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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WINNER OF THE GOURMAND BOOK AWARD FOR BEST SPIRITS BOOK CANADA 2012
WINNER, 2013 IACP Cookbook Awards – Wine, Beer, and Spirits

“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
 
"After reading this book, I now understand there's a lot more of this spirit to explore, and de Kergommeaux has me excited to do so."
—Jason Wilson, spirits columnist, the Washington Post and author of Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits
 
“This is the book Canadian whisky has long needed and richly deserves. Detailed, authoritative, and well-written, it debunks myths and sets records straight with grace and aplomb. There is no guessing, no speculation, and no producer hype, just facts, clearly and patiently explained. I’m delighted that we now have this tremendous resource.”
—Charles K. Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight
 
“While much has been written about other world whiskies, Canada’s national spirit has always been left in the shadows – until now. Davin has brilliantly captured Canada’s true spirit. He takes the reader on an engaging and informative journey of discovery, revealing the art, science, history, and passion of the whisky men behind Canada’s iconic elixir. Just like Canadian whisky itself, Davin’s book will leave you thirsting for another.”
—John K. Hall, Whisky Maker, Forty Creek Whisky, Ontario
 
"de Kergommeaux's excellent book opens the door to this magnificent land, its whiskies, and history. Superbly researched and written, it is a must have for the whisky lover. If you have not discovered Canadian whisky, yet, let Davin be your guide." 
—Rob Allanson, Editor, Whisky Magazine
 
“I’ve been looking for a complete guidebook about Canadian whisky for ages and Davin de Kergommeaux’s new opus is far more than I’d hoped for. In truth, it’s a book that’s blessed with superpowers: it will make any Canadian, even the most well-known brands, taste (even) better once you have read it, or even just thumbed through it for the first time! Essential reading...”
—Serge Valentin, Publisher of Whiskyfun.com and contributor, Whisky & Fine Spirits France
 
"Canadian Whisky is truly unique, and Davin de Kergommeaux has captured a story that truly reflects whisky's place in Canadian history and culture. He's scored the hat trick all authors should strive for: detailed, informative, and entertaining. Canadian whiskies will always have a place on my shelf, right next to this book."
—Mark Gillespie, Executive Producer/Host, WhiskyCast: Cask-Strength Conversation 
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780771027444
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 992,505
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.00 (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 Advocate and on such websites as maltmaniacs.org and whiskyintelligence.com.  He is the Canadian editor for Whisky Magazine and publishes comprehensive notes about Canadian whisky on the website, canadianwhisky.org. The Association of Canadian Food Bloggers named de Kergommeaux's website the best wine and spirits blog of 2010, just 6 months after it was launched.  De Kergommeaux appears at whisky festivals from coast to coast in Canada and abroad and is a judge in a number of prestigious whisky competitions including the World Whisky Awards.

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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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