Whisky books discover the world of whisky with our selection of books. Spirits and wine writer noah rothbaum felt that it was time that american whiskey labels had their day in the spotlight. Its not uncommon for a canadian whiskey to use 20 or more ingredientsmostly whiskey, but also things like sherryin a blend. What is the history of charging duty on scotch whisky. A history of distilling, the spirit trade, and excise controls in. Where bourbon really got its name and more tips on americas native spirit michael veach is louisvilles unofficial bourbon ambassador. New in paper whisky is widely considered the finest spirit in the worldand this is the definitive history of the water of life.
Whiskey history is a long, adventurous story, and many brave people fought to keep the drink flowing along the way. Fittingly, some exact dates were forgotten whiskey was involved, after all, but this timeline will help you grasp the basics and understand its origin. The feckin book of irish history by colin murphy, 9781847170699, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Irish whiskey was taking its place as the most popular whiskey in the world, and, in the mid18th century when a tiny insect infested and destroyed nearly all the wine grape vines in france, irish whiskey became the worlds most popular spirit. His witty notes and astute reflections make this tasting guide an absolute delight to read plus he includes a fantastic section about bourbon history at the start. Written by the editor of whisky magazine, and scotlands leading writer on the subject, its the perfect blend of anecdotes and pioneering research. Kosar has now poured his expertise into a new book, whiskey. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak. I mean no offense but several of the books you listed are not. The whisky trade and production is quite fascinating and was looking to gain a clear overview on its history, therfore i bought this book. If you recall anything from your highschool history class, the whiskey rebellion is lodged somewhere in your. This is simply the best book ever written on whisky. We asked bourbon expert and author susan reigler for a quick list of books on bourbon to keep you busy while sipping. Whisky is a strictly regulated spirit worldwide with many.
We asked him to give us some history as well as some. Colin murphy is the author of the most famous irish people youve never heard of and coauthor of the bestselling feckin collection the o brien press. Although it was originally considered little more than a distilled beer, whiskey has evolved into a complex beverage made from different types of mash, the fermented combination of grains that give each whiskey its distinctive taste. Sep 19, 2019 born in the land of the free and the home of the brave, there is no spirit more american than bourbon. Click through the follow pages to discover our pick of the top 10 whisky education books. Pdf the feckin book of irish history download full pdf. Irelands history of whiskey distilling is long and rich of ups and downs.
Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak whisky is a strictly regulated spirit worldwide with many classes and types. The feckin book of irish history serves up a ganseyload of irish history in a pintsized, pithy, and entertaining package. This very short book is jampacked with information about all facets of bourbon production, from early farm distilling to nineteenth century commercial distilleries to the craft distillery movement, and everything inbetween. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. History of whisky spans trough much time of our modern civilization, but this famous drink became prominent only 500 years ago. The monastic orders were the only distillers of uisce beatha for a good long time. He is the author of three books on whisky, including classic malt whisky, and. Born in the land of the free and the home of the brave, there is no spirit more american than bourbon. We offer a wide range of books on the subject, and can think of nothing better than a good book and a tasty dram. Nov 20, 2014 whiskey history is a long, adventurous story, and many brave people fought to keep the drink flowing along the way. Canada is famous for blended whiskeys that are among the smoothest in the world.
Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough. Mark twainthis group is all about whisky and books, but feel free to bring a cigar. Mar 18, 2011 a guide to the lingo and history of whiskey. Feb 02, 2012 this is simply the best book ever written on whisky. Market forecasts predict that number will grow to more than 10 million cases a year by 2019. Make the whiskey drinkers in your life happy by giving them these books. He is the undisputed authority on american whiskey after all. Heres a quick but thorough lesson on this whiskey style. An illustrated history of american whiskey first we feast. Michael veachs first book is the seminal work on kentucky bourbon heritage and american whiskey in general. Here you can find out all the important points of its history, from its birth in the hills of scotland to the worldwide popularity it has today.
