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Knowing whiskey is social capital these days. Know It All Whiskey is here to make sure you know your Scottish single malts from your Kentuckys. So you enjoy a dram or two, but do you know how whiskey is made? Do you understand how to nose and taste whiskey, and can you tell the difference between regional and national varieties? Pour yourself a measure, take a seat, and le Knowing whiskey is social capital these days. Know It All Whiskey is here to make sure you know your Scottish single malts from your Kentuckys. So you enjoy a dram or two, but do you know how whiskey is made? Do you understand how to nose and taste whiskey, and can you tell the difference between regional and national varieties? Pour yourself a measure, take a seat, and let Know It All Whiskey take you on a journey from the very first distillers to the latest brands around the world.  Know-It-All Whiskey demystifies the origins, history, production, and varieties of one of the world’s favorite spirits. Compiled by whiskey experts, this beginner’s guide serves up all you need to read the message in the bottle in 50 small nips—or rather, with 300 words and an image. Entries explain everything from the history of whiskey production, including the ins and outs of the whiskey trade, to which foods to pair and which whiskey festivals to visit. Distilled with spirited graphics and supported by glossaries and biographies of key figures, here’s how to enjoy whiskey—or whisky—from the single malts and blends of Scotland to their acclaimed Irish, North American, and Asian counterparts. 


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Knowing whiskey is social capital these days. Know It All Whiskey is here to make sure you know your Scottish single malts from your Kentuckys. So you enjoy a dram or two, but do you know how whiskey is made? Do you understand how to nose and taste whiskey, and can you tell the difference between regional and national varieties? Pour yourself a measure, take a seat, and le Knowing whiskey is social capital these days. Know It All Whiskey is here to make sure you know your Scottish single malts from your Kentuckys. So you enjoy a dram or two, but do you know how whiskey is made? Do you understand how to nose and taste whiskey, and can you tell the difference between regional and national varieties? Pour yourself a measure, take a seat, and let Know It All Whiskey take you on a journey from the very first distillers to the latest brands around the world.  Know-It-All Whiskey demystifies the origins, history, production, and varieties of one of the world’s favorite spirits. Compiled by whiskey experts, this beginner’s guide serves up all you need to read the message in the bottle in 50 small nips—or rather, with 300 words and an image. Entries explain everything from the history of whiskey production, including the ins and outs of the whiskey trade, to which foods to pair and which whiskey festivals to visit. Distilled with spirited graphics and supported by glossaries and biographies of key figures, here’s how to enjoy whiskey—or whisky—from the single malts and blends of Scotland to their acclaimed Irish, North American, and Asian counterparts. 

43 review for Know It All Whiskey: The 50 Most Elemental Concepts of Whiskey, Each Explained in Under a Minute

  1. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    Not my favorite from the Know it all series, maybe because I already know too much on the subject, not that I'm an expert on whiskey, just have a growing interest for the past few years. Still it contains the basic of the whiskey world for the new comers and it's not a bad book, but I did find it a little less well organized than the others, especially the first two chapters which sometimes feel a little like an introduction melting pot. Yet again not bad, for the persons who just trying to unde Not my favorite from the Know it all series, maybe because I already know too much on the subject, not that I'm an expert on whiskey, just have a growing interest for the past few years. Still it contains the basic of the whiskey world for the new comers and it's not a bad book, but I did find it a little less well organized than the others, especially the first two chapters which sometimes feel a little like an introduction melting pot. Yet again not bad, for the persons who just trying to understand the basis and the difference concerning all the whiskey.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Know It All Whiskey really is a know it all guide. It breaks down the history of the spirit, how it's made, where it's made, most popular places it is consumed, and even breaks down how to define what kind of whiskey is a blend, a rye, a scotch, etc. As a bartender, I loved the extra knowledge. As a whiskey drinker, I loved the history. This is definitely a go to book for anyone that is in the industry or just a lover of knowledge. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Know It All Whiskey really is a know it all guide. It breaks down the history of the spirit, how it's made, where it's made, most popular places it is consumed, and even breaks down how to define what kind of whiskey is a blend, a rye, a scotch, etc. As a bartender, I loved the extra knowledge. As a whiskey drinker, I loved the history. This is definitely a go to book for anyone that is in the industry or just a lover of knowledge. Having little facts on hand makes one interesting and keeps a customers interest, especially when they ask "do you have any good whiskey". The layout was perfect. It was easy to take in and was not overwhelming. The information transitioned and flowed very nicely from one topic to the next. I will be purchasing this for a family member when it is available.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Just this week, I had an extended conversation with a few gentlemen about the finer points of scotch, bourbon, and Tennessee whiskey. After debating mash-bills, cask finishing, and how much peat can actually be enjoyably consumed, I was fortunate enough to find a galley copy of Know-It-All Whiskey on NetGalley. I was excited. Covering everything from history to production, distribution, regional differences, and tips for greater appreciation, Know-It-All Whiskey is a beautifully presented treasu Just this week, I had an extended conversation with a few gentlemen about the finer points of scotch, bourbon, and Tennessee whiskey. After debating mash-bills, cask finishing, and how much peat can actually be enjoyably consumed, I was fortunate enough to find a galley copy of Know-It-All Whiskey on NetGalley. I was excited. Covering everything from history to production, distribution, regional differences, and tips for greater appreciation, Know-It-All Whiskey is a beautifully presented treasure trove of whiskey knowledge. However, it is admittedly a primer, not an encyclopedia. Meant to whet the appetite for greater exploration, this book exceeds expectations and is a must read for any whiskey (or is it whisky…good thing I have this book) enthusiast.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Muller

