Suggested Reading

Bourbon education is about more than just drinking bourbon.  There’s an entire history and culture that goes along with it.  I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know many of the historians and writers who have formed the bourbon culture as we know it today.  What’s more, I meet new ones all the time, and their passion for bourbon’s many facets is infectious.  Here are a few of the books and blogs I like to read, in no particular order, and this list is in no way all-inclusive.  I’ll be adding to this as I go.  Cheers! (NOTE: Many of these books are available at liquor stores and along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.)  (Here’s a list of suggestions from Michael Veach.)

Book I’ve Reviewed

Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon?

The Oxford Companion To Spirits And Cocktails

The American Whiskey Tasting Notebook

The Definitive Guide To Canadian Distilleries

American Whiskey

Are You Afraid Of The Dark Rum?

Bourbon and Bullets

Bourbon Justice

Wine, Whiskey, and Halachah

Canadian Whisky

Barrel Strength Bourbon

Angel’s Share

Inside the Bottle

Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey

Big Man of Jim Beam

The Little Book of Whiskey

Bourbon: What The Educated Drinker Should Know

Books About Bourbon History and Heritage

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage  by Michael Veach

Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of how Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey by Fred Minnick

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide For The Savvy Drinker by Fred Minnick

The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Michael Veach and Susan Reigler

Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide by Susan Reigler

Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit by Bernie Lubbers

Beam Straight Up: The Bold Story Of The First Family Of Bourbon by Fred Noe

But Always Fine Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle And The Story Of Old Fitzgerald by Sally Van Winkle Campbell

The Cocktail Chronicles: Navigating the Cocktail Renaissance with Jigger, Shaker, and Glass by Paul Clarke

Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide To The Water Of Life by Heather Greene

Bourbon Straight: The Uncut And Unfiltered Story Of American Whiskey by Charles Cowdery

Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide To The Unique Pleasures Of The World’s Finest Spirits by Lew Bryson

Cocktail and Recipe Books

Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon by Susan Reigler and Peggy Noe Stevens

The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book by Susan Reigler and Joy Perrine

The Old Fashioned: An Essential Guide To The Original Whiskey Cocktail by Albert Schmid

The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook by Albert Schmid

That’s Entertaining! Cocktails And Appetizers by Tim Laird

Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist’s Guide To Classic Drinks For Morning, Noon, and Night by Molly Wellmann

Bitters: A Spirited History Of A Classic Cure-All, With Cocktails, Recipes, And Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons

Blogs and Podcasts

Bourbon Veach

Sipp’n Corn

Fred Minnick

Modern Thirst

Bourbon Pursuit

The Chuck Cowdery Blog

Whisky Cast


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