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Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World's Spirit Hardcover – June 1, 2017
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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.
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Given his concentration on additives, one area I was surprised Minnick doesn't cover in the book is the role and impact of independent bottlers, and Scotch bottlers in particular, in popularizing additive-free rums. There's no mention of Velier, Cadenhead or Hunter Laing's Kill Devil, all of which did a huge amount to popularize unsweetened rum, though, to be fair, this is an American book and very few such bottlings have made it to the U.S. In any case, as someone who knows a bit about rum but is far from an expert, I found this book extremely informative and would absolutely recommend it to anyone interested in learning about rum.
Rum Curious starts with a heft confirming that this is not a side-show book, continues with gorgeous images pulling the reader into an “island mentality,” and then delivers with Fred’s signature style of storytelling through a blend of history, politics, and regulation that conveys the real story and embraces controversy. The addition of tasting notes and cocktail recipes rounds out Rum Curious enabling the reader to make an informed decision when selecting rum. I wouldn’t have known where to begin without this assistance.
I also didn’t know about the use (let alone the controversy) of additives and sweeteners, I hadn’t appreciated how dominantly sugar influenced the developing world, and I never knew how politics helped push rum aside, favoring whiskey. I came in knowing plenty about whiskey regulations, so the contrast with the wild-west approach to rum regulation was particularly fascinating to me.
I simply devoured Rum Curious, and I’ll bring it on my next beach vacation to enjoy again with a Mai Tai or one of Fred’s suggestions for sipping neat. I wholeheartedly recommend Rum Curious to anyone interested in spirits or Caribbean history, or to anyone just looking for a summer book.