This book celebrates the world of fine spirits single-malt scotches, small-batch bourbons, fine cognacs, liqueurs, & the clear spirits (gin, vodka, & others) with a unique blend of practical information & entertaining anecdotes. It discusses how these spirits are made & which ones (in the authors unassailable opinion) are best. The book describes both the role spirits have played in history as well as practicalities of bar setup & drink mixing. And it dispenses even measures of lore, illustrations, & good sense about these liquors in a supremely engaging way. Includes dozens of color & black-&-white illustrations.