Monday, September 17, 2012

3 locals win whiskey book national giveaway

The editor/author and the book.
Three Capital Region residents and two out-of-staters wound up atop the field in the giveaway of autographed copies of "Barrels & Drams: The History of Whiskey In Jiggers and Shots."

The book, which I created, edited and co-wrote for publisher Sterling Epicure, is an anthology of contributions on the topic of whiskey around the world that includes such other writers as Tom Wolfe, F. Paul Pacult, Michael Jackson, James Rodewald, David Wondrich and Malachy Magee. It is available at local bookstores as well as online through the usual suspects -- Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eBay, Target, All Bookstores, Shopzilla, Walmart, etc.

The giveaway local winners, whose books will be mailed to them:
  • Daniel Fisher of East Greenbush
  • Chester Blonkowski of East Nassau
  • Peter Brown of Castleton
The other winners were from Kansas and New Jersey. The contest was posted on several of my websites -- including this one and "Dowd On Drinks," which deal primarily with local news, and such national blogs as "Spirits Notebook."
The questions:
1. From where did we get the word "alcohol"?

2. Name at least three countries in which the spelling "whisky" is preferred to the spelling we use in the U.S., "whiskey."

3. By law, what grain must make up at least 51% of the grain mash in bourbon?

4. What percentage of alcohol is in an 80-proof spirit?

5. What is the difference between bourbon and Tennessee whiskey?
The answers:
1. Alcohol is from al-koh'l, the Arabic word for a purified antimony powder used as a cosmetic but which became used by alchemists to refer to any highly purified liquid: that is, distilled wine is the "alcohol" of wine.

2. Canada, Scotland, Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India are among the possibilities.

3. Corn, although the average percentage used is in the 70s.

4. 40 percent. "Proof" is double the alcohol content.

5. Both begin the same, although filtration through the Tennessee sipping whiskey goes through a maple charcoal filtration known as the Lincoln County Process.

No comments:

Post a Comment