The Connoisseur's Guide to Worldwide Spirits: Selecting and Savoring Whiskey, Vodka, Scotch, Rum, Tequila . . . and Everything Else (Expert’s Guide to Selecting, Sipping, and Savoring Every Spirit in the World) (Paperback)
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Everyone thinks that they know how to drink, but do you really know the difference between a scotch and a whiskey? How about a gin or vodka martini? Do you know whether Johnny Walker is a single malt or a scotch? Now is the time to finally learn the definitive answers to these questions, and so many more that you’ve always had about your favorite drinks. In The Connoisseur's Guide to Worldwide Drinking, world-class connoisseur and celebrated critic Richard Carleton Hacker provides you with all the information that you’ll ever need to properly enjoy and imbibe every type of spirit, and to start drinking alcohol the right way. After reading this definitive guide, you’ll be able to:
- Taste the subtle distinctions between different types of spirits
- Learn the difference between varieties of the most popular kinds of cocktails
- Recite how many popular spirits are made, distilled, and crafted
- How to properly “nose” spirits
- The correct containers from which each spirit would be sipped
- And so much more!
Complete with more than a 100 full color photographs, thisis a perfect buy for every alcohol consumer, whether novice or aficionado. With The Connoisseur's Guide to Worldwide Drinking you’ll be the most knowledgeable drinker in every bar that you walk into and at every cocktail party that you attend.
About the Author
Richard Carleton Hacker is an international writer and photographer specializing in spirits, wines, cigars, and related luxury lifestyles. He is a long-time contributing editor for numerous national magazines, including Robb Report, The Somm Journal, and The Tasting Panel. A lifetime member of the Scotch whisky industry’s exclusive Keeper of the Quaich honorary society, he has also been inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, and was knighted in Germany. He lives in Sherman Oaks, California.
“Richard Carleton Hacker . . . is back with a definitive new book on the wide world of spirits. . . . Come along for the ride as this experienced taster and longtime spirits expert guides you through products known and unknown—from liquor store staples to obscure spirits and everything in-between. This book will be a classic reference on spirits for decades to come.”
—Meredith May, publisher The Tasting Panel magazine
“For many years, Hacker has been one of the most distinguished and prolific American spirits writers. This latest book demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge and appreciation of the distilled spirits of the world, and is a welcome resource for novice to connoisseur.”
—Frank Coleman, senior vice president, Distilled Spirits Council
“Hacker has traveled the world on a mission to taste spirits from every category and culture. His latest book, The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits, invites you along on his travels, meeting the distillers, learning their secrets and trying the techniques they use to taste, and assess distilled spirits. It is a voyage you will not want to miss.”
—Dale DeGroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail
“Eloquently written and easy to read, Hacker takes the reader on a spirited and historical journey of intrigue. A must-read for all those who enjoy the water of life and want to learn more about their particular tipple of choice.”
—Charlie Whitfield, The Macallan, manager of brand education and prestige whiskies
“The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits is a fantastic read and an educational treasure! Hacker has dedicated his career to sharing his passion and discovery of the world’s finest spirits. This book takes its readers on an exciting and insightful journey into the world of distilled spirits through his distinguished and experienced palette.”
—Carl Nolet, Jr., CEO and president Nolet Spirits USA
"With The Connoisseur’s Guide To Worldwide Spirits, Richard Carleton Hacker, one of the nation’s top spirits authorities, brings us a comprehensive yet approachable look into the world of spirits. From vodka to Japanese whisky, mezcal to Islay Scotch, Richard provides us with an insider's peek behind the scenes at what makes each so special. Through his eyes and palate, we are better prepared to not only understand each unique category, but ultimately to enjoy each wonderful sip!"
—Tony Abou-Ganim, author of The Modern Mixologist