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Become a Whiskey Know-It-All with This Awesome Scratch and Sniff Book

Art direction & design (c) 2015 by Crystal English Sacca | Illustrations copyright (c) 2015 by Wendy MacNaughton

Art direction & design © 2015 by Crystal English Sacca | Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Wendy MacNaughton

There are some realms of knowledge that seem closely guarded by experts, impenetrable to mere plebes who don’t know better. Sommelier Richard Betts’ new book, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All, addresses the concerns of your average whiskey noob with both patience and lovely illustrations. It’s a book that asks the question: Why should children get to have all the fun?

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In 20 pages, you’ll get a solid primer on the basics. Betts divides whiskey into three categories: grain, wood and place. You can scratch and sniff as you turn the pages, and you’ll learn how to taste whiskey—and what to look for when you’re choosing a bottle—as you go along. No barrel is left unturned, and by the end, you’ll even know when to write ‘whisky’ instead of 'whiskey’.

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The book also contains a fold-out wheel tucked into the back which serves as a sort of choose-your-own-adventure, but for whiskey flavors. It’s a great way to convince yourself you need a really expensive, specific bottle of booze.

The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All will be available Oct. 6.


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