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Published October 8th 2016
Do you love a casual weekend tipple?
The Australian Spirits Guide by Luke McCarthy features just over fifty stand-out distilleries celebrating the stories of past and present. Luke is a drinks writer and bartender who has unearthed our best spirits form whisky, gin and vodka, to rum, brandy, moonshine and other local specialties.
The book starts with some essays about Australian spirits, our history and what are spirits. Luke describes how best to use the book. There's a map of Australia with a breakdown of the companies by state.
The rest of the book is divided into chapters based on the type of spirit. For each spirit, there is a two page spread with one page devoted to describing the product and company behind it. The second page includes a clear photo of the bottle with tasting notes and serving suggestions. There is a price range and details on where the distillery is located.
The Australian Spirits Guide by is available in hardcover from your favourite bookseller.
ISBN: 9781743791424 Published by Hardie Grant Books
About the Author
Once Luke McCarthy had completed studies in writing, literature and history he then, naturally, began working in bars. At the same time, travels around Europe and the UK ignited his passion for spirits, and when Luke started at Melbourne's Whisky & Alement, a bar and school of whisky that stocks more than 700 spirits, his passion turned into a working obsession.
Soon he found himself writing a drinks column for Fairfax Media's Executive Style and teaching classes on whisky and spirits for industry and the public. His writing on drinks and travel has now appeared in numerous Australian and international publications, and over the past few years, Luke has hassled distillers and blenders in Scotland, Ireland, the United States, France, Spain, Taiwan and, of course, across Australia. He now divides his time between writing, bartending and trying to play cricket for Australia.
I usually enjoy your writing, but today something you wrote here, struck a nerve:
i.e. " is a handy book for spirit lovers and would make a great present for the man in your life." Do you imagine that a woman would not also appreciate this book. I know that I would .