My annual list of most all of the cocktails and spirits books that have been released. This year we see tons of whiskey books again, and a whole segment of bar-specific cocktail books and a new category of narrative cocktail history.
I wrote a story for Popular Science on the science of barrel aging. The story was inspired by a trip to The Glenlivet where I tasted a 50-year-old whisky without any smoky qualities - but 50 years ago this and most whisky would have been at least lightly peated. So I went into the article specifically looking for what happens with the smoke, but ended up writing about wood interactions as well. To do the story, I read several wood science articles sent to me by Diageo whisky ambassador/smart-guy Ewan Morgan, spoke with Dr Bill Lumsden from Glenmorangie, interviewed Bryan...
In the last big rollout before the holidays, publishers have pushed out a ton of new drink books.
In today's edition of New Booze, we find new vermouths, vodka, flavored gin, flavored vodka, flavored rum, a couple of amari, a smokeless mezcal, a bottled Old Fashioned, and a ton of new scotch, rye, and bourbon.
So, so many drink books are coming out this fall. Here are the latest covering everything from Hollywood to Cuba to Manhattan to Paris; a photo book on bourbon and a scratch and sniff guide to the same; Prohibition liquor and two books on cocktails of the silver screen.
The regular New Booze feature might better be called New Whiskey, as it seems 80% of new spirits products released are scotch and bourbon. Today we have 15 of those, plus liqueurs, vodka, gin, cognac, and Spanish brandies.
In a recent article for Departures.com, I wrote about some new travel retail (duty-free to you and me) exclusive whiskies that launched this year.
Behold a round-up of new liquor products hitting store shelves, including gin and sweet potato liqueurs, aged American apple brandy and Swedish vodka, rum meant for shots, and 18 new whiskies, most of them limited editions.