American whiskey, particularly bourbon, is experiencing an explosion in popularity not seen since...well, not ever seen, really. Our little brown spirit was practically left for dead in the 70's. In the late 80's/early 90's it started to claw its way back into favor, and today, it's selling like mad, and not just domestically. Unfortunately, it's … Continue reading American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye – Book Review
With bourbon's popularity soaring, it was inevitable that more and more books on the subject start popping up on shelves. Ahead of a couple new releases due this Fall, I thought I'd take a quick look at one of my favorite bourbon-based books, Bourbon, Straight, by Charles (Chuck) K. Cowdery. Cowdery has long been one of … Continue reading Bourbon, Straight – Book Review
*Sincere thanks to Davin de Kergommeaux, Johanne McInnes, and McClelland & Stewart, Ltd. for the review copy of this book. A year or so ago, when whisky really started taking off - articles in major publications, a dozen new craft distilleries popping up every week, a dozen new whisky blogs popping up every week, previously undervalued … Continue reading Canadian Whisky, The Portable Expert – Book Review.
I just occurred to me that this is the third book by Charles MacLean that I've written about...and I've only written about five books total. In my defense, let me just say that the talented Mr. MacLean is somewhat prolific, and that the other two books are basically, sneakily, disappointingly, the same thing. Also, let … Continue reading Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scottish Whisky – Book Review
I've had a couple of these Eyewitness Companions books with me on trips before and have always found them to be pretty useful. They're not a Frommer's, Paris-on-$3.58-a-day type book, nor are they very detailed literary accounts on select places/things. They offer short, descriptive entries on a wide variety of topics, giving an excellent overview … Continue reading Whiskey (Eyewitness Companions Guide) – Book Review
*6/20/13 - a quick revisionist note, I'll stand by this review for the most part, but now that a few years have passed, and I've learned that much more about whisky and the whisky industry, I'd be remiss if I didn't add that Jim Murray can also be a bit of a head scratcher. His … Continue reading Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010 – Review