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0120031208

In the Spring of 2003, best-selling novelist Iain Banks set off on a tour round the whisky distilleries of his native Scotland in search of ""the perfect dram"".

The resulting book is a blend of travelogue, personal memoir, and pungent opinion - on everything from the politics of whisky, to slow-moving caravans with inappopriately glamorous names.

1/5.

Islay is home to Ardbeg and Bowmore.

Read by Jimmy Chisolm and abridged by Laurence Wareing.

0220031209

For a long time I rejected traditional Scottish stuff.

0320031210

Banks reflects on the participatory nature of whisky-drinking.

0420031211

Iain Banks once contemplated a pseudonym combining the names of his two favourite whiskies.

05 LAST20031212

The search for the perfect dram leads to the quest for the secret still.