The Gaelic word for whisky is Uisge beatha, which translates literally as "the water of life". That is as a good a starting place as any to enjoy whisky, as a connoisseur, taster or an occasional tippler. This beautifully produced volume. Written by a Scotsman who considers it a blessing to grow up with Scotch whisky, the author describes not only about the history of whisky distillation, the famous men whose passion can be found in their special malts, but also acts as a guide on tours of the main whisky regions, including the Western Isles, Speyside, Highlands, Lowlands and Campbeltown, visiting some of the greatest names in the production of Scotch: The Glenlivet, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Balvenie, Talisker - other brands (more than 80 of them) are available. Written with a passion and love for the subject and complemented by stunning photographs, maps and artworks, Scotch Whisky Treasures has the added bonus of 20 facsimile memorabilia items which can be removed from the book.