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Cognac: A Liquid History [Paperback]

Salvatore Calabrese
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11 May 2006
Widely considered the finest distilled spirit in the world, Cognac has evolved against a fascinating backdrop of sin and seduction. Politics and intrigue between cognac-producing families has, over the centuries, weaved an intriguing tapestry of controversy. "Cognac: A Liquid History" brings this passionate and intriguing past to the forefront, unfolding, decade by decade, the history, secrets and untold tales surrounding the world's most noble spirit. Seen through the eyes of Salvatore Calabrese, a renowned and respected cognac expert, this book is a personal and insightful perspective on the spirit that earned its image of virility and strength from Napoleon Bonaparte.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (11 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844034755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844034758
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Italian-born Salvatore Calabrese is one of the UK's most celebrated bartenders. As bar manager of the Lanesborough Hotel in London, he is a renowned cognac and cocktail expert. His palate has been described as the most expensive in the world and he nurtures the world's largest collection of vintage cognac. Jason Lowe's expert eye has won him international acclaim. His award-winning photography has embellished a number of titles covering topics ranging from meat to malt whisky, vineyards to caviar. He works with Simon Hopkins in the Independent and contributes to Conde Nast Traveller, Food and Travel and Waitrose Food Illustrated.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but cover in poor condition 5 Feb 2013
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Ordered this book as a gift. The book itself and the photos look great but the cover was in a poor condition. Lots of smears and marks on it. Amazon sent a replacement but this too had a cover with marks and smears. Bad choice of cover style for a book like this. I had to send that back and get a refund.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Colector's Book 18 Jan 2011
By Cesar
If what you are looking for is the history of the cognac and how the "golden liquid" is made, this is the book!! However the intention of the book is not to cover all cognac's brands but the most important vintage brands. Very recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and informative 24 Sep 2010
Written by a Cognac expert, I found this a fascinating book and I'm sure it will appeal to the beginner or connoisseur alike. Beautiful photographs throughout and a guide to the different cognac houses and some of their products.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Journey 28 Aug 2008
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I have read a number of books on the subject of cognac. If you are paying $20 or more for a book, you need to know what kind of book you will be getting. Some cognac books give you a sense of the region and how to enjoy a visit. Some concentrate on the major producers such as Remy, Martel, etc. Some will give you a description of each blend (and almost every bottle of cognac is a blend) and, often, the author's evaluation of it. All can be helpful depending on your needs. Calabrese knows his cognac and his love of it comes through in every chapter. The book is carefully put together with high quality photos and illustrations on fine paper. If you are interested in how a batch of cognac is goes from grapes to distillation to cask to bottle, it is all here. If you are interested in the history of cognac and its role in history, this book will meet your needs. Calabrese also speculates on where this substantial industry is headed. This book is for those who already like brandy and want to have a greater appreciation of this special liquid. It will not help you decide which cognac to try or your next bottle to buy. It gets very personal when Calabrese reminisces about the more "exotic" and rare cognacs he has tasted. He takes his chosen job of bartender seriously and it would be great fun to sit across from him and discuss the subject while imbibing. This book comes close.
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 21 Feb 2014
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This is an excellent book. I am a sommelier, I've read many many many books on wine and this was one of the more enjoyable ones to read. Calabrese has a laid-back style that contains a lot of information without being too dense. it reads fluidly (no pun intended) and generally is very informative. An excellent book both for the Cognac novice or for the seasoned veteran.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cognac 16 Aug 2013
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great book!! a lot of info...history..details...I love it... one of the best cognac books ...thx very much for this book
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