Scotch. The Whisky of Scotland in Fact and Story - Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart 1951 - Putnam, London - First Edition To-day pure malt whisky is rare. To those who can still obtain it, a little water is permissible with the whisky, but preferable after it. Soda water is an abomination and degrades both the spirit and the soul. By and large, the connoisseur still abides by the old Highland saying: ‘There are two things a Highlander likes naked, and one is malt whisky.”

In this first edition Sir Bruce, who knew Speyside from boyhood, tells his story of the whisky world with a wealth of knowledge and anecdote. Like many another of Highland blood, he mourned the eclipse of the great malt whiskies, and wrote nostalgically of them and of the men who created them with loving care beside the waters of Spey and Livet. Those early distillers were the founders of the present traditions of "Scotch"; earlier there had been a century, rich in legend, of struggle between the faithful henchmen of worm and cauldron, and the watchful "gaugers".

The invention of the patent-still brought the potentialities of world domination. The foundations of whisky's empire were laid, and the expansion carried out, by men of colourful personality and formidable dynamism - John and Thomas Dewar, James Buchanan, Alexander and John Walker, John Haig. Sir Robert has many tales of these great figures. To round off his "personal history", Sir Bruce tells of the Distillers Company Ltd, of the fortunes of whisky during Prohibition, and of the state and condition of its empire in the abasements and upheavals of our times (from a later edition).

Whisky and oatmeal! … they are the essence of the whole matter, the pattern of the past and the sign-post for the future. For if Scotland is to survive as something more than the northern county of England, she must continue to have a culture and life of her own. In a very real sense, whisky is the life’s blood of the Scot, and I look forward to the day when, among many other things necessary to his survival, he will continue not only to ask for it but to see that he gets it.
  Provenance: from the Gastronomy Collection of Olof (Olov) Vilgon [1894-1979], Swedish collector and bibliographer, with his bookplate.

References: Ian Buxton,
101 Legendary Whiskies, 137. Pearson, Books from the Whisky Library, Pt I.

Octavo (book size 22.2 x 14.3 cm) pp. [8] 184. Publisher’s cream cloth, orange block and gilt lettering to spine, illustrated map endpapers in blue and black. Dust jacket priced 15s. net to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket, light wear to corners and spine ends, mildly toned, small patch of abrasion to lower corner of front flap.   Ref: 109315   Price: HK$ 1,500