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American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spiritby Clay Risen
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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 bible of American whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes is updated! Arranged alphabetically by distillery and then brand, this revised edition features 300 whiskeysandmdash;with nearly 100 new entries. In addition to information on buying and choosing whiskey, every entry includes the makerand#39;s contact details and products, plus a full account of each bottling, including: age, proof, nose, color, body, palate, price, and rating.
When the Manhattan came along, it completely changed the drinking landscape. Cocktail historian Philip Greene traces the evolution of this classic from its competing origin stories through its continuing influence. Richly illustrated with vintage artwork and luxe photos, this definitive story of the iconic cocktail offers 65 recipes from the classic versions to the Manhattanandrsquo;s many descendantsandmdash;including the almighty Martini itself.
When the Manhattan came along, it changed everything. As Gothamandrsquo;s finest watering holes embraced the new concoction, the original cocktail soon became old hat and known as the Old-Fashioned. Cocktail historian Philip Greene expertly traces the evolution of this new drink from its competing origin stories through its continuing influence and extensive progeny, including the almighty Martini itself. Richly illustrated with vintage ads and artwork and luxe photographs, this definitive, illustrated story of the Manhattan also offers 65 easy-to-follow recipes. Classic variations and contemporary updates range from the Brooklyn and the Vesper to the Little Italy and Red Hook. If youandrsquo;re thirsty for a good story, youandrsquo;ve come to the right place.
The bible of American whiskey has been updated. Organized in an A-to-Z directory by distillery, then brand, this second edition features more than 330 whiskeys, including more than 120 new entries. Each section includes a brief history of the maker, along with its location, followed by a full account of each bottling, including details on age, proof, nose, color, body, palate, price, as well as an overall rating. A comprehensive primer provides a short history of the spirit, how itandrsquo;s made, and how to enjoy it, including tips on organizing tasting sessions. Also included are a glossary of terms, a selection of top whiskeys by value and ratings, a handy checklist, and two helpful indexes. With this book, choosing from among the many whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes made in America has never been easier.
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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