33 Books creates useful pocket-sized tasting journals that are great for “aficionados, geeks, nerds, and layabouts.” Each journal has the space for 33 reviews of wine, beer, whiskey, cheese, coffee or cigars. If you’re into wine, buy the "33 Bottles of Wine" journal. If you’re into cheese, buy the "33 Pieces of Cheese" journal. You get the gist.
These journals aren’t just blank pages. Each journal has a tasting wheel for the specific product, and you can easily record your perception of elements like “bitterness” or “berry fruits” in coffee or “vanilla” or “leather” in a cigar.
Journals are tailored for each product. The beer journal allows a taster to check off whether the beer was in a bottle, can, draft, etc. The wine and whiskey journals have color meters. There is, of course, room to record information like names and dates.
Each book is made with 100-percent recycled paper. The inside pages are 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, and the covers are 85 percent post-consumer recycled content and 15 percent recycled content. They’re printed using U.S.-grown soy-based inks in Portland, Ore. (The ink for the wine journal even contains some 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon.)
The books are designed to fit in the back pocket of a pair of jeans. They’re 3.5 inches wide by 5 inches tall and only 1/8 of an inch thick.
I think these little journals would make great stocking stuffers or great gifts for members of tasting clubs.
And Santa, if you’re reading this, I wouldn’t mind finding the wine and cheese versions in my stocking this year.