The first, most definitive guide to the exciting revolution happening in the world of Japanese whisky! Raise a glass to Japanese whisky! Whisky Rising is the essential reference with revolutionary new insights into the emerging world of Japanese whisky, featuring profiles on distilleries new and old (some so new, they don’t even have whisky yet!), interviews with master distillers and blenders, and reviews and tasting notes for the best of the best, plus a definitive catalog featuring all of the must-drink whiskies! Follow the whisky bar guide and learn something new from the nosing and drinking tips. Whisky Rising will give you a taste of the good stuff!
The Definitive Guide to the Finest Whiskies and Distillers of Japan
Author: Stefan Van Eycken
Publisher: Cider Mill Press
This book, a definitive guide to Japanese whiskies and a first in its category, is an endeavor to document the facts and figures of a formative and exciting segment of the Japanese whisky industry. It is also an attempt to mirror the arduous work and joy surrounding the rise of a trade that became an industry on its own merits. "Japanese Whisky" portrays all distilleries involved in the foundation of a unique chapter in the global history of whisky making. Some of these entities are gone; others are still operating at full steam. Each distillery portrait contains histories and comprehensive technical data, some never published before. A special segment maps a vast number of whiskies produced over the years. Tasting notes, photo documentation and comments are included for each of them. Plenty of side information such as how to travel and visit distilleries, the Japanese whisky bar culture, how to and where to find Japanese whiskies and much more is highlighted in the book.
Facts, Figures and Taste
Author: Ulf Buxrud
Publisher: Dataanalys Scandinavia Ab
Since 2002 (the year it appeared on export markets) Japanese whisky has been consistently winning major international spirits awards. As export production increases and export markets - the USA and France in particular - open up to embrace the quality of these fine malt whiskies, all eyes are on Japan. Award-winning author and internationally recognized whisky expert Dave Broom has visited Japan 25 times in the past 12 years, studying and learning about its whiskies. In this major new book he shares his personal journey around Japan's whisky distilleries and the unique whisky culture of the country. Each chapter details the history of the distillery in question, its production and current whiskies (with tasting notes). Dave considers along the way why Japanese whisky is different, questions of tradition vs innovation, and how whisky links with many aspects of Japanese culture. Breathtaking photography from Kohei Take leads the reader deeper into the philosophy behind the drink, making this a must-have edition for any whisky lover, whisky drinker, whisky collector or Japanophile.
Author: Dave Broom
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley
Japanese whisky is finally getting the international recognition it deserves. Originally created to emulate the malts of Scotland, Japanese whiskies now hold a distinct and unique place among other world--class spirits. Yet, despite having a history going back nearly a century, and winning many prestigious awards in recent years (including Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards in 2016, 2013, 2011, and 2010, and The Whisky Bible's World Whisky of the Year in 2013), Japanese whiskies have remained enigmatic and exotic. UntiI now. In WHISKY JAPAN, the most comprehensive book on Japanese whisky ever available in English, renowned expert Dominic Roskrow reveals what makes Japanese whisky so special and sought--after by whisky connoisseurs everywhere. He introduces the companies that make Japanese whisky, and offers detailed portraits of these distilleries, explaining their complex production processes, traditions, and the new innovations that have allowed them to take on and surpass the competition. The reader is carried along on a journey to the very heart of Japanese whisky making, with extensive tasting notes for all the leading expressions, a special selection of rare Japanese treasures, profile interviews with key personalities, and over 500 beautiful photographs and illustrations. Here are the whisky makers, blenders, independent bottlers, retailers, collectors, bloggers, and bartenders. There is a lively guide to the best bars around the world in which to taste Japanese whisky, a section on whisky cocktails and food pairings, and useful travel tips on how to get to the distilleries, where to stay, what to eat, and what else there is to do in the area.
The Essential Guide to the World's Most Exotic Whisky
Author: Dominic Roskrow
Reveals all of the cocktail recipes available at the famous PDT bar as well as behind-the-scenes secrets on bar design, food, and techniques.
The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy
Author: Jim Meehan,Chris Gall
Publisher: Sterling Publishing (NY)
Shortly after graduating from University of Glasgow in 1934, Elizabeth “Bessie” Williamson began working as a temporary secretary at the Laphroaig Distillery on the Scottish island Islay. Williamson quickly found herself joining the boys in the tasting room, studying the distillation process, and winning them over with her knowledge of Scottish whisky. After the owner of Laphroaig passed away, Williamson took over the prestigious company and became the American spokesperson for the entire Scotch whisky industry. Impressing clients and showing her passion as the Scotch Whisky Association’s trade ambassador, she soon gained fame within the industry, becoming known as the greatest female distiller. Whiskey Women tells the tales of women who have created this industry, from Mesopotamia’s first beer brewers and distillers to America’s rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Women have long distilled, marketed, and owned significant shares in spirits companies. Williamson’s story is one of many among the influential women who changed the Scotch whisky industry as well as influenced the American bourbon whiskey and Irish whiskey markets. Until now their stories have remained untold.
Author: Fred Minnick
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
Drinking Japan the first practical Japan travel guide in English, to depict Japan's bars and alcoholic beverages. Author Chris Bunting goes to tremendous lengths to present Japan's best bars and alcoholic drinks. You will be prepared for your trip with detailed profiles of Japans finest sake, sochu, awamori, beers, wines and Japanese whiskies. This book tells you where to find each one, which brands are best and which to avoid. A trip to Japan is not complete without experiencing its famous night life. From bright lights of Ginza to the quiet street corners of Kyoto. Drinking Japan provides reviews of 122 bars in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and Hiroshima extending further afield. More than 120 of the country's best bars are featured in richly illustrated reviews, with menu tips, directions and language help. If you are drinking in Japan, most likely it is going to be a thrilling night. Japan is home to some of the world's most extraordinary alcoholic beverages as well as the most appealing bar scenes. This book will prepare you and your friends with the tips and tricks you need when navigating through cool Japan bar scenes and night life.
A Guide to Japan's Best Drinks and Drinking Establishments
Author: Chris Bunting
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Masataka Taketsuru, the Japanese Whisky King and Rita, His Scotch Wife
Author: Olive Checkland
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Pour a stiff drink and crack open this comprehensive guide to everything there is to know about the world’s greatest whiskeys. Exploring the traditions behind bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and even Japanese whiskey, you’ll discover how unique flavors are created through variations of ingredients and different distilling techniques. With advice on how to collect, age, and serve whiskey, as well as suggestions for proven food pairings, you’ll be inspired to share your knowledge and invite your friends over for a delicious whiskey tasting party.
An Insider's Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World's Finest Spirits
Author: Lew Bryson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
The Whiskey Companion is a comprehensive guide to more than 100 of the best whiskies, including several rare varieties from around the globe. Each whiskey featured in the book is accompanied by a wealth of distillery facts, tasting notes, and recommendations. Details are also given of whiskies from distilleries that have ceased production and whiskies at ages and strengths not generally commercially available. Provides a detailed explanation of the whiskey distilling process, complete with a full glossary of terms Fully illustrated with photographs of labels and bottles, plus detailed maps of the area of origin Catalogues more than 100 of the finest whiskies-from malts to bourbons-from all around the world
A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Finest Whiskies
Author: Helen Arthur
Publisher: Running Press
A Field Guide to Whisky is a one-stop guide for all the information a whisky enthusiast needs. With the whisky market booming all over the world, now is a perfect time for a comprehensive guide to this popular brown spirit. What are the basic ingredients in all whiskies? How does it get its flavor? Which big-name brands truly deserve their reputation? What are the current whisky trends around the world? And who was Jack Daniel, anyway? This abundance of information is distilled(!) into 324 short entries covering basic whisky literacy, production methods, consumption tips, trends, trivia, geographical maps and lists of distilleries, whisky trails, bars, hotels, and festivals by an industry insider. Boasting 230 color photographs and a beautiful package to boot, A Field Guide to Whisky will make a whisky expert out of anyone.
An Expert Compendium to Take Your Passion and Knowledge to the Next Level
Author: Hans Offringa
Publisher: Artisan Books
Armagnac is France s premier brandy, not only because it was the first but also because it is the preference of true connoisseurs. And while armagnac is often compared to its closest relative Cognac, the two brandies are distinctly different. In this detailed study, Charles Neal takes us to Gascony, in the hidden backwoods of Southwestern France. All the factors that go into making a great Armagnac are explained, as are the differences between it and Cognac. Insights into blending and the use of permitted additives are fully discussed. Also included are profiles of the region s most influential négociants, objective tasting notes on their products, even information on how to match Armagnac with your favorite cigar. More important, however, is the focus on the region s real heart and soul, the producers of traditional Armagnac. Within their unrectified Armagnacs from a single year, subtle notes of prune, apricot, vanilla, spice and nuts converge to become heavenly. A deep, penetrating, natural sweetness of fruit remains on the palate for minutes, and when smelling the empty snifter the next day, one can be reminded of the memorable scent of un vrai Armagnac.
The Definitive Guide to Frances Premier Brandy
Author: Charles Neal
Publisher: Flame Grape Press
Presents a history of alcohol, discussing its social and economic impact and the tensions between those who saw alcohol as a healthy alternative to untreated water and the views of governments and religious bodies, which saw it as a source of social instability.
Author: Rod Phillips
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Under a minute to spare? Why not spend it learning the essence of a subject you either feel you should know about or have been meaning to learn about. Whether it’s the Theory of Relativity or Fermat’s Last Theorem, the Golden Ratio or the Garden of Eden, Anarchism or Monetarism, Pavlov’s Dog or Schrodinger’s Cat, a Know-It-All theory is the quickest way to get an idea into your head. Each title in the series selects a popular subject area and dissects it into the 50 most significant or thought-provoking ideas at its heart. Each of these, no matter how complex, is explained without any waffle by a specialist or scholar using just 300 words and one picture--making it digestible in a mere 30 seconds. Complete with unique graphics that illuminate as well as entertain, and featuring essential glossaries plus biographies of the key players.
