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 Sep 2, 2021

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The Official Podcast of Bourbon! The best in bourbon news, reviews and interviews with people making the bourbon whiskey industry happen. The show dives into bourbon culture with informed, captivating, and casual dialogue. Join hosts Kenny Coleman, Ryan Cecil, and Fred Minnick as they talk with prominent guests and tackle critical American whiskey issues 3 times a week. Catch all new episodes every Thursday with special Whiskey Quickie reviews on Tuesday and get caught up on bourbon news with This Week in Bourbon on Friday.

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TWiB: Heaven Hill Responds To The Union, KDA Welcomes Two New Members, New Riff Launches Red Turkey Wheat
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It's This Week in Bourbon for October 22nd 2021. Here's the headlines for this week. Heaven Hill will start hiring permanent replacement workers. The Kentucky Distillers Association welcomes two more members. New Riff launches Red Turkey Wheat bourbon Show Notes: Heaven Hill said it will start hiring permanent replacement workers for bottling and warehouse operations. Brown-Forman is committing to 100% renewable electricity by 2030. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that Augusta Distillery and RD1 Spirits are joining. Supreme Court Declines to Review 8th Circuit Ruling for Missouri on Retail Shipping Case TTB put out an article that Federal law strictly prohibits individuals from producing distilled spirits at home. New Hampshire House Bill 416 is about production of liquor for Personal or Family Use. Brother’s Bond has purchased regeneratively farmed grain. Molson Coors Beverage Company has released of its first-ever whiskey, Five Trail Blended American Whiskey. Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye 2021 release is returning to U.S. Wyoming Whiskey’s Single Barrel Bourbon is available once again. Bookers \"Bardstown Batch\" is the 3rd release of 2021. WhistlePig has revealed the eighth edition of The Boss Hog: LapuLapu’s Pacific. New Riff announces limited release Red Turkey Wheated Kentucky Straight Bourbon @kentuckybourbontrail @heavenhilldistillery @brownforman @brothersbondbourbon @molsoncoors @albertadistillers @wyomingwhiskey @jimbeamofficial @whistlepigwhiskey @newriff Support this podcast on Patreon
Oct 22, 2021
328 - How to BBQ & Bourbon Right with Malcom Reed
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I read a meme one time that as soon as a man enters his 30s, there are two hobbies he picks up. It's whiskey and smoking meats. Well, I'm guilty for it and I know Ryan and Fred are too. There's nothing better than starting the fire in your grill and preparing for the long night ahead making sure your brisket is done. I know when I started cooking on my grill, I went to the resource where you go to learn everything on internet and that's YouTube. Immediately, I was hooked on the channel called How To BBQ Right. I learned the 10 different ways to cook ribs, game day burgers, and even a delicious pot roast from our guest today, Malcom Reed. Malcom has made a name for himself in the BBQ competition circuit and has turned it into one of the largest BBQ places on the internet. You can find him on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and more talking how to BBQ crazy good meals. Malcom joins us to talk not only about BBQ, Wagyu steaks, dry rub vs sauce, but he's also a big bourbon fan and you can catch him drinking Buffalo Trace or EH Taylor frequently on his channels. Don't forget to to subscribe to his podcast called, you guessed it, How to BBQ Right. Show Partners: Catoctin Creek has been honoring that tradition of small craft rye whisky since 2009. Learn more at CatoctinCreekDistilling.com. Smooth Ambler builds on the traditional roots of American whiskey in West Virginia. Visit SmoothAmbler.com to learn more. Wilderness Trail is Sweet Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Danville, Kentucky. Learn more at WildernessTrailDistillery.com. You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit BarrellBourbon.com and click Buy Now. Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out SpiritsofFrenchLick.com. Savor every drop of summer at Total Wine & More! You’re sure to find cool prices in-store or online at TotalWine.com. Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. Check out educational resources and sign up for their newsletter at HeavenHillDistillery.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about working for distributors. How did your passion for BBQ grow into a business? How did you get into BBQ competitions? Are there rivalries in the BBQ community? Were you nervous when you first started putting out content? How did you get into bourbon? What bourbon pairs well with specific meats? Do you prefer dry rub or sauce? Do you ever get tired of cooking at home and prefer to go out? Are Costco prime steaks as good as other butcher shops? What do you think about wagyu beef? What is your favorite way to cook tomahawk steaks? What do you think about health organizations encouraging society to eat less meat? You are stranded on an island and can only pick one cooking apparatus, what do you choose? How do you chose what grill to use? What do you think about Blackstone griddles? What BBQ pit is your go to? Do you like to turbo cook or low and slow? Is using a pellet grill cheating? What's your go to bourbon cocktail? @howtobbqright
Oct 21, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Blackened x Willett Straight Rye Finished in Madeira Casks
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Blackened x Willett Straight Rye Finished in Madeira Casks. This non-age stated rye is 109.6 proof and $140 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! Whiskey Quickie is brought to you by Barrell Bourbon. Learn more at BarrellBourbon.com. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. 
Oct 19, 2021
TWiB: Elijah Craig's Old Fashioned Week, The Return of BTAC Maps, and Angel's Envy 2021 Cask Strength Release
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It's This Week in Bourbon for October 15th 2021. Here's the headlines for this week. Elijah Craig is having its second annual Old Fashioned Week. Breaking Bourbon takes over the BTAC Release map. Angel's Envy announces their limited edition cask strength release Show Notes: Elijah Craig recently announced its second annual Old Fashioned Week, posts will be automatically entered into the Old Fashioned Week Sweepstakes when tagging @elijahcraig. The TTB approved 180K Products over the last 12 months through September 2021 Woodford Reserve is celebrating 25 years Saddlestone Distillery has joined the KDA Distilled Spirits Council of the United States says luxury market is growing Breaking Bourbon carries the torch of owning the BTAC release map New fakes in the secondary market now targeted towards dusties Widow Jane Distillery announced that Decadence, finished in maple barrels, will return to retail shelves. Restoration Rye 2021 Batch 2 and Batch 3 can be purchased at Castle & Key Distillery Angel’s Envy announces its 2021 limited edition cask strength Jos A Magnus has new 6 new Cigar Blend batches coming out Old Elk Distillery out of Colorado is now going into cask finished variants Lost Lantern has 3 new releases coming up Elijah Craig has unveiled its latest Barrel Proof bourbon, C921 TX Whiskey announces the launch of TX Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Cognac Casks Whisper Creek Spiked Coffee cocktails coming from Pennington Oak & Eden Whiskey has announced a new chapter of its celebrity collaboration product, called the Anthro Series @kentuckybourbontrail @oakandeden @penningtondistillingco @txwhiskey @lostlanternwhiskey @oldelkbourbon @josamagnus @breakingbourbon @woodfordreserve @pennyandsparrow Support this podcast on Patreon
Oct 15, 2021
327 - Is Bourbon Broken? Part 4: Consumer Trends based off Bourbon & Banter
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It's the final episode in our 4 part series of "Is Bourbon Broken?" based on the Bourbon and Banter blog series. We've looked at the consumer, secondary market, distribution and retail, but this time we are looking back at the consumer from a different angle by evaluating purchasing trends. The market is changing and now there are craft distillers, younger age statements, and NDPs with price tags 10x the cost of what the original producer charges. So what continues to drive this behavior? Show Partners: Catoctin Creek has been honoring that tradition of small craft rye whisky since 2009. Learn more at CatoctinCreekDistilling.com. Smooth Ambler builds on the traditional roots of American whiskey in West Virginia. Visit SmoothAmbler.com to learn more. Wilderness Trail is Sweet Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Danville, Kentucky. Learn more at WildernessTrailDistillery.com. You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit BarrellBourbon.com and click Buy Now. Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out SpiritsofFrenchLick.com. Savor every drop of summer at Total Wine & More! You’re sure to find cool prices in-store or online at TotalWine.com. Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. Check out educational resources and sign up for their newsletter at HeavenHillDistillery.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about pour spouts. Are we seeing an overabundance of options on the market? Why are consumers drawn towards brands that are selling younger MGP? Are consumers being manipulated? As bourbon enthusiasts, why are we compelled to try new products even though they might not actually be new? Why is bourbon so polarizing? Is there a reason that more distilleries or NDPs shouldn't be putting out new products at a higher price point? As the bourbon pie grows larger, will there be more room for super premium bourbons that hit that $300+ price point?
Oct 14, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: King of Kentucky 2021
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review King of Kentucky 2021. This 14 year old bourbon is 130 proof and $250 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! Whiskey Quickie is brought to you by Barrell Bourbon. Learn more at BarrellBourbon.com. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Oct 12, 2021
TWiB: MGP Gets Rebranded, KY Owl Construction Begins, and No Stagg for 2021 BTAC
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It's This Week in Bourbon for October 8th 2021. Here's the headlines for this week. MGP gets a somewhat rebrand to Ross & Squibb Distillery, Stoli hires David Mandell to lead KY Owl construction, and Buffalo Trace releases the details for the 2021 Antique Collection, but there's a big hitter missing this year. Show Notes: MGP gets a pseudo-rebrand to Ross & Squibb Distillery Shout out to @barrelproofmarketing for the inight on brand confusion ADI has released two new books targeted for distillers Vinepair gives a history lesson in Blanton’s toppers Kentucky now has over 10,000,000 barrels of bourbon aging Stoli hires David Mandell to lead the KY Owl Distillery and Park contruction JustDrinks.com predicts drink trends to come in the next few months Diego has opened the first carbon neutral facility in Lebanon, KY Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board puts limits of bourbon purchases Good Deeds releases their first malt whiskey Daylight Wine and Spirits releases Ammunition Straight Bourbon whiskey Westward Whiskey introduces their barrel strength expression Redemption rye has a new ex-cognax cask release Peg Leg Porker releases Pitmaster Reserve 15 year Kentucky Peerless releases their double oak Woodford Reserve releases Chocolate Malt Whisper High West unveils Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 9 Sazerac is releasing is second edition of Mister Sam 2021 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is missing George T. Stagg @mandelldavid @kentuckyowl @diageo @kentuckybourbontrail @westwardwhiskey @redemptionwhiskey @peglegporker @kentuckypeerless @woodfordreserve @drinkhighwest Support this podcast on Patreon.
Oct 08, 2021
326 - Is Bourbon Broken? Part 3: Distribution and Retail based on Bourbon & Banter
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Welcome back to Part 3 on our series of "Is Bourbon Broken?" as we analyze the multi-part blog series from Bourbon & Banter. This episode is one that many have been waiting for as we evaluate the variable that is completely out of our control as a consumer and that's distribution and retail. We've challenged this system multiple times and I'm not sure if we'll ever figure out the correct answer, but how do we make sure it's always working in favor of the consumer? How should distributors reward stores differently? What does the future of commerce look like? And should distributors and retailers be wary of the digital age? Show Partners: Catoctin Creek has been honoring that tradition of small craft rye whisky since 2009. Learn more at CatoctinCreekDistilling.com. Smooth Ambler builds on the traditional roots of American whiskey in West Virginia. Visit SmoothAmbler.com to learn more. Wilderness Trail is Sweet Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Danville, Kentucky. Learn more at WildernessTrailDistillery.com. You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit BarrellBourbon.com and click Buy Now. Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out SpiritsofFrenchLick.com. Savor every drop of summer at Total Wine & More! You’re sure to find cool prices in-store or online at TotalWine.com. Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. Check out educational resources and sign up for their newsletter at HeavenHillDistillery.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about celebrity whiskey. Each state has its own laws on distribution, is this presenting a lot of challenges for the industry? How do you reward stores without making them take on a bunch of inventory in order to get allocated items? Do you feel that wholesalers and elected representatives are working for the benefit of the consumers? Do you think that it's fair that retailers own the product and can charge whatever they want? At the end of the day, everyone is still making their margin so why do retailers choose to mark it up? Why don't more retailers push back on distributors? Should distributors and retailers be scared about the future? Should we move to a system where highly desirable releases only happen through a distillery website? 
Oct 07, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2021
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2021. This 12-16 year old bourbon is 114.2 proof and $150 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! Whiskey Quickie is brought to you by Barrell Bourbon. Learn more at BarrellBourbon.com. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. 
Oct 05, 2021
325 - Is Bourbon Broken? Part 2: The Secondary Market based off Bourbon & Banter
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Last week, we kicked off the series of analyzing Bourbon & Banter's article on "Is Bourbon Broken?" and this next installment looks at the secondary market. The prices of bourbon have been growing immensely and who knows if the prices will ever drop. Will there ever be an end in sight for consumers buying on the secondary or should companies adjust their prices accordingly? We tackle all this and more. Show Partners: Catoctin Creek has been honoring that tradition of small craft rye whisky since 2009. Learn more at CatoctinCreekDistilling.com. Smooth Ambler builds on the traditional roots of American whiskey in West Virginia. Visit SmoothAmbler.com to learn more. Wilderness Trail is Sweet Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Danville, Kentucky. Learn more at WildernessTrailDistillery.com. You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit BarrellBourbon.com and click Buy Now. Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out SpiritsofFrenchLick.com. Savor every drop of summer at Total Wine & More! You’re sure to find cool prices in-store or online at TotalWine.com. Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. Check out educational resources and sign up for their newsletter at HeavenHillDistillery.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about mixing bourbon. Are people forced to buy special bottles on the secondary market these days? Is it foolish to buy bottles for so much more than retail? How can you deter bottle flipping? Is there anything distilleries can do to prevent flipping on the secondary market? At what point will we hit the price ceiling? Is it ethical for distillers to look at pricing on the secondary market to make business decisions? Are auctions setting the secondary prices of bottles? How do auctions get a pass unlike the secondary market? Are current pricing strategies fair to the consumer?
Sep 30, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Stagg Jr. Dallas Bourbon Club Single Barrel
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review a Stagg Jr. Single Barrel pick from the Dallas Bourbon Club. This non-age stated bourbon is 134.4 proof. Let us know what you think. Cheers! Whiskey Quickie is brought to you by Barrell Bourbon. Learn more at BarrellBourbon.com. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Sep 28, 2021
324 - Is Bourbon Broken? Part 1: The Consumer based off Bourbon & Banter
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Welcome to the first part in a series of "Is Bourbon Broken?" where we take an in-depth look at a multi-part blog series from Bourbon and Banter. In these four episodes, we are going to look at the consumer, the secondary market, retailers and distributors, and then wrap it up once again evaluating the consumer. In this first part, we take a long hard look at the consumer. Are every day bourbon drinkers the ones to blame? What compels people to stand in line for Blanton's? But ultimately, what can we all do as bourbon enthusiasts to educate the broader mass market? Show Partners: Catoctin Creek has been honoring that tradition of small craft rye whisky since 2009. Learn more at CatoctinCreekDistilling.com. Smooth Ambler builds on the traditional roots of American whiskey in West Virginia. Visit SmoothAmbler.com to learn more. Wilderness Trail is Sweet Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Danville, Kentucky. Learn more at WildernessTrailDistillery.com. You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit BarrellBourbon.com and click Buy Now. Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out SpiritsofFrenchLick.com. Savor every drop of summer at Total Wine & More! You’re sure to find cool prices in-store or online at TotalWine.com. Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. Check out educational resources and sign up for their newsletter at HeavenHillDistillery.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about bourbon containers. What has helped grow bourbon to where it is today? Is Fred Minnick to blame? Why are people still standing in line for Blanton's? Limited releases vs. every day shelf items. How do we educate consumers? What were your thoughts on Facebook groups in the early days? What do you find exciting when doing tastings? Is chasing bottles with specific dates or batches part of the problem? What advice would you give to everyday consumers?
Sep 23, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Booker's Tagalong Batch 2021-02 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Booker's Tagalong Batch 2021-02. This 6 year 5 month old bourbon is 127.9 proof and $90 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! Whiskey Quickie is brought to you by Barrell Bourbon. Learn more at BarrellBourbon.com. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Sep 21, 2021
323 - A Broker Joins the KDA, Union Strikes, and Best Bourbon Marketers on Bourbon Community Roundtable #61
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Last week, White Dog Trading became the newest member of the Kentucky Distillers' Association. This is the first time a bourbon broker that helps clients source whiskey has become a member. How does White Dog benefit from joining and vice-versa? Union strikes are not uncommon in bourbon. We've seen them happen plenty of times over the past few decades. We will touch on the latest strike to hit the bourbon market. We wrap up the show by talking about who is doing the best at bourbon marketing. Show Partners: Catoctin Creek has been honoring that tradition of small craft rye whisky since 2009. Learn more at CatoctinCreekDistilling.com. Smooth Ambler builds on the traditional roots of American whiskey in West Virginia. Visit SmoothAmbler.com to learn more. Wilderness Trail is Sweet Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Danville, Kentucky. Learn more at WildernessTrailDistillery.com. You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit BarrellBourbon.com and click Buy Now. Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out SpiritsofFrenchLick.com. Savor every drop of summer at Total Wine & More! You’re sure to find cool prices in-store or online at TotalWine.com. Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. Check out educational resources and sign up for their newsletter at HeavenHillDistillery.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about forests and barrels. Above the Char Link on White Oak Regeneration: https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/compass/2020/05/12/white-oak-regeneration-in-canopy-gaps/ White Dog joins the KDA making it the first broker to join. What are your thoughts on brokers joining the KDA? Are there any downsides? Heaven Hill union goes on strike. What impacts do unions have on the bourbon industry? Who's the best at bourbon marketing? Thanks to @bourbonr, @breakingbourbon, and @sippn_corn for joining.
Sep 16, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Hunt & Gather 15 Year Canadian Whisky Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Hunt & Gather 15 Year Canadian Whisky. This 15 year old Canadian whisky is 121 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! Whiskey Quickie is brought to you by Barrell Bourbon. Learn more at BarrellBourbon.com. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Sep 14, 2021
322 - Reviving DSP-KY-10 to It's Original Glory with Jacob Call, Master Distiller of Green River Distilling Co.
