If you have a favorite type of whiskey to drink, it’s a safe bet you also like a certain type of whiskey book. Lucky for you, there’s a whiskey book that covers every topic imaginable from niche-bartending tips to encyclopedic deep-dives on all things brown spirits. Regardless of what type you prefer to read, the vast array of options means you’re spoiled with the choices at your fingertips. From recipes to history, boozy bibles and distillation, these 6 are the best whiskey books to add to your fall reading collection.
The Curious Bartender’s Guide to Malt, Bourbon & Rye Whiskies by Tristan Stephenson
A captivating introduction to the world of fine whiskies, brought to you by bestselling author, restaurateur, bar-owner, and world-class drinks connoisseur Tristan Stephenson.Tristan explores the origins of whiskey, from the extraordinary Chinese distillation pioneers well over 2,000 years ago to the discovery of the medicinal "aqua vitae" (water of life), through to the emergence of what we know as whiskey. Explore the magic of malting, the development of flavor, and the astonishing barrel-ageing process as you learn about how whiskey is made.
Beginner’s Guide to Whiskey by Sam Green
The spirit of whiskey―distilled in this essential beginner’s guide The Beginner’s Guide to Whiskey is the best way to become a true aficionado without taking a mixology masterclass. Inside, you’ll discover its rich history, the detailed whiskey-making process from grain to glass, the main types of brown liquor, and, of course, the fine art of savoring handcrafted whiskey.
Whiskey Cocktails by Brian Cruise
Do you want to amaze your guests, your family, or your friends as if you were in a New York cocktail bar, simply preparing your whiskey cocktails at home?Some evenings with friends require a drink together to let go and have fun together.Often, however, finding the ideal place to feel at home and to enjoy excellent whiskey cocktails is hard to find.For this reason, Brian Cruise, bartender of one of the rooftop bars in New York for more than 20 years, has created this easy and complete book that will guide you in the creation of your favorite whiskey cocktails step-by-step, in the comfort of your home.
The Curious Bartender’s Whiskey Road Trip by Tristan Stephenson
In his follow-up to the Curious Bartender’s Guide to Malt, Bourbon and Rye Whiskies, Stephenson takes readers on a coast-to-coast tour of the most exciting whiskey distilleries in the U.S from small-scale craft operations to the behemoths of bourbon. Through his signature style, which is both fiercely entertaining and meticulously researched, Stephenson weaves together the full and fascinating story of American whiskey with all its regional nuances, from its history and production methods to the origins of iconic bottle designs. With evocative images that take you behind the scenes and recipes for cocktails to make and enjoy, this is a celebration of a true American classic.
The North American Whiskey Guide from Behind the Bar by Chad Berkey
In addition to detailed reviews, Berkey covers historical information on every category, plus popular whiskey recipes and a few cocktail riffs of his own. And he’s one of the most qualified persons to do so: Berkey manages San Diego’s The Aero Club, home to over 900 different kinds of whiskeys.
Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers
Adam Rogers’ book is a scientific romp through the whiskey world, covering a 10,000-year history of the industry. He touches on our biological responses to the spirit to why our favorite drams are so hard to resist.
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