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Whiskey and Spirits For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Perry Luntz
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Book Description

Would you like to better appreciate fine distilled spirits? Whiskey & Spirits For Dummies is your complete guide to selecting and enjoying this family of noble beverages, flavor by flavor. From whiskey, rum, and brandy to vodka, gin, and cordials, this handy reference traces the history of distilled spirits, explains how they are made, and shows you how to evaluate, serve, and savor them.

Ever wonder why the Irish spell it “whiskey” and the Scottish “whisky”? This friendly book tells you as it reveals where the first whiskeys — or “dark” spirits — originated and how they came to the United States. It also explores the origins of clear spirits and the different varieties of each. You’ll compare American and European vodkas, see how to make the new and improved all-purpose Martini, and follow the spread of flavored rums across the globe. A slew of sidebars give you fascinating tidbits of information about these spirits. You’ll also discover how to:

  • Become a sophisticated taster
  • Shop for the best spirits
  • Select the right mixers
  • Use spirits in cooking
  • Make ten classic cocktails
  • Choose and taste cordials and liqueurs
  • Know the nutrients in one serving of each type of distilled spirit
  • Present spirits to guests
  • Set up tasting events at home

This thorough guide also features recipes for cooking with spirits, offering menu choices such as entrees, vegetables, and desserts that all include at least one type of spirit. Complete with an appendix of craft distillers across the United States, Whiskey & Spirits For Dummies will give you the knowledge and hands-on guidance you need to become a connoisseur of such greats as fine Scotch, Bourbon, and Cognac in no time!

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From the Back Cover

Features recipes for cooking with spirits

The fun and easy way to appreciate fine distilled spirits

From whiskey, rum, and brandy to vodka, gin, and cordials, this guide traces the history of distilled spirits, explains how they are made, and shows you how to evaluate, serve, and enjoy them. You'll become a connoisseur of fine Scotch, Bourbon, and Cognac in no time.

Discover how to:


Set up tasting events at home


Shop for the best spirits


Become a sophisticated taster


Cook with distilled spirits


Make ten classic cocktails

About the Author

Perry Luntz has been involved in one way or another with the beverage alcohol business most of his adult life. For more than 20 years he has been publisher and editor of Beverage Alcohol Market Report, an international e-letter for marketing executives in beer, wine, and spirits. He served as Director of Marketing Communications for Seagram Distillers for a decade, worked on the creative side of several advertising agencies, including a spell as a creative director of a Young & Rubicam division, and for several years headed his own marketing communications agency.A consultant, lecturer, teacher, and news media source, Perry is frequently interviewed in newspapers, radio, and television, including the BBC. He is chairman emeritus of the Wine Media Guild, proving he knows his way around vineyards and breweries, as well as distilleries.Like many native New Yorkers, Perry is a political junky. He served several years as president of a highly regarded NYC political club.For the past decade, Perry has been Senior Editor of the Beverage Media Group, a network of trade magazines read by 140,000 licensed retailers. He also writes a weekly column for the group's B-to-B Internet site.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3527 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 2, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good For Novices May 27, 2008
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I have read quite a few books on Scotch Whisky over the years. Still I wanted to renew my knowledge on some of the other distilled beverages so I ordered this book for my Kindle. First, much of the Dummies series formating is lost in the Kindle version, but that didn't bother me too much. However, I quickly grew tired of all of the repetition as well as the glib nature of the book (if you are not funny, don't try to be).

I agree with other reviewers that there are more errors here than one would expect in a Dummies book. The one about Sake caught my eye right away. Yes, in some parts of Japan the word "sake" is used to refer to all alcohol beverages, including "shochu", which is a distillate of any number of materials, including sweet potato, rice and soba (buckwheat). However, it most often refers to the wine-like rice brew so tightly associated with that word in the rest of the world. The author listed sake as a distilled beverage. Although he was not technically wrong, he should have explained more about sake and it's related spirits if he was going to mention them at all.

Secondly, the Scottish island of Islay is pronounced "Eye-lah", not "Eye-lay" as the author wrote. It may seem like a small issue but just try pronouncing it his way to a Scotsman.

Overall, not a bad book to start with, but I think that an update is called for. Try "Kindred Spirits" or Michael Jackson's "Whiskey" instead.

Kindred Spirits: The Spirit Journal Guide to the World's Distilled Spirits and Fortified Wines
Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book on distilled drinks February 2, 2011
By Jon
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This book is a fun introduction to the many different distilled alcoholic beverages out there. This book describes the various kinds of distilled drinks (vodka, whiskey, tequila, etc.), what they are made from, how they are made, some of their history, and a list and description of the major brands for all the price levels. Intended for the novice, this book will disappoint most people who already know a great deal about liquor. Nevertheless, it is a useful guide for someone who knows little or nothing about the industry and hobby of alcoholic beverages. I especially enjoyed the guide for "taste testing" each specific liquor, with the advice on how to pay attention to the color, flavor, smell and feel of each drink so that you can decide for yourself which is your favorite.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars morganlp8 February 13, 2010
I too was disappointed by the often confusing explanations given and the poor attempts at humor. More unforgivable are the numerous factual errors (some already stated by other reviewers). In discussing Irish Whiskey the author notes how limestone adds minerality to the water used in distillation. Later, in discussing American production he states that the same process of natural limestone filtration removes all minerality from the water. Which is it? This is a tedious read and should be avoided.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference April 30, 2014
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Good reference and is a duplicate of "The Complete Book of Spirits", but written slightly different. I recommend this to anyone who needs simplified documentation about spirits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners January 15, 2014
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learned so much about the subject. Going to definitely save book and use as a reference for the future. Highly recommended for beginner. Docked 1 star for bad jokes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good January 9, 2014
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If you want a good overview on all the major spirits and whiskeys this is the place to get it in one book. You will get some history, explainations on how the various spirits are made, and walk away with a broad understanding of these distlltion and fermentation. I highly recommend if you are trying to learn the basics on this industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little education and reference
The author takes the reader through a short history of each major type of spirit followed by a very readable discussion on variations within the type. Read more
Published 15 months ago by T. J. Karasek
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of errors concerning Bourbon
This writer needs to do some research before putting pen to paper. A much better book on Bourbon is Bourbon Straight. Read it for the true facts
Published on September 11, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with my book!
Thanks for the timely delivery of both books (one to my home, one I sent to a friend). The books were in the condition you described them to be. Thank you.
Published on October 6, 2008 by L. shawn Brabham
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much misinformation
Whiskey/whisky is experiencing a surge in interest and popularity, so it's not surprising to see a book like this. Read more
Published on December 16, 2007 by Lew Bryson
5.0 out of 5 stars Travelling through spirit-land
The brand reviews are plentiful and useful, and so is the information about how spirits products were developed, but the special bonus are the travel sections that present contact... Read more
Published on November 18, 2007 by carl169
5.0 out of 5 stars more than you ever imagined there is to know
If you want to be thoroughly entertained while learning more than you ever imagined there is to know about the almost infinite variety of rums, scotchs, ryes, bourbons and some... Read more
Published on November 17, 2007 by imacamera
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