Book Review: Drink More Whiskey!

With the growing demand in whiskey it seems a new whiskey or cocktail book is published every month. Drink More Whiskey: Everything You Need to Know About Your New Favorite Drink! is a good introduction to whiskey around the world.

The book starts with why we should drink whiskey and the basics of the spirit; things like tasting and how whiskey is made. From there, each chapter is dedicated to whiskey from different parts of the world: bourbon/rye, Canadian whiskey, Scotch, etc. A chapter titled “Geeking Out” closes the book with more info on the process of whiskey making.

Although I knew much of the content in the moonshine and bourbon/rye chapters, I learned a lot about other styles of whiskey. For example, Irish whisky is distilled three times. And it’s “legal for Scotch makers to add natural caramel color to get the desired tint” they would like in their whiskies.

As the author weaves through the history of whiskey making, he discusses laws and regulations of how the spirit is made, illustrated by stories from different distilleries. It’s all done with a touch of humor and I never felt bored or a desire to skip ahead.

Each chapter concludes with the author highlighting cocktail recipes from the previously discussed whiskey. My only knock on this book is that most of the recipes come from cocktail bars in his home city, San Francisco. Now while San Fran does have some of the best cocktail bars in the country, I wish he would have branched out a little more in his recipe selections.

I’d highly recommend this book if you don’t know much about whiskey. Or if you know a lot about one type of whiskey (like me with bourbon and rye) but would like to learn more about other whiskies. It’s a very easy read, light hearted, never bordering on pretension or snobbery. It took me about four days of reading on the bus.


Daniel Yaffe is the author and this is his first book. However, he has lots of writing experience being the founder and editor-in-chief of Drink Me Magazine. This book was published by Chronicle Books in October of 2013.