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The Art of Distilling Whiskey and Other Spirits: An Enthusiast's Guide to the Artisan Distilling of Potent Potables
This book is a backstage pass into the world of small-scale distilling of whiskies, gins, vodkas, brandies, and more. The reader, the ultimate spirits aficionado, will learn how water and grain are transformed into the full range exquisite, timeless liquors. There are few books available that explore the actual craft of distilling in such detail. Most of the other spirits ...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Quarry
(first published November 1st 2009)
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This is an ok book about the art of distilling spirits. About 1/3 of the book covers the art, about 1/3 is an overview of many distilled spirits, and the last 1/3 is pictures and descriptions of many American craft distilleries. What's funny is how overly tall some people make their columns on their stills, almost Freudian in nature.
Overall an informative book.
Overall an informative book.
I was initially disappointed after receiving this book from the seller. I thought it was going to be instructional, but instead it seemed to be a coffee table book filled with excellent shots of stills, bottles and distillers. Reading it, I found that while it wasn't an instructional book on how to distill your own whiskey, it still was a very good book on the history and production of craft distilled beverages; not to mention it does make a great coffee table book! If you're looking for an inst ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Cole rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in how spirits are made.
Well written and informative book. It is a coffee-table style book, with lots of pictures, but that doesn't stop it from being full of useful information (and quite a bit of trivia, too). This is not a how-to book, but none the less a good place to start if you are interested in distilling. The list of resources and books in the back does have some how-to books you can follow up with if desired. Overall an educational and entertaining read.
Some very good photography & interesting text combine to make it like a DK picturebook for adults. It is pretty good at explaining different styles of distilled spirits, and has a great part at the end of each section where it tours notable smaller and regional distilleries.
Good broad-focus discussion of distillation equipment, techniques, styles, and drinks, with a lot of sidebar material -- so much so that it's sometimes distracting to the thread of the book -- and a number of one-page sections on specific distillers and distilleries.