Discover the captivating world of bourbon with "Bourbon Curious: A Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker." Written by Fred Minnick, an esteemed expert, who shares his insights from teaching at the renowned Kentucky Derby Museum and serving as a judge at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, this updated edition delves deep into the essence of this quintessentially American whiskey.
By cutting through the noise of brand marketing, the author, Minnick, focuses solely on the flavor of bourbon, presenting a comprehensive guide that appeals to both newcomers and connoisseurs. "Bourbon Curious" expertly categorizes bourbons into four distinct flavor profiles: grain, nutmeg, caramel, and cinnamon. While many bourbons exhibit elements of all four profiles, each possesses a unique dominant taste that defines its character. This enlightening book unveils the predominant flavors of over 50 top bourbon brands, accompanied by tantalizing cocktail recipes that perfectly complement each expression.
In addition to its tasting guide, "Bourbon Curious" dispels common myths surrounding bourbon, unravels its intriguing mysteries, and reveals the secrets of distillers. Unearthing hidden recipes that are not disclosed on bottle labels, this updated edition features the latest and greatest bourbons, ensuring readers are up to date with the most current offerings in the market. With revised tasting notes on bourbons that have undergone significant changes since the original publication, this book truly caters to the discerning palate.
"Bourbon Curious" embraces an approachable writing style, much like a smooth and satisfying bourbon. Whether you're an avid bourbon enthusiast or a curious novice, this captivating guide offers an immersive experience into the world of America's beloved whiskey. Immerse yourself in the flavors, traditions, and heritage of bourbon as you embark on a journey guided by the expertise of a true connoisseur. Let "Bourbon Curious" be your companion in discovering the rich tapestry of this beloved spirit.
Editor's Note: Way back in August of 2015, I did a video review of the first edition of this book. I loved it, and I still do. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in bourbon or learning more about America's spirit. As embarrassing as the video is (one of my early ones and without my beard), I present my original review of Fred's book.