Synopses & Reviews
A clever distillation of Americaandrsquo;s favorite libation, by the New York Times best-selling authors of The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert
Whiskey fever is sweeping the nation. Every day, craft distilleries are popping up in remote counties and urban centers, offering a wealth of great choices to consumersandmdash;and just as many puzzlements. Does the introduction of a simple andldquo;eandrdquo; to go from whisky to whiskey mean anything? Whatandrsquo;s the difference between Scotch and Rye? Whatandrsquo;s Canadian whisky anyway? And what about the whiskeys of Scotland, Japan, and Ireland? Whereand#39;s a humble Joe to start?and#160;and#160;In this witty kid-style book on an adult topic, Richard Betts boils down his know-how into twenty pages, cooling our andldquo;brown-sweatandrdquo; anxieties and dividing whiskey into three simple categories: Grain, Wood, and Place. While most whiskey tomes are about as fun as a chemistry lesson, Betts makes the learning slide down easy, reassuring us that this exalted spirit is just distilled beer and, through a nasal romp, helping us figure out which kinds we love best. Humorous illustrations and scratch-and-sniff scents (vanilla, sandalwood, grass, and more) help would-be connoisseurs learn their personal preferences. Language label and Map to Your Desires included.
A fun and accessible guide to completing an education in whiskey from a man who knows his hooch
Avoiding the deliberately obscure, the ridiculously limited, and the absurdly expensive, whiskey expert Ian Buxton has scoured the shelves of the world's whiskey warehouses to recommend an eclectic selection of old favorites, stellar newcomers, and mystifyingly unknown drams that simply have to be drunk. This witty, focused, and practical guide is not an awards list or a list of the 101 "Best" whiskies in the world in the opinion of some self-appointed whiskey guru. Its simply a guide to 101 whiskies that enthusiasts really must seek out and try—love them or hate them—to complete their whiskey education. What's more, it's both practical and realistic as it cuts through the clutter, decodes the marketing hype, and gets straight to the point; whether from India or America, Sweden or Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens, and islands of Scotland—here are the 101 whiskies that every whiskey enthusiast needs to try. Sláinte!
A clever distillation of Americaandrsquo;s favorite libation, by the New York Times best-selling authors of The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert.
About the Author
RICHARD BETTS is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert. He has been featured in the New York Times, Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, Outside, GQ, and Details and speaks frequently on wine throughout the country. He is also the founder of two wine companies, Betts and Scholl and Scarpetta, which have won top praise from leading wine publications. He is also theandnbsp;founder and president of Sombra Mezcal and Tequila Astral, and his newest wine ventures include Saint Glinglin Bordeaux, My Essential Red, My Essential White, and My Essential Rosandeacute;.CRYSTAL ENGLISH SACCA is an award-winning advertising art director.WENDY MacNAUGHTONand#39;s work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.