Gin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival by Aaron Knoll
At a bar in Buffalo, Aaron Knoll ordered a Martin Miller’s Gin; the time, 15 minutes before last call. It was love at first sip and since the late 2000’s he’s been writing about the reawakening of this now beloved spirit.
Aaron Knoll's Gin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival introduces the reader to the global artisan gin revolution, highlighting the spirit’s history and the ways that today’s master drinks craftsmen have transformed the notion of what a gin can and should be.
It’s worth mentioning that although this is from an American perspective, Aaron has created a comprehensive guide to gin in the U.S up to the point of publishing earlier this year. Furthermore, he has handpicked all the best gins from around the world giving each one a varying profile of info ranging from backstory to tasting notes.
New gins are hitting the market seemingly every day. This book will help the reader make sense of this rapid expansion, and contextualise them within gin’s illustrious history from the Renaissance apothecaries of Europe, to the streets of London, to the small local distilleries and cocktail bars of the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Australia and beyond.
It includes profiles of key players in the distilling world and numerous ideas for how to drink gin, whether it is as a cocktail, in a classic gin & tonic or neat, or as an aperitif or liqueur.
To give a few tasting notes of what to expect from this extensive 224-page hardback, most mentionable botanicals are a journey through the ‘history’ of Gin, an ‘appreciation’ including how the liquid is made before tucking into ‘tasting’ and ‘drinking.’ Aaron rounds everything off with his ‘top 100 places to drink Gin.’
Incidentally, his favourite drink is a negroni.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (17 Sept. 2015)
Product dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 25.7cm