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Back on episode 128, we had Jacob Call on to talk about OZ Tyler. Back then, it was all about TerrePURE and making overnight bourbon. Jacob joins the show again to talk about overcoming the perception that OZ Tyler left behind since it's now been rebranded back to the original name of the site, Green River Distilling. Jacob and the team at Green River have been doing traditional barrel aging since the very beginning and we feel they are producing some of the best bourbon at a young age, to the point where we are seeing contract brands such as Bradshaw Bourbon emerge.  Show Partners: Catoctin Creek has been honoring that tradition of small craft rye whisky since 2009. Learn more at CatoctinCreekDistilling.com. Smooth Ambler builds on the traditional roots of American whiskey in West Virginia. Visit SmoothAmbler.com to learn more. Wilderness Trail is Sweet Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Danville, Kentucky. Learn more at WildernessTrailDistillery.com. You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit BarrellBourbon.com and click Buy Now. Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out SpiritsofFrenchLick.com. Savor every drop of summer at Total Wine & More! You’re sure to find cool prices in-store or online at TotalWine.com. Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. Check out educational resources and sign up for their newsletter at HeavenHillDistillery.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about future dusty bourbon. What was it like growing up with family in the whiskey business? Tell us about the history of the Green River project. Talk about the transition from the OZ Tyler name to Green River. Did you draw inspiration for the packaging from historic packaging? What is going to be your flagship offering? Are you using the TerrePURE process? Tell us about the Yellow Banks whiskey. How did you determine your mash bill? Are you doing a lot of experimentation? Talk about your warehouses. How many cases per year will Yellow Banks be? What are the differences between your brands and the contract brands? Are you guiding the brands that are contracting with Green River? Was it hard to sell off barrels early on to fund the business? What do you think will happen to this bourbon when it ages to 6-7 years? What should be changed in the bourbon world? Have you thought about doing a private barrel pick program? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Sep 09, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled In Bond Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled In Bond. This 4 year old bourbon is 100 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! Whiskey Quickie is brought to you by Barrell Bourbon. Learn more at BarrellBourbon.com. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Sep 07, 2021
321 - The Truth and Hype Around Cigars and Bourbon with Ibis Luis
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Cigars... they are one of the best ways to enjoy a nice glass of bourbon. The flavors and aromas all become enhanced into a better overall experience. We talked about cigars and bourbon back on episode 129 with Jeremy and Jake from Jake's Cigar Lounge, but this time we're joined by Ibis Lu. She's a Cigar Sommelier and Certified Bourbon Steward, but also operates the Instagram account @Cigarlover12. She's probably been smoking cigars for longer than me and you combined. We talk about aging cigars, fake cubans, and the overhyped barrel aged cigars. Show Partners: Catoctin Creek has been honoring that tradition of small craft rye whisky since 2009. Learn more at CatoctinCreekDistilling.com. Smooth Ambler builds on the traditional roots of American whiskey in West Virginia. Visit SmoothAmbler.com to learn more. Wilderness Trail is Sweet Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Danville, Kentucky. Learn more at WildernessTrailDistillery.com. You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit BarrellBourbon.com and click Buy Now. Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out SpiritsofFrenchLick.com. Savor every drop of summer at Total Wine & More! You’re sure to find cool prices in-store or online at TotalWine.com. Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. Check out educational resources and sign up for their newsletter at HeavenHillDistillery.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about age statements. What got you into cigars? When did you have your first cigar? Talk about the history of cigars in Cuba. Are there are a lot of fake Cuban cigars? What cigar do you recommend for pairing with bourbon? How many cigars do you smoke a day? Do you take tasting notes on cigars? How do you get rid of the cigar taste in your mouth? How do they age cigars? What are your thoughts on barrel aged cigars? What is a good amount to spend on a humidor? Tell us about your journey in bourbon. Is the cigar community like the bourbon community? Do you prefer pairing cigars with bourbon or Scotch?
Sep 02, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Smooth Ambler Contradiction Rye Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Smooth Ambler Contradiction Rye. This non-age stated rye is 105 proof and $40 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! Whiskey Quickie is brought to you by Barrell Bourbon. Learn more at BarrellBourbon.com. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. 
Aug 31, 2021
320 - What is Craft Whiskey by Craft Whiskey with Becky Harris of Catoctin Creek and Alan Bishop from Spirits of French Lick
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Back on Episode 295, the roundtable discussed when does craft whiskey stop becoming craft whiskey. Well, the internet is full of opinions and we heard every last one of them. Many of whom said, "Why don't you get some real craft distillers on the show and ask them?" Well, we took your advice and did just that. We're joined by Becky Harris of Catoctin Creek and Alan Bishop from Spirits of French Lick to talk about what craft means to them. We also discuss their thoughts on sourcing and how they overcome the craft stigma to set themselves apart from the rest. Show Partners: Catoctin Creek has been honoring that tradition of small craft rye whisky since 2009. Learn more at CatoctinCreekDistilling.com. Smooth Ambler builds on the traditional roots of American whiskey in West Virginia. Visit SmoothAmbler.com to learn more. Wilderness Trail is Sweet Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Danville, Kentucky. Learn more at WildernessTrailDistillery.com. You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit BarrellBourbon.com and click Buy Now. Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out SpiritsofFrenchLick.com. Savor every drop of summer at Total Wine & More! You’re sure to find cool prices in-store or online at TotalWine.com. Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. Check out educational resources and sign up for their newsletter at HeavenHillDistillery.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about the influence of social media for brands. What got you into whiskey? What does craft mean to you? How do we get past the craft stigma? What are the positives of being in craft whiskey? How do you feel about the sourced whiskey game? Has the popularity of bourbon helped your business? Talk about your experience over the past year. @catoctincreek, @spiritsoffrenchlick Support this Podcast on Patreon  
Aug 26, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Walker's Cay Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Walker's Cay Bourbon. This non-age stated bourbon is 90 proof and $37 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 24, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Maker's Mark RC6 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Maker's Mark RC6. This is Maker's Mark's first national limited release. It's non-age stated, 108.2 proof, and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Aug 23, 2021
319 - Subscription Models, 5 New Fall Releases, and Dickel Bourbon on Bourbon Community Roundtable #60
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It's the 60th Bourbon Community Roundtable where we've got 3 topics of recent news to cover. Beam Suntory is launching new subscription models for Little Book and Maker's Mark which makes us wonder if this trend will continue for most major distilleries. Fall release season is around the corner so Jordan from Breaking Bourbon picks out 5 releases to discuss. Lastly, George Dickel has released a bourbon, which is the same recipe as their Tennessee Whiskey, why would they do that? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about climate and the aging process. Bourbon Subscriptions 5 Limited Releases to Watch Dickel releases bourbon. Thanks to Blake (@bourbonr @drinkseelbachs), Jordan from Breaking Bourbon (@breakingbourbon), and Brian (@sippn_corn) for joining in another lively discussion. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 19, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Old Forester 2021 Birthday Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Forester 2021 Birthday Bourbon. This 12 year old bourbon is 104 proof and $130 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 17, 2021
318 - What is Dusty Bourbon?
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So what is a dusty bourbon? Well... it's just an old bourbon. The idea was that these were bottles that used to sit on the shelves and collect dust. Now a days, these are rare gems and lots of bourbon hunters go crazy looking for them. Unfortunately, the days of finding a 1980s Old Grand Dad on the shelf are long gone, but we sit down and analyze what makes a dusty a dusty. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about yeast. What's the allure of dusties? What makes dusties different? Are there any dusities you should stay away from? Let's discuss bourbon hunting? What do you consider a dusty? What's your best dusty score?  What are your thoughts on decanters? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 12, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Taconic Mizunara Cask Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Taconic Mizunara Cask Bourbon. This non-age stated bourbon is 107 proof and $90 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 10, 2021
317 - The Science of Whiskey Webs with Stuart Williams from the University of Louisville
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About twice a year we have a guest on the show that just amazes us with the science behind bourbon. Stuart Williams is a professor that directs the microfluidic systems laboratory at the University of Louisville. He discovered that when bourbon begins evaporating, it creates a web that resembles constellations in the dark sky. Stuart was able to document his findings and show how bourbons that come from the same distillery create similar webs. Pictures speak louder than words so make sure you check out his website at WhiskeyWebs.org to see the stunning representations. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about sourced whiskey. How did you become so passionate about this research? Tell us about fluid dynamics. What is a whiskey web? Talk about filtration. Is it good to have more colloids vs. less? Tell us about the physics of evaporation. What proof were you testing at? Will 3 different bottles of the same whiskey have the same pattern? Which bourbon didn't show a web? What other things could you test with this research? Could you use the whiskey web to determine taste? WhiskeyWebs.org Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 05, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Bespoken Spirits Rye Whiskey Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Bespoken Spirits Rye Whiskey. This rapid aged rye whiskey is 100 proof and $40 MSRP (375mL). Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 03, 2021
316 - More About Michter's with Master Distiller Dan McKee
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We’ve had the opportunity to interview lots of great people from Michter's such as their Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson, President Joseph Magliocco, and their former Master Distiller Pam Heilmann. When Pam retired in April of 2019, Dan McKee stepped in. Dan worked alongside Pam at Jim Beam for many years and has a wealth of industry knowledge. We talk about selecting barrels for the 20 and 25 year old releases and learn more about what goes into their everyday products. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about local store relationships. What's the funniest animal you've owned as a pet? Are there ever any bad barrels when selecting Michter's 20 and 25? What is your process for choosing older releases? How did you train your palate to pick these releases? What was it like working at Jim Beam? What can you tell us about your yeast? Talk about the distillery. Do you have specific protocols for picking barrels from certain places in the warehouse? How big are the batches? Is it easier to blend smaller batches? What was the transition like to Master Distiller? Do you overlap job tasks with Andrea? Are you a morning taster? What variations do you see in barrel proof? Does lower entry proof age well? What about the heat cycled warehouses? Talk about the toasted barrel craze. Any professional goals for 2021? @michterswhiskey, @michtersmasterdistiller Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 29, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Dubliner Irish Whiskey Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Dubliner Irish Whiskey. This 3 year old whiskey is 80 proof and $30 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 27, 2021
315 - Analyzing Pappygate and Whitehouse Executive Orders on Bourbon Community Roundtable #59
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On this Bourbon Community Roundtable, we do an in-depth analysis of The Bourbon King, two episodes from the Netflix series Heist. Now I have to warn you, if you haven't seen it yet this is full of spoilers. If you plan on watching it, go watch it and then come back and listen. On the 2nd half of the episode, we talk about the new executive order coming straight from the Whitehouse that is going to put a microscope on the alcohol industry and look at unfair trade practices when it comes to distribution and competition. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about tasting notes. Breaking down Netflix's Heist featuring Pappygate, the story of Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, an employee at Buffalo Trace that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars of Pappy Van Winkle. Do you think Buffalo Trace let them film on property? Who is Moonshine Mike? How do you steal a barrel and where do you hide it? What are your thoughts on the sheriff sensing it was an inside job right away? Do you think the sheriff was media hungry? What do you think of the sentencing? How was his wife not aware? How will the executive order on promoting competition in the American economy impact distributors and distribution? Thanks to @bourbonr, @breakingbourbon, and @sippn_corn for joining. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 22, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Three Chord Strange Collaboration Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Three Chord Strange Collaboration Batch 1. This 2-6 year old finished bourbon is 99 proof and $45 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 20, 2021
314 - Annoying Bourbon Release Trends
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$1000 bottles, store price gouging, and bots taking bottles. These are some of the most annoying trends with bourbon releases. The team gets together and analyzes what we're seeing in the current environment and air some grievances, but we always try to find a silver lining on what we see as some positive trends as well. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about limited edition bottles. What do you think of the press releases? Would you rather see special whiskey in limited edition bottles? What do you think about price gouging at the store level? How should liquor stores handle limited releases? What is annoying about limited releases? Any advantages to online releases? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 15, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Bradshaw Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Bradshaw Bourbon. This 2 year old bourbon is 103.8 proof and $40 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 13, 2021
313 - Dos and Don'ts of Barrel Picks with Macaulay Minton of Wilderness Trail and John Wadell of Peerless
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We talk about barrel picks all the time on the show and we do 40-50 barrels selections per year with our private barrel program. But instead of hearing us talk about it, let's hear some stories from the people that live and breathe it every day. We're joined by Macaulay Minton of Wilderness Trail and John Wadell of Peerless Distilling. Both of these guys run the barrel select programs for each distillery. We get to know more about the programs and the dos and don'ts of going on a barrel pick. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about his dental routine. How did you get into bourbon and working on single barrel programs? Is there a certain percentage you are allowed to allocate to private barrels? What do you like and not like about other barrel picks? How do remote picks work? Are remote picks harder than in person? Are there some people that are hard to please with picks? What gets you blacklisted? What are things you shouldn't do on a pick? What do you think of stickers? What is the most positive thing that has happened for you working in a private barrel program? @thebourbonswami, @wildernesstraildistillery, @sir_jwadell, @kentuckypeerless Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 08, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Heaven's Door Redbreast Master Blenders Edition Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Heaven's Door Redbreast Master Blenders Edition. This 10 year old finished bourbon is 100 proof and $100 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 06, 2021
312 - From Grapes to Grains with Lisa Wicker of Widow Jane
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Lisa Wicker should be a household name to any bourbon enthusiast. You will get to learn about her pedigree of industry and blending experience in this episode. Before ever meeting Lisa, people in the industry would tell me she had one of the best palates. She has been involved with lots of brands from the very beginning and played a critical role to their future success. Now, she leads Widow Jane and gives us some tricks on her blending techniques. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about bottle modifications. What is the craziest fashion trend you've ever worn? How did you get into working in whiskey? How did you end up at Widow Jane? Was it a big change moving from the Mid West to NYC? Who is Widow Jane? What is the history of the brand? Do you store barrels in the mine? Why do you use the mineral water for proofing? How do you decide which distillate goes into each product? Do you enjoy the challenge of putting a unique spin on a sourced whiskey? Do you have a whiskey blending playlist? @widow_jane @lbwicker Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 01, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Still Austin Cask Strength Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Still Austin Cask Strength. This 2 year old bourbon is 118 proof and $65 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 29, 2021
311 - Appropriate Pricing, Surplus of Sourcing, and Master Distiller vs. Salesperson on Bourbon Community Roundtable #58
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As bourbon grows with popularity, so do the prices. The roundtable comes together to discuss how to price bourbon and if there is a good formula that can make everyone happy. There are lots of new sourced brands on the market, and more and more investors coming in every week to buy barrels, what will the sourced market look like in a few years? Lastly, we examine the business side of the industry and we try to figure out who is more important, the master distiller or the salesperson? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about private barrel picks. How should you appropriately price bourbon? What's the future of the sourced whiskey market? Who's more important, the master distiller or the salesperson? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 24, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Michter's 10 Year Bourbon 2021 Release Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Michter's 10 Year Bourbon 2021 Release. This 10 year old bourbon is 94.4 proof and $150 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 22, 2021
310 - From Idea to Reality: The Story of Pursuit United
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Back in 2018 when we launched Pursuit Series single barrels, we didn't know where we were headed. We just knew it was fun to select barrels and get them out there. Little did we know, we would be heading down a path that would create a blend that just won Runner-Up in the first ever Ascot Awards. Pursuit United is a culmination of over a year of work by partnering with distilleries to create a bourbon that would appeal to the mass market of educated bourbon consumers, like you. In this episode, Fred asks Kenny and Ryan the questions on what it took to get here and what the future entails. Pursuit United will be available once again starting in July of 2021 on @drinkseelbachs and on retail shelves across KY, TN, TX, GA, IL, and CO. Stay tuned for more updates by following @pursuitspirits, including the anticipated release of Pursuit United Rye. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about pairing bourbon with food. Talk about the packaging. How did you come up with your blend? Tell us about each of the components. What were the challenges when creating this product? What did you think about the feedback? How do you feel about the negative feedback? When is the next release? @pursuitspirits Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 17, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Daviess County Straight Bourbon Finished in French Oak Casks Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Daviess County Straight Bourbon Finished in French Oak Casks. This non-age stated bourbon is 96 proof and $47 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 15, 2021
309 - Slowly Rocking Bourbon on Barges with Hank Ingram
