The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose

Richard Betts (Author) Crystal English Sacca (Author)
& 1 more


A clever distillation of America's favorite libation, by the New York Times best-selling authors of The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Whiskey fever is sweeping the nation. Every day, craft distilleries are popping up in remote counties and urban centers, offering a wealth of great choices to consumers--and just as many puzzlements. Does the introduction of a simple "e" to go from whisky to whiskey mean anything? What's the difference between Scotch and Rye? What's Canadian whisky anyway? And what about the whiskeys of Scotland, Japan, and Ireland? Where's a humble Joe to start? In this witty kid-style book on an adult topic, Richard Betts boils down his know-how into twenty pages, cooling our "brown-sweat" anxieties and dividing whiskey into three simple categories: Grain, Wood, and Place. While most whiskey tomes are about as fun as a chemistry lesson, Betts makes the learning slide down easy, reassuring us that this exalted spirit is just distilled beer and, through a nasal romp, helping us figure out which kinds we love best. Humorous illustrations and scratch-and-sniff scents (vanilla, sandalwood, grass, and more) help would-be connoisseurs learn their personal preferences. Language label and Map to Your Desires included.

Product Details

$22.00  $20.24
Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date
October 06, 2015
10.3 X 0.6 X 8.1 inches | 1.15 pounds
Board Books
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About the Author

RICHARD BETTS, featured in the New York Times and Food & Wine, is the founder of Betts & Scholl, Scarpetta, Sombra Mezcal, and Tequila Astral.

CRYSTAL ENGLISH SACCA is an award-winning advertising art director.

WENDY MacNAUGHTON's work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.


"These scratch-and-sniff booze books boil a couple lifetimes' worth of study down to 24 pages...then make them smell good. Genius!" - Tim Ferriss, author, The 4-Hour Workweek

"My wife is Scottish, so I needed to learn about whiskey - and this was the way!" - Sir Richard Branson, legendary entrepreneur and founder, Virgin Group

"This is really the ultimate 'hack' on whiskey. I learned why I should try Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt faster than Google Maps could teach me where the Glorioso Islands are." - Edward Norton, Oscar-nominated actor