Tasting Whiskey: An Insider's Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World's Finest Spirits

Tasting Whiskey: An Insider's Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World's Finest Spirits


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Pour a stiff drink and crack open this comprehensive guide to everything there is to know about the world’s greatest whiskeys. Exploring the traditions behind bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and even Japanese whiskey, you’ll discover how unique flavors are created through variations of ingredients and different distilling techniques. With advice on how to collect, age, and serve whiskey, as well as suggestions for proven food pairings, you’ll be inspired to share your knowledge and invite your friends over for a delicious whiskey tasting party. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612123011
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 224,251
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lew Bryson, the author of Tasting Whiskey, is the managing editor, features writer, and columnist for Whisky Advocate magazine. He lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

David Wondrich is a founding member of The Museum of the American Cocktail and the author of Punch and Imbibe.

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Wondrich


1 The Story of Whiskey

2 Making Spirit: Fermentation and Distillation

3 Aging

4 The Wall and the Work: The Challenge of Tasting Whiskey

5 Tasting: Tapping into Your Years of Experience

6 Mapping Whiskey Styles

7 Scotch: How the World Says "Whisky"

8 Irish: Single, Double, Triple

9 American: Bourbon, Tennessee, and Rye

10 Canadian: Blended, Always

11 Japanese: The Student Becomes the Master

12 Craft Whiskey

13 Dilution: Water, Ice, and Cocktails

14 What Goes Well with Whiskey?

15 Collecting Whiskey


Final Toast




What People are Saying About This

Clay Risen

"Whether you're a novice drinker or a malt connoisseur, Bryson has something to teach you — and you'll enjoy every word."

Fred Minnick

"An instant whiskey classic that will make all whiskey geeks smarter than their friends."

Charles K. Cowdery

“I shouldn’t say this is the only whiskey book you need but it probably is.”

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