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The name Ingram may ring some bells. If you are in the tech space, you may have heard of Ingram Micro. If you are in logistics you may know Ingram Barge Company. If you are in the Nashville area, the name Ingram is well known for philanthropy. And now, Ingram is taking on bourbon. We're joined by Hank Ingram, the founder of Ingram River Aged Whiskey. The concept is pretty simple. Take a bunch of barges they own, put a bunch of bourbon barrels on it, and let them age in a floating warehouse. Hank tells us more about his family, what led him to start this company, and the legal hurdles you face when you are trying to store thousands of gallons of bourbon on a river. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about dusties. What was your favorite video game growing up? Tell us about your family history. How did you go from tow boating to bourbon? How did you raise capital? Talk about your floating rickhouse. What were the initial barrels that convinced you the bourbon changed on the river? Can you explain the vessels? What makes the barge unique to the aging process? Did you ever work on a barge? Does the barge have to stay stationary? What's the strangest thing your family has had to move on a barge? Do you envision having more barges aging whiskey in the future? Have you thought about aging barrels for other brands on the river? Where do you source from? How did you decide who to partner with? What have been your biggest hurdles? @IngramWhiskey Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 10, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A121 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A121. This 12 year old bourbon is 123.6 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. @elijahcraig Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 08, 2021
308 - Mellow Corn, Selecting Parker's, and Bourbon Business with Bernie Lubbers of Heaven Hill
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Bernie Lubbers is one of the great treasures of the modern whiskey era. A few years ago, he gave us a deep dive on Bottled in Bond in episode 89, but now he's back and we're talking Mellow Corn, Parker's Heritage selections, and where the market is headed with pricing bourbon on the shelf. Stay tuned until the end for a performance of Whiskey, Honey, and Loving. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about flasks. Has Bottled in Bond changed since the last time you were on the show? How many bourbons are Bottled in Bond? Do you still love Bottled in Bond? Talk about corn whiskey. Tell us about the process for selecting Parker's. Where do you think we are going with pricing in bourbon? Do you get any pushback from retailers about having allocated items in your gift shop? What are your thoughts on private barrel picks? Talk about the Black Velvet acquisition. @BernieLubbers Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 03, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Michter's Barrel Strength Kentucky Rye Whiskey 2021 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Michter's Barrel Strength Kentucky Rye Whiskey. This non-age stated rye is 110.8 proof and $100 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. @michterswhiskey Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 01, 2021
307 - Four Roses Enforces a Sticker Ban and Blends vs Single Barrels on Bourbon Community Roundtable #57
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Today's roundtable tackles a new topic that took most of us by surprise. About 3 weeks ago, when I was doing a label approval for our Four Roses barrels, I was given an additional contract to sign that was called a non-mutilation agreement. Basically stating that we agree to not add any stickers, wax, or anything that alters the package. Will other distilleries follow suit? What happens if someone breaks the contract? We give our opinions on that plus, if we think blends are going to become the new single barrels. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about what smooth means. Four Roses bans stickers for private barrels. Is this good or bad? Do you think other distilleries will start banning stickers? How do you enforce the ban? Does the ban violate freedom of speech? How can you set your pick apart from other picks? Are blends the new single barrels? Thanks to @bourbonr, @breakingbourbon, and @sippn_corn for joining. Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 27, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Old Forester The 117 Series: High Angels' Share Batch 001 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Forester The 117 Series: High Angels' Share. This non-age stated bourbon is 110 proof and $50 MSRP (375mL). Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 25, 2021
306 - The Largest Liquor Retailer You Never Knew About with Chris Blandford of Kroger
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We talk to the largest liquor retailer that you never knew about...Kroger. Yes, the huge grocery chain that has liquor stores adjacent to almost every location. When you add it up, it's thousands of square feet of retail space spread over hundreds of stores. We're joined by Chris Blandford, who is the Adult Beverage Field Specialist for Kentucky, Southern Indian, and Southern Illinois Kroger stores. We talk about the challenges of operating over 115 stores, distribution, competition, barrel picks, and of course allocation. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about spirits competitions. What is your fast food restaurant of choice on a road trip? How do you manage inventory for so many stores? How do you use data to predict what people will buy? What are the challenges of distribution? Talk about the store experience. Are larger or smaller stores more difficult to manage? How do you distribute products? What is the most stolen item? How do you approach pricing? Do you try to compete with pricing against the larger liquor stores? What is the method for allocated items? If Sazerac increased their pricing on Pappy, would there still be lotteries? Talk about your barrel picks. Do you have a favorite barrel pick? Any other challenges? What product doesn't move as well as you think it would? Are there any plans to grow? Will Kroger ever deliver or ship? Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 20, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Jefferson's Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Cognac Casks Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Jefferson's Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Cognac Casks. This non-age stated rye is 94 proof and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 18, 2021
305 - Career Growth as a Master Distiller with Denny Potter of Maker's Mark
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Denny Potter has held multiple roles in the bourbon industry and many thought that being the Master Distiller at Heaven Hill would be the pinnacle of anyone's career. In 2018, Denny left Heaven Hill and assumed the role of Master Distiller at Maker's Mark which surprised many. In this episode, we talk about career growth as a Master Distiller and advice to give others aspiring for this role in the industry. And Fred tries to convince Denny to release a 12 year old Maker's Mark. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about the three tier system. What made you decide to go to Maker's Mark? Do you feel like you have an opportunity to grow or have you hit the ceiling as a Master Distiller? What's it been like working with Rob Samuels? What do you bring to the table as a Master Distiller? How long should someone work in operations before becoming a Master Distiller? Will you ever put out a 12 year old product? Talk about the operations at Maker's. What are the challenges of scaling while trying to keep the integrity of the brand? What was different when you came back to Maker's? What is the difference between operating Maker's vs. Bernheim Distillery? Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 13, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Maker's Mark FAE-01 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Maker's Mark FAE-01. This non-age stated bourbon is 110.6 proof and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 11, 2021
304 - The Best and Worst of Barrel Pick Experiences
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One of the biggest crazes right now is the single barrel. That special barrel that was chosen from a select few and shared with a bunch of people, most likely with a sticker on it. And as Ryan so eloquently puts it, it's the perfect product. It's a consumable, it's one of a kind, and there will never be another. Myself, Ryan and Fred have done our fair share of single barrels, probably selecting over 250 combined and probably tasting over a thousand at different distilleries. We've seen it all. In this episode, we talk about what we prefer when we do a private barrel selection experience. And speaking of single barrels, don't forget we have our own private barrel club where we select over 40 different barrels every year. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about deciding what to drink. What is your favorite part about a barrel pick? Would it still be exciting if everyone drilled into the barrel vs. thieving? What do you think about distilleries pre-picking barrels to select from? What is a good number of barrels you should be able to taste through when picking? How do you feel about proofing down the barrel pick? Do you have a glassware preference? Snacks or no snacks during a barrel pick? Should distilleries provide lunch? Support this Podcast on Patreon  
May 06, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond Spring 2021 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond Spring 2021. This 8 year old bourbon is 100 proof and $85 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon  
May 04, 2021
303 - Dixon Leaves KY Owl, Indiana Rye Whiskey, and an Upcoming Glut on Bourbon Community Roundtable #56
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On this 56th Bourbon Community Roundtable, we discuss what it means to Kentucky Owl now that Dixon Dedman is leaving the brand, what does Indiana Rye Whiskey mean as a new legal designation, and now that there are 10 million barrels aging in Kentucky, will we see an oncoming glut of bourbon in a few years? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about the color of whiskey. Dixon Dedman leaves KY Owl. What does that mean for the brand? What does Indiana Rye Whiskey mean as a new legal designation? Now that there are 10M barrels aging in KY, will we see a glut of bourbon in a few years? Thanks to @bourbonr, @breakingbourbon, and @sippn_corn for joining. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Apr 29, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Very Fine Rare Bourbon 2020 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Very Fine Rare Bourbon. This non-age stated bourbon is 90.4 proof and $130 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Apr 27, 2021
302 - Instagram and Bourbon with Scotch and Time and The Bourbon Enthusiast
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What does it mean to be an influencer? Actually, what's the deal with bourbon and Instagram and why is it so popular? We're joined by Eric Kim of @scotchandtime and James Ashcraft of @bourbonenthusiast to analyze these questions and many more. It's a great insight into how social media and whiskey join forces to provide hours of entertainment, but also some annoyances. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about independent liquor stores. Are you a thrill seeker or do you enjoy relaxing? How did you start and grow your Instagram account? When did you get your first media sample? Do you see more brands using Instagram influencers? Do you think Instagram has a good ROI for brands? Why do people love day themed Instagram posts? How often do you post and when? Have you seen an influx of new bourbon content creators and is there enough room for everyone? How much time to you put into your Instagram account? What do you think of accounts who pay for followers? What do you think of people only posting pictures of sealed bottles? Talk about your whiskey reviews. What really is an influencer? What good things have come out of Instagram for you? Follow @scotchandtime and @bourbonenthusiast on Instagram. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Apr 22, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Wheel Horse Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Wheel Horse Bourbon. This 2 year old bourbon is 101 proof and $32 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Apr 20, 2021
301 - The World's Most Remarkable Whiskeys from The Last Drop Distillers with Rebecca Jago
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The Last Drop Distillers is known for acquiring extremely old and rare spirits from across the world. We chat with Rebecca Jago, Managing Director of The Last Drop Distillers, to hear their story. It's an interesting history of generational knowledge and their release of the 1980 Buffalo Trace is what caught our attention. We even got a chance to try it on a past Whiskey Quickie and it blew us away. Listen to hear about their partnership with Sazerac and how they plan to sustain their business model. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about used rye barrels. What is on your bucket list? What is The Last Drop Distillers? Do you have an emotional standard when tasting a rare whiskey? How do you grow and sustain a business like this? Do you seek out sellers or do they seek you out? How do you determine if something is really unique or rare? Talk about the 1980 Buffalo Trace. Tell us about the rationale behind the pricing. Do you think bourbon is deserving or price point like this? @lastdropdistillers Support this Podcast on Patreon
Apr 15, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Rod & Hammer's Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Rod & Hammer's Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This 2 year old bourbon is 90 proof and $42 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon  
Apr 13, 2021
300 - Does the Age of Your Whiskey Matter?
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On today's episode, the team sits down to discuss young whiskey. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? There are all sorts of angles because in this ever-changing landscape of losing age statements, craft distillers putting out amazing products at young ages, and bourbon drinkers continually looking for something new, we have to ask ourselves... is the age of the whiskey less important? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about daily bourbon drinking limits. What is your whiskey age range preference? What about craft distillers outside of Kentucky? How do craft distillers treat consumers differently than the bigger distillers? What do you think about using different grains? How do you fight the stigma of young whiskey? Let's talk about pricing young whiskey. How important is packaging for craft whiskey? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Apr 08, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Single Cask Nation 1994 Kentucky Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Single Cask Nation 1994 Kentucky Bourbon. This 24 year old bourbon is 94.8 proof and $295 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Apr 06, 2021
299 - Who owns J.W. Dant?, Bypassing Distributors, and Stimulus Spending on Bourbon Community Roundtable #55
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The roundtable is back with another discussion about bourbon news and our take on it. We discuss Heaven Hill vs Log Still Distilling over the use of the Dant name and trademark, what does direct to consumer shipping in Kentucky mean now that distilleries can cut out the wholesalers, and if you were to spend your $1,400 stimulus check on bourbon, what would get? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about posting bourbon on Instagram. Heaven Hill has opened up a lawsuit against the Dant family for trying to use their family name as it infringes upon their label. Kentucky HB415 has been signed into law with new direct to consumer laws that bypass the 3 tier system. $1,400 stimulus checks are going out. If you are going to spend $1,400 on bourbon, what are you getting? Thanks to @Bourbonr, @Sippn_Corn, and @BreakingBourbon for joining. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Apr 01, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Old Wm. Tarr Manchester Reserve Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Wm. Tarr Manchester Reserve. This 7 year old whiskey is 114 proof and $80 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Mar 30, 2021
298 - The Bardstown Bourbon Company Experience with Dan Callaway and Nick Smith
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On today's show, we get to feature two great people at Bardstown Bourbon Company, Dan Callaway and Nick Smith. Bardstown Bourbon Company exploded on the scene as a destination hot spot for anyone visiting the trail and Dan was instrumental to the early success of creating a red carpet environment for anyone who visited. As whiskey production ramped up, Nick Smith brought his knowledge from working at Jim Beam to help customers create custom mash bills and guide them in the right direction to put a new spin on the distillation process that would be uniquely theirs. So next time you're headed to Bardstown, don't forget to make Bardstown Bourbon Company a must visit. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about bourbon branded credit cards. What made you decided to come work at Bardstown Bourbon Company? What was the original vision for Bardstown Bourbon Company and how has it changed? Are banana croquettes a real thing? What lessons did you learn coming from Jim Beam to Bardstown Bourbon Company? How do you accommodate so many different mash bills? How do you work together? Is there a baseline for the mash bills? Are there any limitations on the mash bills? How do you guide customers to different cooperages? Do you help brands with marketing and packaging? Can this be a tourist destination for brands that contract through you? Tell us about the Discovery Series. Talk about the vintage library. What is the timeline for the bottling facility? How much of the distillery process is automated? What's a changeover? What is Pete's Place? Tell us about the Kentucky Proud product. Follow @bbc_whiskeynick, @dannybardstown, @bardstownbourboncompany Support this Podcast on Patreon
Mar 25, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Buzzard's Roost Toasted Barrel Rye Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Buzzard's Roost Toasted Barrel Rye. This 3 year old rye is 105 proof and $80 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Mar 23, 2021
297 - Scotch for the Bourbon Drinker with Single Malt Savvy
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There's a lot of whiskey out there and sometimes we get caught up in our bubble of bourbon. On this episode, I'm joined by Chris Perugini who does private tastings and boasts a lot of worldly whiskies on his instagram account @SingleMaltSavvy. He sent me a few blind samples and we discuss them to see what resonates with me as a bourbon drinker. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about pairing music with bourbon. For more information about the Scotches discussed in this episode visit: https://www.singlemaltsavvy.com/guides/scotch-for-the-bourbon-drinker/ What was your first car? Scotch Tasting What's a good brand for a new scotch drinker? What are the differences between Scotch and bourbon? Tell us about the Scotches you selected. How are these priced? Are they removing age statements from Scotch like they are in bourbon? What is the Pappy of the Scotch world? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Mar 18, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Still Austin The Musician Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Still Austin The Musician. This 2 year old bourbon is 98.4 proof and $45 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Mar 16, 2021
296 - The Origin of Belle Meade and Nelson's Green Brier with Charlie Nelson
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Belle Meade is a very recognizable brand to bourbon enthusiasts. But how did that brand get revived and what's the story behind Nelson's Green Brier? We're joined by Charlie Nelson, Co-Founder of Nelson's Green Brier, who shares his story of stumbling into the bourbon business when his dad purchased a quarter of a cow. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about helping others understand your bourbon hobby. What's your best halloween costume? How did this journey begin? Talk about building your business plan. Do you consider Belle Meade your flagship? When using old labels from the archive, did you have to get them re-approved? What is your DSP? Where did you get your recipes? Talk about building the Belle Meade and Nelson's Green Brier Distillery brands. Tell us about the success of the Belle Meade brand. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Mar 11, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Saint Cloud 7 Year Single Barrel Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Saint Cloud 7 Year Single Barrel. This 7 year old bourbon is 122.4 proof and $150 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon  
Mar 09, 2021
295 - Death of Facebook Groups, Will You Buy Sourced Bourbon, & When Does Craft Stop Being Craft on Bourbon Community Roundtable #54
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We're back with another BCR and this time we have 3 topics to discuss. The rise and fall of facebook groups since it seems like no group is safe now. Does knowing the source of a bourbon impact your willingness to buy or not buy? At what point does craft bourbon stop being craft? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about losing your sense of taste after being sick. Are bourbon Facebook groups dead? Does knowing the source change your mind about a product? When does craft bourbon stop being craft? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Mar 04, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: The Prideful Goat Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review The Prideful Goat. This 15 year old bourbon is 115 proof and $100 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Mar 02, 2021
294 - The Early Days of Barrel Selections with Ryan Maloney of Julio's Liquors
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There's a few OGs in the world of whiskey, and one of the most notable names is Ryan Maloney. You may not know that name, but you've likely heard of his store in Massachusetts called Julio's Liquors and the famous picks done by the Loch & Key Society. Ryan takes us on a trip down memory lane when private barrel selections were abundant and limited releases weren't so limited. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about storing vintage spirits. What carnival food can you not resist? Tell us about Julio's the and Loch & Key Society. When did you realize how important barrel picks would be? Have you ever picked a Van Winkle? Tell us about some of your barrel picks. What's on the forefront of barrel picks? Have you created your own private label or do you plan to? Talk about blending. What is your thought process on collaborations with other stores? Are you getting less allocations because of the rise in popularity of bourbon?
