Whiskey Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Heather Greene

Narrated By: Tavia Gilbert

Publisher: Gildan Media

Date: October 2014

Duration: 7 hours 4 minutes


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.

Whisky 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 about 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 repines 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 drinker thirst to learn more about their beloved tipple.


  • August Andersson

    This is pretty much the only audiobook I found (September 2016) that dealt with whiskey tasting, appreciation and general knowledge. Luckily this book turned out to be exactly what I had been searching for. It is written in a very approachable and sympathetic style, and really gives you a deeper understanding of whiskey. It was perfect for listening to while driving between distillery-villages in Scotland.

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