    I recieved a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. This was an interesting book that gives you a look at making, distilling and drinking whiskey. It provides lots of history and infprmation without getting too technical.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Sankey

    This is a fun little book, meant to provide nuggets of information on whiskey's chemical, historical and political aspects, probably best as a gift attached to a fine example. This is a fun little book, meant to provide nuggets of information on whiskey's chemical, historical and political aspects, probably best as a gift attached to a fine example.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Spuckler

    Know It All Whiskey: The 50 Most Elemental Concepts of Whiskey, Each Explained in Under a Minute by Charles MacLean is both a history and an education on whiskey.  MacLean has been described by The Times as "Scotland's leading whisky expert." He has been researching and writing about whisky for 35 years and has published 15 books on the subject. My understanding of whiskey has changed since those underage and early twenties Jack and Cokes.  What better whiskey was there than Jack Daniels, Jim Bea Know It All Whiskey: The 50 Most Elemental Concepts of Whiskey, Each Explained in Under a Minute by Charles MacLean is both a history and an education on whiskey.  MacLean has been described by The Times as "Scotland's leading whisky expert." He has been researching and writing about whisky for 35 years and has published 15 books on the subject. My understanding of whiskey has changed since those underage and early twenties Jack and Cokes.  What better whiskey was there than Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, or that special high-end whiskey Wild Turkey?  I have never developed a taste for Scotch, but not from lack of trying.  Today a nice rye is my favorite and no need to mix it.  Growing older I have discovered that whiskey tastes good on its own. If I want to mix, though, it's back to a blended whiskey or big name whiskey.   Know it all Whiskey will take the novice reader through the history of different whiskeys and their origins.  Facts like Japan is one of the big five whiskey producing countries along with the US, Canada, Scotland, and Ireland are found throughout the book.  Rye is an American whiskey that contains at least 51% rye in the mash.  In Canada, however, whiskey is commonly referred to as rye although is a blended whiskey that does contain some rye.  The reader will also travel the world and out more information on Scotch and its varieties.  Whiskey itself is a generalization distilled mashes much as wine covers the many varieties of fermented grapes.  Bourbon is different from Rye, is different from Scotch, is different from blended whiskey.  These may also vary by location. The book itself is well organized.  The pages are nicely illustrated and the small history lessons are done on a black background with white text. The main text is written in the center column.  On the right is the “3-second nip” and “3-minute distillation” providing nice simple summaries.  On the left is “Related Topics” with page references inside the book, information on distillers, and the variety expert.  Between chapters is a list of keywords and their definitions.  Know It All Whiskey provides a wealth of knowledge in a very usable form.  Tips on tasting and serving will allow the reader to choose the right whiskey for every occasion.  

  7. 4 out of 5

    Muriel

    A very abbreviated look at everything whiskey from types, origins, collecting, pairings, etc. Know It All Whiskey is visually pleasing and streamlined. Quick information about each of the chapters is featured along the left sided of the book. On the other side are 3 second biographies highlight people in whiskey's history. Any whisky lover should add this informative read to their collection. A very abbreviated look at everything whiskey from types, origins, collecting, pairings, etc. Know It All Whiskey is visually pleasing and streamlined. Quick information about each of the chapters is featured along the left sided of the book. On the other side are 3 second biographies highlight people in whiskey's history. Any whisky lover should add this informative read to their collection.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This was a fun book to read! I am a whiskey drinker and throughly enjoyed reading about the details of making, distilling, distributing, drinking and regions of whiskey, bourbon and rye. Lots of great history and information for you to gleam, it is detailed enough to provide information and not to technical that it makes you cry. A great book to have or give to any whiskey drinking friend. Enjoyed this book completely!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Polly Krize

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Being fond of a week dram or two, I was excited to discover this book. Simple and explanatory, it gives a good look at the making of whiskies, from single malts, Irish, and Asian spirits.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Quarto Group

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