Feb 25, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye. This non-age stated whiskey is 132 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Feb 23, 2021
293 - It's Not All Contract Distillation at MGP with Andy Mansinne
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MGP has been in the news recently with their acquisition of Luxco and on the last roundtable we discussed how this will enable MGP's brands such as Remus to gain a nationwide presence with a bigger salesforce. We're joined by Andy Mansinne, Vice President of Brands for MGP, to learn more about their brands and the impact of other brands winning awards based on product sourced from them. We also ask about acquiring brands and their thoughts on the current contract distillation marketplace. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about how to clean glencairns. Where would you travel if you knew there was a chance you would have to stay there for up to a year? Tell us about your background. What do you think about other brands getting awards with your distillate? Do you feel like your brands are more accepted in the whiskey world now than when you first started? When you were looking at creating a brand, what were your thoughts on building from the ground up vs. acquiring an established brand? What do you think about MGP rye having such a big impact on the market? What are your thoughts on your contract distilling competition? How do you forecast? Tell us about your brands. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Feb 18, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Widow Jane The Vaults 2020 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Widow Jane The Vaults 2020. This 15 year old bourbon is 99 proof and $200 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Feb 16, 2021
292- New Riff Barrel Pick Bracket Challenge
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Single barrel picks are the new unicorns. And if you add a fancy sticker, after market wax or some glitter, bourbon nerds can't control themselves. For this podcast, the team thought it would be a fun idea if our audience sent us samples from their New Riff barrel selections and we put them in a bracket challenge. We decide who selected the best barrel and gets Bourbon Pursuit bragging rights. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about tipping for high end pours. Why did we pick New Riff for this bracket? New Riff Tasting Cleveland Bourbon Club - “New Riff Passed Elijah” - Ryan Lintz Charred Barrel - “Happy Little Riff” - Chris Perugini Knoxville Beer & Brown Water Society - ”Kings of Grain Jackpot" - Jimmy Tucker Sacred Sippers - “Holy Water 19:1" - Mike Utech Brown Bunker Coalition - “The Colin Bottle"- Dirk Glahn Wright-Patt Whiskey Club - Andy Hostetter Kentucky Bourbon Brotherhood - “Ken Riffey Jr” - Todd Hall Great Lakes Whiskey Club - “Riff Ross" - Mike Schuette Support this Podcast on Patreon
Feb 11, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Thomas S. Moore Port Cask Finish Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Thomas S. Moore Port Cask Finish. This non-age stated bourbon is 98.9 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Feb 09, 2021
291 - What To Expect with MGP Purchasing Luxco on Bourbon Community Roundtable #53
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MGP, the major powerhouse distillery in Indiana, has purchased Luxco who owns Lux Row distillers in Bardstown that produces legacy and heritage brands such as Rebel Yell, Ezra Brooks, Davies County, and many more. But what does this mean? The roundtable gets together and speculates on what we can expect for these brands as well as MGP's existing brands such as Remus. But what does this ultimately mean for brands that have been sourcing MGP bourbon and rye for decades? Have we just witnessed the end of one avenue for sourced markets? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about pairing bourbon with Girl Scout Cookies. MGP buys LuxCo. What does this mean for the largest supplier of contract whiskey? Was this a good move? What will happen to the MGP sourced brands? What do you think will happen with Yellowstone? Will Luxco use MGP distillate? Do you think Luxco will do contract distillation? Thanks to Blake from Bourbonr.com, Nick from BreakingBourbon.com, and Brian from SippnCorn.com for joining. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Feb 04, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Blue Run Bourbon 13 Year Winter Release Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Blue Run Bourbon 13 Year Winter Release. This 13 year old bourbon is 113 proof and $169 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Feb 02, 2021
290 - Wild Growth at Wilderness Trail with Dr. Pat Heist
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Dr. Pat Heist blew our minds back on episode 121 going deep on yeast. If you haven't listened to that episode yet, go listen to that one first before starting this, I promise it will be worth your time. Pat has one of the most unique backgrounds in bourbon and has even had the opportunity to do a TED Talk which is amazing for our industry. We discuss the crazy growth at Wilderness Trail. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about blind tastings. What's your title? Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or the future to meet your descendants? Any new products in the pipeline? How do you forecast? How much are you producing per day? Who's idea was it to invest so much in the business? Tell us about your TedX talk. What's your next milestone? Where can people buy Wilderness Trail? How have you and your bourbon been received across the country? How do you chose a yeast variety for your product? How does your process compare to other distilleries? What happens when people dip their finger in the fermentation tanks? Can you recreate whiskey from the 70s? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jan 28, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Remus Repeal Reserve IV Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Remus Repeal Reserve IV. This 12 year old bourbon is 100 proof and $80 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jan 26, 2021
289 - Taking Maker’s Mark From a Regional to a National Brand with Gregg Walker
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Gregg Walker joins the show to share some inside stories about the history at Maker's Mark. Gregg was the second salesperson hired by Maker’s Mark and took part in 3X growth. Hear some of his stories about the struggle of growth, but also how him and Bill Samuels Jr. had a lot of fun as well. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about raffles. What song would you pick for karaoke? When did you get into the liquor business? Did you have to take the personality test before working at Maker's Mark? Were you part of any of the Maker's taste offs? Tell us about traveling for Makers. How do you plan for aggressive growth? What was the tipping point? How many cases were they selling? Talk about Maker's marketing. Were you there when the did the special edition UK bottle in 1996? Any memories with Bill Samuels that you'll never forget? What was your sales force like in the later years? What do you do today? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jan 21, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition. This non-age stated bourbon is 90.4 proof and $2,000 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jan 19, 2021
288 - How to Scale a Brand on Sourced Whiskey with McCauley Williams, CEO of Big River Distilling
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Building a brand on sourced whiskey is difficult. When you’re not the one distilling the product, it’s hard to be price competitive. At the same time, you're at the mercy of the market on barrel availability so it's hard to determine the continuation of a product. In this episode, we're joined by McCauley Williams, CEO of Big River Distilling, who is behind brands like Blue Note Bourbon and Riverset Rye. We talk about how to run a large scale business that relies on sourcing and how you protect the brands flavor integrity for the future. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about empty bottles. What game show would you want to be a contestant on? How did you get into this business? What was the first step to start a spirits business? How did you raise capital to make this happen? Tell us about your brands. Did you have a proof of concept? How do you select a distillation partner? Talk about the competitiveness of the sourced market. Tell us about the pricing of sourced whiskey. How do you differentiate your products? Why 93 proof? How do you get a brand to market? Any states you've seen success in that you didn't expect? Which is a better ROI, liquor stores or bars/restaurants? Do you experience any frustrations with acquiring packaging materials? Any other frustrations with the business? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jan 14, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Heaven Hill 85th Anniversary Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Heaven Hill 85th Anniversary. This 13 year old bourbon is 107 proof and $300 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jan 12, 2021
287 - 2021 Predictions on Bourbon Community Roundtable #52
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Today's podcast is looking forward in 2021. No one could have predicted the events of 2020, but let's look into our magic 8 ball and see what we think will happen to bourbon in 2021. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about bottle closures. We discuss our 2021 predictions for the bourbon and whiskey market. Thanks to Blake from Bourbonr.com, Nick from BreakingBourbon.com, and Brian from SippnCorn.com for joining. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jan 07, 2021
Whiskey Quickie: Blackened Cask Strength Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Blackened Cask Strength. This non-age stated whiskey is 110.7 proof and $55 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jan 05, 2021
286 - Bourbon Society Showdown #2
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Bourbon societies are becoming prolific across the globe. But here's the thing, they all do something different that makes them unique. In this episode, we are joined by representatives from the Dallas Bourbon Club, The Bourbon Society of Greater Cincinnati, and KOBBE (Kentucky's Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts). We get a deeper understanding of how each society operates from a social, educational, and philanthropic perspective. If you're looking to start a society or grow your own, here's a chance to listen how these fellas do it. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about StraightBourbon.com. We are joined by Jamar Mack (KOBBE), Pete Schmidt (Dallas Bourbon Club), and Todd Carnes (Bourbon Society of Greater Cincinnati). What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten? How are you trying to reach new members? How is your group different from other bourbon groups? Do you have a motto? How are you putting on events? How are you involved with charities? Do you do any bourbon education? How do you get people to present to your group? How many women do you have in your group? Talk about your barrel picks. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 31, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Jefferson's Reserve Single Barrel
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Jefferson's Reserve Single Barrel. This non-age stated bourbon is 100 proof and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 29, 2020
285 - A Quick Behind the Scenes of Bourbon Pursuit with Lauren Coleman
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You all see and hear from Kenny, Ryan, and Fred, but there's a critical fourth member of this team. Lauren Coleman has been in the media space for her whole career and took the quality of Bourbon Pursuit episodes to another level. In this quick interview, get to know a little bit about Lauren. Show Notes: Tell us about your podcast editing process. How did you get into video editing? How many days a week do you miss working for Heaven Hill? Are you ever worried about Kenny spending too much on bourbon and not being able to pay the mortgage? What's one thing most people don't know about Kenny and Ryan that you think they should know? If you were to host a podcast, what would it be about? How do you keep a work/life balance? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 24, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: The Last Drop XIX Buffalo Trace 1980
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review The Last Drop XIX Buffalo Trace 1980. This 40 year old bourbon is 90 proof and $4,600 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 22, 2020
284 - Drinking 160 Proof Bourbon with Danny Kahn, Master Distiller at Barton 1792
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Today's episode features the Master Distiller from Barton 1792, Danny Kahn. Danny comes from a background of brewing beer that led him to working with some high profile names, that ultimately took him to whiskey. Danny brought some samples to try where the lowest proof was 125 and then they creep up to 160 proof! We talk about what happens when he finds barrels like these and our wishes for what we could do with them. Who wouldn't want a single barrel of it? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about whiskey stories. Where are you from? Do you have any interesting scars? Tell us about the whiskey you brought today. Talk about your history in brewing beer. What were your early recipes like? Are you doing any distillery expansion or improvements? Tell us about Ridgemont Reserve. How long have you been at 1792? How does a bourbon get to 160 proof? Is it hard to take a high proof aged bourbon and proof it down? Tell us about your distilling process. How do you forecast the future bourbon needs? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 17, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Huling Station Straight Bourbon
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Huling Station Straight Bourbon. This non-age stated high rye bourbon is 100 proof and $38 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 15, 2020
283 - Big Barrell Blind with Joe Beatrice of Barrell Bourbon
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When Barrell Bourbon comes out with a product, it's never going to be duplicated. We explored that with Joe back on episode 164, but this time Joe puts us to the test. Ryan and I sample through 15 different Barrell products while Joe and Fred become commentators. These are products that have already been released, are to be released, or experiments in the making. We try them blind to see which ones we like and if we can guess the blends and finishes too. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about history on whiskey labels. What's the process you go through to pick a favorite during a tasting? Blind Barrell Tasting How do you blend? Anything you would eliminate yet? When you blend using finishes, are you trying to make sure you are still tasting the bourbon? Joe, why did you select some of these products? What are the flavor profile differences in the various styles of rum? Are you all coffee drinkers and does that have any affect on tasting? Discuss Top 3. Blind reveal. What's your favorite? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 10, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review the Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon. This 10 year old bourbon is 94.4 proof and $130 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 08, 2020
282 - 2020 Release Hits and Misses on Bourbon Community Roundtable #51
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It's the last roundtable of 2020 and we discuss the hits and misses with 2020 bourbon releases. Most of the time we're in agreement, but every once in a while there is one that tears the group apart. And Fred goes deep on some interesting history with entry barrel proof and wheated bourbons. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about light whiskey. Bourbon Charity Raffle: https://charity.bourbonpursuit.com/christmascharity2020 What did you buy on Black Friday? Repeal Day Expo: https://repealdayexpo.com/ 2020 Release Hits and Misses Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 03, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Rare Perfection 15 Year Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Rare Perfection 15 Year. This 15 year old Canadian whiskey is 119.7 proof and $160 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Dec 01, 2020
281 - The Dant and Yellowstone History with Stephen Beam of Limestone Branch
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You may have never heard of Limestone Branch, and you may just now be hearing about Yellowstone bourbon, but you will soon learn the roots of this distillery. Stephen Beam, yep there’s a lot of Beams in the bourbon industry around Kentucky, is a descendant of the Dant family. Yes, that JW Dant you are thinking of right now. This one is full of rich history on the family as well as the labels. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about bourbon gifts. Do you believe in aliens? What was it like growing up as a Beam? Talk about the history of the Dants. What happened with the Dants during Prohibition? Tell us about Yellowstone. Do you watch the show Yellowstone? When was JW Dant sold? How did you decide to get into the business? What were the early days like? What was it like starting with moonshine? How many barrels of bourbon were you holding back? Was it difficult to bring in a partner and give up some control? Talk about the partnership with Luxco. How have the operations changed? Tell us about Minor Case. Why don't you call yourself a Master Distiller? Tell us about your products. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Nov 26, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Three Chord Whiskey Drummer Batch #1 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review the Three Chord Whiskey Drummer. This 15 year old Kentucky bourbon is 117.9 proof and $190 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Nov 24, 2020
280 - Is Bourbon the Next Big Trend? with Brandy Rand, COO of IWSR
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We’re currently experiencing the biggest boom there has ever been with bourbon. But is it going to be overshadowed by the seltzer movement? And we all know that COVID has impacted every single business sector, but what has it done to alcohol and, most importantly, bourbon? From the outside it seems that business is good, but Brandy Rand, COO for IWSR who specializes in drinks analysis and trends, provides a scientific view as well as reality check on where the market is moving. Show Notes: Receive IWSR’s weekly industry insights email: https://bourbonpursuit.com/iwsr This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about labels. Who was your childhood actor or actress crush? What is IWSR? How do you gather data? How were you all tracking bourbon growth years ago? Do you classify canned cocktails as hard seltzers? Do you think cocktails to go will be an on going trend? What impact are tariffs having globally? Have you seen distilleries pivot their strategy due to tariffs and COVID? What has happened to travel retail because of COVID? Do you track e-commerce and shipping? Do you follow Drizzly's data? Where do you see bourbon growth in the next couple of years? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Nov 19, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: 2020 Parker’s Heritage Collection Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review the 14th Edition of the Parker’s Heritage Collection. This 10 year old heavy char bourbon is 120 proof and $120 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Nov 17, 2020
279 - The Coveted Bourbon County Brand Stout with Bill Savage of Goose Island
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While the rest of society is busting down the doors on Black Friday for TVs, the beer lovers are hitting up every liquor store to grab the most iconic barrel aged stouts on the market coming from Goose Island. Every year, Bourbon County Stout has beer lovers drooling to see what variants will be released. We’re joined by Bill Savage, a lead brewer for the barrel aging program at Goose Island, to get an inside look into one of my favorite beers of all time. We talk about the time that goes into this yearly release and what happens when yeast goes wild. Show Notes: Kroger’s Ultimate Bourbon Auction: https://one.bidpal.net/zero/welcome This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about bourbons to pair with Thanksgiving. How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet? How long have you been with Goose Island? How did you end up working in the Goose Island Barrel Program? Tell us about the process. How many barrels are going into the release? How long do you age it in the barrel? Do you test each barrel? Can you over age a barrel? Do you reuse barrels? What's the rationale for the high ABV? How do you pick your variants? What's the thought process behind the collaborations with distilleries? Are you exploring aging other styles? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Nov 12, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Rye Whiskey Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Rye Whiskey. This 10 year old rye is 92.8 proof and $160 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Nov 10, 2020
278 - How Brands and Retailers Can Mine Data with Mike Provance of 3x3
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Every business wants to make their marketing dollars stretch further. The focus has shifted to targeting demographics through Facebook campaigns, social media, and even podcasts. We’re joined by Mike Provance of 3x3 to see how brands and liquor stores are using their platform to reach new customers. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about wax. What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics? Tell us about your platform. How do you convince retailers to adopt this digital trend? How can you make your dollar stretch further with your platform? How do stores learn what their customers like? What do you use to build audiences? Does more marketing spending by a supplier benefit the retailer? How is shipping changing your business? Influencer marketing vs. targeting marketing? What about in-store experiences? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Nov 05, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Old Forester 150th Anniversary Batch #1 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Forester 150th Anniversary Batch #1. This non-age stated bourbon is 125.6 proof and $150 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Nov 03, 2020
277 - Banning Van Winkle Sales, Do We Feel The Same?, and Who Said That? on Bourbon Community Roundtable #50
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It’s the 50th Bourbon Community Roundtable! 4.5 years later and we are at a milestone podcast. I won’t get sappy because there is plenty of that towards the end, but we kick off the show talking about the recent news of many secondary groups banning Van Winkle Sales. Then we take a look back at our time together and play a few games of “who said that?”. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Halloween candy.  Secondary groups have banned Pappy Van Winkle sales. What are your thoughts? Do we still feel the same about our top 5 bourbons for beginners? Are we still tired of $100 MGP… now $150 MGP bourbons? Let’s play a game of Who Said That? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Oct 29, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Founder’s Collection Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Founder’s Collection. This 6 year old rye is 114.6 proof and $195 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Oct 27, 2020
276 - Tasting the Old Charter Oak Series with Joshua Steely of Buffalo Trace
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Joshua Steeley, Marketing Director for Bourbon at Buffalo Trace, joins the show to cover the Old Charter Oak series. It’s a line extension that focuses on the effect different types of oak have on the bourbon. We’re talking oak harvested from all over the world and some of the oak being hundreds of years old. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about decanters. What's the most ridiculous thing someone has tricked you into doing or believing? Tell us about your role at Buffalo Trace. Any brands you are putting more effort behind? Are you going to have a part in Early Times? How did you get into bourbon and end up at Buffalo Trace? Let's talk about Old Charter Oak. How do you decide what bourbon goes into each brand? Tell us about your experimental process. Old Charter Oak Tasting. Where do you source your barrels from? Talk about what went into the packaging design. How hard is it to find this brand? What is the price point? Any failed experiments? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Oct 22, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: 2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) Review
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On this special edition of Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review the 2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection in five 60 second reviews. The collection includes: Sazerac Rye 18 Year, Thomas H. Handy, Eagle Rare 17 Year, William Larue Weller, and George T. Stagg. Each bottle has a suggested retail price of $99. What's our favorite this year? Watch to find out. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Oct 20, 2020
275 - Growing Distillers on the Family Farm with the Hubers of Starlight Distillery
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We’re joined by Ted, Christian, and Blake to talk about the family history on the farm that led them to have DSP-IN-31, which is a super super low number when it comes to a distilled spirits producer. We take a few twists, but there is one thing we came away with and that’s how this family never settles with a single recipe, single barrel entry proof, single cooperage, or even a single distiller. These three take turns at the helm steering their bourbon in a new direction. After recording, we went to the warehouse and tasted 12 or 15 different barrels and not one of the two was alike. Make sure you try a single barrel selection from Starlight Distillery and you will know what I’m talking about. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about media packages. Would you rather be an astronaut or an olympic gold medalist? Talk about the history of the farm and distillery. What law allowed MGP to operate as a distillery? Talk about your brandy. What were the learning curves when transitioning from brandy to whiskey? Tell us about the bourbon. What's the difference between a brandy still and a whiskey still? Why do you use so many different cooperages? Is there a better time of year to pull barrels? Tell us about your corn varieties. Talk about your latest releases. What is Carl T.? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Oct 15, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: King of Kentucky 2020 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review King of Kentucky 2020. This 14 year old bourbon is 130.6 proof and $250 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Oct 13, 2020
274 - What is Sourced Whiskey?
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What is sourced whiskey? It can mean a lot of different things and many of us bourbon geeks feel some do it better than others. There is contract distillation and there is outright buying barrels, but it’s what you are doing with the bourbon that makes the story. We evaluate some of the most iconic brands that built their legacy off of sourcing and then look at today’s market to see who is doing something special versus simply slapping a label on a bottle. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about barrel finishes. How do you know when something is sourced? How do you source whiskey? What brands are sourced? What about pricing sourced whiskey? What kind of influence has sourced whiskey had on the industry? What is more respectable, starting a brand sourced and then transitioning to your own distillate or starting with your own distillate? What about contract distilling? What are the primary places to source from? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Oct 08, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Angel's Envy Mizunara Cask Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Angel's Envy Mizunara Cask. It is a blend of 4 and 9 year old bourbon, is 97.8 proof, and $350 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Oct 06, 2020
273 - Brand Names, Barrel Proof Extensions, and In-Person vs Online Releases on Bourbon Community Roundtable #49
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This week we look at how the size of a distiller will put a focus on their core name brand vs creating extensions. We talk a little bit about what you can and can’t patent in the whiskey business. Next, we examine the new Old Forester 150th anniversary and our thoughts on whether you would rather see single barrel cask strength releases or create a wide release. Lastly, we cover what has gone right and what’s been done wrong with limited edition releases that have happened in person and online. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about how sometimes ignorance is bliss. Orange juice, pulp or no pulp? Why don't new Distillers/Bottlers differentiate their products more? For instance, Barrell Bourbon, Barrell Rye, Barrell Rum, Pinhook Rye, Pinhook Bourbon, Pinhook Cask Strength. Whereas Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Sazerac Rye, etc. What can and can't be patented in the whiskey business? Old Forester drops 3 batches of cask strength at $150 per bottle. Before I saw the price, I thought it was going to be a competitor to ECBP or Bookers. Would you rather see wide releases at barrel proof or barrel selections at barrel proof? You can't choose both. Angel's Envy Mizunara Cask, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, Four Roses LE Releases. What has been done right and what went wrong?
Oct 01, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Four Roses 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Four Roses 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch. This 12-19 year old bourbon is 111.4 proof and $150 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Sep 29, 2020
272 - Crafting Cocktails with Nic Christiansen of Barrell Craft Spirits
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Well, you asked for another episode talking cocktails and that’s what you get. On this episode, we talk to Nic Christiansen who runs the single barrel program at Barrell Craft Spirits, but is also a nationally recognized bartender and cocktail competition champion. She talks about the variety of cocktails and how it’s really about swapping out simple ingredients to create endless possibilities. From a classic Old Fashioned or Mint Julep to creating your own bitters, this episode will have you wanting to create something unique of your own. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about bourbon heritage month. What was your favorite tv show growing up as a kid? Tell us about your background. What made you decide to get into cocktails? What bad habits did you learn when you first started making cocktails? What is involved with being a beverage director? How do you train bartenders? How did you remember all those cocktails? How do you make bitters? How do you build a cocktail from an economic perspective? What is your Old Fashioned recipe? What is a Brown Derby? What kind of ice do you prefer? What do you think about the growing mixology culture? Do you ever enter competitions? What is your go to vermouth? Rye vs. Bourbon in cocktails? What are your thoughts on Rum cocktails? How frustrated do you get when a place can't make a good cocktail? Do you prefer different cocktails for different seasons? Talk about using a raw egg in a New York Sour. Where did you get the inspiration for your New York Sour? Any upcoming cocktail trends? What do you do on a daily basis? Does your palate differ from Tripp and Joe?
