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A Manhattan or a Sazerac; neat, on the rocks, or with a splash of sodaa€”no matter how ita€™s served up, whiskey is synonymous with the poeta€™s inspiration and the devila€™s spirit. Be it bourbon, rye, corn, Irish, or Scotch, whiskey has an infamous and celebrated history from a sometimes lethal, herb-infused concoction to a high-quality, meticulously crafted liquor. In Whiskey, Kevin R. Kosardelivers an informative, concise narrative of the drinka€™s history, from its obscure medieval origins to the globally traded product that it is today. Focusing on three nationsa€”Scotland, Ireland, and Americaa€”Kosarcharts how the technique of distillation moved from ancient Egypt to the British Isles. Contrary to popular claims, there were no good old days of whiskey: before the twentieth century, consumers could never be sure just what was being poured in their cupa€”unscrupulous profiteers could distill anything into booze and pawn it off as whiskey. Eventually, government and industry established legal definitions of what whiskey is and how it could be made, allowing for the distinctive styles of whiskey known today. Whiskey explains what whiskey is, how it is made, and how the types of whiskey differ. With a list of suggested brands and classic cocktail recipes for the thirsty reader, this book is perfect for drink and food enthusiasts and history lovers alike.One unknown poet wrote of poteen, Oh! Long life to the man that invented poteen , Sure the Pope ought to make him a martyr; ... As the cost of malt increased, poteen-makers turned to cheaper alternatives, including sugar, treacle, potatoes, anbsp;...

Author:Kevin R. Kosar
Publisher:Reaktion Books - 2010-10-15


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