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Bourbon, Strange is a book only Chuck Cowdery could write. He is a Kentucky Colonel and a 2009 inductee into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. In addition to 2004 s Bourbon, Straight, he wrote The Best Bourbon You ll Never Taste, the True Story of A. H. Hirsch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Distilled in the Spring of 1974 (2012), and wrote and produced what is still the definitive documentary about Kentucky bourbon, 1992 s Made and Bottled in Kentucky.

He is a regular contributor to Whisky Advocate magazine, and the editor and publisher of The Bourbon Country Reader, now in its 20th year as the indispensable, independent source for American whiskey news and information. He can also be found at The Chuck Cowdery Blog.


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  • File Size: 862 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Made and Bottled in Kentucky (August 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MNWKS1Y
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Charles K. Cowdery is the author of Bourbon, Strange: Surprising Stories of American Whiskey (2014); Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey (2004) and The Best Bourbon You'll Never Taste (2012). He writes about American whiskey for The Whisky Advocate and other publications; and is editor and publisher of The Bourbon Country Reader, the oldest publication dedicated exclusively to American whiskey. He is a Kentucky Colonel (Patton, 206) and a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame (2009).

Online, Cowdery blogs about American whiskey and other subjects at The Chuck Cowdery Blog (bourbonstraight.com).

Cowdery's first contribution to broader bourbon awareness and understanding was the public television documentary "Made and Bottled in Kentucky," which he wrote, produced and directed for the commonwealth's bicentennial celebration in 1992. That production was underwritten by grants from Kentucky Educational Television and the Kentucky Distillers Association.

As a marketing professional, Cowdery has worked in and around the beverage alcohol industry for more than 30 years, including nine as a Kentucky resident.

In 2012, Cowdery was cited by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals as an expert on the history and marketing of American whiskey in Maker's Mark v Diageo. He wrote the 'Bourbon' article in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 7, Foodways (2007).

A resident of Chicago since 1987, Cowdery is a freelance journalist, marketing copywriter, scriptwriter, and attorney-at-law. His other book is Blues Legends (Gibbs Smith, 1995), which profiles 20 notable blues musicians. He is available for speaking appearances and guided tastings.

Born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, Cowdery has a B.S. degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a J.D. from the DePaul University School of Law (Chicago, Illinois).

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Bourbon makers and bourbon sellers have been telling their stories for 300 years. In Mr. Cowdery, the story tellers have met their match. Persons old to bourbon (like me) can use this book to refine our knowledge and to remind ourselves which stories are true and which ones are just fun. Persons new to bourbon can find hints to help them avoid overpaying for bourbon of uncertain origins (or even certain origins but that are still overpriced considering what's in the bottle). Although I do not know Mr. Cowdery personally, I have been reading his articles whenever I've see them for many years and have read all his previous books - hardcover and electronic. He has a well-deserved and appropriate reputation in the bourbon enthusiast community for being scrupulously honest, uninhibitedly outspoken, and encyclopedically knowledgeable on things bourbon. Wry humor? That, too. I'd not only recommend this book to friends, I'd tell perfect strangers to buy it if they have any interest at all in bourbon. Indeed, I just did.
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Think again. Cowdery's concise, well-written book will take you deeper into this complex spirit than you imagined possible. The focus isn't on tasting notes or learning to nose, but one the nuts and bolts of how it's made, who's behind it, and how to collect it. Especially strong is his overview and debunking of commercial bourbon myths promulgated by the makers. He don't demolish these stories with any glee; as he notes more than once, the truth is just way more interesting. "Bourbon, Strange" is a vital road map for navigating your way down the bourbon aisle of your local liquor store.
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But the content is as straight as Bourbon. One might expect a collection of oddities, anecdotes and guff. There are many such on the market on a myriad of topics from lexicography to dyslexia. Cowdery knows his subject and writes very well. This is a valuable adjunct to other literature on the subject which gives a much needed perspective into the twists and turns of the American Whiskey saga.
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Chuck Cowdery is THE Bourbon and American whiskey expert. You can't go wrong with his books if you want detailed inside info on the American whiskey scene. I've met Chuck a few times when we were part of judging panels for American whiskeys. I learned a lot from just talking to him, and read everything he puts in print.
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I learn a lot about whiskey/bourbon by reading books written by Charles Cowdry. He is the go to person for finding unbiased knowledge on the whiskey distilling industry. Bourbon, Strange is a timely read since the age of bourbon is back in popularity after it's fall during the 60s and 70s.
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Awesome book, written really well, Charles has a very conversation style of writing that I really enjoyed. Filled with great fact and folklore. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in bourbon or even American history as it relates to our complicated relationship with alcohol.
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Always enjoy Mr Cowdery's work, this book is no exception. If you are interested in American History, then the history of Bourbon will keep your interest in this book. If you also like Bourbon, it makes it more entertaining.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Offered a lot of thoughtful insight into the bourbon and whiskey world. Very knowledgeable about the subject, tells it like it is. Would highly recommend it to readers.
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