#8217;s Mark. Williamsonand#8217;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.
About the Author
Wall Street Journal
best-selling author FRED MINNICK, once an army journalist in Iraq, writes the award-winning and#8220;American Whiskeyand#8221; column for TASTING PANEL Magazine
and and#8220;Toasting the Huntand#8221; column for Covey Rise. A regular contributor to Caviar Affair
, Costco Connection
, Whisky Magazine,
and Whisky Advocate
, Minnick has widely written about the spirits industry, traveling around the world covering everything from Limoncello in Sorrento, Italy, to Malbec wine in Mendoza, Argentina. Minnick is a member of the Authorand#8217;s Guild and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Meridith May, publisher of TASTING PANEL
, calls Minnick and#8220;one of the best whiskey storytellers in the business.and#8221;