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Product Details

  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: Spirit Journal, Inc. (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980123836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980123838
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Pacult's is the first opinion I trust when it comes to the review of spirits...an amazing resource of knowledge... -- Benjamin Melin-Jones, Managing Director, CLEMENT USA Inc.

...With Kindred Spirits 2...I feel I've been given a brand-new GPS system (for the exploration of spirits in the marketplace)... -- David Wondrich, Drinks Correspondent, Esquire Magazine

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THE CONSUMER'S BUYING GUIDE TO DISTILLED SPIRITS

F. Paul Pacult's Kindred Spirits 2 is the follow-up to the groundbreaking 1997 book of spirits reviews, Kindred Spirits. Ten years later, this indispensable, comprehensive compilation of 2,400+ detailed evaluations of whiskeys, brandies, vodkas, tequilas, rums, gins, and liqueurs sets the international gold standard for distilled spirits criticism.

As the world's most respected and trusted spirits authority, critic, journalist, consultant, and author, F. Paul Pacult, is without peer in his meticulous tasting format and fiercely unbiased opinions. The advertising-free nature of his newsletter, F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, now celebrating its eighteenth year of publication, allows Pacult the journalistic and critical freedom to speak his mind, review after review, product after product.

Readers may not agree with him 100% of the time, but they always know clearly where he stands in terms of demanding quality. Pacult is just as inclined to chastise the distiller of a $1,000 bottle of brandy that falls miserably short of the mark as he is to heap praise upon a $12 bottle of rum that drinks like a $100 bottle of rum. Price, presentation, and/or producer or whether or not he personally knows the distiller never gets in the way of Pacult's honest opinions and highly detailed reviews.

What is solely paramount to Pacult and what sets him completely apart from all other spirits writers working today is whether or not what's in the sampling glass looks, smells, tastes, and feels good enough to recommend to a friend. All other data is, to him, immaterial and extraneous.

Who should be reading F. Paul Pacult's Kindred Spirits 2:

Consumers who are just beginning their personal adventure in spirits and who need the consistently dependable tutelage of the most respected international expert.

Seasoned spirits consumers who feel the need to expand their experiential repertoire and need a reliable purchasing guide.

Beverage alcohol industry executives, brand ambassadors/champions, account executives, and distillers who would like to know more about their particular area of business interest by knowing what the competition is up to.

Liquor retailers who can use KS2 not only as a trusted guide in helping their clientele make better buying decisions, but as an educational workbook for their sales staff.

Restaurateurs/bar owners/bartenders who sell spirits and need to know more about them in an increasingly competitive period.

Public relations personnel who cater to the beverage alcohol industry or want to.

Writers, press corps, authors, and journalists who write regularly or occasionally on distilled spirits.

Educators who teach spirits seminars to consumer or trade groups.

F. Paul Pacult's Kindred Spirits 2...something you can't really live well without.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joshua G. Feldman on March 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Paul Pacult's rainbow of 2400 spirit reviews, "Kindred Spirits 2", is eminently useful and very entertaining. Pacult is independent and of impeccable integrity and authority. This isn't some snobby book that lauds all the expensive fancy quaffs and denigrates the familiar favorites. He sniffs out the gems regardless of price and debunks overpriced rarities that are past their prime. (This doesn't mean that some of the top ranked items aren't expensive; sadly the marketplace is what it is). The reviews are single paragraph paragons of brevity - but never lacking in descriptive detail. Pacult knows his craft and has a well developed palate and vocabulary. His reviews are instructive, insightful, sometimes moving, and often funny. Time after time I find his reviews spot on. I can't think of single instance where I thought he was just flat out wrong. This is quite a new experience for me with liquor reviews.

