Whether you are looking for a gift for that special bourbon nerd in your life, or you are the bourbon nerd, here are some bourbon books that I have come across and really enjoy. (These are in no particular order.)
Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last
by Wright Thompson
Even if you are not a die hard whiskey fan, chances are you have at least heard of Pappy Van Winkle. I am amazed at how many times I am in a liquor store and I hear, “Do you all have any Pappy Van Winkle?” As to suggest it might just be sitting on a shelf waiting for you to come along. Sometimes it actually is, but if you see the price, you realize that it is sitting there for a reason. But that’s a different story for a different post. I have always found this topic interesting, but with this book, Wright Thompson helps us realize that the Van Winkle family story is even more interesting.
Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker
by Fred Minnick
What’s the difference between whiskey and bourbon? Is bourbon only made in Kentucky? Is Tennessee Whiskey considered bourbon? These are questions that I answer very frequently, as I’m sure many bourbon enthusiasts do. Bourbon Curious, by Fred Minnick, provides so much background as to what this spirit truly is, and which taste profiles you might enjoy the most. If you are new to bourbon or just want to learn more about it, this book is perfect for you.
Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America
by Brian Haara
If you are a whiskey nerd like me, you might be interested in more than just how bourbon tastes. Learning not only how legal decisions shaped the bourbon industry, but also how those legal decisions shaped business today. A very interesting read from Brian Haara!
American Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon From Ripy to Russell
by David Jennings
Even before I knew anything about bourbon, I knew about Wild Turkey. All I really knew about it though, was its reputation on college campuses. The more I learned about, and tried a variety of, bourbon, the more I realized how consistent Wild Turkey bourbon is. If you are looking for a solid bourbon under $20, Wild Turkey 101 is a great budget bottle. If you are looking for a delicious barrel proof product, Rare Breed is an excellent choice. Russell’s Reserve 10 year continues to be one of my favorite “daily drinkers”. I know they make great bourbon, but what I didn’t realize was how much history is behind the brand. I was fortunate enough to visit the distillery and meet Jimmy Russell. From that point on I was hooked. This book from David Jennings, taught me so much more about this wonderful brand!