In Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, award-winning whiskey writer and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick creates a tasting journey that helps you select barrel-aged bourbons based on your flavor preferences. Using the same tasting principles he offers in his Kentucky Derby Museum classes and as a judge at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Minnick cuts to the chase, dismissing brand marketing and judging only the flavor of the bourbon.
Bourbon Curious groups bourbon into four main flavor profiles - grain, nutmeg, caramel, and cinnamon. While many bourbons boast all four flavor notes, one delicious sensation typically overpowers the rest. This book reveals more than 50 bourbon brands' predominant tastes and suggests cocktail recipes to complement them. In addition, Minnick spends some time busting bourbon's myths, unraveling its mysteries, and exploring distiller secrets, disclosing the recipes you won't find on a bottle's label.
As bourbon becomes more ingrained in the culinary world, foodies and drink enthusiasts alike are looking for a basic understanding of America's spirit. Bourbon Curious will help curious minds take their first step in learning about this highly celebrated spirit.
Like good-tasting bourbon, Bourbon Curious is approachable to all!
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Part 1 History, Legends, and Contemporary Truths
1 Bourbon Politics 17
Part 2 Sources of Flavor
2 Pre-Fermentation 55
3 Yeast, Distillation, and Wood 71
Part 3 Tasting
4 How to Taste Bourbon 103
5 Grain-Forward Bourbons 123
6 Nutmeg-Forward Bourbons 135
7 Caramel-Forward Bourbons 159
8 Cinnamon-Forward Bourbons 173
9 Select Limited Editions and Special Releases 193
Appendix: Brand Histories 205
About the Author 239