Kindred Spirits (1997)
Author: F. Paul Pacult
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Why It's Essential: It's an authoritative account of the highest quality spirits.
Pacult reviews the finest libations, offering a detailed background on their production and an intricate analysis of their flavor profiles. With over 1,200 assessments of whiskeys, rums, vodkas, cognacs, and so many more, Pacult not only demonstrates what makes a quality spirit, he informs the reader on how to determine the quality of the product for his or herself. You're going to want to use the best quality products, and you'll definitely need Pacult's journal. If you're not a connoisseur yet, this is the book to send you on your way.