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Best New Spirits Book, 2017 Tales of the Cocktail's Spirited Awards
Smithsonian Magazine: One of the"Best Books About Food of 2016"
Once and also for all, America learns the most likely creator of its beloved bourbon.Bourbon is not simply alcohol-- this amber-colored drink is deeply embedded in American culture and also entangled in American background. From the very early days of raw corn alcohol to the myriad distilleries that have actually proliferated around the country today, bourbon has concerned signify America. In Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and also Rebirth of an American Whiskey, prize-winning bourbon writer Fred Minnick traces bourbon's entire background, from the 1700s with Irish, Scottish, and also French inhabitants setting up stills and also making distilled spirits in the New World via today's growing resurgence. He likewise outlines in expert information the crucial duty this spirit has played throughout the cultural as well as political background of the nation-- from Congress passing whiskey-protection regulations to consumers standing in long lines simply for a peek of an uncommon bottle of Pappy Van Winkle-- matched by even more than 100 illustrations and also images. And most significantly, Minnick explores the mystery of who probably produced the pleasant corn alcohol we now referred to as bourbon. He studies the men who've been promoted as its inventors with time-- from Daniel Boone's relative to Baptist preacher Elijah Craig-- and also, based upon brand-new research and also never-before-seen paperwork, addresses the inquiry of who deserves the credit.