Rum Curious by Fred Minnick

Before I start, let me say that I will not be switching to rum going forward–I will maintain my love and long-term devotion to Bourbon, but, as you know from some of my previous blogs, I may temporarily stray from time to time to other spirits including rum.  Everyone enjoys a little strange now and then…

Fred Minnick is a world famous whiskey journalist, in addition to being one of the best spirits judges out there.  He judges at the San Francisco Ultimate Spirits competition, and it seems that every Whiskey magazine I open, he is rating and reviewing whiskey and other spirits in them as well.  I have read all of his previous books, most recently Bourbon Curious, which is another one I highly recommend.

Perfect for summer reading, Minnick covers the history, production and regulations of Rum before jumping into the tasting and reviews.  It was a nice vacation from reading about everyone repeating what Bottled in Bond is or the requirements for a Bourbon Whiskey.  Rum has an interesting history, steeped in the evolution of the United States as a country.  One could argue that it was more important building the foundation of the country than Bourbon was.  Minnick’s writing flows well, is easy to understand, but doesn’t patronize the reader.

The reviews are interesting and educational with humor intertwined as well–I especially like when he threatens anyone making a cocktail out of any rum he rated 95 points or higher.

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and for the Bourbon lover who already owns all the books, this is a perfect gift.

Below are the links to a couple rums I rated earlier… Fred and I do not agree on our ratings, I thought both were very good, however, he rated the Barrell Rum very well, but lambasted the Balcone’s Rum.  I guess I have a lot more to learn before I’m invited to be a judge at the Ultimate Spirits Competition.  Pick up your book for yourself or for your favorite Father ASAP!




Christmas Stocking Stuffer Alert! Fred Minnick’s New Book

There are a ton of new bourbon books out there in the last couple years… most of them either rehash previous stories, or are bad tasting books.  Every once in a while a really good book comes out that has new material, written well, and is worthy of a spot on my bookshelf.  Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth and an American Whiskey, by Fred Minick, is the newest book that fits these requirements.  For everyone who is looking for that great gift for their bourbon lover, and you don’t want to buy them BTAC, this is a great choice.

Minnicks’s book travels back to the beginning of bourbon, but doesn’t rehash the b.s. stories that marketing departments have tried to convince us are gospel.  He goes into primary sources to report the facts instead of just repeating what you can see on wikipedia.  From the writing it is also clear that Minnick just doesn’t know a lot about bourbon, but drinks a lot of it too.  His expertise comes through in a non-pretentious fashion throughout the book making it perfect for both the so-called bourbon expert, as well as the neophyte.

I can’t recommend this book enough for your Xmas stocking stuffer.  Fred… if you are reading this, I’d love to do a quick phone interview with you if you have time in the near future.  Thanks!