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The Founder's Tale
£14.99
Available October 2019


ISBN:
9781780276281
Categories
Biography, Food & Drink, Forthcoming Publications
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
10 October 2019
Format
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
Status
Not Yet Published
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
256

The Founder's Tale

A Good Idea and a Glass of Malt

This is the story of how one man, with a bit of help from his friends, created a revolution in the hitherto staid world of Scotch Whisky. But by creating the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, he gave whisky drinkers access to the finest distilled liquor on the planet – and what’s more, he had a great time doing it.

The book is a collection of stories about Pip and his friends and how they brought Scotland’s finest product to a waiting world. It begins in a small farm in Aberdeenshire and moves through high places (The World Trade Centre) and low (a jungle dive in the South Seas), with the help of the famous and the obscure, the good, the bad and the mildly delinquent. There are high mountains and wild seas, and a trip (with whisky) to Communist eastern Europe in a vintage Lagonda.

Pip Hills has had a varied career. After studying philosophy he has, at various times, worked as a docker, a crane driver, a truck driver and a scuba diving instructor. He found more gainful employment as an Inspector of Taxes, and also ran his own accountancy for 20 years.