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American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye

A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit

Clay Risen [9781402798405]

Publisher: Sterling Epicure
Published: November 2013
304 pages
ISBN: 1-4027-9840-7
ISBN13: 9781402798405
$24.95 US
$27.95 Canadian
all in color
5 X 9
Carton Quantity: 24
Territory: World

The number of commercially available American whiskeys has grown exponentially over the past 20 years—as has its popularity. Discerning drinkers will savor this, the only guide devoted solely to US-made whiskey, rye, and bourbon. Arranged alphabetically by distillery and/or brand, it offers histories, ratings, and tasting notes for over 200 whiskeys. Each main account includes the name and address of the maker, including website URL and contact information, along with its various products. In addition to finding information on how to get the best value for your money, you'll learn how to buy whiskey, how to read a label, which whiskey to give as a gift, and much more.

Clay Risen has covered spirits and beer for the Atlantic website since 2009. He was formerly the managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and in 2011 he became an editor of the Op-Ed section of the New York Times. He has published in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Inc., among many other publications. He is also the author of A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination (Wiley).

"New York Times editor Risen . . . deftly combines history and assessment in this informative volume that covers more than 200 of the titular spirits . . . . This book will delight those interested in learning about the history, traditions, and comparative taste of whiskey, and the gorgeous images will conjure up memories of grandfather's old favorites. A fascinating read as well as a valuable reference guide, this work is sure to be a hit, especially in regions where the beverage is gaining popularity." —Library Journal (Starred review)

"[An] accessible and useful reference . . . He then reviews more than 200 American brands currently on the market, ranging from staples such as Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam to boutique bourbons such as Black Maple Hill Small Batch Bourbon, one of the few to receive all four stars from Risen. He offers takes on the excellent whiskies, and doesn't hold back while describing the bad . . . lending authority to his assessment of an overwhelming number of choices. The book will help whiskey lovers single out the good-to-great, but Risen also offer suggestions for lower tier whiskeys like Evan Williams that are perfectly fine for mixed drinks." —Publishers Weekly

" . . . a whiskey novice's best friend, describing the characteristics of American whiskey, how to taste it, and how it is produced, as well as providing a detailed history of the spirit. The book also includes reviews and photos of more than 200 American whiskeys, their tasting notes, and information on the producers. After reading Risen's guide, I now feel emboldened to order a whole list of new favorites, from woodsy Hudson Manhattan Rye to fruity and floral Russell's Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon. It's a book I plan on keeping around for constant reference." —Saveur