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Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage Hardcover – February 18, 2013
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"Historian Michael R. Veach has done the research necessary for a factual but readable history of Kentucky Bourbon. He has crafted it into a storyteller's envy that is both enjoyable and well told."―Al Young, Brand Ambassador, Four Roses Bourbon and author of Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend
"Manages to make the history of Bourbon entertaining while providing plenty of insight into how the spirit has gone from lowbrow to top-shelf...A must-read for any Bourbon lover."―Wine & Spirits
"[...] the book to to add to your whiskey library if you can only choose one this year."―Epicurious.com
"If you haven't had the pleasure of attending the [Bourbon] Academy, I encourage you to enroll. Until then, reading Mike's book is a close aproximation. This is no dry historical tome (pun intended). Like the Academy, the book takes you on a fascinating journey from the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s to the bourbon boom of today, commandingly demonstrating the spirit's inexorable tie to the history of Kentucky. Each chapter is a fine mix of conversational narrative, historic documents and photos, and pull-out boxes of trivia. ― Bourban Babe"―Bourbon Babe Tumblr
"The text highlights often over-looked aspects of the industry, such as the technology behind the spirit's production―and includes a few of Veach's own theories that may even surprise bourbon afficionados."―Smithsonian Magazine
"Veach's factual interpretations and possible explanations for myths are quite welcome on a topic with so few other experts... Veach is without question an expert on bourbon whiskey...This book is certainly accessible to a general audience, and is a quick and hearty read for those interested in the history of American whiskey...any library interested in collecting Kentucky history, or Appalachia and the American South more broadly, may also find this text valuable."―Tennessee Libraries
"Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey...does more than tell the hisotry of Kentucky bourbon...Veach's concise history will appeal to popular readers, those consumers who enjoy craft bourbon and whiskey tourism. Teachers of United States history will also find much to like about this book."―Ohio Valley History
"Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage, by Michael R. Veach (University Press of Kentucky), is a masterpiece by one of the country's top Bourbon authorities that merits a prominent place in dad's library."―Stone Mountain Lithonia Patch
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The author also gives a nice discussion of how sweet and sour mash differ and why they yield slightly different end products. One of the bits of trivia included that I found interesting was what the difference in spelling of WHISKY and WHISKEY implied. The lore is that WHISKY spelling supposedly implied distillers who originally had ties to England as Canada and Scotland, while those allied with the colonists as the Irish spelled it WHISKEY. It turned out to be marketing lore, but it still makes for a good story.
The manufacturing principles of distilling with many early recipes are given.
What I found to be a most interesting section was on some of the early innovators in the business of making bourbon and even how bourbon supposedly got it name. For instance we learn that a Louisville physician named Jim Crow made several improvements to the distilling process and was credited with using a thermometer to record the temperature which allows greater accuracy in distillation and allows various cogeners to be included thereby affecting the desired end flavor; he also was credited with using a hydrometer to more accurately assess the true ABV level; and he used litmus paper at various steps in the process to prevent bacterial buildup from spoiling a batch.Read more ›
This is a very well researched, very well written book covering a few hundred years of Bourbon in a book you can read in a weekend. Thanks to the author for taking the time to not just cashing in on the recent Bourbon boom.
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I was looking g for study of whiskey, and this book caught my eye. The author had some impressive credentials and I thought it would be through. Read morePublished 4 months ago by pfred
Provided some good historical info - would have been nice to have additional "modern day" reviews of the distilleries in Kentucky.Published 15 months ago by Robert Sanaker
If you're interested in the things that make Bourbon special, then be prepared that you are purchasing a true gem. Read morePublished 15 months ago by EMILY OURSLER
This is a great read, if you are a Bourbon Drinker. The Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage book tells it all.Published 15 months ago by The Wolf
Interesting history of the beverage-not terribly well written but very informative.Published 16 months ago by sharron francis
Very cool book, helped me in starting my "Bourbon Club" with the neighbors!Published 16 months ago by mike
As a new bourbon collector embracing the official sprit of the United States I am even more into bourbon after this read.Published 17 months ago by James C. Williams