Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker

by Fred Minnick

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Overview

In Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, award-winning whiskey writer and Wall Street Journalbest-selling author Fred Minnick creates an easy-to-read interactive tasting journey that helps you select barrel-aged bourbons based on your flavor preferences. Using the same tasting principles he offers in his Kentucky Derby Museum classes and as a judge at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Minnick cuts to the chase, dismissing brand marketing and judging only the flavor of the bourbon. Bourbon Curious groups bourbon into four main flavor profiles--grain, nutmeg, caramel, and cinnamon. While many bourbons boast all four flavor notes, one delicious sensation typically overpowers the rest. This book reveals more than fifty bourbon brands' predominate tastes and suggests cocktail recipes to complement them. In addition, Minnick spends some time busting bourbon's myths, unraveling its mysteries, and exploring distiller secrets, disclosing the recipes you won't find on a bottle's label. As bourbon becomes more ingrained in the culinary world, foodies and drink enthusiasts alike are looking for a basic understanding of America's spirit. Bourbon Curious will help curious minds take their first step in learning about this highly celebrated spirit. Like good-tasting bourbon, Bourbon Curious is approachable to all!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627887106
Publisher: Zenith Press
Publication date: 08/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 462,630
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick wrote the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey. Minnick writes about whiskey for Covey Rise, Whisky Advocate, and Whisky magazine. He is the "bourbon authority" for the Kentucky Derby Museum and regularly appears in the mainstream media, including CBS This Morning, Esquire, Forbes, and NPR.

Table of Contents

Part 1 History, Legends, and Contemporary Truths

Introduction 7

1 Bourbon Politics 17

Part 2 Sources of Flavor

2 Pre-Fermentation 55

3 Yeast, Distillation, and Wood 71

Part 3 Tasting

4 How to Taste Bourbon 103

5 Grain-Forward Bourbons 123

6 Nutmeg-Forward Bourbons 135

7 Caramel-Forward Bourbons 159

8 Cinnamon-Forward Bourbons 173

9 Select Limited Editions and Special Releases 193

Appendix: Brand Histories 205

Notes 233

Bibliography 234

Index 237

About the Author 239

Acknowledgments 240

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