Sep 24, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel. This non-age stated bourbon is 94 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Sep 22, 2020
271 - The Impossible Collection of Whiskey with Clay Risen
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Clay Risen somehow narrowly escaped being a guest on the podcast, but we got him. We talk about some of his past work and his newest book, The Impossible Collection Of Whiskey: The 100 Most Exceptional And Collectible Bottles, that will be coming out in October 2020. So of course, we talk about chasing unicorns and our early bourbon regrets. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about unity in bourbon. Tell us about your books. If you could be best friends with any celebrity, who would it be? Do you feel like books need to be refreshed constantly? Talk about the different kinds of rye. What are your favorite ryes? How did you become the whiskey guy? What year did you get into whiskey? What is one of your favorite pieces you've wrote? Tell us about your new book. How do you have time to venture out to all different kinds of whiskies? Did you include specific vintages in your new book? What about exports created for the Japanese market? How hard would it be for you to open a rare whiskey? Now that you are covering politics, are you drinking more whiskey? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Sep 17, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Old Forester 2020 Birthday Bourbon
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Forester 2020 Birthday Bourbon. This 10 year old bourbon is 98 proof and $130 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Sep 15, 2020
270 - Birthdays, Barrel Proof, and Presidents at Old Forester with Master Taster Jackie Zykan
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Old Forester is really starting to win over bourbon lovers. We are joined by our returning guest, Master Taster at Old Forester, Jackie Zykan, to chat about the 2020 Birthday Bourbon, the new barrel proof offering on the single barrel program, the story behind President's Choice, and much more. Have you tried an Old Forester 1915? Well, if you've never heard of it, get ready to start blending. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about labor strikes. If you had a time machine would you go back in time or to the future? Let's talk about 1915. Tell us about working with Chris Morris and Birthday Bourbon. How hard was it to get the single barrel program to be barrel proof? What age barrels are going into the Whiskey Row Series? How do the barrel picks work? Tell us about President's Choice. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Sep 10, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye. This non-age stated bourbon is 112.2 proof and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Sep 08, 2020
269 - 80's Movies, Blanton’s SFTB, and Online Releases on Bourbon Community Roundtable #48
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On this 48th edition of the bourbon community roundtable, we talk about 80's movies. Yes, it may have gone on a bit longer than anticipated, but it may have been the glory years of iconic movies. Then we dive into Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel and get into release season. Will the shift of having online releases be the new way forward? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about bourbon heritage month. 80's movie showdown. Blanton's SFTB now available in the US. $150 is a great price point. However, very limited. So why price this higher than BTAC? Was it Ancient Age that dictated it? The Party Source tried to sell Blanton's Bourbon online, website crashed. Are there any good alternatives in the current climate? Why are distilleries doing special releases on-site/inline only, but not permitting proxies to pick up? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Sep 03, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Bulleit Blenders Select Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Bulleit Blenders Select. This 9 year old bourbon is 100 proof and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of a Patreon supporter. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Sep 01, 2020
268 - Baker’s Bourbon Blind Battle
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Baker’s is a brand that we’ve discussed previously with Beam’s ambassador Beth Burrows back on episode 95, but this time we go into the whiskey. A Patreon supporter sent 3 blind samples of Baker's: the new single barrel 7 year, the old 7 year small batch with the black wax that is no longer in production, and the most recent limited release of the Baker’s 13 year. Which one will come out on top? Stay tuned to find out. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about distillery firsts. Baker's Tasting: New Baker's 7 Year Single Barrel, Baker's 13 Year, Old Baker's 7 Year Small Batch Do you drink coffee? Why did Baker's move from a small batch to a single barrel? Why don't distilleries want to promote large batches? Let's discuss special releases. Blind Reveal Fred, what did you see on the shelf back in the early 2000's? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 27, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Basil Hayden's 10 Year Rye Whiskey Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Basil Hayden's 10 Year Rye Whiskey. This 10 year old rye is 80 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 25, 2020
267 - Putting the High Malt in Bourbon with Tim Piersant and Grant McCracken of Chattanooga Whiskey
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What does it take to put all your money on the line, ignore the experts, fight the law, and spend years experimenting with different mash bills and barrels? That’s what Tim Piersant, CEO, and Grant McCracken, Head Distiller, of Chattanooga Whiskey did. Against all odds, they launched a bourbon that features Tennessee High Malt. We talk about the early successes and challenges of the business and get into the whiskey itself. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about SRPs. What kind of music do you like? Tell us about your background. How did you get into whiskey? Do you have a favorite kind of beer? When did it become legal to distill in Chattanooga? Tell us about the early days of the business. How did you fund the business? How did you decide what kind of whiskey you wanted to make? Talk about the experimental distillery. Why did you decide to use malt? How did you know it would have future potential? How did you recreate the process to scale up? How did you know when it was ready to be released? Tell us about your entry and distillation proof. Talk about the high proof version. What can we expect to see in the future? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 20, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Filibuster Single Estate Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Filibuster Single Estate. This 2 year 5 month old bourbon is 117.6 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 18, 2020
266 - State Bourbon Battle: New York vs. Kentucky
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In this podcast, we look to see if there are any distilleries in New York that can take on good old fashioned Kentucky bourbon. Dan Walkski, Manager of Fine Spirits at Midvalley Wine and Liquor in Newburgh, NY shares some of his favorites from the region and we taste them in a blind battle. There’s a few surprises thrown in that cause some major upsets. Tune in to see what state comes out on top. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about age statements. How did you get into bourbon? What is the bourbon scene like in Newburgh, NY? What is the largest growing spirit in your store? Tasting of New York and Kentucky whiskies. Do you get a lot of allocated bourbon? What do encourage your customers to try since you don't get a lot of allocated items? What is a good gateway bourbon? How to you price bottles in the store? Do you put all your bottles for sale online? Have you visited all these NY distilleries? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 13, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Knob Creek 15 Year Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Knob Creek 15 Year. This 15 year old bourbon is 100 proof and $100 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 11, 2020
265 - Weller CYPB Data, Basil Hayden’s Changing Identity, Toasted Barrels, and Our Favorites So Far on Bourbon Community Roundtable #47
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We look at the recently released results of the Weller CYPB data and ask ourselves if this data matches up to a normal consumer or a bourbon enthusiast. Make sure you check out yourperfectbourbon.com to see how well the site and survey is done. We then examine Basil Hayden and our thoughts behind the brand’s evolving character of having blends, finishes, and high aged expressions. And what’s up with all the toasted barrels recently? Will there be more to come? Lastly, we wrap it up with our favorite bourbon so far in 2020. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about craft distillers. Weller CYPB and the data. Does it add up? Basil Hayden and it's shifting identity. Are Toasted Barrels all the rage now? Old Forester 1910, Michter's, and now Elijah Craig. What's the best bourbon you've tried so far this year? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 06, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Larceny Barrel Proof Batch B520 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Larceny Barrel Proof Batch B520. This non-age stated bourbon is 122.2 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Aug 04, 2020
264 - Artfully Blending and Finishing with Nancy Fraley
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Nancy Fraley is world-renowned for her expertise on blending… or is it mingling? In this podcast, we talk about the difference between blending and mingling, but also go into barrel sizes, terroir, and the art of barrel finishing. Spoiler alert, here’s another industry veteran who isn’t a fan of small barrels. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about hats. Tell us about your background. How did you get on the blending path? What is a french style? What are other styles of blending? Let's talk blending vs. mingling. Talk about blending trends you are seeing internationally and in the US. What is terroir? What characteristics are you looking for when blending? Tell us about the impact of barrel size and climate on the bourbon. How do you decide what kind of cask you want to finish a bourbon in? How do you test a finish? What type of whiskey works better for finishing? How often do you sample? How do you figure out how long you finish a bourbon in a barrel? Are there any tried and true casks? Should the finishing barrel be empty? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 30, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Wild Turkey Master's Keep Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Wild Turkey Master's Keep 5th Edition. This 17 year old bourbon is 100 proof and $175 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 28, 2020
263 - Distillation Deep Dive with Tripp Stimson of Barrell Bourbon
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Many of us know the basics of distillation, but only a few know the true science. Today, we’re joined by Tripp Stimson of Barrell Bourbon and we ask all the hard questions on distillation that we’ve always wanted to know. This is really for the geeks at heart because it goes into pH levels, yeast strains, malting processes, and so much more. Listen close to the expert because it’s definitely one show where you will learn something new about the distillation process. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about bourbon in the movies. What are your goals for the year? Tell us about your background. Let's talk about grains. Does it matter where the grain comes from? What happens after getting the grain? Does the size of the mash tub matter? What is the percentage of mash to water? What's the best way to mix the mash? How long is the process? How do you know the mash is ready? What grain do you add in first? Talk about malted grain. What happens next? What is the consistency of the product when going from the mash tub to the fermentation tank? Let's talk about yeast. What about a mash rest? What is the chemical breakdown during fermentation? Why do some people do closed vs. open fermentation? What determines the number of days for fermentation? Do different grains change the process? What is sour mash? Let's talk about the pH of the water. Is the flavor more consistent in a sour mash process vs. sweet mash? Do you use a bourbon backset in a rye mash? What happens after fermentation? Talk about the shape of stills. After the still where does it go? What happens in the doubler? What are heads, hearts and tails? What are the health risks of the process? What's the difference between the column still and pot still? When do you get the waste out? How do you control the proof coming off the still? What is the argument for a low entry proof? Does it have to be the exact proof listed on the label? How do you get a final proof when using multiple barrels? How do you clean the equipment? Does an older still produce a different flavor? What are you looking for when picking rum? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 23, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Review selected by the Dallas Bourbon Club
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review an E.H. Taylor Single Barrel selected by the Dallas Bourbon Club. This non-age stated bourbon is 100 proof and around a $65 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 21, 2020
262 - Peggy Noe Stevens at the Legends Series
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For anyone that doesn’t know Peggy from listening to our past episodes, you will get to hear from the first ever woman Master Taster. She has been a remarkable inspiration for anyone in the bourbon industry and her crowning achievement was being inducted into the 2019 Bourbon Hall of Fame. This podcast was recorded at the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Legends Series so make sure you are following their social media handles @derbymuseum to catch the next season. Learn more about Peggy by listening to episodes 204 and 198, which is her session from the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Affair called “The Stave is the Rave”. Show Notes: DISCUS Petition: https://p2a.co/yrfbbV7 Podcast Awards Voting: https://www.podcastawards.com/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Wild Turkey and small barrels. Tell us about being a Noe. What were you like when you were young? What was your dad like? Tell us about your time at the University of Kentucky. What were you drinking back then? Why did you chose these whiskies to taste? What was your first job out of college? How long were you in the hotel business? When did you work at Brown-Forman? What was the coolest event you coordinated? What was the next step? Tell us a good Lincoln story. What challenges have you faced? Do you feel like you always have to prove yourself? Talk about what you've done for women in bourbon. Tell us about Peerless. How many distilleries have you worked on? Tell us about Bakers. Bourbon Women: https://bourbonwomen.org/ Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 16, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Tincup Rye Whiskey Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Tincup Rye Whiskey. This 3 year rye whiskey is 90 proof and $30 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 14, 2020
261 - Sazerac Purchases Early Times, Visiting the Trail, and Fill Levels on Bourbon Community Roundtable #46
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Does the purchase of Early Times by Sazerac signal trouble in the water for Brown-Forman? We look at the motivation behind this and if tariffs could have a future impact as well. If you’re thinking about visiting distilleries and experiencing Kentucky, is now the time to do it or wait until things settle down? And lastly, we ask ourselves what do we do with a bottle that only has 2 or 3 pours left? Finish it or save it? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about People Magazine. Sazerac purchased Early Times. What will happen to a recent bourbon entrant that has become a beloved bottom shelfer? Distilleries are slowly starting to open back up. Would you go ahead and take your KY vacation now or wait? Do you look at bottle fill levels and feel the need to finish them off or keep them? Thanks to Blake from bourbonr.com, Jordan from BreakingBourbon.com, and Brian from sippncorn.com for joining. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 09, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Chicken Cock Rye Whiskey Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Chicken Cock Rye Whiskey. This rye is aged at least 2 years, is 90 proof, and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 07, 2020
260 - Rare Bottles and High Bids with Joe Hyman of Skinner Auctioneers
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Do you have a really old bottle of whiskey? What about a unicorn that’s coveted by every bourbon enthusiast out there? We’re joined by Joe Hyman of Skinner Auctioneers to talk about what it’s like to buy and sell high-end bottles at a legit auction. We talk about everything from the bottles they accept, how they process auctions, and how they spot fakes. Every year a whiskey breaks the ceiling for sales, who knows what it will be this year. Show Notes: BevAlc Insights: https://bevalcinsights.com/ Dating Old American Whiskey Bottles: https://bourbonveach.com/2020/06/29/dating-old-american-whiskey-bottles/ Whiskey Advocate Article: https://www.whiskyadvocate.com/black-market-bourbon-feature/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Bottled-In-Bond. How did you get into spirits and auctions? Did 50 year old scotch ruin you? How do you get these rare bottles? Talk about the legalities of selling and shipping alcohol for an auction house. How do you transport or ship the bottles? What do you define as a rare bottle? How often do you get something in and it's ruined somehow? How do people react when they bring you a bottle that they think is amazing, but you can't sell it? How do you spot fakes? What would happen if you auctioned a counterfeit bottle? Do you research on the secondary market for pricing? How do you gauge value? What do you attribute fluctuations in the market to? Any advice for people wanting to participate in an auction? Do you still get a thrill when finding rare bottles? Are there things you won't sell? What's the record sale? What's your commission rate?  Who is cooler, Scotch or American whiskey buyers? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jul 02, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Corsair Triple Smoke Whiskey
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Corsair Triple Smoke Whiskey. This single malt whiskey is aged for 7 months, 80 proof, and $45 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 30, 2020
259 - Bourbon Trail Tips with Eric Carrico
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Wouldn’t it be nice if someone was able to give you the best tips for planning out your bourbon trail experience? Look no further. In this podcast we cover the distilleries, experiences, and some restaurants you can’t miss. It’s impossible to get to every distillery in a short amount of time, but this episode will give you the scoop on how to navigate the areas of Kentucky to make the most of it. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about a bourbon that is $22.99. How did you get involved with AirBNBs? What is the difference between AirBNBs and hotels? What's a good number of days to spend on the bourbon trail? When is a good day to take a tour? How do you recommend distilleries to different groups? Tell us about the different pods. Where does Maker's fit in? What distillery would you hide out in during a zombie apocalypse? What is the bourbon chase? What are you thoughts on the bourbon bubble? Ashford Key Properties: https://www.facebook.com/ashfordkey/ Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 25, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Frey Ranch Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Frey Ranch Bourbon. This 4 year old bourbon is 90 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 23, 2020
258 - Freddie Johnson at the Legends Series
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Freddie Johnson is bourbon. You are going to hear that, among many other praises for one of the most well respected people in the industry. He’s a never short on stories and makes any experience together memorable. Of course, Freddie talks about tours and his impact at Buffalo Trace, but then answers questions about bottle flipping and the secondary market. It's great insight into Sazerac's approach on this issue. Make sure you attend the Kentucky Derby Museum's Legends Series next season. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the latest deal between Brown-Forman and Sazerac. Discussion about white dog. Tell us about giving tours 12 years ago. Talk about the promise to your father. How do you customize the tours? What do the people of Buffalo Trace mean to you? Do you have to buy your own bottles? What is your favorite part of a tour? How do you feel about seeing the high aftermarket prices for Buffalo Trace products? Do you ever get challenged about your products on the tours? What do you think about flipping bottles? What was the most special drink you've shared? Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 18, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: New Riff Backsetter Rye & Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review New Riff Backsetter Rye & Bourbon. Both are 4 years old, 100 proof, and $50 MSRP each. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 16, 2020
257 - The Best 10 Year Age Stated Bourbon, Knob Creek Picks, and Father’s Day Ideas on Bourbon Community Roundtable #45
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Today’s roundtable is a potpourri of bourbon questions. We talk about our favorite 10 year age stated bourbons that are readily available. We look into the high aged Knob Creek releases, including the 15 and 12 year, and what this could mean for the private barrel selection program. Then, we talk about some Father’s Day gift ideas that we would like to have. Lastly, we take a moment to look back in time and ask ourselves what we would have done differently if we got into bourbon earlier. This episode is dedicated to raising funds for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Bourbon Pursuit has pledged $1000 to help bring awareness and equality. Show Notes: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: https://www.naacpldf.org/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about aliens. What does your spouse think of your bourbon habit? What's the best age stated 10 year old bourbon? 15 year Knob Creek is being priced at $100+. What happened to the 15 year picks for $45? Father's Day is coming up. If you are buying for the bourbon hobbyist, what's the best possible gift to get? What would *you* want? We all got into this bourbon hobby at different times and learned a lot along the way. If you could go back to the beginning when you got into bourbon, what would you do differently? Aside from buying up every rare bottle on the store shelves. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 11, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Maker's Mark 101 Proof Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Maker's Mark 101 Proof. This non-age stated bourbon is 101 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 09, 2020
256 - Inside the World of Woodinville Whiskey Co. with Brett Carlile
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For today's episode, we traveled to Woodinville, Washington and sat down with Brett Carlile, Co-Founder, Distiller, and Lead Hose Dragger of Woodinville Whiskey Co. Brett gives an inside look at how him and his best friend, Orlin Sorensen, built one on of the most explosive craft brands on the market. It starts with an idea, enlisting late great Dave Pickerell to provide guidance, and good luck. Their whiskey began turning heads and led to an acquisition by Moet Hennessy. Get insights into their production process and their aging facility, which is a few hours away from the distillery and has a Kentucky-like climate. Show Notes: Du Nord Benefit Discussion Panel: https://youtu.be/-fuH8aSQVhw Du Nord Fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/minnesota-poc-business-support?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet Distilling Research Grants: https://distillingresearch.org/research/ Barrell Craft Spirits Private Release Whiskey: https://www.barrellbourbon.com/privatereleasewhiskey This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about how the world needs a drink. How did you get into whiskey? How did you decide to start the distillery? Where did you learn to produce whiskey? Tell us about working with Dave Pickerell. What was your first distillate like? Why Woodinville? Where did you get your mash bill? Was it a success out of the gate or did you run into issues? How long did it take to be successful in Washington? What is the whiskey scene like in Washington?  How long did it take to bottle your product? When did you realize you had good juice? Tell us about the whiskey. Why 90 proof? Talk about your barrels. Where are your warehouses located? Tell us about your rye whiskey. Talk about getting purchased by Moet Hennessy. What has the partnership meant to you all? What markets are you expanding to? What are your plans for distillery expansion? What are you trying to accomplish with the port finish product? How much of the product is lost to evaporation? How do you store the barrels? What do you admire about your partner? Any plans to make an older product?
