Boozehound

Boozehound

On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits

Book - 2010
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While some may wonder, "Does the world really need another flavored vodka?" no one answers this question quite so memorably as spirits writer and raconteur Jason Wilson does in Boozehound . (By the way, the short answer is no.) A unique blend of travelogue, spirits history, and recipe collection, Boozehound explores the origins of what we drink and the often surprising reasons behind our choices.

In lieu of odorless, colorless, tasteless spirits, Wilson champions Old World liquors with hard-to-define flavors--a bitter and complex Italian amari , or the ancient, aromatic herbs of Chartreuse, as well as distinctive New World offerings like lively Peruvian pisco. With an eye for adventure, Wilson seeks out visceral experiences at the source of production--visiting fields of spiky agave in Jalisco, entering the heavily and reverently-guarded J#65533;germeister herb room in Wolfenb#65533;ttel, and journeying to the French Alps to determine if mustachioed men in berets really handpick blossoms to make elderflower liqueur.

In addition, Boozehound offers more than fifty drink recipes, from three riffs on the Manhattan to cocktail-geek favorites like the Aviation and the Last Word. These recipes are presented alongside a host of opinionated essays that cherish the rare, uncover the obscure, dethrone the overrated, and unravel the mysteries of taste, trends, and terroir. Through his far-flung, intrepid traveling and tasting, Wilson shows us that perhaps nothing else as entwined with the history of human culture is quite as much fun as booze.
Publisher: Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781580082884
1580082882
Branch Call Number: 641.874 Wilson
Characteristics: 232 p. ; 22 m

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stewstealth
Feb 23, 2015

A sort of travel book based on searching out rare and unique spirits around the world and of course tasting them. Contains a number of cocktail recipes and home bar guidelines. Was fun reading and look forward to trying some of the drinks that I haven't yet. Worth reading for any boozehound.

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