Top positive review
on July 29, 2013
Hugely informative and very well researched.
The author manages to put forward a very persuasive case for the continuation of and growth of the alcoholic beverage Renaissance currently sweeping North America.
The whole of the book seems to have a playful and light tone about it as can be seen in a quote from Ovid along the lines of "There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled" At almost the very beginning of the book. The funny part?
The author retorts with a cliff note about Ovid being a "Notorious wet blanket."
It was almost immediately after reading that, that I knew the author and I were on the same page.
Both very serious about our enjoyment of spirits and the magic therin with a chuckling seriousness about the subject of something so timeless that every man and woman across the span of the globe has been able to appreciate since the inception of distillation.
You wont be disappointed by this book if you're looking for the history, production and enjoyment of spirits. Whether it is WhiskEy, Whisky, Scotch, Vodka- It doesn't matter, it's all in this book.
If you're looking for a place to gather information about the from scratch production of spirits, perhaps a few other resources would do you better. However, the author does make some allowances to those regards with diagrams of stills and notes about their operation.
On the whole, a very worth while read for anyone looking to refine their palates or just looking to broaden their horizons.