Sam K. Cecil is not your typical book writer. He took up his authorial pen (or keyboard) after decades of working in the Kentucky whiskey industry. He worked for T.W. Samuels, heaven Hill, J.W. Dant, and Maker’s Mark. Clearly the man knows his whiskey.
Bourbon: The Evolution of Kentucky Whiskey (Turner Publishing Company, 2010) provides a brief history of Kentucky whiskey. The novice will glean much from Cecil’s brisk prose.
What we whiskey-hounds find most attractive, though, is the books lengthy list of entries on Kentucky distilleries. These thumbnail sketches run from pages 89-292. This feature makes the book a keeper for our reference shelf.