Looking for a special gift for a special person? We've got just the item for you.
It is the acclaimed anthology "Barrels & Drams: The History of Whisk(e)y in Jiggers and Shots," from Sterling Epicure of New York.
The book was conceived, edited and co-written by William M. Dowd, editor and publisher of TASTE for TRAVEL, and is available at many bookstores as well as online bookellers in the U.S. and abroad.
Order today and you're likely to find a holiday discount price at such places as Amazon, WalMart and Barnes & Noble.
Here are excerpts from a variety of reviews:
• “Bill Dowd knows an awful lot about spirits. So, too, do the
estimable scribes he’s included in Barrels & Drams, an outstanding
collection of writing about that most beloved and oft-quaffed fortified
liquid, whiskey. Tom Wolfe, David Wondrich, Jim Murray and Daniel Okrent
are among the 20-plus essayists included in this fun, conversational
ride through the history of bourbon, Scotch and Irish whiskey. … And
Dowd’s no slouch himself when it comes to spinning a yarn. … Already
looking forward to the next edition. But for now, buy ‘Barrels &
– Dan Dunn, The Imbiber.com / Sirius Radio
• “Whiskey enthusiasts and liquor history buffs will really enjoy
this collection of stories that tell the story of whiskey’s past. … If
there is one history book you want to add to your collection this year,
this is the one.”
– Colleen Graham, Ask.com cocktails columnist
• “The book’s small batches of information and easy-to-read format
make it the quintessential bathroom compendium. But it also belongs in
every tavern and home bar, within easy reach of a two-finger pour of
Glenlivet. … Dowd has studded the volume with fascinating trivia and
delicious history, from ancient Mesopotamia to the 1791 Whiskey
Rebellion in America.”
– Paul Grondahl, Hearst Newspapers
• “I particularly enjoyed the essays in the Global Whiskey
section, learning about whiskey in India, Japan, and South Africa. …
The book isn’t a narrative, nor a text book, and it isn’t exhaustive in
any one section, but is just a group of essays themed around whiskey.
People like me who are into whiskey tend to like to read about whiskey
and will probably also enjoy the book.”
– Camper English, Alcademics.com
• “Pour a glass of your favorite brown spirit and settle in for
“Barrels and Drams: The History of Whisk(e)y in Jiggers and Shots,”
edited by William M. Dowd. This collection of essays introduces us to
whiskey and heroes worldwide. We’re educated on what to collect, where
to hide it, how to make a blend and the horror of drinking whiskey from
– Bloomberg News