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99 Drams of Whiskey: The Accidental Hedonist's Quest for the Perfect Shot and the History of the Drink

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Kate Hopkins knew there had to be more to whiskey than using it as a mixer. She had an unquenchable thirst to learn more about "the drink" and set out on an ambitious itinerary researching its history. Combining comprehensive research with informal narrative, Hopkins entertains and educates the readers on whiskey's place in the history of the world. She visited historians and pub owners, went to distilleries owned by corporations who sell thousands of gallons per day, and artisans who sell thousands of gallons per year, and interviewed the aficionados and the common drinkers, because one of the best aspects of whiskey is not just its taste, but the stories about the drink that are told around the bar. As an added bonus, she discusses the fine art of distilling, the proper ways to drink whiskey, and provides tasting notes on different brands, all in the hope of discovering the best shot of the liquor.

Review:

"Prompted by the legend of a man, Mr. Disposable Income, who paid over $70,000 for a rare bottle of single malt Scotch whisky, Hopkins and her friend Krysta hit the road on a quest to parse the spirit's immense appeal — and to look for the perfect shot of whiskey.

Part road-trip memoir, part history and part handy tasting guide, Hopkins's search takes them to Ireland, Scotland, Pittsburgh (the author's hometown), Kentucky and Canada. Hopkins, a popular blogger who goes by the moniker 'The Accidental Hedonist,' has an easy, friendly tone, and her book often reads like a series of blog posts, albeit longer and well-researched. This works well when Hopkins gives historical context — how blended whiskeys overtook traditional whiskey in popularity, the story of the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania and how Prohibition decimated the U.S. whiskey industry. But the casual tone can make the first-person narrative sound a bit like two American coeds on a whiskey-bingeing spring break (Hopkins and her companion are in their early 40s and 30s, respectively). Still, this is a pleasant and informative read. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"99 Drams of Whiskey is part travelogue, part distillery guide, and part history book. It is deeply personal, and told in Kate Hopkins's humorous, engaging, and inimitable style. Through Kate's eyes, I found myself looking at whiskey anew." Kevin Erskine, author of The Instant Expert's Guide to Single Malt Scotch

Review:

"There is so much hype surrounding beverage alcohol products that a writer’s best tool may be his or her BS detector [and] Kate Hopkins has a good one...[A]n unexpected and fresh take on whiskey." Charles K. Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight

Synopsis:

Combining comprehensive research with informal narrative, Hopkins explains whiskey's place in the history of the world. In addition, she discusses the fine art of distilling, the proper ways to drink whiskey, and provides tasting notes on different brands.

Synopsis:

Kate Hopkins knew there had to be more to whiskey than using it as a mixer. She had an unquenchable thirst to learn more about “the drink” and set out on an ambitious itinerary researching its history. Combining comprehensive research with informal narrative, Hopkins entertains and educates the readers on whiskeys place in the history of the world. She visited historians and pub owners, went to distilleries owned by corporations who sell thousands of gallons per day, and artisans who sell thousands of gallons per year, and interviewed the aficionados and the common drinkers, because one of the best aspects of whiskey is not just its taste, but the stories about the drink that are told around the bar. As an added bonus, she discusses the fine art of distilling, the proper ways to drink whiskey, and provides tasting notes on different brands, all in the hope of discovering the best shot of the liquor.

About the Author

Ex-stand-up comedian Kate Hopkin's food blog The Accidental Hedonist has been named one Time Magazines 50 Coolest Websites. She also writes a food column for Seattle's alternative weekly The Stranger and lives in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312381080
Subtitle:
The Accidental Hedonist's Quest for the Perfect Shot and the History of the Drink
Author:
Hopkins, Kate
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Special Interest - General
Subject:
Beverages - Wine & Spirits
Subject:
TRV026000
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Wine & Spirits
Subject:
History
Subject:
Whiskey
Subject:
Whiskey -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100706
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 320 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312381080 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Prompted by the legend of a man, Mr. Disposable Income, who paid over $70,000 for a rare bottle of single malt Scotch whisky, Hopkins and her friend Krysta hit the road on a quest to parse the spirit's immense appeal — and to look for the perfect shot of whiskey.

Part road-trip memoir, part history and part handy tasting guide, Hopkins's search takes them to Ireland, Scotland, Pittsburgh (the author's hometown), Kentucky and Canada. Hopkins, a popular blogger who goes by the moniker 'The Accidental Hedonist,' has an easy, friendly tone, and her book often reads like a series of blog posts, albeit longer and well-researched. This works well when Hopkins gives historical context — how blended whiskeys overtook traditional whiskey in popularity, the story of the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania and how Prohibition decimated the U.S. whiskey industry. But the casual tone can make the first-person narrative sound a bit like two American coeds on a whiskey-bingeing spring break (Hopkins and her companion are in their early 40s and 30s, respectively). Still, this is a pleasant and informative read. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

"Review" by , "99 Drams of Whiskey is part travelogue, part distillery guide, and part history book. It is deeply personal, and told in Kate Hopkins's humorous, engaging, and inimitable style. Through Kate's eyes, I found myself looking at whiskey anew."
"Review" by , "There is so much hype surrounding beverage alcohol products that a writer’s best tool may be his or her BS detector [and] Kate Hopkins has a good one...[A]n unexpected and fresh take on whiskey."
"Synopsis" by , Combining comprehensive research with informal narrative, Hopkins explains whiskey's place in the history of the world. In addition, she discusses the fine art of distilling, the proper ways to drink whiskey, and provides tasting notes on different brands.
"Synopsis" by ,
Kate Hopkins knew there had to be more to whiskey than using it as a mixer. She had an unquenchable thirst to learn more about “the drink” and set out on an ambitious itinerary researching its history. Combining comprehensive research with informal narrative, Hopkins entertains and educates the readers on whiskeys place in the history of the world. She visited historians and pub owners, went to distilleries owned by corporations who sell thousands of gallons per day, and artisans who sell thousands of gallons per year, and interviewed the aficionados and the common drinkers, because one of the best aspects of whiskey is not just its taste, but the stories about the drink that are told around the bar. As an added bonus, she discusses the fine art of distilling, the proper ways to drink whiskey, and provides tasting notes on different brands, all in the hope of discovering the best shot of the liquor.

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