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Whether they drink it straight, on the rocks, or in classic cocktails, Americans love their bourbon. Bourbon at Its Best is the most comprehensive guide to this drink available, with detailed descriptions of these elixirs, from the tried and true ways in which they are made to the amazing range of flavors they deliver. Bourbon at Its Best reveals the flavorful history of this red-white-and-blue spirit, from its rural origins as "corn likker" to its rough- and- tumble days as moonshine to its downright genteel status as a premium liquor. Readers will find out what makes bourbon different from other whiskeys of the world and how to truly savor all of its better qualities. They'll experience the magic of bourbon-making first-hand, traveling to classic distilleries in America's heartland. Perfect for both newcomers and connoisseurs, Bourbon at Its Best is an entertaining, informative tour of this intoxicating world.
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Clerisy Press (March 18, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
A ‘must read’ for anyone who has ever sipped a glass of one of America’s finest whiskies
Bourbon is a favored beverage whose enduring popularity in the American bars and homes continues from generation to generation. Now bourbon expert Ron Givens has written a fascinating, descriptive, and informative book focusing exclusively on this alcoholic masterpiece in all its varied subtleties in “Bourbon At Its Best: The Lore & Allure Of America’s Finest Spirits”. Beginning with a succinct introduction, Given’s continues with describing the process of how bourbon is made from mashing, fermentation, and distillation, to barreling, aging, and mingling. There are chapters devoted to the major distillers, legendary brands, the diversity of drinks that incorporate bourbon as an ingredient, and so much more. Enhanced with the inclusion of an Index and a Bibliography, “Bourbon At Its Best” is profusely illustrated throughout and includes such historical oddities as why all but one of the makers of ‘straight bourbon’ are located in a small region of Kentucky. A highly recommended addition to community library collections, “Bourbon At Its Best” should be considered a ‘must read’ by anyone who has ever sipped a glass of one of America’s finest whiskies.
Great Book on Bourbon
This book is exactly what I was looking for. A well written, comprehensive book on bourbon. It covers the history of bourbon, the whiskey making process, bios on the key players over the years, and many bourbon reviews. To top it off the book is filled with pictures on nearly every page, making this an excellent coffee table book (or one left out next to your chair in the study).
A beautiful primer
Exhaustive and affectionate, this is a beautiful primer on America’s great contribution to the spirits canon, from one of America’s best writers on the subject.
Bourbon at its Best
Excellently written book providing a historical perspective of bourbon’s beginnings, its growth, and ending with present day status of distillers and bottlers. It also describes the characteristics of many bourbons currently on the market. If you love bourbon this is a must read.
This is a beautifully written book that covers the history and production of bourbon. It would make a great coffee table book as it is quite elegant. It is very thorough in covering all aspects of bourbon.
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