Jun 04, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Four Gate Batch 6 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Four Gate Whiskey Company Batch 6 The Kelvin Collaboration II. This non-age stated bourbon is 126.4 proof and $200 MSRP. Let us know what you think in the comments. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
Jun 02, 2020
255 - How We Built Pursuit Series
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What does it take to build a bourbon brand from the ground up? In this podcast, you get to hear our story of building Pursuit Spirits. We discuss how we source barrels, design packaging, and navigate the law. Fred interviews Ryan and Kenny on motivation, risks, and how to secure your future with contract distillation. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Rum. How did you all meet? How did you all decide to start the podcast? Talk about starting your own brand. How did you finance the project? Who came up with the idea to call the releases episodes? After creating this brand, do you have more appreciation for distillers being less transparent? What was the most annoying thing about starting the brand? Do you ever get nervous that your model might come crashing down? How have you been able to meet the demand of your audience? Has launching the brand helped you understand the distillers more? How much time went into the packaging? Talk about the cork. Why is there so much variance in TN barrels? How have you reacted to negative criticism? What distilleries have you partnered with? Do all of the episodes sell out? Any thoughts about doing a batching process? Would you consider outside investment? Any plans for contracting distilling? How do you not oversaturate the promotion of Pursuit Series? Favorite episode? What distillery would you want to partner with if you could? If you had to pick between Bourbon Pursuit and Pursuit Series, which would you pick? If you could buy all the bourbon you wanted from OZ Tyler, would you? Where would you want to spend marketing dollars? Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 28, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old. This single barrel bourbon is 90 proof and around $200 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 26, 2020
254 - The Present and Future of Jim Beam with Fred and Freddie Noe
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What can you say, sitting down with the Noe family is always a treat. Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, and Freddie Noe, 8th Generation Distiller, are about as genuine and real as it comes. This show takes a bunch of turns. We talk about the new Fred B. Noe Distillery where new projects and small batch blends will take place, Legent, Little Book, and... we ask Fred Noe if he’s ready to retire. You’ll love his response. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Weller. Tell us about the property. What are your plans for growth? What are the plans for the Fred B. Noe Distillery? How did you get interested in blended whiskies? What's the hardest part about blending? Fred, what was your past blending experience? What did you learn when creating Legent? How long was the creation process for Legent? Where did you disagree in the process? What kind of ideas do you have for the new distillery? Do you like focusing on consistency or innovating? Will Little Book always be a blended product? Did you always want to be part of the family business? Fred, are you ready to retire? Talk about the ham house. Any hobbies outside of bourbon? Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 21, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Heritage 2019 Edition Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Heritage 2019 Edition. This non-age stated whiskey is 100 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of a Patreon supporter. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly. Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 19, 2020
253 - OKI Relaunch, Craft Bourbon Bust, and Return of Age Stated Knob Creek on Bourbon Community Roundtable #44
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Today’s podcast featuring the roundtable talks about the controversial relaunch of the OKI brand. We examine the potential motivating factors behind New Riff selling the label and if it’s a pure money grab by the new company that owns it. We then look at the current landscape of craft distillers and if they will survive the COVID-19 conditions as over 43% of all craft distillery workers have now been laid off or furloughed. Lastly, we see an age statement return to Knob Creek. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about buying whiskey for cheap during the pandemic. OKI is being relaunched with new ownership. Why would New Riff do this and is it a money grab? 118 craft distillers surveyed recently, 42% said they do not believe they will able to stay in business for more than three months with COVID-19. Is the craft boom going to bust? The return of 12 and 9 year Knob Creek. What does this mean for private barrel selections? Thanks to Blake from bourbonr.com, Nick from BreakingBourbon.com, Brian from sippncorn.com, and Kerry from Subourbia for joining. Support this Podcast on Patreon
May 14, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Riverset Rye Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Riverset Rye. This non-age stated rye is 93 proof and $40 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
May 12, 2020
252 - Distilling in Memphis: Filling Barrels Ten Feet Off of Beale with Alex Castle of Old Dominick Distillery
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We went on a road trip to check out Old Dominick distillery in Memphis, TN. We’re excited to let Alex Castle, Master Distiller at Old Dominick, share the history behind the brand and how it was resurrected. We learn about her time at Wild Turkey and then dive into their current operations and product lines. If you are in the Memphis area, make Old Dominick one of your must-stops so you can check out their incredible facility. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Whiskey from Home. Tell us about your background. Did you grow up around bourbon? Talk about your time at UK. What did you love about working at Alltech? What happened after graduating? What was your role at Wild Turkey? How did you end up at Old Dominick? Did Old Dominick have an initial vision? What are honeybells? How was the transition from Kentucky to Tennessee? Tell us about the history of the distillery. How did you decide to launch with the Memphis Toddy? Talk about the design of the facility. What was your vision for the still? What was the inspiration for your recipes? Tell us about your products and mash bills. Talk about the barrels. Why keep the barrel wood regional? Will it be harder to keep the wood regional as you scale? Talk about the rooster. Tell us more about your gin. What hurdles did you have when opening the distillery? How have you been received in Memphis?
May 07, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Legent Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Legent Bourbon. This non-age stated bourbon is 94 proof and $35 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
May 05, 2020
251 - Pairing Country Ham with Bourbon Drams with Steve Coomes
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Bourbon and ham, is that a pairing you would expect? To be honest, neither did I. I’m a sucker for killing a plate of prosciutto at a dinner party, but thanks to our guest Steve Coomes, we’ve discovered a new love for country ham. When done right, the saltiness of the ham just hits all the right spots. We sit down with Steve as he talks to us about a past life as a pizza judge (yes, a pizza judge!) and then we get into hams. The diet of the pigs, curing processes, and even his professional opinion of those ham legs you see hanging inside rickhouses. I think it will surprise you. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t do a bourbon and ham pairing. Try not to salivate too much. Show Notes: Bourbon in a Decanter: Does is go bad? https://advancedmixology.com/blogs/art-of-mixology/does-bourbon-go-bad-in-decanter This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Derby. How did you get into spirits writing? Tell us about your bourbon and ham parings. Talk about your culinary background. How do you judge a pizza? Tell us about the hams you brought today. How do you come up with the pairings? Are the pigs fed a specific diet? What is the difference in the thickness of country ham and prosciutto. Tell us about curing. What sizes do hams come in? What flavors are you looking for when pairing? How much does this ham cost? Where can you buy country ham? What do you think about hams aging in rickhouses?
Apr 30, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A120 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A120. This 12 year old bourbon is 136.6 proof and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Apr 28, 2020
250 - The Future of Bourbon with Eric Gregory, President of the KDA
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The Kentucky Distillers’ Association does more for bourbon in the US than just Kentucky alone. Eric Gregory, the President of the KDA, has been on both sides of the government trying to put the interests of the distillers and consumers first. We talk about his experience with government lobbying and how he revived the organization. What is the future of bourbon? Are distribution laws changing, what will happen with tariffs, and how will the Bourbon Trail maintain growth? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about up and coming writers. Tell us about your background. What was it like at the KDA when you first got this job? What was your first lobbying experience at the KDA? Any good horse racing tips? How do you see bourbon growing? What do you think of the tariffs? Tell us about the lobbying process. How do you keep it bipartisan? When you hear rumblings of new taxes what do you all do? Tell us about the steps you have taken from the promotional side of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Affair? How many trail visitors did you have the first year? Talk about partnerships. What are some of the weirdest requests you've gotten from people? Are there other states that look to your organization for guidance? What is your position on the secondary market? Why do so many people oppose shipping alcohol? What do you think about bourbon tourism growth in Bardstown vs. Louisville?
Apr 23, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength. This non-age stated bourbon is 130-135 proof and around $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Apr 21, 2020
BONUS: Cutting Out The Three Tier System with Adam Koenig and Christy Trout
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If you don’t live in Kentucky, you still need to listen because this is the first piece of legislature that could hit your state next. Adam Koenig, State Representative and Chairman for the Licensing and Occupation Committee in the House, and Christy Trout, Lawyer, Former Commissioner the KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and Special Counsel to the Speaker of the House, give us a break down of the Kentucky House Bill 415. HB415 is the beginning of dismantling the three tier system. Giving consumers the ability to buy directly from distilleries and producers themselves, putting more money back into the pockets of the distillery. No distributor in the equation AND the distiller also acts as the retailer. Second is shipping. Distilleries, as well as breweries and wineries, can now ship to your doorstep in reciprocal states. Listen to get all the details Show Notes: Download the HB415 Summary Support this podcast on Patreon
Apr 20, 2020
249 - Will COVID-19 Change Bourbon Commerce Laws Forever? Bourbon Community Roundtable #43
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Today’s podcast, as you guessed it, is a reflection on what’s been happening with COVID-19. The whiskey industry is going to see some big changes. We’ve seen legislation pass as it relates to shipping and delivery of alcohol because it’s deemed an essential part of living and our culture. How long will this trend stick around and will we see this continue when the pandemic is over? Do you want to see more relaxed liquor laws? Lets hear it in the comments. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about grains. Lots has changed since our last roundtable with COVID-19. Are people actually drinking more? Or are they just hoarding? Is distribution down with distilleries producing hand sanitizer? Will COVID-19 change consumer demand indefinitely with services for shipping and delivery? KY HB415 has passed. What could this mean for the greater United States? Should these large corporations that have donated 50k, 500k, or 1M be donating more? Billions in revenue vs a small donation amount in comparison. When this is all over, what’s the best thing that will come out of COVID-19?
Apr 16, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Driftless Glen 51 Rye Whiskey Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Driftless Glen 51 Rye Whiskey. This non-age stated rye whiskey is 102 proof and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Apr 14, 2020
BONUS: Bourbon Trends in Journalism with Aaron Goldfarb
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In this special bonus podcast, we take a moment to talk to Aaron Goldfarb, whiskey and cocktail journalist and the author of Hacking Whiskey. We talk about his origins and how he got into journalism. The state of NYC at the moment during COVID-19. Then we talk about what led him into covering spirits, his thoughts on the secondary market crackdowns, some of his favorite articles, and where inspiration strikes. Show Notes: Hacking Whiskey
Apr 13, 2020
248 - Delivering the Online Bourbon Buying Experience with Cory Rellas, CEO of Drizly
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As we’ve seen with the impacts of COVID-19, it’s now become necessary for the spirits industry to adopt technology and delivery services to stay alive. Cory Rellas, the CEO of Drizly, was on the forefront of this years ago. This podcast dives into their business model and how they are helping stores build a digital infrastructure to sell their goods online and get it into the hands of consumers faster. We hit on all kinds of topics such as their competitors in the market, what shipping laws could mean for Drizly, and if there is an opportunity to extend this business model into cannabis. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the power of packaging. What is Drizly? How did you come up with this idea? What's the timeline? What was the state of the industry when you got started? What were the challenges? Why did you go through New York early on? What is your big selling point to retail locations? Any pricing restrictions to prevent gouging? Talk about pricing transparency. How are you using the data you are acquiring? Are you sharing the data? Do you have a CRM? How are the products delivered to the consumer? How are you dealing with competition? Are you all interested in getting bought out? What's the end game? What happens if shipping laws change? What is your best selling bourbon? What are the top 5 selling spirit categories? What's your favorite bourbon? How do you work with brands? What needs to change to get more people buy alcohol online? Are you lobbying at all? Is there an opportunity with cannabis? What would the perfect alcohol market look like? What's the latest trend?
Apr 09, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Hillrock Estate Exceptional Cask #1 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Hillrock Estate Exceptional Cask #1. This non-age stated bourbon is 116.8 proof and $120 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of a Patreon supporter. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Apr 07, 2020
247 - Castles, Concerts, and Whiskey with Alex Conyngham of Slane Irish Whiskey
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We started off the year talking about Scotch… and now…we’re talking Irish Whiskey? It’s not another April Fool’s joke. We had the opportunity to sit down and capture one of the most interesting stories in Irish Whiskey with Alex Conyngham, co-founder of Slane Irish Whiskey. We talk castles and rock concerts because that’s one big aspect of his history. Then we get into the dynamics of Irish whiskey and if there are commonalities between bourbon like sourcing, regulation, and financing a distillery. Then we discuss the role Brown-Forman plays and how they are trying to appeal to both bourbon and Irish Whiskey consumers. Show Notes: DISCUS hand sanitizer portal: https://www.distilledspirits.org/distillers-responding-to-covid-19/distilleries-producing-hand-sanitizer/ Less than 100 bottles left from 3 different barrels of Pursuit Series left on Seelbachs: https://seelbachs.com/search?q=pursuit This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about drinking bourbon during the COVID-19 pandemic. Where did you grow up and how did you get into whiskey? Tell us about your rock concerts. How did you decide to do the concerts? What is a good Irish cocktail? Where is Slane? What makes Irish whiskey unique? Do people source Irish whiskey? What is the process? How did you decide to start the distillery? Did you use a consultant to get started? What's glamping? Tell us about your dad. How did you finance the distillery? What was it like to work with Brown-Forman? How big is the distillery? What age can you sell Irish whiskey? Tell us about the whiskey? Do you have your own yeast? What's the typical Irish whiskey proof? How long are you aging? Tell us about your packaging. Would bourbon drinkers like Slane Irish whiskey? Tell us about the ultra premium Irish whiskey category. What is the price point?
Apr 02, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Three Chord Twelve Bar Reserve Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Three Chord Twelve Bar Reserve. This 12 year old bourbon is 107 proof and $75 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Mar 31, 2020
246 - Ezra, Rebel, and Blood Oath Pacts with Philip Lux of Lux Row Distillers
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Today’s episode features one of the largest spirits companies you might not know much about. You’ve heard of brands like Ezra Brooks, Rebel Yell, and Blood Oath, but there is a lot to discover about Luxco. We sit down with Philip Lux, Global Brand Ambassador at Lux Row Distillers and son of CEO Don Lux, as he guides us through the family history of the Lux’s along with their acquisitions of bourbon brands. Then we also get the inside scoop on what’s happening at Lux Row Distillers. After sourcing whiskey for many years, it became apparent they needed to build a distillery and they did it right in Bardstown, KY. We discuss the future of the brands and how they plan to grow and evolve. Don’t sleep on this location during your bourbon trail visit because the facility is incredible. Show Notes: Black Market Liquor Sales: https://www.forbes.com/sites/fredminnick/2020/03/19/wholesalers-warn-of-black-market-liquor-if-liquor-stores-close-amidst-coronavirus/#3b5445042e88 Supporting Spirits United: https://p2a.co/JRoHtT8 Bourbon Pursuit USBG Fundraiser: bourbonpursuit.com/usbg Bourbon Crypto: https://www.coindesk.com/wave-financial-to-tokenize-20m-worth-of-bourbon-for-new-whiskey-fund Pat Heist on TedX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSLWEnz-1mc This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about supporting craft distilleries. What was your introduction to bourbon? How did you get into the business? What stands out about bourbon when you are traveling? Talk about the difference between Luxco and Lux Row. Did your dad ever tell you about how he had the foresight to acquire all these brands? Tell us the story of David Nicholson. Talk about Blood Oath. Was Rebel Yell acquired the same time as David Nicholson? Tell us about your bourbon portfolio. When did you break ground on the facility? Why did you decide to build in Bardstown and not St. Louis? What is the difference between regular David Nicholson and the reserve? Tell us about your still and capacity. Any worries about your bourbon being ready in 4 years? Are you trying to replicate the existing flavor profiles? What is your storage capacity? What is something that people might not know about your brands? When is the Lux Bourbon coming? Any plans to use this facility to support Luxco? What issues have you had starting a distillery?
Mar 26, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Angel's Envy Tawny Port Wine Barrels Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Angel's Envy Tawny. This 10 year old bourbon is 111.6 proof and $250 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Mar 24, 2020
245 - COVID-19 Effect on Bourbon and Blanton’s Hysteria on Bourbon Community Roundtable #42
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On this episode, we discuss two topics that are top of mind. First, is the Coronavirus and how it's impacting the bourbon industry. Then we take a look at the hype and hysteria that surrounds Blanton's. We dive into the recent news of Blanton's Gold making its way to the US and if we think $120 SRP is a deal you should jump on. You will hear a new voice for a few minutes and that is Aaron Goldfarb. You may have seen his work on various publications around the web. He wasn’t able to stay on due to some technical difficulties, but we hope to have him on again soon. Show Notes: Barrel Shortage: https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-there-a-bourbon-barrel-shortage-on-the-horizon This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about taxes. What are distilleries doing for coronavirus? History of Blanton's. How did Blanton's become so popular? Will limiting the purchases of allocated items work? Why don't distilleries use technology to manage this problem? Blanton's Gold coming to the US. Is it because of tariffs? Are they taking away from the European allocation? How can you make more product with only one warehouse? Will quality suffer with increased production? What other companies have a similar strategy to Blanton's? What do you think of the price point? Will Straight from the Barrel ever come to the U.S.? Thanks to Blake from bourbonr.com, Jordan from BreakingBourbon.com , Brian from sippncorn.com, and Aaron Goldfarb for joining.
Mar 19, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Traverse City Whiskey Co. Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Traverse City Whiskey Co. Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey. This non-age stated rye is 115.8 proof and $90 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Mar 17, 2020
244 - The Original Pioneers of Distilling with Brian Prewitt, Master Distiller of A. Smith Bowman
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Many of us have heard of A. Smith Bowman, which is owned by Sazerac, but we really don’t know much about them. We sit down with their Master Distiller, Brian Prewitt, to learn about the inner-workings of their operation and how the relationship with Sazerac works, as it pertains to the bourbon. With more than 20 years of brewing and distilling expertise, he tells us how he dialed in their stills to create a unique product and what the future entails for growth. We may or may not talk about gin for a few minutes as well. If you're a fan of A. Smith Bowman, let us know your favorite bottling in the comments. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Texas. How did you get into bourbon? What has been your favorite spirit to work with? Did your parents influence you to get into the alcohol industry? Tell us the history of A. Smith Bowman. Does it ever make you mad that Kentucky gets all the glory for bourbon? What year did the operation start? Tell us the history of Master Distillers there. Is it hard to dial in flavor profiles? Are you able to make your own imprint on the product? What did you tweak during the process? When did it become part of the Sazerac portfolio? What resources did you gain from Sazerac? Do you distill or does Buffalo Trace contract distill? Is it aged in VA? Are higher age releases sourced or made in house? What is your capacity? How many states are you available in? Is there a flavor profile difference from Kentucky bourbon? Tell us about your products. What makes your gin unique? Tell us about your single barrel program. Where do you see the market in the future? How has Virginia embraced you? Do you have a lot of competition visit? Has bourbon tourism grown in VA? What are your plans for growth?
