For some, knowing what they like is enough. Others–the curious, the professionals, the annoying dudes who never quite grew out of toddlerhood–can’t just accept that they like it, they have to know why. Richard Betts’ The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose caters to the second group. The group that wants to know exactly why they prefer spirits to wine, whiskey to vodka, Scotch to Rye, and Balvenie to Johnnie Walker, and the group that wants to be able to talk intelligently (or snootily) about it to others.
And speaking of snootily and snoots, rather than training his readers how to look down their noses on those who lack the same knowledge, Betts takes a relaxed, folksy approach to grooming his whiskey connoisseurs, who must look down their noses only to see which scratch & sniff pages they must press them into to figure out which kinds of whiskey they like best. The entirety of The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All is just 20 pages long, with full kiddie book illustrations, and simple descriptions and explanations of where this “exalted spirit” comes from and how it comes to be. Scratch & sniff scents include vanilla, sandalwood, grass, and more.
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