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Ireland is the true home of whiskey. This book charts the history of uisce beatha - the water of life - from the early experiments of medieval monks, through the poitin wars, the Victorian heyday and downfall, and into the current whiskey renaissance. The reader is guided through the art and science of brewing, distilling, maturing and blending. The 'taste elements' of whiskey are examined, and every aspect of its complex flavour is explained and explored. A beautifully illustrated companion for the novice and connoisseur alike.