Notes on Alcohol in Brandy, Whisky and Rum : including the Strengths of Wine and Beer Compared with Spirits - Sir Walter Gilbey Bart. 1904 - Vinton &Co., London - Second Edition (first printed in 1903) A fine copy of this exceedingly rare pamphlet.

It is a curious fact that the heat of the fire also imparts a Flavour to the vaporised matter. The fire heat gives the Spirit a character which distinguishes it from Spirits distilled by the Patent Still. It imparts to the Spirit the character known as empyreumatic, which is easily recognised in the product of the Pot Still and which is quite absent in Spirit produced by the Patent Still.

‘This pamphlet is now extremely rare, with as few as half a dozen copies known to have survived. It provides a contemporary view of the importance of "The Pot Still as used to produce the finest Malt Whiskies of the Highlands of Scotland and the finest Whiskies of Ireland" - From the introduction to the limited edition facsimile of 2007, by Tom Cannavan of
Whisky Pages, referring to this, the second edition.
  In this second edition is included a Table showing the relative quantity of Alcohol in the better known Foreign Wines, also a comparison of the Alcohol in Beer and Cider.’ - from the preface.

Illustrated with a reproduction of the frontispiece from Y’Worth’s Whole Art of Distillation (1692), full page plates ‘Of the Art of Distillation (1651) and of ‘A Pot Still of 1692’, a double page diagram ‘Coffey’s Distilling Apparatus’, and one half page plate ‘The Pot Still’’.

‘Sir Walter Gilbey (1831-1914) was a distiller of note, and his family firm of wine and spirit merchants owned Gilbey's Gin and, at the time of this publication, Glen Spey, Strathmill and Knockando distilleries on Speyside.’

Reference: Simon, Vinaria 154 (1904 edition). Cannavan,
Classic Expression, reprint. Buxton & Hughes, The Science and Commerce of Whisky 38, 45, 71.

pp. [1] [Frontispiece] v [1] 32 [2 advertisements of works by Sir Walter Gilbey, tipped in, yellow paper, blank verso] [2
Publications of Vinton & Co., tipped in]. In publisher’s original cloth wrappers illustrated and titled in gilt to front.
  Condition: Fine, with the lightest of foxing to front inside cover and top edge.   Ref: 106277   Price: HK$ 5,000