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The Essential Scratch Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose

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A clever distillation of Americas favorite libation, by the New York Times best-selling authors of The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Whiskey fever is sweeping the nation. Every day, craft distilleries are popping up in remote counties and urban centers, offering a wealth of great choices to consumersand just as many puzzlements. Does the
Board Book, 22 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
If by "know-it-all" the author means a Cliff Clavin type, then yes, you'll be a whiskey know-it-all. I believe though that the title is meant as hyperbole because marketing demands it. That's not to say that the book isn't educational, far from it. There's a great deal of entry level information here, and I certainly learned a few things, and I'm sure that with what I gained I could certainly fake the rest (For the record, I have never considered myself a whiskey know-it-all).

The scratch &
Ralph Wark
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fun little scratch and sniff book about the aromas that go into whisky making world wide. While it does go into the differences there's not much to it, except the "How do you like your whiskey?" map tucked in the back. It helps you decide which whisky to get depending on your preferences.

Of course, you have to like whisky. A good gift for the scotch drinker in you life, which is exactly how I got it, for Christmas. Takes about 15 minutes to read.
Natalie Pietro
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Am I the only person who picked up with book and tried to sniff the whiskey glass. When someone writes scratch & Sniff on the cover I expect the glass of whiskey to smell like whiskey. Don't tease me like that. The scratch and sniff is found periodically through out the book. Small clear circles that are hard to find. Mostly senses such as rye, malt, cinnamon, sandalwood, and peat just to name a few. Most didn't smell at all as others were common and to strong. Still a fun concept. I did ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
Josh's mom got him this for Christmas. It's essentially a board book about whiskey with some scratch and sniff stickers in it (corn, cedar, raisins, vanilla, etc).

There's not much to it. There is a handy map/wheel diagram tucked in the last page that lists a bunch of different whiskeys and where they fall in terms of geographic region and taste profile. I also learned that Japan is making good whiskey and that they are aging it in barrels that smell like sandalwood and cedar which sounds divine.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Simple easy to read and smell. This is a fun book for those new to the various types of Whisky. Within the book there are small scratch and sniff labels to help the would be sipper get an idea about what they would be paying for. However, some of these did not yield a smell.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved. fun short book meant to be an introduction, not an expert's guide. The novelty is fun, and the drink wheel is probably going to be the must useful part.
Michael Anderson
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lightweight outline of whiskey (or whisky) making, ingredients, and types. Very short and entertaining. It's a board book, so there's limited information, but I learned a few things.
James Turnbull
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice coffee table book. The scratch and sniff portion doesn't work all that great. Some had no smell at all. Just has a coolness about it. If you just want the knowledge, google it.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very short but informative book on whisky. The scratch and sniff element is good :)
Bill Marsano
Nov 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
The Sniffs Dont Work But the Book Stinks

By Bill Marsano. This book is aimed at the sort of person who believes he can become a whiskey expert--as the author glibly promises--simply by reading a 10-page book that is 95 percent pictures and (this is what's called the beauty part) without taking the trouble to actually TASTE whiskey. If you are that sucker, this is your book. But its hardly a book. Its really whats known in the trade as a board book because its pitifully few pages are pasted onto
David Cain
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is a fun book that covers the basic topics that one should know in order to properly approach the world of whiskey. Connoisseurs will not learn a whole lot here, but it's certainly nice to give some thought to whiskey styles that aren't in one's regular rotation. Not all of the scratch and sniff worked for me (some odors were really just too faint), but the majority were easily identifiable and gave a more or less accurate impression of the constituent parts of different styles. This is a ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, reference
bring on some samples!
PJ Wenzel
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
Perfect for newbies to whiskey - includes a very helpful pull out chart in the back that is worth the price of admission.
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute! Whisk(e)y at its simplest. Love the chart!
Brad Dunn
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's 20 pages, but incredibly fun. The illustrations are awesome.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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RICHARD BETTS has been featured in the New York Times, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Outside, GQ, and Details and speaks frequently on wine throughout the country. He is the founder of two wine companies, Betts & Scholl and Scarpetta, that have won top praise from leading wine publications. The founder and president of Sombra Mezcal, he launched several new red wines in 2012.

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