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For years, F. Paul Pacult and his Spirit Journal have provided initiates, seasoned connoisseurs, and industry insiders with opinionated, colorful, and authoritative assessments of the best of the spirits. This one-and-only, one-stop resource brings together for the first time ever reviews of the world's great whiskeys, scotches, bourbons, sherries, ports, brandies, cognacs, armagnacs, rums, gins, vodkas, tequilas, and liqueurs.
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All that is involved in producing and consuming Mexico's favorite liqueur can be found in The Book of Tequila. Beginning with a detailed look at exactly what tequila is, including the two types (100 percent agave and mixto) and seven kinds, Emmons, who has studied the subject for many years, describes the process by which tequila is made, its history in Mexico, and individual tequila distilleries and U.S. importers and offers instructions on how to organize a tequila tasting. He also gives a sampling of tequila recipes and cocktails as well as devoting a chapter to the margarita. Libraries with such titles as Ann and Larry Walker's Tequila (Chronicle, 1994) or Lynn Nusom's The Tequila Cook Book (Golden West, 1993) will find that they focus more on recipes and cocktails while Emmons's book offers more of an overall view. Recommended for libraries with an interest in the subject or needing a good general tequila source. Pacult, who is the founding editor of the first newsletter dedicated to the review of distilled spirits, draws upon his official collection of tasting notes, ratings, and reviews to create this compendium of over 1200 liquors. Each section of the book is arranged by a specific type of spirit, liqueur, or fortified wine and includes a bit of historical background, practical information, and a description of the spirit, the process of distillation or production, and what to look for in the individual spirits. Information on the most famous producers is occasionally given as well. Single-paragraph reviews of each spirit include a rating (from one to five stars) and an indication of its cost, while appendixes list the individual spirit categories by ratings. Written with verve, style, and wit, this book is comparable to taking a tour through the world of distilled spirits as given by an informed, knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended for all collections.?John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., Ariz.
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Any interested in the history and flavors of distilled spirits and fortified wines should look no further than this comprehensive guide, which clearly outlines and describes the differences between cognacs, whiskeys, brandies and other spirits. Over 1,200 reviews and recommendations have been gathered for an authoritative volume not to be missed by any avid drinker. -- Midwest Book Review
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