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The Complete Whiskey Course: A Comprehensive Tasting School in Ten Classes

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A must-read for aspiring connoisseurs, and a thorough refresher for seasoned whisky lovers.”—Whiskey AdvocateThe definitive book on understanding and appreciating the exploding world of whiskey.Winner of the Gourmand Award in the Drink Education category (US).   Renowned whiskey educator Robin Robinson demystifies the “water of life” in a definitive, heavily illustrated tome designed to take readers on a global tour of the ever-expanding world of whiskey. Across ten robust “classes,” Robinson explains whiskey history, how it defined the way whiskey is made in different countries and regions, the myriad styles, how aging and finishing works, and the basics of “nosing” and tasting whiskey. In chapters dedicated to American whiskey (including bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, and rye), American Craft whiskey, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, Japanese, and world whiskies, Robinson presents the best offerings from new and historic producers, how to choose among them, and how to build a collection of your own. Each “class” is a journey into a country’s whiskies and makers, including recommended bottles and styles, as well as insider information on how distilleries make their unique offerings. Each chapter includes themed tastings organized by bargain, value, special occasion, and splurge price categories. This thoroughly up-to-date and wide-ranging guide also offers helpful recommendations on how to lead your own tasting, a glossary of terms, food pairings, and tips on everything from glassware to whiskey festivals and how to read a label.

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“Whisky educator Robin Robinson sets out to demystify the spirit in this book that takes the form of a comprehensive ‘tasting school,’ with ten classes that transport readers to the far-flung corners of the booming whisky world. The heavily illustrated tome delves into whisky history . . . the many styles of whisky and their production methods; and sensory appreciation of whisky—how to nose and taste. Each chapter offers a guided tour through the traditions of major whisky-producing countries . . . and also showcases crucial, if less heralded, hotspots such as India, Sweden, and France. His picks for top offerings from both new and established producers will help whisky lovers add to their lists of bottles to seek out. . . . A will have to-read for aspiring connoisseurs, and a thorough refresher for seasoned whisky lovers.”—Whiskey Advocate
 

From the Author

The intimidating task of writing a book on whiskey comes from the over forty books I have on the subject from whiskey writers I admire. Many of them are mentioned in these pages and are, for the most part, my peers. In conjunction with the historic Alfred Barnard (whom everyone owes a debt to) and the late Michael Jackson, I slavishly followed their books, articles, blogs, and musings, seeking out more information, data and stories on the spirit that I love so well. To all of them, I owe an enormous debt of knowledge and wisdom and hope that I’ve kept their integrity.
With all this talent and wondering what I had to offer on the subject, it was Dave Broom who unwittingly helped me focus. Encountering him soon after I started the project, I whispered sheepishly that I used to be writing a book on whiskey. Dave was excited and full of congratulations but his was the widest book in the library, and I admitted that I used to be indeed intimidated by his breadth and scope on the subject. “But Robin,” he said “out of all of us, you will be the only one who’s in reality sold whiskey.” That rang like a ship’s bell in my head.
I’ve been in the field, working with distributors, retailers, bartenders, and consumers. I pulled a roller bag down the streets of every city in the U.S. filled with sample bottles; loaded up my car and set up countless tables, stands, and kiosks in stores, bars, and event halls far and wide the country. I’ve poured thousands of samples and flown tens of thousands of miles. I’ve cajoled consumers, trained bartenders, motivated salespeople, and negotiated for an empty shelf slot with busy retailers. I’ve delivered cases and moved numbers. I used to be at Ground Zero of the whiskey explosion–and that’s the story I will tell.
This book was written by a long-time whiskey “fan boy” who became a whiskey insider.  I used to be fortunate to make thousands of contacts in the industry over the last 11 years and from that made hundreds of new friends inside the industry.  When the opportunity to write this book arrived, I used to be able to reach out to them and ask them to share their insights with me.  I’m grateful they granted me that request.
Not having written a book before, I used to be not paying attention to the amount I used to be writing to satisfy my publisher’s word count.  Due to this fact, I over wrote it by many times (“Robin, you handed in 3 books”).  So the editing process was particularly brutal and illuminating.
I’m aching already to write the next book.

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A will have to-read for aspiring connoisseurs, and a thorough refresher for seasoned whisky lovers.”—Whiskey AdvocateThe definitive book on understanding and appreciating the exploding world of whiskey.Winner of the Gourmand Award in the Drink Education category (US).   Renowned whiskey educator Robin Robinson demystifies the “water of life” in a definitive, heavily illustrated tome designed to take readers on a global tour of the ever-expanding world of whiskey. Across ten robust “classes,” Robinson explains whiskey history, how it defined the way whiskey is made in different countries and regions, the myriad styles, how aging and finishing works, and the basics of “nosing” and tasting whiskey. In chapters dedicated to American whiskey (including bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, and rye), American Craft whiskey, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, Japanese, and world whiskies, Robinson presents the best offerings from new and historic producers, how to make a choice among them, and how to build a collection of your own. Each “class” is a journey into a country’s whiskies and makers, including recommended bottles and styles, as well as insider information on how distilleries make their unique offerings. Each chapter includes themed tastings organized by bargain, value, special occasion, and splurge price categories. This thoroughly up-to-date and wide-ranging guide also offers helpful recommendations on how to lead your own tasting, a glossary of terms, food pairings, and tips on everything from glassware to whiskey festivals and how to read a label.

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