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.
Islay is home to Ardbeg and Bowmore.
Read by Jimmy Chisolm and abridged by Laurence Wareing.
For a long time I rejected traditional Scottish stuff.
Banks reflects on the participatory nature of whisky-drinking.
Iain Banks once contemplated a pseudonym combining the names of his two favourite whiskies.
The search for the perfect dram leads to the quest for the secret still.