1. Whisky Dreams : Having your dram and eating it too by Riannon Walsh
Whisky Dreams captures a slice of life in the world of distilleries and their romantic settings. An enjoyable and rare approach to the neglected topic of cooking with fine whiskies this book includes several stories of life working in the whisky world and close to 90 recipes ranging from soups to dessert and everything in between; all based on the marriage of fine food and fine spirits. Whisky Dreams is a romp in the spirits world along with a woman who has not only a passion for great whisky but the experiences & ability to bring the magic of life in the whisky world and her wide ranging knowledge of distilled spirits home to all of our tables. Whether you are a home chef or simply someone who loves single malts and bourbon, these recipes, personal stories and narrative master classes in distilled spirits will keep you well entertained, well schooled and well fed.
2. Chasing the white dog : an amateur outlaw’s adventures in Moonshine by Max Watman
In the summer of 1794, drunk and armed outlaws gathered in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, intent on preventing the collection of the Whiskey Tax. George Washington mustered 13,000 troops to quell the rebellion, but by the time they arrived, the rebels had vanished; America’s first moonshiners had packed up their stills and moved on.
From these moonshine pioneers, to the bathtub gin runners of the 1920s, to today’s booming bootleg businessmen, journalist Max Watman traces the historical roots and contemporary story of white lightning, which has played a surprisingly large role in American history. It touched the election of Thomas Jefferson, the invention of the IRS, and the origins of NASCAR. It is a story of tommy guns, hot rods, and shot houses, and the story is far from over. In this fascinating, centuries-long history of illicit booze, Watman infiltrates every aspect of small-scale distilling in America, taking us from the backwoods of Appalachia to the gritty nip joints of Philadelphia, from a federal courthouse to Pocono Speedway. Along the way, this unrepentant lover of moonshine profiles the colorful characters who make up white whiskey’s lore and hilariously chronicles his own attempts to distill hooch from his initial ill-fated batch to his first successful jar of ’shine.
3. Malt Whisky year book 2015 by Ronde Ingvar
The new edition of Malt Whisky Yearbook is published in October. Whisky enthusiasts all over the world look forward to the Malt Whisky Yearbook every autumn. This 10th edition is again fully revised and packed with new and up-to-date information on more than 300 whisky distilleries from all over the world. Distinguished whisky experts such as Charles MacLean, Gavin D Smith, Dominic Roskrow, Ian Buxton, Neil Ridley, Jonny McCormick, Nicholas Coldicott and Bernhard Schafer, contribute with new features written exclusively for this new edition along with details of hundreds of whisky shops, whisky sites and new bottlings. Whisky profiles from around the world explain how whisky in enjoyed in their respective countries. The Independent Bottlers chapter gives you all the details about the world’s most successful blenders and bottlers complete with tasting notes. A comprehensive summary of the whisky year that was and all the latest statistics is also included. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015 includes more than 250 tasting notes describing the flavour of single malts from all working distilleries in Scotland and Japan. Finally, with more than 500 colour photographs, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015 is as much an essential reference guide as a book to read for pleasure.
4. Whiskey and Philosophy : A small batch of spirited ideas By Fritz Allhof
Everyone becomes a philosopher with a drink in hand, but Whiskey & Philosophy takes this natural pairing to a new level. It explores a range of philosophical topics related to whiskey through engaging reflections written by philosophers, whiskey writers, and others.
You will learn things that are both practical (how do tasting notes vary across guides and whiskey brands?) and thought provoking (why is there the popular conception that drinking whiskey makes people mean, and is it true?). Whether your interest lies in the drink itself or in the philosophical issues surrounding it, you’ll find something to interest you in this unusual book.
- Covers subjects ranging from geographical origin to stylistic differences between whiskey and Scotch
- Explores philosophical ideas such as the aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of whiskey and whiskey drinking
- Includes contributions from academics, journalists, and whiskey specialists, all written in an engaging and accessible style
Whether you prefer your whiskey neat or in a Manhattan, from the United States, Scotland, or elsewhere, Whiskey & Philosophy is your perfect drinking companion.