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Cask Strength

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/11/2023

Cask Strength

The Story of the Barrel, the Secret Ingredient in Your Drink

Available from major retailers or BUY FROM AMAZON
Digital Download ISBN:9781696612616


Cask Strength tells the story of the unsung hero of the world of spirits, wine, and beer and an invention as ancient and important as the wheel—the humble barrel. Discover the barrel's rich history, as well as the incredible skill and innovation that goes into producing your favorite drinks.

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From its first use by the Ancient Egyptians, the barrel has left an unmistakable imprint on human history. The Romans used the barrel in all corners of their vast empire, and explorers could not have charted the globe or opened up trade routes without barrels to store their food and water. And in all its thousands of years of use, the barrel's basic design has barely changed at all—a testament to its sheer and simple perfection.

Cask Strength is more than a history book. In it, Mike Gerrard, an award-winning travel and drinks writer, investigates the making, buying, and selling of barrels and details how drinks like wine, tequila, rum, cognac, and others are enhanced by specific kinds of barrel production.

Today, modern distillers, brewers, and wine-makers continue to use barrels in new, creative ways—with the barrel providing up to 60-70% of their flavors. Without the barrel, we would have no bourbon, no oak-aged chardonnay, no barrel-aged stouts . . . and no tabasco sauce, either.

Gerrard's expertise and palpable passion for good beverages interestingly made will ignite the curiosities of booze fans and history buffs alike as Cask Strength traces the simple splendor of the barrel.

Author Bio

Mike Gerrard is an award-winning travel and drinks writer who publishes the Travel Distilled website and who has visited distilleries around the world. He divides his time between Cambridgeshire in his native England and Arizona in the USA, where he is proud to be described as a "resident alien."