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American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spiritby Clay Risen
Synopses & Reviews
As the popularity of whiskey grows, more and more connoisseurs seek to unlock its mysteries and better understand its myriad styles and tastes. This new whiskey audience, as well as the aficionados, seek quality, variety, and a heritage worth savoring. Carefully researched and with a unique format, Whiskey: What to Drink Next takes a systematic, easy-to-understand approach to selecting new brands to please your palate. It covers everything from single malts and bourbons to ryes and blends, from traditional Scotches to whiskies from such diverse locales as Sweden, India, and Texas. Organized by country of origin, each type of whiskey has a guide to its specific heritage and production; three recommended whiskies to try at different prices; and a colorful, graphic and#8220;atomic diagramand#8221; with cool facts, lists of distilleries, and tasting notes. A and#8220;periodic tableand#8221; helps you decide which whiskeys to try next.
Whiskey expert Dominic Roskrow gives enthusiasts a treasure trove of unbiased information about the ever-evolving world of whiskey-organized in a fun, new, graphic way.
"New York Times editor Risen (A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination) turns his attention to domestic whiskey and its many incarnations in this accessible and useful reference. Opening with an overview of the spirit and its variations (all bourbons are whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbons, for example), Risen explains the distillingprocess, the aging and how it affects the flavor of the end result, as gives a brief history of whiskey in America. He then reviews more than 200 American brands currently on the market, ranging from staples such as Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam to boutique bourbons such as Black Maple Hill Small Batch Bourbon, one of the few to receive all four stars from Risen. He offers takes on the excellent whiskies, and doesn't hold back while describing the bad ('Drinking George Dickel No 8, I can't get away from the thought of Robitussin poured over cornflakes'), lending authority to his assessment of an overwhelming number of choices. The book will help whiskey lovers single out the good-to-great, but Risen also offer suggestions for lower tier whiskeys like Evan Williams that are perfectly fine for mixed drinks." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
As whiskeyandrsquo;s popularity grows, more and more connoisseurs seek to unlock its mysteries. Whiskey: What to Drink Next offers the key with its systematic yet simple approach. Organized by country of origin, each whiskey style has a guide to its heritage and production; three recommendations for every price point; and a graphic andldquo;atomic diagramandrdquo; with cool facts, distilleries, and tasting notes. A unique andldquo;periodic table of whiskeysandrdquo; helps you choose your next brand!
The number of commercially available American whiskeys has grown exponentially over the past 20 yearsandmdash;as has its popularity. Discerning drinkers will savor this, the only guide devoted solely to US-made whiskey, rye, and bourbon. Arranged alphabetically by distillery and/or brand, it offers histories, ratings, and tasting notes for over 200 whiskeys. Each main account includes the name and address of the maker, including website URL and contact information, along with its various products. In addition to finding information on how to get the best value for your money, youand#39;ll learn how to buy whiskey, how to read a label, which whiskey to give as a gift, and much more.
About the Author
Clay Risen has covered spirits and beer for the Atlantic website since 2009. He was formerly the managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and in 2011 he became an editor of the Op-Ed section of the New York Times. He has published in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Inc., among many other publications. He is also the author of A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination (Wiley).
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