How Did a Product with
Four Simple Ingredients
Get So Strange?

A well-funded attempt to degrade bourbon winds up protecting it. A wealthy United States Treasury Secretary gives himself a valuable franchise and no one objects. A rye whiskey empire spawns a renowned robber baron. The biggest company in the business shoots itself in the foot, repeatedly. An American whiskey type is named after the king of France and no one knows why. Members of two reviled immigrant minorities save the bourbon industry. Mushrooms improve bourbon’s taste.

Bourbon, Strange:
Surprising Stories of American Whiskey

By Charles K. Cowdery

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Those are just a few of the surprising, true stories in Bourbon, Strange; the long-awaited sequel to Bourbon, Straight, the book that helped propel bourbon whiskey’s current robust revival.

In Bourbon, Strange, many of characteristics that make bourbon a mite peculiar are clearly explained, such as how bourbon is made, how collectors find and identify rare bottles, how whiskey is marketed and regulated, and why people argue so much about spelling.

About the Author

Bourbon, Strange is a book only Chuck Cowdery could write. He is a Kentucky Colonel and a 2009 inductee into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. In addition to 2004’s Bourbon, Straight, he wrote The Best Bourbon You’ll Never Taste, the True Story of A. H. Hirsch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Distilled in the Spring of 1974 (2012), and wrote and produced what is still the definitive documentary about Kentucky bourbon, 1992’s ”Made and Bottled in Kentucky.”

He is a regular contributor to Whisky Advocate magazine, and the editor and publisher of The Bourbon Country Reader, now in its 20th year as the indispensable, independent source for American whiskey news and information. He can also be found causing trouble at The Chuck Cowdery Blog.

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Bourbon, Strange: Surprising Stories of American Whiskey, by Charles K. Cowdery, is available in print, or as an ebook for Kindle. The print edition is a trade paperback, 317 pages, ISBN 978-0-9758703-2-7. Price is $22.95, plus $3 USA shipping and handling, $25.95 total, for delivery to USA addresses. Please use the drop-down menu for shipment outside the USA. If you would like your copy signed by the author, indicate what you would like the inscription to say in the “inscription” box below.

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