Anyone knows if Amazon always has the books they claim the have?
I'd love to read "The Distilleries of Campeltown" !
Can we hope for chapters on the history of the area of Campbelltown and not only a "necrology" of the various distilleries?
dstirk wrote:The book is being dispatched to retailers this week so should be available in the next few days. Fastest way to get it:
Hope you enjoy it!
Good to see that you keep your ear to the ground (screen in this case )
So it's not true what Amazon states that it was published in April this year?
The online bookstore in Sweden that I usually use states that the publisher is:
Neil Wilson Publishing and not The Angels' Share.
Are they wrong?
We actually met at Stockholm Beer & Whisky 2003 when you where working for Douglas Lang. Will you maby attend this year to promote your book?
I have been reading David Stirk's book on Campbelton and it's very good, a great just before read but tragically for another few weeks without a dram.
I bought my copy from Neil Wilson Publishing in Scotland.
Oops, I just did both!
Anyway, what I was getting at was not that Australian barley in general is inferior, but that the Aussies were shrewdly dumping their unwanted dregs on Campbeltown. How else to explain the economics of shipping barley around the world, to a barley-producing country? Still, there are stranger things. I've been in a restaurant in Scotland whose menu proclaims "We use all local produce when possible, except for lamb, which is from New Zealand." New Zealand lamb is quite common in the UK. Meanwhile, look out the restaurant's window, and you can see vast herds of sheep wandering in the street. I realize they are being raised for wool, not meat, but still.... No doubt New Zealanders wear jumpers made of Scottish wool. Coal to Newcastle.
Australia has an enormous agricultural industry, be it the growing of grain such as wheat and barley, or livestock such as lamb and beef.
Back in the 1950's and 60's, when the Australian economy was booming, and our pound (pre-decimal currency) was stronger than the US $ and UK pound, the term was phrased, "Australia was riding on the sheep's back". Wool was our main export item, and continued to be so up until the 1990's.
Given that these are our main industries, and therefore amongst the biggest factors in our economy and gross domestic product, it figures that we will "sell it to the world"
New Zealand is in a similar situation....it seems their entire economy is built on sheep. I can't remember the exact ratio, but the number of sheep in New Zealand outnumber the humans 50 to 1, or something like ridiculous like that. So it follows that they have enormous quantities of lamb that would otherwise rot and go to waste if they didn't export it to other countries.
But I don't think it's a case of "shrewdly dumping dregs". Knowing the stupidity of Australian big business and politics at times, it wouldn't surprise me if Campbelltown was getting the best we have to offer, whilst we here at home are getting the dregs.
(After all, Australia logs some of the last remaining and rarest areas of rainforest we have left, sells the woodchips to Japan, and then buys the paper back from them.)
I suspect the reality is that the Scottish whisky industry is an enormous sponge on local barley supplies, and it wouldn't surprise me to learn that the distillers need more barley than the UK can afford to supply them. So naturally, the Scots look to other suppliers around the world.
Lawrence, what was the time frame on the importation of Australian barley? Is it still going on? I would imagine low tariffs within the Commonwealth played a part, at least in the past.
"Riding on the sheep's back" is fine, if that's what it takes, but I'm not sure it's anything you want to brag about....
The English say it of the Welsh, the Welsh say it of the South Africans, the South Africans say it of the Australians, and we say it of New Zealanders. Of course, the New Zealanders admit it to be true, so they don't pass the buck!
(I've heard the US say something similar of Canadians, but with the substitution of moose!)
Hmmm....it appears we've been guilty of hijacking a serious discussion thread. Apologies to all.
I did some research online and looked for barley comsumption for last year in the UK and over 90% was from domestic sources. I would have to track it down again and it seems like work but I do remember being surprised at how little was imported. I also seem to remember that the beer industry used the lions share.
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