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Bourbon and American Whiskey

New Book: 1001 Whiskies

Last Spring I was given a great opportunity to contribute towards the American Whiskey section of a new book put together by noted whiskey writer Dominic Roskrow. Dominic’s objective was to create a different type of whiskey book – one focused less on the reviews and more on the stories and insights of some of the most unique and better whiskeys across the globe.

What’s more, Dominic had the grand idea to accomplish this objective working with both whiskey writing veterans as well as some new(er) faces. Enter yours truly. I was honestly a bit awed by the chance, but I jumped at it. Seeing it in my hands now is a very gratifying feeling for sure.

My task was simple conceptually – contribute write ups and tasting notes on a variety of American Whiskeys that fell under some of the lesser “traveled” categories (beyond Bourbon and Rye). I learned so much in the process, and the end result was on of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Thanks goes to Dominic.

So lets get to the important stuff. How’s the book? At the risk of sounding self serving in any way – the book is extremely well done. There is no doubt that many will debate some of the whiskeys included within, but what can’t be debated is the depth of the stories of each and every whiskey included. Rather than the typical review, rating, and a blurb or two about the distillery, this book dives into the specific whiskey and touches on where it got its name, how it was made, why it’s unique, etc.

Is this book worth you money? Honestly I believe it is. You’ll learn something about whiskeys you thought you already knew everything about, and will read about new whiskeys you might not have known before. If you are in the market for some interesting whiskey reading – give it a try and let me know what you think.

You can order the book here: “1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die

NOTE: I get no royalties on the sale of this book. It’s just a damn good read.


  1. Jason, this sounds quite interesting and congrats on getting to be involved in such a fun project.

  2. Just picked up a copy at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday and I’m slowly making my way through the book. I noticed though that the title is more like 1000 Whiskies. Apparently Chuck and Lew both wrote up on Parker’s Heritage 2010 Wheated Mashbill and the fact checkers didn’t realize they were writing about the same whiskey. Considering the size of the book I’m impressed there was only one noticeable error out of a 1001 entries. Hey Jason maybe you should choose the replacement.

  3. Jason, that sounds good. I believe you and others should get together and write a book about North American Whiskies.

  4. Jason, it is totally appropriate and OK to be at least a little proud of yourself. You have drawn attention to yourself through this blog and have kept up the quality level of your posts for the entire two years I have been keeping up with it. Bravo!

  5. I went ahead and pulled the pin and ordered a copy from Amazon. I’m sure the wife will be impressed. 😉

  6. Great – so now I have like 970 more whiskeys to try to find and drink??? I better get my ass in gear!!!

  7. Congrats Jason! I didn’t know you had been involved in this project. Can you reveal which whiskeys you reviewed?

  8. The reviewers are actually identified by initial at the end of each review. So just look for JP. And Chuck is CKC.

  9. Jason,

    Mine must arrived from Amazon. I am looking forward to pouring a glass and getting into this book!

  10. 590+ pages for Scotch alone… gonna need some more shelf space. Congrats!

  11. Vince, GQuiz – thanks!

    EricH – you are correct, thanks for answering Sku.

    Sku – I did write ups and tasting notes on most of the craft stuff, the corn whiskeys, some lesser known bourbons and some of the new ryes. It was a lot of fun.

    Brian – get it in gear man!!! ; )

    Rick B – thanks. Let me know what you think.

    DBMaster – thank you sir!

    Iskch1 – stay tuned on that one. Can’t comment on “others” but I may or may not be cranking hard on something good here. It’ll be a while, but it’s coming.

  12. Holy cow, this book is a monster! Tons of high quality color photos and of course the reviews. I’m not much on scotch, so obviously I’m concentrating on the bourbon, rye and to a lesser extent the Canadian offerings listed. Good info and the presentation is great. This will make for a good conversation starter around the smoker this summer. 🙂

  13. Joe Serapilio

    June 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Jason,Just got the book and it’s fantastic to say the least.Very well done.Just thumbed through it for now.Looking forward to getting into it.Congrats,Joe

  14. Wow – just got the book delivered but since I just had surgery (hernia repair), am not allowed to lift anything THAT heavy for two weeks!!!! Flipped through it and I realize everything cant be included – but was suprised at some that were and some that werent. Look forward to checking them off as I sample them. Quite an endeavor and nice to see your contributions!

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