Author: Wellfleet Press
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
Those who discover malt whisky quickly learn that the malts made on the Isle of Islay are some of the wildest and most characterful in the malt-whisky spectrum. In PEAT SMOKE AND SPIRIT, Islay's fascinating story is uncovered: from its history and stories of the many shipwrecks which litter its shores, to intimate descriptions of the beautiful wildlife, landscape and topography of the island. Interwoven through these different narrative strands comes the story of the whiskies themselves, traced from a distant past of bothies and illegal stills to present-day legality and prosperity. The flavour of each spirit is analysed and the differences between them teased out, as are the stories of the notable men and women who have played such a integral part in their creation. PEAT SMOKE AND SPIRIT is the last word on Islay and its whiskies.
A Portrait of Islay and Its Whiskies
Author: Andrew Jefford
Publisher: Headline Book Pub Limited
Once and for all, America learns the likely inventor of its beloved bourbon. Bourbon is not just alcohol -- this amber-colored drink is deeply ingrained in American culture and tangled in American history. From the early days of raw corn liquor to the myriad distilleries that have proliferated around the country today, bourbon has come to symbolize America. In "Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, " award-winning whiskey author Fred Minnick traces bourbon's entire history, from the 1700s with Irish, Scottish, and French settlers setting up stills and making distilled spirits in the New World through today's booming resurgence. He also lays out in expert detail the critical role this spirit has played throughout the cultural and even political history of the nation -- from Congress passing whiskey-protection laws to consumers standing in long lines just for a glimpse of a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle -- complemented by more than 100 illustrations and photos. And most importantly, Minnick explores the mystery of who most likely created the sweet corn liquor we now know as bourbon. He studies the men who've been championed as its inventors over time -- from Daniel Boone's cousin to Baptist minister Elijah Craig -- and, based on new research and never-before-seen documentation, answers the question of who deserves the credit.
The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey
Author: Fred Minnick
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
Category: Bourbon whiskey
In the populist tradition of Andrea Immer, New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier translates today’s hottest spirit for a new generation of imbibers Whiskey is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston. Yet whiskey drinkers—especially novices—are more confused than ever. Over the past decade, whiskey expert Heather Greene has been bombarded with thousands of questions, including: Can I have ice in my whiskey? Why is it sometimes spelled "whisky"? What makes bourbon different? As New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier, Greene introduces audiences to the spirit’s charms and challenges the boys' club sensibilities that have made whiskey seem inaccessible, with surprising new research that shows the crucial importance of "nosing" whiskey. Through lively tastings, speaking engagements, and classes such as the popular "Whiskey as an Aphrodisiac," Greene has been demystifying whiskey the way Andrea Immer did wine a decade ago. In this lively and authoritative guide, Greene uses bright visuals, an easy-to-read format, and the familiar vocabulary of wine to teach readers about whiskey and encourage them to make their own evaluations. Peppered with wry anecdotes drawn from her unusual life—and including recipes for delicious cocktails by some of today’s most celebrated mixologists—Whiskey Distilled will be enthusiastically greeted by the whiskey curious as well as by journeymen whiskey drinkers thirsty to learn more about their beloved tipple.
A Populist Guide to the Water of Life
Author: Heather Greene
Calvados, the incomparable pear and apple-based brandy from Normandy, France, has a history dating back nearly 500 years. While not as well known as Cognac or Armagnac, Calvados holds a dear place in the hearts of many spirits lovers. In this comprehensive study, famed spirits writer and author, Charles Neal, takes the reader on a back road voyage throughout northern France, from mount Saint Michel to Rouen, from Omaha beach to the small, hidden hamlets of the Orne. The history of the region and its distinctiveness in France are fully defined. All of the factors that go into making quality Calvados are explained, from the various soil types, apple and pear varieties, and cider production to its distillation and aging in barrel. Complete with biographies and reviews of more than 200 producers and illustrated with lush, evocative photography of the Norman countryside, Calvados is both indispensible guide for the serious spirits connoisseur and nectar for Francophile souls.
The Spirit of Normandy
Author: Charles Neal
Publisher: Flame Grape Press
For hundreds of years, shochu and awamori have dwelled near the center of Japan's vaunted culinary traditions. Despite outselling most other alcoholic beverages in Japan, however, these premium distilled treats have largely remained hidden from the rest of the world. But that is beginning to change. Written by licensed sommelier and longtime Japan resident, Christopher Pellegrini, The Shochu Handbook is the first major reference published on the subject in a language other than Japanese. Illustrated with dozens of beautiful photographs, the book covers everything from how distilled beverages arrived in Japan to a step-by-step overview of the distilling process. There are also detailed chapters devoted to deciphering bottle labels, food pairing, serving styles, and speaking the language of these divine drinks. Packed with information, The Shochu Handbook also includes an extensive list of recommended bottles, a chapter devoted to cocktail and homemade liqueur recipes, and Japanese-English language assistance for everything from ordering shochu in a bar to telling the difference between single-distilled and multiple-distilled drinks. This book is essential for Japanese food enthusiasts, restauranteurs, distributors, journalists, retailers, beverage professionals, and everyone in between.
Author: Christopher Pellegrini
Publisher: Christopher Pellegrini