Author: Jason Wilson
Buy It Here: amazon.com
Why It's Essential: It'll improve your palate to the point where you'll recognize complex and nuanced flavors of spirits in no time.
Wilson's spirits column for the Washington Post blends advice, instruction, and history in a way that's accessible and educational. Boozehound has a similar feel in that it provides invaluable insight into rare and obscure spirits that would otherwise remain alien to many aspiring mixologists.