Jameson blended irish whiskey became the flagship brand that the entirety of the irish whiskey industry could now get behind. Since i write a fair amount on wines and spirits, and especially whiskies, i have amassed a decent library of books on these subjects for. In the 18th and 19th centuries, irish whiskey was incredibly popular in britain, with 1,200 distilleries existing in ireland in 1779. The settlers, mainly scotchirish, for whom whiskey was an important economic commodity, resented the tax as discriminatory and detrimental to their liberty and economic welfare. Download pdf who s feckin who in irish history book full free. Bbc travel a guide to the lingo and history of whiskey. A guide to the nations favorite spirit the kentucky bourbon cookbook the home distillers handbook. From ancient greek technology, to a cottage industry in scotland, and finally a global phenomenon. Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. An insiders guide to the unique pleasures of the worlds finest spirits, by lew bryson. There hasnt been a book solely on american whiskey in much longer than it takes to age good bourbon, and now, here come two. Its an important examination of liquor history and offers a number of profiles of trailblazers. And if you fancy becoming a critic yourself, start writing your own tasting notes in our tasting book. In the process of talking to minnick, he explained how whiskey has gone through a continuous series of ups and downs, battles and rebellions, surviving setbacks, and ultimately proving victoriousfor the timebeing.
An insiders guide to the unique pleasures of the worlds finest spir. Theres a top pick of the week, a daily blog and great rss feeds. A global history edible and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. Download now traditionally, there has been a stereotypical image of the irish as happygolucky, loveable male rogues and flaming, redhaired, hot spirited lassies. We were both amused by the ongoing product title whiskey. On may 4, 1964, congress designated bourbon as a distinctive product of the united states, and it. Even he found a few snippets of new knowledge in this. Jim murrays whisky bible by jim murray, tasting whiskey. Aug 12, 2014 the american whiskey, a vintage drink, possesses a rich history that quite ably matches its exquisite taste and quality. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required.
It is believed that irish monks brought the technique of distilling perfumes back from their travels to the mediterranean countries about a. Irish whiskey as distilled by allman and co, distillers, bandon. Popular whiskey books showing 150 of 114 jim murrays whisky bible 2009 by. Think weve missed an essential reference book or guide. And if you fancy becoming a critic yourself, start writing. List of books and articles about whiskey rebellion. A rollicking biography of bourbon whiskey that doubles as a complex and entertaining wall street journal history of america itselffew products are so completely or intimately steeped in the american story. His debut historical novel boycott brandon was published in 2012 to great acclaim. Top 10 whisky education books the spirits business. Companion to their singlemalt whiskies of scotland 1992, it echoes that volumes structure, telling the history of whiskey in america, outlining the making of american whiskey. Our 10 favorite gift books for whiskey lovers the daily beast. The commonwealth with the british crown colonies and the independent united states were the preferred markets for whisky, with america being even more important since only the small, ruling upper class of the colonies could afford whisky.
Whiskey has been the drink of choice for many americans since time immemorial, and bourbon has possibly been a constant companion as they have gone through life changing and trend setting phases throughout history. Find out about the world of whisky, search for the perfect dram and learn how to make cocktails for your friends. List of books and articles about whiskey rebellion online. The fascinating world of whisky has captured the interest of millions. Although whisky came into our history 500 years ago, its roots can be traced to much older periods of our history. In his american whiskey, bourbon and rye, risen presents an almost exhaustive list of american whiskeys and their tasting notes for the home drinker. Jun 01, 2005 historical books on whisky are rare and mclean is well known by the whisky afficionados and his book are, usually, mcleans book are well written, fluid and,based on solid references. Whiskey rebellion, 1794, uprising in the pennsylvania counties w of the alleghenies, caused by alexander hamiltons excise tax of 1791. The making of scotch whisky marked a revolution in the understanding of scotlands most famous industry when it was first published, and remains the standard work if you can secure a copy of the first edition for whisky buffs and trade alike. If you recall anything from your highschool history class, the whiskey rebellion is. Pdf who s feckin who in irish history download full. Because many of them were unlicensed, the illicit distilleries forced the government to raise taxes on whiskey production. Superb illustrations help tell an intriguing story that goes back as far as 2000 b. Where bourbon really got its name and more tips on america.
