Sunday, 14 August 2022

Local author publishes book on whisky lore

AN author from Hambleden has just released a book about the history of whisky.

Alice Parsons, who splits her time between Britain and Australia, came up with the idea for The Lore of Whisky after releasing The Magic of Tea a year ago.

She said: “It was a shot in the dark really. My publisher wanted me to write a second book and without thinking I said, ‘how about whisky?’ I knew nothing about whisky at the time and that’s what excited me. I could attack the subject and try to find out everything I possibly could about it.

“There were times when I would get up in the middle of the night and go and write because it was so exciting. It’s such an adrenaline rush when you are writing a story like that and because of my background, I wanted chapters on American bourbon and the Prohibition as well as English whisky and how it evolved through the Middle Ages.”

Alice, 55, launched the book at Burrow Farm, which is owned by her parents, David and Millie Palmer. About 80 guests attended, including Sir William and Lady McAlpine, of Fawley Hill, and actor Sir Timothy Ackroyd.

They were treated to samples of whisky from around the globe. Alice said: “Lots of people who came to support me tried the various drams and we got through plenty of whisky. Some of us kept going until 11pm! The feedback was wonderful and everyone had a good-spirited time. Someone suggested I should write a book on white spirits now and I’m toying with the idea!”

• The Lore of Whisky, which costs £7.95, is available at the Bell Bookshop in Bell Street, Henley.

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