Whiskey Womenby Fred Minnick
Shortly after graduating from University of Glasgow in 1934, Elizabeth “Bessie” Williamson began working as a temporary secretary at the Laphroaig Distillery on the Scottish island Islay. Williamson quickly found herself joining the boys in the tasting room, studying the distillation process, and winning them over with her knowledge of Scottish
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Shortly after graduating from University of Glasgow in 1934, Elizabeth “Bessie” Williamson began working as a temporary secretary at the Laphroaig Distillery on the Scottish island Islay. Williamson quickly found herself joining the boys in the tasting room, studying the distillation process, and winning them over with her knowledge of Scottish whisky.
After the owner of Laphroaig passed away, Williamson took over the prestigious company and became the American spokesperson for the entire Scotch whisky industry. Impressing clients and showing her passion as the Scotch Whisky Association’s trade ambassador, she soon gained fame within the industry, becoming known as the greatest female distiller.
Whiskey Women tells the tales of women who have created this industry, from Mesopotamia’s first beer brewers and distillers to America’s rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Women have long distilled, marketed, and owned significant shares in spirits companies. Williamson’s story is one of many among the influential women who changed the Scotch whisky industry as well as influenced the American bourbon whiskey and Irish whiskey markets. Until now their stories have remained untold.
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Fred Minnick wrote the first book on women in whiskey, a topic that has been largely ignored. Particularly entertaining and informative are the incredible stories about female bootleggers; as well as the surprising legal advantages they enjoyed. The number of famous distillers which had women feature so prominently in their histories is surprising. Who knew they could be so summarily forgotten? The book mentions memorable stories about women from Jim Beam, Laphroaig, Maker's Mark and Bushmills (among others). There's a huge amount of information presented in a relatively succinct fashion, which makes it great for research. I tore through Whiskey Women in a day, it was too difficult to put down. Each fact is more amazing than the last! This book has been the subject of various national news stories; making Minnick popular as an interviewee by reporters in regards to any whiskey piece.