Whiskey Distilled

  • by Heather Greene
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the populist tradition of Andrea Immer, New York City's first female whiskey sommelier translates today's hottest spirit for a new generation of imbibers Whiskey is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston. Yet whiskey drinkers - especially novices - are more confused than ever.
Over the past decade, whiskey expert Heather Greene has been bombarded with thousands of questions, including: Can I have ice in my whiskey? Why is it sometimes spelled "whisky"? What makes bourbon different? As New York City's first female whiskey sommelier, Greene introduces audiences to the spirit's charms and challenges the boys' club sensibilities that have made whiskey seem inaccessible, with surprising new research that shows the crucial importance of "nosing" whiskey. Through lively tastings, speaking engagements, and classes such as the popular "Whiskey as an Aphrodisiac," Greene has been demystifying whiskey the way Andrea Immer did wine a decade ago.
In this lively and authoritative guide, Greene teaches listeners about whiskey and encourages them to make their own evaluations. Peppered with wry anecdotes drawn from her unusual life - and including recipes for delicious cocktails by some of today's most celebrated mixologists - Whiskey Distilled will be enthusiastically greeted by the whiskey curious as well as by journeymen whiskey drinkers thirsty to learn more about their beloved tipple.


What the Critics Say

"With every passing day, the peril of sounding like an idiot when talking about or even referring towhiskey grows. Don’t let it happen to you. You should know this stuff. With Whiskey Distilled, Heather Greene makes it easy for you. She makes it deeply enjoyable. And her comprehensive, essential guide to what you need to know about whiskey will make you want to start drinking whiskey immediately." (Anthony Bourdain)


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Customer Reviews

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Buy the hard copy, skip the audio!

What did you love best about Whiskey Distilled?

This book provides a great primer (not PRIME er, see comments below on narration) on whiskey, from how it's made to how to taste it to how to get started with your whiskey collection. I loved the content of this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Whiskey Distilled?

Fascinating stuff about the importance of the nose in tasting, especially snippet on how whiskeys basically taste the same if one's nose is plugged.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

Not unless I'm in the mood for a romance novel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

The content of Ms. Greene's book is great. It has a fantastic introduction to whiskey tasting and making, with very helpful suggestions on how to nose and taste whiskey; how to build a bar; food and whiskey pairings, etc. But the narration...oh boy. Ms. Gilbert's tone is that of someone narrating a Jane Austen book, not one about whiskey. Seriously, parts of it are like listening to a romance novel. Nor does she appear to know much about the topic. I’m not saying she should be an expert like Ms. Greene in order to narrate, but she should at least have some familiarity with the topic – including pronunciation. I had to rewind to make sure I heard this right (wrong), but she actually pronounced “Ancient Age” as “Ancient Egg”. And Bardstown is now Bardston? Really? And doesn’t primer with a long “I” refer to paint? (Although it was sure helpful to have the proper pronunciation of Dutch cheese in there. “Mr. Darcy, do stay for some HOWduh and sherry!”) My advice: Skip the audiobook and pick up the hard copy. This soundtrack will drive you to drink.

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- P Boz

Absolute must read!

This book is a fun, detailed, and informative adventure into whiskey or whisky, however you care to spell it. I consider it a must read for everyone from the average to advanced enthusiast.
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- Matticus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC