A Populist Guide to the Water of Life
On Sale: October 16, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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In the populist tradition of Andrea Immer, New York City’s
first female whiskey sommelier translates today’s hottest
spirit for a new generation of imbibers
Whiskey is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years
ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers;
today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch
whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are
skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the
country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston.
Yet whiskey drinkers—especially novices—are more confused
than ever. Over the past decade, whiskey expert Heather
Greene has been bombarded with thousands of questions,
including: Can I have ice in my whiskey? Why is it sometimes
spelled "whisky"? What makes bourbon different?
As New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier, Greene
introduces audiences to the spirit’s charms and challenges
the boys' club sensibilities that have made whiskey seem
inaccessible, with surprising new research that shows the
crucial importance of "nosing" whiskey. Through lively
tastings, speaking engagements, and classes such as the
popular "Whiskey as an Aphrodisiac," Greene has been
demystifying whiskey the way Andrea Immer did wine a decade ago.
In this lively and authoritative guide, Greene uses bright
visuals, an easy-to-read format, and the familiar vocabulary
of wine to teach readers about whiskey and encourage them to
make their own evaluations. Peppered with wry anecdotes
drawn from her unusual life—and including recipes for
delicious cocktails by some of today’s most celebrated
mixologists—Whiskey Distilled will be enthusiastically
greeted by the whiskey curious as well as by journeymen
whiskey drinkers thirsty to learn more about their beloved
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