American whiskey was given the name bourbon indirectly with french help in the young nations war of liberation against the english crown. Rye is a favorite grain, though the whiskeys that go into the blends are made from a variety of grains. A global history, where he shares not only his passion for the potent potable but also his. He starts with the history of the spirit and colorful anecdotes. This revised edition takes account of changes in the industry since the books publication in 1981, as well as incorporating new. The feckin book of irish history feckin collection colin murphy, donal odea on. A tripledistilled whiskey made from single pot still and grain whiskeys, it was both different from scotch blends and quintessentially irish. A southern independent booksellers alliance bestseller. Whiskymax whisky books by charles maclean whiskymax.
Irish distillers was bought by the french distillers pernod ricard in 1988, and since then the popularity of irish whiskey has soared. Historical books on whisky are rare and mclean is well known by the whisky afficionados and his book are, usually, mcleans book are well written, fluid and,based on solid references. Here is the illustrated history of american whiskey. Today, a catholic sacrament is a sip of wine, back then. Few products are so completely or intimately steeped in the american story as bourbon whiskey. Books if you are keen to learn more, or know someone who is, take a look through our selection of books on all things drink. Jun 09, 2005 historical books on whisky are rare and mclean is well known by the whisky afficionados and his book are, usually, mcleans book are well written, fluid and,based on solid references. If you want to find out what the critics are raving about, or learn about the art of distillation, this is the place to come. The heavily illustrated tome delves into whisky history, including the evolution of distillation in different countries and regions. The exact origins of whiskey are widely debated, but it has been suggested that irish monks may have picked up the skills of distilling perfumes while on trips to the mediterranean during the 11th century. The sieges of limerick, the big fella, the long fella, and lots of english fellas. Alcoholic beverages are a fascinating thing to learn about, as their invention and development has both shaped and been shaped by history. For the remainder of the 17th century various alterations were made to the types and amounts of duty.
Producing irish whiskey evolved from a local pastime into an industry in 1608, when northern irelands old bushmills distillery became the worlds first licensed whiskey distillery. The evolution of single malt scotch whisky is a lesson in ingenuity, craft and the law of unintended consequences. Since i write a fair amount on wines and spirits, and especially whiskies, i have amassed a decent library of. Got this for a whiskey swilling friend of mine who already has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the stuff. Discover the origins of scotch whisky history and distillation. A world economy in the narrow sense was not yet really existent at the turn of the century. Various grains which may be malted are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Mar 05, 2016 in his american whiskey, bourbon and rye, risen presents an almost exhaustive list of american whiskeys and their tasting notes for the home drinker. After the victory over the english troops, a county in the border area between todays indiana and kentucky was named bourbon in honour of the french royal family out of gratitude bourbons french royal family 15791792. Ireland exported more than 7 million cases of whiskey in 2015, an increase of one million on the previous year. The best whisky book ever a must read for drinkers. Who s feckin who in irish history available for download and read online in other formats. Fred minnick has written several books, but none have had the impact of whiskey women. Tax laws were later relaxed and by 1830 this number of legal irish distilleries had risen to 90.
The american whiskey, a vintage drink, possesses a rich history that quite ably matches its exquisite taste and quality. This beautifully produced book, with fullcolour photographs throughout, will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about irish whiskey. The feckin book of irish history feckin collection. The volume explores the often overlooked but vital role that women have played in producing whiskey around the world. The scots parliament in 1644 passed an excise act fixing the duty at 28d p per pint of aquavitae or other strong liquor the scots pint being approximately one third of a gallon. The flavour of scotch whisky is as much influenced by history, craft and tradition as it is by science. Here you can find out more about its history, and the most important events that helped it to become one of the most popular modern alcoholic beverages.969 100 1281 1439 870 355 408 413 130 1086 1266 1006 1521 1056 1580 1447 1359 414 966 1121 1063 1263 1397 1115 821 788 1273 1182 160 1352 155 1218 693 565 152 208