It's ridiculously ambitious to attempt a book that reviews the full spectrum of spirits spanning whiskey (scotch, irish, bourbon, rye and more), brandy (cognac, armagnac and much more), vodka, tequila, rum, gin, grappa, cachaça, slivovitz, eau de vie, and liqueurs - but "Kindred Spirits 2" does a credible job. The VAST majority of spirits I know are included. It's virtually impossible to be completely comprehensive, however, and I noticed a few omissions such as Jägermeister, Sortilege (an obscure but amazing maple liqueur from Quebec), and some manner of Kummel Caraway. There seems to be only a single listing for an Akvavit (but it's a cracker). All the Springbank malts are covered, except the 21, my personal favorite. You could nit pick any attempt. However, the deep strength overall more than compensates.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Carlsson on March 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
With over 2400 reviews in its encyclopedic 644 page expanse Kindred Spirits 2 covers just about every distilled product out there.
For the price of one, certainly two mistakes this book provides the means to avoid those costly mistakes and buying of regrettable bottles.Saves you a lot of money and time trying to find something decent to drink.Paul has sampled all these potions so you don't have to,or I should say so you can focus in on those you want to.While no one will agree with anyone on everything,this is a major body of work that is an invaluable reference on thousands of spirits so you can see what is out there and try them for yourself.
Paul is a highly entertaining and evocative writer,capturing the essence of what he has tasted and reducing it to literary form. A masterwork that is also an entertaining read,it will probably be THE reference for years to come.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Griem on March 17, 2008
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Kindred Spirits 2 is an incredible, unique resource for spirit lovers everywhere. Page after page, KS2 delivers engaging, hard-hitting insights about individual spirits across the full product and geographic range. White or brown spirits; consumed before, during, or after meals; familiar names or rare products, Paul Pacult covers it all with encyclopedic professionalism. It is probably impossible to find such a valuable reference book anywhere else.

I have used individual issues of Spirit Journal (from which the KS2 reviews come) to compare my impressions with Paul's for familiar spirits and to identify some new spirits to try. But the real power of KS2 (as a Spirit Journal review summary) lies in helping readers build better spirit inventories and expand their knowledge of individual spirit categories.

As soon as I received KS2, I went through my personal spirit inventory and identified areas where quality could probably be improved cost-effectively. I bought several new spirits (like a different everyday blended scotch), tasted them side-by-side with my current spirits, and replaced several current spirits. There are also clearcut improvement areas for me in white spirits, cognac, and brandy. These changes will be made easily and quickly, because of the confidence I have in the integrity of Paul's reviews.

KS2 can also be used to develop a better spirit inventory for a public restaurant/bar or a private club. The potential payoff is big. Such a wide-ranging spirit audit and improvement program would not be possible without a resource like KS2.

I found KS2 so useful that I just ordered another copy to give to a very demanding spirit lover as a birthday present. Of course, I renewed my subscription to Spirit Journal so I will be up-to-date until KS3 is published.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Plotkin on March 13, 2008
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As an author I know a thing or two about what it takes to write a book. While talent and command of the subject matter are helpful, passion and dedication are absolutely essential. Fortunately for mankind, F. Paul Pacult has an abundance of it all.
His latest work, Kindred Spirits 2 (2008 © Spirits Journal, Inc.), is a tour de force providing a fascinating in-depth look at 2400 brands of whiskey, brandy, vodka, tequila, rum, gin and liqueur. For anyone who has ever sipped, swirled and spat, Kindred Spirits 2 falls somewhere in historical significance between the corkscrew and church key.
After 20 years as the publisher and sole contributor of the esteemed Spirits Journal, Pacult has developed himself into an amazing resource. I've been privileged to have judged spirits with Paul, and I can say without reservation that his talents, capabilities and knowledge are absolutely extraordinary. When a spirit hits the glass, his senses slip into a gear the rest of us don't have. It's as if he becomes one with the alcohol and learns it secrets and hidden talents, as well as its flaws, weaknesses and criminal record.
Pacult understands what distillers were attempting to achieve and whether they did so. His reviews delve into the very heart and soul of the spirit. Not only is he the undisputed authority on the subject of alcohol and distillation, he is an exceptionally gifted writer. His reviews have substance and style; his writing precise and delightfully entertaining, especially since he refuses to equivocate. When Paul doesn't care for a product, he tells you why in no uncertain terms. Simply put, Pacult is in a league of his own.
About the author I can only say this.
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