A Woman's Drink
No, not cosmos. Not martinis. I’m talking about whiskey! Shortly after graduating from university in 1934, Elizabeth “Bessie” Williamson began working as a secretary at the Laphroaig Distillery on the Scottish island Islay. She frequented the tasting room, where she picked up cues on distilling. Following Laphroaig, Elizabeth stepped into action, launching her career as the spokesperson in America for the Scotch whisky industry. One of our very own Tasting Panel editors, Fred Minnick tells an intriguing tale in his riveting new book, Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey. From Marge Samuels’s branding influences on Maker’s Mark to Gertrude “Cleo” Lythgoe’s lucrative bootlegging business, Fred tells the untold stories of the women who spearheaded some of our favorite spirits. Whiskey Women. Available for $27.