Two Great Spirits Books
These two books have recently caught my attention, first being Bourbon Curious.
A truly enlightened bourbon drinker needs a guide to enhance the process of sipping and appreciating every nuance of America’s native spirit. Here it is. Narrated by bourbon authority Fred Minnick, Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker provides an interactive tasting journey to help consumers understand their palates and determine their preferred flavor profiles. Pushing aside the hyperbole of brand marketing, Fred zeroes in on simply judging bourbon by its flavor. He makes bourbon transparent, disclosing the mash recipes that you won’t find on a bottle’s label, as well as the exciting history behind this most celebrated spirit. Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, $23, is filled with information that will up the game for even the most experienced bourbon drinker.
The second book is all about rum, one of the most popular and historic spirits in America. For those of you who want some background and an introductory course on the tropical liquor, Lynn Hoffman’s book, Short Course in Rum, is an excellent and highly readable education. Brimming with detailed writing and entertaining photographs, Hoffman’s guide covers great factoids, from the aging process of rum and its emergence in the Caribbean to its prosperous, and now booming sales, in the United States. You’ll also find detailed instructions for smelling and tasting high-quality rums, as well as delicious food and drink rum recipes. Hoffman includes the classics, such as Piña Coladas and Mojitos, but don’t miss the really unique dishes, such as the Rum Cedar-Planked Salmon and Rum Custard. Yum! Lynn Hoffman is an authority on the subject of rum, and in his book, Short Course in Rum, $15, he invites you to become one too.