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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has fading to the spine area, a small area containing light writing indentations, and short creasing to the top edge. There is a small light blue ink smudge on the title page, and light browning to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 141 x 220 mm
Pages: 141
Publisher: William Collins
Publication date: 1980 first edition


The New Zealand Whisky Book
By Stuart Perry

From the crudest of firewaters such as Owen McShane's `Chained Lightning' to
Southland's famous Hokonui which gained a solid reputation in the hands of `Chief' Murdoch McRae and others, the history of illegal whisky distillation in New Zealand is as much a part of our folklore as the tales of American moonshine.

Government-approved distillation is also part of Stuart Perry's story as he traces the history of legitimate whisky from the days of Howdens in Dunedin and Cawkwells in Auckland in the 1870s. (An Auckland whisky actually won a medal at the Vienna International Exhibition of that period.)

Prohibition and its rise and decline also makes an important and often humorous contribution to the story of New Zealand whisky, and the book culminates with the establishment of two brands of excellent home-grown whisky on the market in this country.

The New Zealand whisky story is rich in comical and curious incidents, and not a few mysteries. Stuart Perry's meticulously researched narrative brings it vividly to life.


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