Whiskey Women, Mighty Women

Without women, whisky may not exist, that’s the key of this book. As a woman, you can imagine that I was excited, to read this book.

“Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey”

Fred Minnick-1Photo:  Fred Minnick

Writer Fred Minnick was an army public affairs photojournalist in Iraq for over a year. He wrote a book about this subject: Camera Boy: An Army Journalist’s War in Iraq. After reading the book “Whiskey Women”, I might give this book also a try. The way Fred writes is fantastic.

“Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey” makes you to think deep. With this “spirit” book Fred Minnick will indulge and intrigue you with fantastic writings from his hand about women, which are the precious golden key’s to the whisky industry as we know it these days.

Whiskey Women Cover

To think deeply about the women who previously were sentenced to death and about the heritage of distilleries and how they survived the witch accusations.  This book is teaching us, that women are strong. And they will always be the strength, the strength of compassion, surviving and the heart for whisky.

First thing: I always carried this book around with me. It’s not really pocket size, but my bag is big enough to carry the world .. and this book found it’s place, next to my notebook, pen and keys.

I enjoyed the reading, When you start, it’s difficult to stop. Before, I had no clue about the history of “whisky” women so deep as I do now. So many women, so many suffering and permanent scars for life, and all for whisky.

What I like about this book, with it’s 161 pages excl. the index, acknowledgments and more, are the numbers, that refers the readers to the index at the back of the book. That keeps you on your toes.

The book starts with the women around 4000 BC, about the 1st evidence, of women making beer that was found on Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets. Fred is taking the readers on a trip through the past to the present day. Giving the strong Whisky Women the spotlight they deserve. Traveling and visiting countries like Scotland, Ireland, America and Canada with stories about “cowboy rituals”, “witch hunt”, “keeping the head cool” and the “love”.

Without women, no person would enjoy the whisky. I can say a lot about this book. Both women and men should read this book, It gives you a completely different image of the whisky.

I want to end this book review with a quote. As you know I’m dutch, and for being dutch I’m sharing a quote from the book! A quote that was noticed by my eye instantly.

“In the Middle Ages, female brewers remained important to their societies.
Dutch women were considered better brewers than men. 

In 1300, brewing was a ubiquitous trade that required little specialized skill or equipment “

Photos Courtesy of the Oscar Getz Whiskey Musuem in Bardstown, Ky.One last tip: Read the book.

“It gives you great insights in Whiskey / Whisky, the influence of women and it’s life course. After reading this book, drinking whisky will never be the same ..



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