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Whiskey

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by Kevin R. Kosar
     
 

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Whiskey: poets have celebrated it, preachers have condemned it, and blood has been shed over it. Governments, distillers and the public have fought over whiskey as it changed from a sometimes lethal, herb-infused concoction to a high-quality, meticulously crafted liquor. Kevin R. Kosar tells the story of whiskey, and its rise from obscure medieval origins to…  See more details below

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Whiskey: poets have celebrated it, preachers have condemned it, and blood has been shed over it. Governments, distillers and the public have fought over whiskey as it changed from a sometimes lethal, herb-infused concoction to a high-quality, meticulously crafted liquor. Kevin R. Kosar tells the story of whiskey, and its rise from obscure medieval origins to become the globally traded product that it is today. Focusing on Scotland, Ireland and the USA, Kosar charts how the technique of distillation moved from Ancient Egypt to the British Isles, and explains how, contrary to popular claims, there were no 'good old days' of whiskey. Before the twentieth century, consumers could never be sure just what was being poured in their cups - unscrupulous profiteers could distil anything into booze and pass it off as whiskey. Eventually, governments and industry established legal definitions of what whiskey is and how it could be made, and today's distinctive styles of whiskey evolved. Whiskey: A Global History explains how the types of whiskey - bourbon, corn, rye, Irish and Scotch - differ. With a list of recommended whiskey brands and classic whiskey cocktail recipes for the thirsty reader, this book is aimed at drink and food enthusiasts and history lovers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Galveston Daily News
"There’s probably no more storied beverage than whiskey. Few have generated as many myths. Whiskey: A Global History, by Kevin Kosar, peels away the mythology to examine the real history of this legendary drink. Kosar shows that its history is at least as fascinating as the legend."--Galveston Daily News
Independent

"Scotch purists may splutter over Kosar''s planet-wide perspective: note his spelling. But open-minded readers, and drinkers, will raise a glass to his elan and expertise."--Independent

Karen Lyon

“Kosar has now poured his expertise into a new book, Whiskey: A Global History, where he shares not only his passion for the potent potable but also his knowledge about its political, economic, and cultural history. . . . Extensively researched at the Library of Congress, where he works, Whiskey is nicely illustrated with vintage photographs, advertisements, and cartoons, and packed with factoids and stories.”—Capital Community News

Washington Post
"Whiskey, at 144 pages, is the perfect primer for the person who wants to quickly learn the basics."--Washington Post
Washingtonian
“Kevin Kosar might be the most thoughtful boozehound you''ll ever meet.”—Washingtonian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861898944
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Edible
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,151,986
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin R. Kosar is the founder of AlcoholReviews.com. His writings on alcoholic beverages have appeared in American.com, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, the New York Press and the New York Hangover.

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Whiskey: A Global History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ColinDodds More than 1 year ago
Kevin Kosar's Whiskey: A Global History is a definitive guide to the spirit-how it's made, where it comes from, its mysterious history, how it shaped the identity and destiny of nations. It will tell you everything about whiskey except what, exactly, it did to your twenties. The book is a masterful guide to whiskies of all sorts, scotch, bourbon, Irish, Canadian and American. It is detailed and informative without being pedantic, and entertaining without straying off topic. From the cloudy particulars of biblical time, through Egyptian and Irish prehistory, through the alchemists' laboratories to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, prohibition and the present, Whiskey: A Global History tells a vast story without ever seeming to skim. A slender volume, the book nonetheless packs a wallop. In addition to a detailed and fascinating history, it has enough technical information that I was tempted to start distilling. Somehow, Kosar even found room for an impressive array of historical images about whiskey dating back hundreds of years. And at the end, once you've learned the space you occupy in whiskey's rich and raucous history, Whiskey: A Global History gives you a series of classic whiskey cocktail recipes so you may raise your glass and take your place in that history.
elbjr More than 1 year ago
Gives you a great and concise review of the history of whiskey. Quite informative and humorous.