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Bourbon Empire

The Past and Future of America's Whiskey

By Reid Mitenbuler
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Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey by Reid Mitenbuler

Bourbon Empire (2015) takes you on an exciting journey through time, revealing the complex history of America’s famous corn-based whiskey. Learn how this tipple survived the dry period of Prohibition, numerous corruption scandals and competition from overseas spirits while making its mark in politics and society.

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“Pour yourself a glass of bourbon and read or listen to these blinks. They really give you a sense of the long and gritty history of this most American of spirits.”

– Erik, Editorial Production Manager at Blinkist

  • People interested in what makes a “true” bourbon
  • Students curious about the role whiskey played in American history
  • Bartenders, mixologists or anyone exploring the popularity of bourbon

Living in New York, Reid Mitenbuler writes about whiskey and US drinking culture for Slate, Whiskey Advocate, Saveur and The Atlantic. The Bourbon Empire is his first book.

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