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Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert

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Davin de Kergommeaux takes readers on a journey through the first systematic presentation of Canadian whisky: how it's made, who makes it, why it tastes the way it does, its history, and the rich, centuries-old folklore surrounding it.
Join whisky authority Davin de Kergommeaux on a pan-Canadian journey from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, celebrating the diversity of Can
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by McClelland & Stewart
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J.P. Bary
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Spirits Enthusiasts
Recommended to J.P. by: John deBary
This deserves five stars just for the section on tasting technique. I've read many books on wine tasting, of course, and a few on whiskey tasting as well. This is the most sensible and approachable of them all. The author begins his advice on whisky tasting by tackling the conventional imagery head on, telling the wince and gasp crowd "A little bit of flavor will linger on your tongue, but your mouth will be anesthetized, your eyes watering and you will have missed 95 percent of what you could b ...more
Joshua Feldman
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: whisky
"Canadian Whisky - the portable expert" by Davin De Kergommeaux shines a brilliant spotlight on a vital area long overlooked

Canadian Whisky - the portable expert fills an enormous hole in the high-end whisky Zeitgeist where the largest selling whisky in the USA lives. Canadian whisky constitutes over 1/3rd of the American whisky market, and has so since forever (perhaps the Civil War) by being smooth. However, "smooth" has become a dirty word in the new high-end movement and there hasn't been a
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The content of this book is a great deep dive into the history of Canadian Whisky and also how it is made (closer to a blended Scotch than the US definition of a blended whiskey). With a look at all the important figures and the current distilleries you will come out of reading this wishing the same kind of info was available for Scotland and even the US (caveat-I have not read Bourbon Straight from Chuck Cowdery).

The writing on the other hand could have used some work and would have called for
Patrick Book
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Thoroughly researched and authoritatively presented, this can and should be used as a teaching guide for fans of any type of whisky. De Kergommeaux does an excellent job representing Canada's distilleries here and the historical portions are illuminating and detailed. This book delivered more than I expected; while some of the reviews on his web site can seem overly effusive at times, this book is extremely well-written and stays away from purple prose. Very nicely done. It's right up there in t ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An epic labor of love. Compelling history, amusing anecdotes, and a palpable passion for the subject. I've not learned so much from a whisky book in a very long time. Standing ovation for this one!
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