• Bourbon Curious

  • A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker
  • By: Fred Minnick
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, award-winning whiskey writer and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick creates a tasting journey that helps you select barrel-aged bourbons based on your flavor preferences. Using the same tasting principles he offers in his Kentucky Derby Museum classes and as a judge at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Minnick cuts to the chase, dismissing brand marketing and judging only the flavor of the bourbon.

Bourbon Curious groups bourbon into four main flavor profiles - grain, nutmeg, caramel, and cinnamon. While many bourbons boast all four flavor notes, one delicious sensation typically overpowers the rest. This book reveals more than 50 bourbon brands' predominant tastes and suggests cocktail recipes to complement them. In addition, Minnick spends some time busting bourbon's myths, unraveling its mysteries, and exploring distiller secrets, disclosing the recipes you won't find on a bottle's label.

As bourbon becomes more ingrained in the culinary world, foodies and drink enthusiasts alike are looking for a basic understanding of America's spirit. Bourbon Curious will help curious minds take their first step in learning about this highly celebrated spirit.

Like good-tasting bourbon, Bourbon Curious is approachable to all!

©2015 Fred Minnick (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Better as a physical book than Audio book

Lots of good information and stories and would have been rated higher if it was a 3 hour book vs a 6 hour book. Problem is that at last half the book is the narrator reading recipe lists or running through individual bourbon's mash bills and tasting notes that may have value if as a reader you can see the words, reread them and absorb them. But as an audio book the "list reading" that makes up half the audio time is simply impossible to follow or make sense of as its being read.

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Interesting but terrible in audiobook format

This should not have been made into an audiobook. The first half is informative, and focuses on the basics and terminology of bourbon, most of which could be pulled from free internet articles. The second half is a tasting guide for several dozen bourbons, which really is useless unless you are looking at it while tasting that particular bourbon. It is not designed for an audiobook format and simply does not work in this medium. I would NOT recommend this audiobook to anyone, but I would have enjoyed the tasting guide in print form.

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Already outdated.

This is a good book, but a lot of the specics discussed, like single releases you might ba able to find have changed. Lots of age statements have vanished. Lots of bourbons are younger now. there are lots of new products on the market. Mostly overpriced young bourbon without age statements. Things have changed a lot in 5 years and this is already a bit outdated.

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I enjoy Fred Minnick's books!

I had to replay some of the more interesting parts! I enjoy Bourbon both for the history as well as the spirit.

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Great Bourbon Lesson!

This book is a great insight to the world of bourbon. I didn't think I was going to care much for the last chapters, regarding tasting notes, but ended up learning a lot about the brands and companies that own them. I am thankful for the knowledge these chapters have instilled. It also has helped me to identify and verbalize what I am smelling and tasting. I.E. Instead of just "caramel" does it smell or taste like "Burt caramel or caramel chews". I recommend you give it a read or a listen.