Let’s talk whiskey. Whiskey just so happens to be the world’s most popular (and complicated) spirit. It comes in many forms, and speaking its language can oftentimes be overwhelming.
The North American Whiskey Guide from Behind the Bar by Chad Berkey and Jeremy Leblanc is a great starting point. This read, at $22, does a fantastic job of introducing basic whiskey brands with reviews and cocktails from real bartenders and mixologists. From bourbons, ryes, wheats, malts, Canadian, to Tennessee whiskeys, this guide has it all. Whether you’re interested in professional mixology or just home bartending, The North American Whiskey Guide will give you a solid foundation.
Those looking to further up their whiskey game, grab a copy of Lew Bryson’s Tasting Whiskey. This brilliant whiskey guide maps whiskey styles by profiling each type, discussing their differences, and exploring how and where they’re made. Lew shows readers how to taste, collect, and age whiskey, use it to cook, and pair it with food. At $19, Tasting Whiskey will be an investment you will never regret.