9 books about bourbon that you should read

We asked bourbon expert and author Susan Reigler for a quick list of books on bourbon to keep you busy while sipping.

“Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits,” by Lew Bryson.
Tasting and collecting tips not only for bourbon, but for Scotch, Irish and other international whiskeys.

“Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey,” by Charles K. Cowdery.
Divided into topical chapters on various aspects of bourbon history, including an account of the famous Heaven Hill fire and a history of distillers named Beam.

“Bourbon, Strange: Surprising Stories of American Whiskey,” by Charles K. Cowdery.
Fleshed out stories behind many sometimes-forgotten bourbon footnotes.

"Bourbon Curious"
“Bourbon Curious”

“Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker,” by Fred Minnick.
Fascinatingly develops a bourbon flavor taxonomy dividing into categories of grain-forward, nutmeg-forward, caramel-forward and cinnamon-forward.

“Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey,” by Reid Mitenbuler.
Deeply-researched account of where bourbon has been and its potential. Many interviews with industry insiders.

“Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide,” by Susan Reigler.
History, production details, and geographic guide to Kentucky distilleries big and small and how to get the most from a trip to bourbon country.

"Kentucky Bourbon Country"
“Kentucky Bourbon Country”

“The Bourbon Tasting Notebook,” by Susan Reigler and Michael Veach.
A log book with the authors’ tasting notes of more than 200 bourbons arranged by distillers and fully indexed by proof, price, and style. Ratings are left to the reader.

“American Whiskey Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirits,” by Clay Risen.
More than 200 American whiskeys (127 bourbons) with star ratings and good historical backgrounds.

“Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage,” by Michael Veach.
Excellent overview of the history of bourbon, from farmer distillers in Colonial America to the modern industry.