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Bourbon Curious


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Wall Street Journal best-selling author FRED MINNICK wrote the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey. Minnick writes about whiskey for Covey Rise, Whisky Advocate, and Whisky magazine. He is the "bourbon authority" for the Kentucky Derby Museum and regularly appears in the mainstream media, including CBS This Morning, Esquire, Forbes, and NPR.


"Bourbon Curious is a straight shot of smarts about America's whiskey, served up by bourbon's best friend, Fred Minnick." - Lew Bryson, author of Tasting Whiskey: An Insider's Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World's Finest Spirits

"In August, best-selling Louisville author Fred Minnick published "Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker," in which he uses tasting principles to help readers select bourbons based on their flavor preferences. Yes, the book is educational. But it'll never feel like homework." - Courier Journal

"A truly enlightened bourbon drinker needs a guide to enhance the process of sipping and appreciating every nuance of America's native spirit. Here it is. Bourbon Curious provides an interactive tasting journey to help consumers understand their palates and determine their preferred flavors. Bourbon Curious is filled with the information that will up the game for even the most experienced bourbon drinker." - The Sommelier Journal

"If you've got a family member or friend who loves bourbon, this book is "must have" in a wine and spirits library. It's also a "must have" book for anyone studying for her of his Master Sommelier's test."

"Fred Minnick is my favorite spirits writer because he is knowledgeable, writes beautifully, and turns what could be a screed of dull tasting notes into an insightful discussion of the exploding world of a "brown liquor" that even ten years ago seemed poised to be relegated to redneck bars and juleps once a year on Derby Day. He spends nearly 100 pages giving you the history, the lore, the legal limits, and exposes much of the nonsense spread by producers about the confusing myriad single, small, ultra-rare bottlings with special treatment in casks coming out of Kentucky on a seasonal basis. Trust Minnick to steer you to the best of them." - Huffington Post

"The world has been waiting for this book." - Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

"Contrary to its title, BOURBON Curious, A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker is far from simple. It's clear the author, FRED MINNICK, professional taster, judge, and self-proclaimed "bourbon geek" knows Bourbon - History, Ingredients, Who, What, When, Where, Why of making, selling, tasting, judging - and he shares his wisdom with details and humor. This book will appeal to history buffs and connoisseurs as it contains a plethora of interesting and vetted facts. It's truly everything you wanted to know about Bourbon but didn't know who or what to ask."

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