Mar 12, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Elijah Craig Rye Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Elijah Craig Rye. This non-age stated rye is 94 proof and $29.99 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Mar 10, 2020
243 - Finding Your Bourbon People with Jeremy Mandel
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Do you find yourself talking to the same people about bourbon every day and realize you talk to them more than your best friends? In fact, maybe they are your new best friends. We're all in that situation now and that's what today's episode is all about. Bourbon has a magical element that seems to bring people together across every demographic to share a common bond. Perhaps you're getting started and want to figure out, how do you find your bourbon people? We sit down with Jeremy Mandel, he's an admin and founder of a few online communities and one of our Patreon supporters. We go through what it takes to find connections with other like minded individuals that can be done online with people around the world or perhaps in your own backyard with meet-up groups, bourbon societies, and much more. You'll come away at the end of this realizing you probably followed some of these same steps without realizing it. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about money. How did you get into bourbon? What was your introduction to the online bourbon communities? Do you ever have events with your bourbon friends? Do certain groups create more bonds than others? What about your local society? Do you think raffle groups encourage camaraderie? What did you think of the Bob Dylan whiskey? Would you rather go to someone's house to drink bourbon or a bar? Can these bourbon networks get bigger? How can people find a bourbon community? What relationships have gotten you a really good bottle of bourbon?
Mar 05, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Kentucky Owl Rye Batch 3 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Kentucky Owl Rye Batch 3. This 10 year old rye is 114 proof and $200 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Mar 03, 2020
242 - Building a Colorado Whiskey with Michael Myers of Distillery 291
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Michael Myers sits down to tell us his story of starting Distillery 291. He had a booming photography career, but while living in NY during the events of 9/11, it made him want something else. He found out early on that he liked whiskey, so like most of us who start off with something new, he researched and used his skills from a past farm life to make it a reality. Michael actually built his very first still on a tight budget and ended up using some of his photography equipment to create the still. From these humble beginnings, his whiskey has gone off to win many different awards and they are now expanding even further, creating a whiskey that is Aspen stave finished and authentic to Colorado. Show Notes: Maker's Mark Solar Panels: https://www.wlky.com/article/makers-mark-now-powering-rickhouses-with-help-of-500-solar-panels/31017612 Beverage Daily Article: https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2020/02/17/Alcohol-s-three-tier-system-slows-ecommerce-and-dates-the-industry Why Does Whiskey Taste Like Whiskey: https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-does-whiskey-taste-like-whiskey-an-excerpt-from-lew-brysons-new-book-whiskey-master-class Rate Our Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/bourbon This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about blended whiskey. When were you first introduced to bourbon? Where are you from? How long where you in Savannah? Let's talk about your background in photography. Which more enjoyable, photography or whiskey making? Tell us about your experience with 9/11. How were your first attempts at making whiskey? Did you lean on any outside consultants? Tell us about building and designing your still. How much did it cost to build your still? What was your end goal when you first started? Tell us about your barrels. What was going through your mind when you first started? Did your photography career fund the whiskey business? Tell us about your awards. What is the operation like today? Was it daunting coming to Kentucky with your bourbon? Did you experience growing pains? What do you want our listeners to leave with about 291?
Feb 27, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Yellowstone Select Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Yellowstone Select. This non-age stated bourbon is 93 proof and $40 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of Cask Cartel. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Feb 25, 2020
241 - Celebrities in Bourbon and the Current State of the Secondary on Bourbon Community Roundtable #41
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On this episode, we touch on three topics. First, we look at how bourbon producers can reach new consumers. Then we take on the new celebrity craze. Over the past year, there have been about half a dozen music artists and TV personalities that have come out with bourbons. While we don’t see this trend stopping, we ask ourselves if this is good for bourbon as a whole. Lastly, we examine the current state of the secondary market. It’s a group consensus that we all miss it, but how has it affected value, store pricing, and distributor allocation? Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about celebrity whiskey. How do bourbon producers reach new customers? What about new label designs? What do you think about celebrities getting into bourbon? Are celebrities helping or hurting bourbon? Let's discuss the current state of the secondary market.
Feb 20, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Baker's 7 Year Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Baker's 7 Year. This 7 year old bourbon is 107 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Feb 18, 2020
240 - Toasting, Charring, and Selling Oak with Paul McLaughlin of Kelvin Cooperage
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Today, on the podcast we talk with Paul McLaughlin. He might not be known to you yet, or his cooperage, but the story he shares and how they hone their craft is like no other. We had the opportunity to check out Kelvin Cooperage and get a behind the scenes tour of their barrel building process. It’s amazing how everything is still very labor intensive and they use machines and tooling that have been part of their process since the beginning. We dive into toasting on a natural fire and what makes their barrels different from other cooperages around the country. We also discuss the economics of a cooperage and how they are trying to satisfy the growth of a world-wide demand for used barrels. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about faulty pipe systems at distilleries. Where are you from? How did you get into the barrel making business? How did you get into bourbon? How does Kentucky compare to Scotland? When did you join the family business? Was it hard to have your brother as your boss? How is your process unique? What is the reasoning behind toasting? Tell us about the natural fire. How long does it take a new cooper to get the hang of the process? Do you rotate positions? Do you have a high employee turnover? How many used barrels are you buying per day? What other barrels do you get besides bourbon? What's the craziest barrel you've made? Tell us about selling barrels in Asia and Japan. Let's discuss the economics of barrel making. What is your quality control process? What makes your cooperage appealing to customers? Is it harder to make a 25 gallon barrel? How do you see this business growing? How do you source oak? How do you determine pricing? What about secondary finishing? Where do you see the business in 10 years?
Feb 13, 2020
239 - Large Scale Contract Distilling with Steve Nally and John Hargrove of Bardstown Bourbon Company
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Today, we talk to one of the biggest up and coming distilleries in Bardstown...and that's the Bardstown Bourbon Company. We covered the business side in a past episode, but this time we look at operations and the two guys responsible for filling thousands of barrels per year. Steve Nally and John Hargrove sit down with us to talk about their background in distillation. Spoiler alert, Steve Nally is kind of a big deal. We also touch on what the process is like for a customer to work with them as they choose a mash bill, yeast strain, barrel location in the rickhouse, and where they see the market in 5 years. If you are on the bourbon trail, be sure to stop at BBC for lunch and a dusty pour. Show Notes: Jim Beam Cheat Sheet: http://bourbonr.com/blog/jim-beam-distillery-production-cheat-sheet/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Bolivia. What was your first taste of bourbon? How did you get into working in the bourbon and spirits industry? How was it going from Maker's to a start up distillery? Do you have a formal education in science or did you learn on the job? How did they convince you to come to BBC? What was the initial BBC strategy? What is your distillery capacity? Did you see the need for contract distilling? Is it difficult to produce so many mash bills? Do clients have a mash bill in mind or do you help coach them? Walk us through the process. Can you pick your own yeast strain? Can you sample the yeast strains? Do you guide customers on wood? How long is your wait? How do you allocate floor levels in the warehouse? What's the craziest demand from a customer? Is it more efficient to have a contract distiller? What are you distilling for BBC? Talk about the risk of experimenting with products. Where do you see bourbon in 3-5 years? Any plans for other spirits? Tell us about the decision to allow customers to customize the process. Do you bottle and help with packaging?
Feb 06, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Kentucky Owl Batch 9 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Kentucky Owl Batch 9. This non-age stated bourbon is 127.6 proof and $300 MSRP. Let us know what you think in the comments. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Feb 04, 2020
238 - The Story of LeNell's and Red Hook Rye
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Red Hook Rye... that bottling might be what made LeNell a household name among bourbon unicorn chasers, but LeNell has a story to tell when it comes to the spirits industry. Her story is filled with fortunate encounters that propelled her name and eventually put her little shop in Brooklyn on the map. Like any endeavor, her story has highs and lows. LeNell shares what owning a store in Red Hook was like back in the day and how she has gone back to her roots in Alabama. We also touch on secondary pricing of her famous private label. Now, before you go any further, this podcast does contain some explicit language so don't say we didn't warn you. You get to hear the real LeNell Camacho Santa Ana. Show Notes: Jim Beam Article: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-beams-are-americas-first-family-of-bourbon This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the Super Bowl. When was your first taste of whiskey? Do you care about Alabama football? Where did you get the idea of LeNell's? What were your early days like? Did your store ever experience any crime? How did you get into the liquor business? Why did you focus on bourbon? Talk about Straight Bourbon. How did Red Hook Rye happen? Tell us about the process of selecting Red Hook. Do you have any Red Hook left? What are your thoughts on the secondary pricing? What hurdles did you face opening up a store in Alabama? Why was this store so important to you? Do you feel like it is better now as a women in whiskey than in the past? Tell us about the success of your store. Are you helping other businesses open in your neighborhood? What is your newest project?
Jan 30, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Knob Creek Quarter Oak Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Knob Creek Quarter Oak. This non-age stated bourbon is 100 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Jan 28, 2020
237 - Oversaturated Sourced Bourbon and Private Barrels on Bourbon Community Roundtable #40
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This week’s Bourbon Community Roundtable touches on lots of good hot topics. We look at MGP's stock as it continues it's downward trend with our thoughts on how this will play out for them. Then we talk about sourcing in general and if consumers are getting oversaturated with the same bulk market products. Stickers are always a fun subject, but this week there was one released that got national media attention. Will distilleries crack down on stickers? Lastly, we congratulate Old Forester on it’s revamp of the barrel program and cap it off with our most annoying bourbon terms. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks more about smoked grains. Breaking Bourbon announces Stagg Jr. as their whiskey of the year. Let's discuss. What do you think about the MPG losses for the 3rd quarter in a row? Is the bourbon market oversaturated with brands? What happens when the aged whiskey runs out? Let's discuss the effect of stickers on bottles. What do you think about the New Riff Pitino sticker? Sticker predictions? Brown-Forman comes out with a barrel proof single barrel program for Old Forester. What is taking everyone else so long? What's the most annoying term in bourbon?
Jan 23, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond Fall 2019 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Fitzgerald Fall 2019. This 15 year old bourbon is 100 proof and $150 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Jan 21, 2020
236 - How the Distribution Game is Played with Mike Bridges
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It’s the topic everyone loves to hear about, but hardly anyone is willing to talk about. And that’s the inside secrets of distribution. Distributors “hold all the chips” so it’s time we find out how deals are made. We sit down with Mike Bridges, who owns Jack's Liquor Beer Wine in Fremont, Nebraska and was once a rep for Nebraska Wine and Spirits which was later purchased by Republic. He talks about what really happens behind those closed doors, who gets allocations (high volume stores vs small mom and pop shops), and consumer frustrations. There’s a lot of ground to cover in this one. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the smoked grain debate. How did you get into bourbon? Tell us about your time in the food and beverage industry. How did you transition into a distributor position? What was the distributor called at that time? How do allocations work? Is there any transparency between the rep and the business? Do they tell you how you can get the allocated items? What motivates a distributor to sell products? How do distributors spend money to get retailers to carry products? Talk about high volume retailers vs mom and pop retailers. Do your distributors take price gouging seriously? How much blame are you putting on the distillers for not getting allocated items? Are they using the distributors to take the blame? Would a distributor advise a brand to raise a price? Do stores ever do favors for distributors in order to get allocated items? What would be a better system? Are allocations really down every year? How has your view changed as a retailer now?
Jan 16, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Weller Full Proof Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Weller Full Proof. This non-age stated bourbon is 114 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Jan 14, 2020
235 - Bourbon Chemistry with Dr. Tom Collins
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Are you ready to geek out? Like super bourbon geek out? Dr. Tom Collins has dedicated part of his career to the details of different spirits and wine. His studies looking at the chemical composition of bourbon as well as the chemical influence from barrels is what intrigued us. We examine, at a scientific level, what char levels create different compounds and reactions, how entry proof affects these compounds, and how bourbon and rye are different in their molecular makeup. Like I said, get ready to geek out! Show Notes: New EU Tariffs: https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2020-01-04/trump-wine-tariffs and https://qz.com/1779258/a-us-wine-tariff-on-the-eu-isnt-great-for-california/ Scotland ankle monitoring: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/5128975/scottish-criminals-alcohol-ankle-tags/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about turning your hobby into a career. What is viticulture and enology? How did you choose this profession? Tell us about your research. What compounds are you looking for from toasted barrels? Are there times where a toasted barrel provides a certain flavor profile in the lab, but not in the real world? Is it hard to get consistency from the barrel? What was the outcome of your research? How do you get a buttery taste out of a barrel? Can you tell different whiskies apart chemically? What are the different compounds in rye vs. bourbon? Do bourbons have more differentiation compounds than ryes? How does each compound contribute to the bourbon? What kind of budget did you get to buy the bottles for research? Where do the fruity notes come from in bourbon? What are your thoughts on barrel entry proof? Do you think you could look at dusty bourbons from the 60's or 70's and see differences compared today? What's a big takeaway from your research? What happens when a whiskey is aged in a wine cask?
Jan 09, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Larceny Barrel Proof A120 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Larceny Barrel Proof A120. This non-age stated bourbon is 123.2 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Jan 07, 2020
234 - Scotch Pursuit with Dr. Rachel Barrie
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New for 2020, it’s Scotch Pursuit! Ok, not really. But what better way to start the new year by trying something new and having Dr. Rachel Barrie, the master blender for The GlenDronach, BenRiach, and Glenglassaugh of Brown-Forman, come and show us the ropes. We talk about malting, peat, Glens and Bens, rules and regulations to be considered a scotch, the temperatures and more. This is a fantastic 101 to the scotch world and even made us, not so much scotch curious, but more single malt curious. Since this recording, we’ve tried numerous single malts and found some great ones. If you have an “entry Scotch” for bourbon drinkers, drop it here in the comments. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Al Young. Why all the Glens and Bens? Does the altitude affect the whiskey? Talk about growing up around scotch. Tell us about your doctorate. Tell us about the the brands. What is an old school malt? How do you keep malts consistent? What is malting? What is the process for making scotch? What kind of stills do you use? What is your favorite cask? How do you make a blend? How old does scotch have to be legally? Is there a lot of evaporation loss in the barrel? What proof does BenRiach come out of the barrel? How many barrels are in a typical batch? Do you have a team helping you blend? Is there a limit to the number of times you can use a barrel? Tell us about the special releases.
Jan 02, 2020
Whiskey Quickie: Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series #1 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series #1. This non-age stated bourbon is 98.9 proof and $59.99 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Dec 31, 2019
233 - 2019 Review of Bourbons and 2020 Predictions
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The Bourbon Pursuit team takes a minute to look back on some of our favorite podcasts we recorded this year. We also look at all the bourbons that were released in 2019 (around 55) and Ryan and Kenny vote on their favorite while we have to wait for Fred. Then we take some time to look into 2020 with what we think is going to happen with TTB labels, marijuana, tariffs, and the 3 tier system in 2020. We wrap up the show giving our individual 2020 predictions about barrel programs, secondary markets, and other legalities. Happy New Year! Show Notes: Barrel Picks: https://www.patreon.com/posts/jack-daniels-wow-32305844, https://www.patreon.com/posts/eagle-rare-with-32446056 This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about barrel char. What was your favorite episode of 2019? What was the most awkward episode? Bourbons released in 2019. What do you see on the horizon for tariffs and the export market? Do you think we will see a marijuana or CBD infused whiskey in 2020? Will TTB crackdown on new COLAs in 2020? Do you predict a shakeup in the 3 tier system? Will we see the rise of the big secondary groups in 2020? Other predictions for 2020.
Dec 26, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: 1792 Aged Twelve Years Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review 1792 Aged Twelve Years. This 12 year old bourbon is 96.6 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: A sample of this whiskey was provide to us by a member of our Patreon community. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Dec 24, 2019
232 - A Better Drinking Culture with Brown-Forman and the KDA
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Brown-Forman and the Kentucky Distillers' Association are two organizations focused on growing bourbon both domestically and internationally. Taylor Amerman and Ali Mize represent these brands to balance the scales by focusing on ways to promote a better drinking culture. This means awareness of moderation, being inclusive of those who don’t drink, and how more ID checking systems are being installed at distilleries across the state. As we go into the holiday season, please remember to be safe and drink responsibly. Show Notes: Worst Old Fashioned: https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/a30172952/viral-old-fashioned-cocktail-video-jim-beam-redo/ The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act: SpirtsUnited.org, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/16/business/economy/craft-distilling-liquor-tax.html This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about control states. How did you get into bourbon? How did you end up in this position? Tell us about your background. Talk about bourbon and the environment. What are the responsibilities of your position? What's Intellicheck? Does it track which distilleries you visit? Any concern about upsetting consumers? Tell us about what you all are doing with mocktails. What did you do with mocktails at Derby? What is on the event checklist? How do you promote social responsibility in marketing? What's next to lobby for? Tell us about ride sharing. What do you want the listeners to takeaway? For more information on responsibility efforts, visit brown-forman.com/responsibility and kybourbontrail.com/responsibility.
Dec 19, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Angel's Envy 2019 Cask Strength Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Angel's Envy 2019 Cask Strength. This non-age stated bourbon is 122.4 proof and $200 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Dec 17, 2019
231 - Continuing 84 Years of Tradition at Heaven Hill with Conor O'Driscoll
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Conor O'Driscoll is beginning to make a name for himself. After spending part of his career at Brown Forman and Angel's Envy, he was recruited to fulfill the role left behind by Denny Potter. Conor is now the seventh Master Distiller in Heaven Hill's 84-year history. We spend some time getting to know Conor's past, what the recruitment process is like to find a master distiller, what his role is going to be with the operation side of things, and how at the end of the day he just doesn't want to screw anything up. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about dry January. Where are you from? How did you end up in Terre Haute, Indiana? How did you get into bourbon? Tell us about your time at Woodford. What was difficult to learn about the distilling process? Talk about working at Angel's Envy. Is distilling rum the same process as bourbon? Are distillers in charge of blending? How did you end up at Heaven Hill? Did you have to give up anything to move into this role? Are you looking for ways to improve the legacy brands? Was there a learning curve coming to Heaven Hill? Who determines the increase in production? Were you involved in forecasting at your other roles? How did you learn the Heaven Hill portfolio? Do you have a favorite brand? What was it like to sign your first bottle?
