Distillation is as close as mankind has come to alchemy: turning everything from the humble potato to run-of-the-mill corn into glorious liquor. But theres nothing like industrialization to suck the soul out of a processand, with their vast column stills and bulk-buy mentality, that is exactly what the spiritindustry behemoths have managed to do. Cue the micro-distillera new breed of artisan producer reigniting our love of spirits and making rinks of quality rather than quantity. Artisan spirits can not only taste better, but each micro-distiller has a tale to tell about the ingredients or the dream that led them to lovingly coax each drop of spirit from still to bottle. And we all love a good story. In Craft Spirit World, over 70 of the best examples on the market of gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, bourbon, cognac and more are profiled, from San Francisco to London, Sweden and Australia. Each entry covers the history behind the drink, where to get it and, most importantly, what it tastes like.