Wort, Worms & Washbacks
By John McDougall and Gavin D Smith
Memoirs from the Stillhouse
hese are the memoirs of one of Scotland's best known whisky distillers and covers his time in the industry from 1963 until the present day. In that time John McDougall has worked in some of Scotland's most famous distilleries in Speyside, Ayrshire, Islay and Campbeltown as well as holding head office posts in Glasgow before setting up his own whisky brokering business based in Kelso.
This book is all about the characters that John has dealt with in the many differing places he has worked and portray as complete a picture of the distillery shop floor, the stillroom and the mashroom and the changes that have been made in them over the past 35 years as possible.
The episodes are often very revealing of how the industry functioned before the advent of the dreaded Heath and Safety Officer. But there is always a lighter side to John's memoirs and characters aplenty populate the pages as he reminisces on his eventful time in the trade.
Co-authored by whisky authority Gavin D Smith (A-Z of Whisky) this evocation of the true goings on in the whisky trade will delight anyone with an interest in the subject.
Engaging, informative and entertaining reading.
A prominent distiller's memoirs. Reveals exactly how the trade used to operate before the arrival of the EU, the Health and Safety Inspectorate and the men in grey suits!