This is the perfect book for whiskey lovers of all levels of expertise. I had been exploring the whiskey aisle for a few years before I read this, and now a small interest has grown into a passion. Risen breaks down dozens and dozens of American whiskey, bourbon, and rye while giving the reader a thorough explanation of what it means to be each. There's also extensive explanations and reviews of each whiskey. This is a great gift for a whiskey lover, whether that's someone else or yourself. Recommended By Jeffrey J., Powells.com
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.and#160;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.
"New York Times
editor Risen . . . deftly combines history and assessment in this informative volume that covers more than 200 of the titular spirits . . . .and#160;This book will delight those interested in learning about the history, traditions, and comparative taste of whiskey, and the gorgeous images will conjure up memories of grandfather's old favorites. A fascinating read as well as a valuable reference guide, this work is sure to be a hit, especially in regions where the beverage is gaining popularity." and#8212;Library Journal
"[An]and#160;accessible and useful reference . . .and#160;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 . . . 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." and#8212;Publishers Weekly
" . . . a whiskey novice's best friend, describing the characteristics of American whiskey, how to taste it, and how it is produced, as well as providing a detailed history of the spirit. The book also includes reviews and photos of more than 200 American whiskeys, their tasting notes, and information on the producers. After reading Risen's guide, I now feel emboldened to order a whole list of new favorites, from woodsy Hudson Manhattan Rye to fruity and floral Russell's Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon. It's a book I plan on keeping around for constant reference." and#8212;Saveur
Praise for American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye
andldquo;A comprehensive and opinionated guide for the intermediate tippler . . . Itandrsquo;s a detailed, admirably cranky directory. Risenandrsquo;s tasting notes for each are erudite and fun.andrdquo;
andmdash;Wall Street Journal
andldquo;Risen is something of a Renaissance man . . . a Leonardo da Vinci of whiskey. American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye . . . should have a proud place on the bookshelf (or by the bar) of anyone who is an enthusiast of bourbon and other American whiskeys. Very useful for shopping purposes . . . Bring this book with you.andrdquo;
andmdash;Los Angeles Review of Books
andldquo;Risen delicately walks readers into whiskeyandrsquo;s past, present, and future. . . . His words are meant for whiskey lovers, as he dissects every brandandrsquo;s story and scores products on an NR (not recommended) to four-star scale. An American whiskey treasure worthy of four stars.andrdquo;
andldquo;A whiskey noviceandrsquo;s best friend . . . Itandrsquo;s a book I plan on keeping around for constant reference.andrdquo;
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.and#160;
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.
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
and#160;Dominic Roskrow is an established whiskey taster and writer, and a widely recognized authority on everything from malt to rye and bourbon. Editor of Whisky Magazine for four years, in 2005 Dominic launched Beers of the World magazine and he is a regular contributor to Whisky Magazine and Malt Advocate. He has written a number of books on whiskey, including The Worldand#39;s Best Whiskies (Abrams). His most recent book, The Whisky Opus (DK), was short-listed for the highly prestigious Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards, the only whiskey book to make the list. Learn more at his website and blog: thewhiskytastingclub.co.uk. He lives in London, England.