For example, having already read quite a bit about Tiki drinks, I already knew quite a bit about rum. Making distinctive spirits also involves many postdistillation processes, such as flavoring as in the case of gin , aging as in the case of bourbon and Scotch , and filtration as in the case of vodka. From bathtub gin to mojito madness, Blue brings the dynamic history of the spirits industry alive, demonstrating that spirit making is not only one of mankind's oldest pursuits but also perhaps its most colorful. An indispensable follow-up to his classic Complete Book of Mixed Drinks, Anthony Dias Blue presents The Complete Book of Spirits, a comprehensive collection of history, lore, and tasting tips, along with recipes for select cocktails. There are also currently vodkas from many places with no traditional history of vodka production, including Scotland Brilliant and Hendricks , Denmark Frïs, Danzka, and Danaka , and Ireland Boru. In spirits, the humble products of the earth—grapes, corn, wheat, barley, potatoes, sugarcane—are transformed into rarefied quintessences. A fine spirit of its type, although not exceptional.
Interestingly, in 1697 Peter the Great commissioned a study to find the origins of vodka, and almost executed the man who could find him no answer. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket if applicable included for hard covers. Here, in one concise and easy-to-use volume, is all the information a consumer needs to shop, mix, and sip like a spirits expert. A brief, shallow guide like this is great when you know a little or a lot about certain portions of a subject but little to nothing about others. If you are not sure a plant is safe for consumption, do not use it.
Most of the information in the book was obviously prompted from the alcohol distributers themselves. These home brews, made from any and all varieties of grain, were potent enough to strip the beard off a Cossack. As there were not abundant grapes available, as in Italy, he used grain. Depending on the brand and the sugar added, these flavors can range from too sweet to subtle. Grains such as rye, corn, or wheat, or produce such as potatoes, beets, or sugar beets, can be the mash base for vodka. From bathtub An indispensable follow-up to his classic Complete Book of Mixed Drinks, Anthony Dias Blue presents The Complete Book of Spirits, a comprehensive collection of history, lore, and tasting tips, along with recipes for select cocktails.
The general information and histories of each spirit were dry, but readable. While the science of distillation provides certain objective measures that can be applied to spirits alcohol content being one measure quite often used , no one has yet managed to invent a machine that would provide an entirely objective and impartial evaluation of alcoholic beverages in terms of color, smell, flavor, and finish. A number of books and websites can help you to identify edible plants. In Russia water of life evolved into vodka, from the Russian word for water, voda. First of all, as any backwoods moonshiner knows, distilling is strictly controlled by the federal government.
For every chapter and every spirit, there is also a handy tasting-notes section, with Blue's expert comments and his favorites, along with price points. Search out ingredients at your local farmers market or specialty herb shop. Place the prepared flavorings into the bottle. The once-overshadowed Armagnac is making great strides in its long-standing rivalry with nearby Cognac. It can be made from almost any agricultural ingredient; grain, vegetable, even fruit.
During a typical tasting session, I might sample ten to twelve vodkas, single-malt Scotches, or cognacs. Slowly but surely, the kabaks multiplied beyond measure. But, at its heart, distillation even today retains a residual element of the inexplicable. With Anthony Dias Blue, America's leading wine and spirits expert, and The Complete Book of Spirits as your guides, you will take your enjoyment to a new level. Even if such a machine existed, its use would be questionable at best. The vodka was made with high-quality ingredients, including filtered water. There is even a classy French grape vodka.
The characteristics of gin, for example, are entirely different from those of brandy. Secondly, while the process of making alcohol is fairly simple, the process of making drinkable alcohol is a bit trickier. The very word alcohol is in fact an Arabic word, as is alambic, or still. This process resulted in an optimum alcohol level of 40 percent, giving the spirit more kick and at the same time making it more efficient to produce. Today there are only three distilleries in Ireland, producing just a handful of whiskey brands, but thanks to globalization their products are available to a very wide and appreciative audience worldwide. This helps me trust my own palate instead of magazine reviews or tatted jackass mixologists with big belt-buckles and stupid haircuts that are only bartending because it pays the bills until they can find a job in finance.
Great tasting notes after each chapter. Scotch distillers are releasing rare, old stores that have been aging quietly in bond for decades. Blue also provides step-by-step instructions on how to host spirit tastings to educate your palate and to help you and your friends discover your favorite brands and blends. Great historical info about various spirits and some fun-to-know facts are included. Later the program was expanded to include reporting about wine. Rare single-batch bourbons, crafted on the model of single-malt Scotches, have become favorite drams for whiskey lovers seeking the heights of rarefaction. Now I feel able to converse about bot The Complete Book of Spirits is a broad survey of a very large field.
A brief, shallow guide like this is great when you know a little or a lot about certain portions of a subject but little to nothing about others. If you've ever wondered about the difference between potato and wheat vodkas, or between mescal and tequila or American and Irish whiskeys, or what makes single malt Scotch so desirable, look no further. Except for a few instances I have avoided including mixed drink recipes, preferring to focus attention on the spirits themselves. Vodka also served as a balm to the peasants living as serfs at the mercy of wealthy landowners. Spirits can be used to promote conviviality, to cement friendships, to celebrate special occasions and rites of passage, and to aid in meditation and contemplation. In ten captivating chapters, readers are treated to everything they ever wanted to know about their favorite liquors, including vodka, aquavit, tequila, and whiskey.