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Local authors explain how to taste bourbon

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, the perfect time to release new books about bourbon by Louisville’s bourbon cognoscenti and others. 

Bourbon historian Michael Veach and Bourbon Women founder Susan Reigler have co-authored “The Bourbon Tasting Notebook,” the result of the authors’ tasting more than 200 Bourbon brands, and their sharing of their tasting notes. Bourbon enthusiasts can use their insights as they sample new brands and assess the flavors, aromas and textures, and compare them with the descriptions in Reigler and Veach’s book. They just describe the whiskey, attempting to objectively assess the qualities that inhere in Bourbon, without making any subjective evaluations or ratings.

The book is published by Acclaim Press for $19.95. Reigler and Veach will be at Carmichael’s at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 for an authors’ presentation.

Another bourbon-centric volume, by Wall Street Journal writer Fred Minnick is  “Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker.” Minnick, too, focuses on how to assess the flavors inherent in Bourbon, focusing on the balance of the mail flavor profiles of grain, caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Minnick, who is also the author of “Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey,” will do a book signing at Carmichael’s at 7 p.m. Sept. 10. “Bourbon Curious” is published by Zenith Press and sells for $22.99.