Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert

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Davin de Kergommeaux takes readers on a journey through the first systematic presentation of Canadian whisky: how it's made, who makes it, why it tastes the way it does, its history, and the rich, centuries-old folklore surrounding it.
 
Join whisky authority Davin de Kergommeaux on a pan-Canadian journey from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, celebrating the diversity of Canada's unique spirit. With his conversational and accessible ...

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Overview

Davin de Kergommeaux takes readers on a journey through the first systematic presentation of Canadian whisky: how it's made, who makes it, why it tastes the way it does, its history, and the rich, centuries-old folklore surrounding it.
 
Join whisky authority Davin de Kergommeaux on a pan-Canadian journey from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, celebrating the diversity of Canada's unique spirit. With his conversational and accessible tutelage, de Kergommeaux offers readers a carefully researched, reliable, and authoritative guide to Canadian whisky that is, quite simply, not available anywhere else. Not only a book describing the history and culture of the spirit, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert is also an informed exploration of taste. For the first time, whisky consumers — experts and novices alike — can approach Canadian whisky with a connoisseur's appreciation of its rich subtleties.

2013 IACP Cookbook Award Winner in the Wine, Beer or Spirits Category

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 • "This is an important time for Canadian whisky and this is an important book which isn't just a story of a drink, but a story of Canada itself. It makes you want to get a bottle and a glass, pour yourself a stiff one, sit back and dive in. I'd suggest you do exactly that." --Dave Broom, author of The World Atlas of Whisky
 • "The Canadian whisky industry has done itself no favours in recent years, content to be perceived as capable of only making bland ryes. Davin de Kergommeaux's book isn't just important, it's a game changer, bringing to life an extraordinary and evolving whisky industry. A proud, insightful beauty of a book." --Dominic Roskrow, author of The World's Best Whiskies and 1001 Whiskies to Try Before You Die
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780771027437
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVIN DE KERGOMMEAUX is a certified sommelier and independent whisky expert who has been writing about, talking about, and teaching about whisky for more than a decade. His writing and tasting notes appear in Scotch Whisky Review, Whisky Magazine, and on such websites as maltmaniacs.org, and whiskyintelligence.com. He publishes comprehensive notes about Canadian whiskies on canadianwhisky.org. The Association of Canadian Food Bloggers named de Kergommeaux's website as the best wine and spirits blog of 2010, just six months after it was launched.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Section 1 The substance of Canadian whisky

Chapter 1 The Grains 3

Chapter 2 The Water 14

Chapter 3 The Wood 19

Section 2 How Canadian whisky is made

Chapter 4 Processes 33

Chapter 5 Microorganisms: Enzymes and Yeast 39

Chapter 6 Distillation 45

Chapter 7 Blending 56

Section 3 The pleasures of Canadian whisky

Chapter 8 Flavour, Taste, Aroma, and Texture 71

Chapter 9 Tackling Tasting Techniques 79

Section 4 A concise history of Canadian whisky

Chapter 10 Canada's First Distillers 93

Chapter 11 The Dynasty: Thomas Molson and Molson Distillery 98

Chapter 12 Gooderham and Worts 111

Chapter 13 Henry Corby: A Man, a Plan, a Town, a Distillery 125

Chapter 14 Hespeler and Randall, Joseph E. Seagram, and Mr. Sam 136

Chapter 15 Hiram Walker & Sons, Walkerville, Ontario 156

Chapter 16 J. P. Wiser: The Mingled Souls of Rye and Corn 176

Section 5 The nine distillers of Canadian whisky

Chapter 17 Alberta Distillers 193

Chapter 18 Black Velvet 203

Chapter 19 Canadian Mist 213

Chapter 20 Gimli Distillery 225

Chapter 21 Glenora Distillery 234

Chapter 22 Highwood Distillers 248

Chapter 23 Hiram Walker & Sons 257

Chapter 24 Kittling Ridge Estates Wine and Spirits 266

Chapter 25 Valleyfield 276

Epilogue 287

Glossary 301

Bibliography 309

Acknowledgements 314

Credits 316

Index: Tasting Notes 317

Index 321

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