It was written by a leading expert in the field, retired journalist Brian Townsend, and produced by NWP publishing house boss Neil Wilson, a native of Moffat.
The well-illustrated volume records the making of Scotch since 1494 and, in particular, features a comprehensive guide the the lost distilleries of Scotland.
It was a reference in an earlier edition of the book which first caught the eye of husband and wife, Professor David Thomson and Teresa Church, to a long-closed distillery on the outskirts of Annan.
They went on to locate and visit the buildings, later bought them and embarked on a painstaking £11 million restoration of Annandale Distillery.
Pictured at the launch are, left to right: Professor David Thomson; Linny Oliphant, distillery visitor experience manager; Brian Townsend, Malcolm Rennie, distillery manager and Neil Wilson