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Selecting and Savoring Whiskey, Vodka, Scotch, Rum, Tequila . . . and Everything Else

By Richard Carleton Hacker



Everyone thinks they know how to drink, but do you really know the difference between a scotch and a whiskey? How about a gin or vodka martini? Do you know whether Johnnie Walker is a single malt or a blended scotch? Well, this is the book that finally reveals the definitive answers to these questions, and so many more that you’ve always had about your favorite libations. In The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits, internationally known spirits writer and celebrated luxury lifestyle connoisseur Richard Carleton Hacker provides you with all the information you’ll ever need to properly enjoy every type of spirit in the world. After reading this definitive guide, you’ll be able to:

  • Discern the subtle distinctions between the world’s different spirits, from baijiu to vodka, from bourbons to cognacs
  • Learn the histories behind some of the most popular cocktails
  • Understand how different spirits are crafted, distilled, and aged
  • Discover how to properly “nose” and taste spirits like an expert
  • Set up a home bar
  • And much more!

Complete with more than four hundred full color photographs, The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits is the definitive book for anyone who has ever put a glass to their lips, from novice to aficionado. With The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits you’ll be the most knowledgeable individual in every bar you walk into, and at every cocktail party you attend.


About the Author:

Richard Carleton Hacker is an international writer and photographer specializing in spirits, wines, cigars, and related luxury lifestyles. He is a longtime contributing editor for numerous national magazines, including Robb Report, The Somm Journal, and The Tasting Panel. A lifetime member of the Scotch whisky industry’s exclusive Keeper of the Quaich honorary society and one of less than 300 Masters of the Quaich in the world, he has also been inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, is a Cavaleiro in the Confraria do Vinho do Porto, and was knighted in Germany. He lives in Sherman Oaks, California.

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The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits

Selecting and Savoring Whiskey, Vodka, Scotch, Rum, Tequila . . . and Everything Else

By Richard Carleton Hacker

Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook

January 2, 2018 ǀ 978-1-5107-0716-0 ǀ $29.99


Praise for The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits

“Richard Carleton Hacker . . . is back with a definitive new book on the wide world of spirits. . . . Come along for the ride as this experienced taster and longtime spirits expert guides you through products known and unknown—from liquor store staples to obscure spirits and everything in-between. This book will be a classic reference on spirits for decades to come.” —Meredith May, publisher, The Tasting Panel magazine

“For many years, Hacker has been one of the most distinguished and prolific American spirits writers. This latest book demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge and appreciation of the distilled spirits of the world, and is a welcome resource for novice to connoisseur.” —Frank Coleman, senior vice president, Distilled Spirits Council

“Hacker has traveled the world on a mission to taste spirits from every category and culture. His latest book, The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits, invites you along on his travels, meeting the distillers, learning their secrets and trying the techniques they use to taste and assess distilled spirits. It is a voyage you will not want to miss.” —Dale DeGroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail

“Eloquently written and easy to read, Hacker takes the reader on a spirited and historical journey of intrigue. A must-read for all those who enjoy the water of life and want to learn more about their particular tipple of choice.” —Charlie Whitfield, manager of brand education and prestige whiskies, The Macallan

The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits is a fantastic read and an educational treasure! Hacker has dedicated his career to sharing his passion and discovery of the world’s finest spirits. This book takes its readers on an exciting and insightful journey into the world of distilled spirits through his distinguished and experienced palate.” —Carl Nolet, Jr., CEO and president Nolet Spirits USA

“With The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits, Richard Carleton Hacker, one of the nation’s top spirits authorities, brings us a comprehensive yet approachable look into the world of spirits. From vodka to Japanese whisky, mezcal to Islay Scotch, Richard provides us with an insider’s peek behind the scenes at what makes each so special. Through his eyes and palate, we are better prepared to not only understand each unique category, but ultimately to enjoy each wonderful sip!” —Tony Abou-Ganim, author of The Modern Mixologist

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