Format Hardcover
Publication Date 06/07/22
ISBN 9781639361793
Trim Size / Pages 6 x 9 in / 304

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Make it a Double

From Wretched to Wondrous: Tales of One Woman's Lifelong Discovery of Whisky

Shelley Sackier

A witty and immersive look at the history, mythology, science, and magical touch that makes whisky taste like a drop of gold.

Braving the “all boys” clubhouse of the world of whisky has not been easy, but Shelley Sackier has managed to do just that out of her love for the drink. By turns funny and poignant and filled with vivid insight into this rich craft, Make it a Double will make even a teetotaler want a wee dram.

There has never been a better time for Shelley's inimitable voice to shed light on the world of whisky. Women are not only impressively contributing to the burgeoning sales of the spirit—making up nearly 40% of the whiskey-drinking population in the United States—but they are also growing in number as they enter into, train within, and lead the industry with their determined creativity and innovation. In the tradition of Blood, Bones, and Butter, and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Make it a Double establishes Shelley Sackier as a fresh new voice in the rich world of culinary narrative.

As a woman whose first sip of whisky created the female doppelganger of a Mr. Yuk sticker, Shelley Sackier’s view of the spirit changed on a trip to Scotland. After completing a short course in Scotland’s Bruichladdich Distillery, she began writing about—and working within—the world of whisky. For the past twenty-five years she has devoted her efforts toward creating a plainspoken, easygoing, and humorous grasp on the subject to welcome more into this realm. As the Director of Distillery Education at Reservoir Distillery in Virginia, her aim is to distill down this sophisticated spirit one simple sip at a time.  She is also a critically acclaimed author of three YA novels. Visit her at


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