"Food, Drink & Destinations"

Taste for Travel


"Food, Drink & Destinations."

Sweeter and more intriguing words seldom have been put together like that.

Here at TASTE for TRAVEL, they are our mantra and our description of the news, analysis, reviews, features and images we provide to the globetrotter as well as to the around-the-corner traveler.



Looking for a special gift for a special person? We've got just the item for you.

It is the acclaimed anthology "Barrels & Drams: The History of Whisk(e)y in Jiggers and Shots," from Sterling Epicure of New York.

The book was conceived, edited and co-written by William M. Dowd, editor and publisher of TASTE for TRAVEL, and is available at many bookstores as well as online bookellers in the U.S. and abroad.

Order today and you're likely to find a holiday discount price at such places as Amazon, WalMart and Barnes & Noble.

Here are excerpts from a variety of reviews:

• “Bill Dowd knows an awful lot about spirits. So, too, do the estimable scribes he’s included in Barrels & Drams, an outstanding collection of writing about that most beloved and oft-quaffed fortified liquid, whiskey. Tom Wolfe, David Wondrich, Jim Murray and Daniel Okrent are among the 20-plus essayists included in this fun, conversational ride through the history of bourbon, Scotch and Irish whiskey. … And Dowd’s no slouch himself when it comes to spinning a yarn. … Already looking forward to the next edition. But for now, buy ‘Barrels & Drams’.”

Dan Dunn, The Imbiber.com / Sirius Radio


• “Whiskey enthusiasts and liquor history buffs will really enjoy this collection of stories that tell the story of whiskey’s past. … If there is one history book you want to add to your collection this year, this is the one.”

Colleen Graham, Ask.com cocktails columnist

• “The book’s small batches of information and easy-to-read format make it the quintessential bathroom compendium. But it also belongs in every tavern and home bar, within easy reach of a two-finger pour of Glenlivet. … Dowd has studded the volume with fascinating trivia and delicious history, from ancient Mesopotamia to the 1791 Whiskey Rebellion in America.”

Paul Grondahl, Hearst Newspapers


• “I particularly enjoyed the essays in the Global Whiskey section, learning about whiskey in India, Japan, and South Africa. … The book isn’t a narrative, nor a text book, and it isn’t exhaustive in any one section, but is just a group of essays themed around whiskey. People like me who are into whiskey tend to like to read about whiskey and will probably also enjoy the book.”

– Camper English, Alcademics.com


• “Pour a glass of your favorite brown spirit and settle in for “Barrels and Drams: The History of Whisk(e)y in Jiggers and Shots,” edited by William M. Dowd. This collection of essays introduces us to whiskey and heroes worldwide. We’re educated on what to collect, where to hide it, how to make a blend and the horror of drinking whiskey from plastic.”

– Bloomberg News