Dec 12, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Widow Jane The Vaults Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Widow Jane The Vaults. This 14 year old bourbon is 99 proof and $150 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Dec 10, 2019
230 - The /r/bourbon Community of Reddit with T8ke
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The online community is one of the biggest forces behind bourbon growth. This is where people go to learn more, ask questions, make connections, and find new and interesting bourbons to try. Reddit has been a platform for those conversations for a long long time. The popularity of the /r/bourbon subreddit has now eclipsed over 109,000 members and it’s continually growing. We sit down with T8ke, one of the moderators of the /r/bourbon subreddit, to get a glimpse into a moderator's daily life. We look into the type of content that gets upvotes, how the AMAs work, and how being anonymous plays a role vs Facebook where it’s your actual name and profile. Join the sub https://www.reddit.com/r/bourbon/. Show Notes: Whiskey Advocate Top 20: http://whiskyadvocate.com/top20/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about whiskey marketing. Tell us how you got into bourbon? What led you to discover more? What type of content do you see on Reddit? Is there a newbie factor? Do people really like the reviews? Who is the typical person checking out these reviews? What does AMA stand for? What were the top AMAs? Tell us about the Reddit culture. Talk about the anonymous factor. Are there any issues since it is anonymous? Are there sales in the forums? What kind of growth are you seeing in the forum? What topics are popular? Why do so many people on Reddit hate Fred Minnick? Have bourbon posts ever been on the front page of Reddit? How much time do you spend moderating? How many posts do you get during release season? When people post do you have to approve it? Who has it worse, Facebook or Reddit mods?
Dec 05, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: E.H. Taylor Amaranth Grain of the Gods Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review E.H. Taylor Amaranth Grain of the Gods. This non-age stated bourbon is 100 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: A sample of this whiskey was provide to us by a member of our Patreon community. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Dec 03, 2019
229 - Instagram Likes, Pappy vs The Secondary, and Thanksgiving on Bourbon Community Roundtable #39
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This is the final roundtable for 2019 as we head into the new year. And this one packs a few punches. First, we dive into Instagram news where the number of likes are now hidden from your view. How will it impact bourbon Instagram stars? Then we roll into the meat of the podcast talking about Pappy and Sazerac vs The Secondary Market. Lastly, we share what we are thankful for in 2019. I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you to you, the dedicated listeners and viewers of Bourbon Pursuit. We really appreciate the hours you spend with us every week to hear us talk about bourbon. Show Notes: Warehouse X: http://www.experimentalwarehouse.com/ Marianne Eaves at TEDxBroadway: https://www.tedxbroadway.com/talks/2019/11/19/making-the-impossible-and-doing-the-unthinkable-marianne-eaves This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about vintage whiskey collections. Instagram removes likes. Does this impact bourbon influencers? Do Instagram posts drive people to your content? Will the lack of likes deter people from using influencers? Should Instagram hide the number of followers? Do you think Sazerac is behind the secondary take down? Why make the Van Winkles the face of the blame? Should they raise the SRP of Pappy? Do you think other distilleries are happy they took action on the secondary market? What are you thankful for with bourbon in 2019? Thanks to Blake from bourbonr.com, Nick from BreakingBourbon.com , and Brian from sippncorn.com for joining.
Nov 28, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Chattanooga Whiskey Cask 111 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Chattanooga Whiskey Cask 111. This non-age stated bourbon is 111 proof and $45 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Nov 26, 2019
228 - Penny & Sparrow & Bourbon
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Penny & Sparrow is a folk music duo from Austin, TX. On their tour through Louisville, Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke, the talented guys behind the band, stopped by for a few bourbon pours. We talk about life on the road, their musical creation process, and how their fans give them bourbon at shows. You can catch their latest album, Finch, wherever you stream your music. Show Notes: Pappy Map retires: http://bourbonr.com/blog/pappy-van-winkle-release-map-retires/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the holidays. How did you all get into music and start the band? Where does your inspiration come from? What is your craziest moment with a fan? How did you get into bourbon hunting? What bourbon got you hooked? How does the band work when you live in different states? Who is the messy one? What's it like on the road? What do you listen to on the road? Have you been on the Bourbon Trail? Where do you go when bourbon hunting? Do you ever get free bourbon? How did fans discover your were into bourbon? What does it mean to you when someone says your music has changed their life? Where did the name Penny & Sparrow come from? Was there a moment where you felt like you made it? Tell us about your latest album, Finch.
Nov 21, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky. This non-age stated bourbon is 93 proof and $55 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Nov 19, 2019
227 - Catching up with the Johns of Smooth Ambler
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John Little and John Foster of Smooth Ambler are good friends of the show. We’ve had them on before and they’ve been doing a lot of stuff recently to keep their audiences engaged. They have a new video series, divulge their plans for future whiskey production, and talk about their latest launch of their MGP based Old Scout. Tune in to hear their take on what’s happened to American Whiskey in the past 2 years. Show Notes: KDA Press Release: https://kybourbon.com/2-barrels-for-every-kentuckian-distillers-top-9-million-barrels-for-first-time-in-modern-era/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about blind tastings. Tell us about your video series on YouTube. What's been happening in the past two years? When are you going to use the new make? What is the game plan for Rye? What's the plan for the American Whiskey? Let's talk about sourced whiskey. Do you see Big Level as always evolving? Do you consider yourselves a craft distiller? What impact has Smooth Ambler made in West Virginia? What's the Whiskey Wagon? What benefits have you experienced from the Pernod Ricard deal? Where does the name Smooth Ambler come from?
Nov 14, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Blanton's Straight from the Barrel Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Blanton's Straight from the Barrel Bourbon. It's non-age stated, barrel strength, and import only. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: This whiskey in this review was purchased by Bourbon Pursuit for reviewing. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Nov 12, 2019
226 - EXCLUSIVE: Confessions of a Bourbon Counterfeiter
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In this Bourbon Pursuit exclusive, listen to a story from an admitted bourbon counterfeiter. This episode dives into the motives, operation, and recourse of a bourbon counterfeiter. Listen to how an addiction contributed to a cycle of refilling empty bottles and reselling them on the secondary markets and the ultimate price he had to pay. We hope this interview will serve as a lesson for not only folks connected with these circles, but also for whiskey producers to implement new packaging to protect their consumers. DISCLOSURE: As a part of the agreement to come on the show, we are not revealing the identity of our guest as he wishes to remain anonymous. Any comments regarding the guest’s name will be deleted and anything shared is not factual and is considered libel. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about online alcohol sales. How did you get into the bourbon market? When did you start thinking about counterfeiting? What made it easy to counterfeit? Why aren't you in jail? How were you caught? What happened when you got caught by the community? Why did you not turn yourself in? Did you feel remorse or just bad because you got caught? How many counterfeit bottles did you create? How long have you been selling counterfeits? Did you ever counterfeit a Van Winkle? What was the fall out after you were caught? What kind of threatening phone calls did you receive? What was it like facing your family? Are you still with your wife? How can someone spot a fake? What did you refill with? Now that some time has passed, how are things going? Did you ever talk to any other counterfeiters? Did you consider it fun? Did you need the money? Are you starting to move on? Have your parents been able to look past the situation? How much revenue did you make? How were your kids affected? What would you say to someone thinking about counterfeiting? What did your friends think? What if you didn't get caught? Would it be worth the money? Would you ever try to counterfeit again?
Nov 07, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof. This non-age stated cask strength rye whiskey comes from Virginia, is 116 proof, and $90 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Nov 05, 2019
225 - Talk Turkey, Rye Entrants, Bourbon Values, and AirBNB on Bourbon Community Roundtable #38
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The Bourbon Community Roundtable is back with talk about Turkey, Rare Breed Rye and more rye whiskey coming to market. We then look at the landscape and ask ourselves “is bourbon priced fairly in today’s market?” because we often get blamed for calling bourbon undervalued. We wrap the show talking about the Jim Beam AirBNB as a potential PR stunt. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about blending. What do you think about Wild Turkey's new online videos called Talk Turkey with Matthew McConaughey? Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM3duQSIU3U Let's talk Rare Breed Rye. Do you think Elijah Craig will come out with barrel proof rye? What about Elijah Craig Rye not being released in some states? Can distilleries really come out with more expressions? Who here thinks bourbon has been over or undervalued in its category and why? Do we need that million dollar bottle for bourbon? Who here thinks we are a problem? Let's discuss some research on the growth of American whiskey. Report from ResearchAndMarkets.com: https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/4849286/american-whiskey-market-by-type-bourbon?utm_source=BW&utm_medium=PressRelease&utm_code=f832dw&utm_campaign=1311293+-+American+%2416.8+Billion+Whiskey+Market+to+2025%3a+Focus+on+Bourbon%2c+Tennessee%2c+Rye+Whiskey&utm_exec=chdo54prd What do you think about renting Jim Beam’s Historic Kentucky Home on Airbnb? https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/vacation-rentals/jim-beam-bourbon-historic-kentucky-home-airbnb Thanks to Blake from bourbonr.com and Jordan from BreakingBourbon.com for joining.
Oct 31, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Four Roses Small Batch Select Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Four Roses Small Batch Select. This 6-7 year old bourbon comes in at 104 proof and a $55 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Oct 29, 2019
224 - 2019 Bottled-in-Bond Showdown
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Bottled-in-Bond. It’s one of the revolutionary moments of American history, but has also become near and dear to many bourbon drinkers with good reason. We covered the in and outs of bottled-in-bond with Bernie Lubbers back on Episode 089 and it's part of our Bourbon 101 podcasts. Since we know why bottled-in-bond is important, it’s time to find out who Bourbon Pursuit is going to claim as the best bottled in bond bourbon in 2019! We blind sample our way through 12 heavy weight contenders and put them in the Bottled-in-Bond Showdown. Who is going to be crowned champion? Listen and find out. Show Notes: Elijah Craig Launching Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3wt1feHdlZ/ Amazon Gin: https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2019/10/21/Amazon-launches-its-own-spirits-brand-Tovess This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about premium pricing. What is Bottled-in-Bond? Blind tasting of the following (in no particular order): Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond 7yr Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond George Dickel Bottled-in-Bond Old Bardstown Bottled-in-Bond Old Grand Dad Bottled-in-Bond 1792 Bottled-in-Bond Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond Jim Beam Bottled-in-Bond JW Dant Bottled-in-Bond Early Times Bottled-in-Bond New Riff Bottled-in-Bond Wilderness Trail Bottled-in-Bond
Oct 24, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond. This 7 year old bourbon comes in at 100 proof and a $40 MSRP. Let us know what you think in the comments. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Oct 22, 2019
223 - From Liquor Store to Distillery with Ken Lewis of New Riff
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New Riff is a name that has become synonymous with bourbon lovers. You may have recalled our conversation with Jay Erisman, Vice President, back on Episode 072, but this time we get to speak with Owner, Ken Lewis, who drives a bunch of the decision making behind the company. It feels like an episode of How I Built This as we get to hear Ken’s story. From owning and hustling liquor stores to eventually selling all that to start a distillery, hiring some great people, and having a few strokes of good luck to put him in the position where he is today. Then we also get to hear about his thoughts on stickers and some future plans he has in store for New Riff as well. Show Notes: Jim Beam’s Historic Kentucky Home on Airbnb: https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/vacation-rentals/jim-beam-bourbon-historic-kentucky-home-airbnb This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the top 5 states for bourbon besides Kentucky. What is your title? Tell us about your entrepreneurial spirit. How did you get into the alcohol business? How did you end up in Northern Kentucky? Do you have any regrets getting rid of your stores? How did you decide to sell Party Source and start a distillery? How did you get interested in bourbon? When was your first taste of bourbon? How did you find the team to get the business off the ground? How did you chose the mash bills? Tell us about the O.K.I. days. Do you still do contract distilling? So why did you release the bourbon at 4 years? How is such a young product so good? How did you get such a great location? What are your future plans for the bourbon? Tells us about the balboa rye. What do you think of the single barrel stickers?
Oct 17, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Charbay R5 Lot No. 5 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Charbay R5 Lot No. 5. This hop flavored whiskey comes in at 99 proof and a $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Oct 15, 2019
222 - Do Bourbon Brands Care About Their Customers?
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If you’re a bourbon die hard, you’ve probably asked yourself this question, “Do bourbon brands care about me?”. You know what I’m talking about because you join in on the conversation when distilleries increase prices or you get angry because your barrel picking group has been snubbed out for allocation reasons. The Bourbon Pursuit team takes a hard look at many of the larger whiskey producers by looking at some of their past actions. But if you’re the whiskey producer, what would you do in the same situation? Show Notes: Wilderness Trail Expansion: https://amnews.com/2019/10/03/wilderness-trail-distillery-expanding-planning-huge-announcement/ Toddy’s: https://www.liquor.com/articles/best-bourbon-store-toddys-liquors/#gs.7u244v Glenlivet Scotch Pods: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/05/world/glenlivet-scotch-whisky-capsule-glassless-trnd/index.html Scotch Tariffs: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/business/us-tariffs-whisky-wine/index.html This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about line etiquette. What are your thoughts on the Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond relaunch? What do you think Heaven Hill did wrong in that situation? Are we moving away from a $15 price point? What about the Booker's price increase? Let's discuss Maker's attempt to lower the proof. What about Sazerac's strategy? What about Brown-Forman? What's happening with the allocation of barrel picks? Are people or groups getting cut off?
Oct 10, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon. This 5 year old bourbon comes in at 99 proof and a $45 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Oct 08, 2019
221 - Blending, Finishing, and Sourcing with Joe Beatrice and Tripp Stimson of Barrell Bourbon
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Today is all about Barrell Bourbon. We had Joe and Tripp back on Episode 164, but it’s time we get an update on what’s happening with this team. We talk more about the flavors they are pulling from different states of distillation and how that goes into the blend as well as hearing about their newest release of the American Vatted Malt Whiskey. We then talk about some gripes with the TTB, take another stab at online sales, and then look to the future with new dovetail offerings while potentially phasing out other products. Show Notes: Bourbon Warehouse made out of shipping containers: https://www.wdrb.com/news/wdrb-video/bourbon-warehouse-made-of-shipping-containers-planned-in-j-town/video_100e2934-e0ca-5335-a956-83f9d9a9150a.html Bourbon Pursuit Yelp Collection: https://www.yelp.com/collection/Si779eiZUmjGomZP2pZLTg This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about barrel proof bourbon. What's new with Barrell? Tripp, what is your role? Do you taste every barrel? What flavors are you looking for? Do you think every batch is significantly different? How many barrels does it take to get the right flavor? Tell us about Batch 18. What is your ratio of barrels from each state? What notes do you pull from KY, IN, TN barrels? Where do you get the barrels? What makes up an American malt whiskey? Is the TTB creating new categories for you? How do you decide what to blend? Why do producers have non-disclosure agreements? How many employees work at Barrell Craft Spirits? Did you envision this growth? What challenges have you faced? Are distributors knocking on the door for the next batch? Any plans for Barrell Vodka? Are you pro online sales? What's next? Is it hard to make a new label for every product? Any plans to phase any products out? Is sourcing rum similar to bourbon? Why rum? What do you think is the next it category? Have you considered using armagnac? Tell us about Dovetail 3. What's the difference between finishing and aging? How much product is left in the finishing barrels? What are you passionate about? Any plans to distill your own product instead of sourcing?
Oct 03, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: 2019 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Review
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On this special edition of Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection in five 60 second reviews. The collection includes: Sazerac Rye 18 Year, Eagle Rare 17 Year, George T. Stagg, Thomas H. Handy, and William Larue Weller. Each bottle has a suggested retail price of $99. Which is going to be our favorite this year? Watch and find out. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Oct 01, 2019
220 - The Van Winkle Family and Bourbon Community Roundtable #37
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This episode is a twofer. You get the Van Winkle Family and the Bourbon Community Roundtable all in one which took place at Bourbon & Beyond 2019. Julian gives history about the brand and the timeline of when it became a part of the Sazerac portfolio. One of Julian’s daughters talks about the emergence of Pappy & Co and how she is more of a tequila person and never really gets to drink any of the family bourbon. Preston talks about their involvement with crack down of the secondary market groups as a counterfeiting measurement. Fred keeps lots of good questions rolling along that you all will find interesting. The 2nd half of the podcast is a live recording of the bourbon community roundtable as we share thoughts on the festival, the news that broke the evening prior, and what we recommend for those who can’t get Pappy. There’s almost too much going on, but it’s timely and full of good info you all will enjoy. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Bourbon and Beyond. What was it like when your dad was trying to sell whiskey when no one was interested? Did you ever sneak in and steal some whiskey from your dad? What was it like for bourbon in the 1980s? How did you barter with whiskey? Were you ever worried that you would have to close the company? When you were a child, did you feel the stress your dad was experiencing? Tell us about the moment you realized you wouldn't have to shut down. What was the thinking behind partnering with Buffalo Trace? What do you think about your haters? What is the relationship with Buffalo Trace like? Does Preston have the same palette as Julian? What's your favorite expression? Is it ok to drink Pappy 23 with coke? What does the future look like for the brand? Do you plan on increasing the price? What steps have you taken to curb the secondary market? What would happen if you were in the same room as an alleged counterfeiter? What did you learn from the sessions so far at Bourbon and Beyond? Thoughts on the Van Winkle session. Who caught up with Marianne Eaves? If you can't get Pappy, what do you recommend?
Sep 26, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Bardstown Bourbon Company Phifer Pavitt Reserve Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Bardstown Bourbon Company Phifer Pavitt Reserve. This 9 year old bourbon comes in at 107 proof and $124.99 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Sep 24, 2019
219 - Limited Edition Bourbon vs Single Barrel Picks with Mikey Conrad
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Hunting for rare bourbon is hard these days so many people have gravitated to single barrel selections as a way to combat it in the hopes of getting a stellar bourbon that is less expensive and more appealing. On this episode, we blind taste our way through a series of five comparisons where we try to see if a single barrel store pick can compete with past limited editions. We see if Weller CYPB, Booker’s Rye, 2016 Four Roses Single Barrel, and Elijah Craig 18 are worth the price. We also talk about flavors we prefer over others and how to create your own small batch limited edition bourbon as well. If you’ve done something like this before, drop us a comment with your results. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the return of bourbon. Is it worth waiting in line or camping out for bourbon? Tasting store picks vs. limited releases. Weller CYPB vs Weller 107 pick by Cork N Bottle Booker’s Rye vs Knob Creek Rye by Westport Whiskey and Wine 2016 Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel OESK vs North Atlanta Bourbon Society OESK Elijah Craig 18yr vs Elijah Craig Loch n Key Wild Turkey 17yr Decades vs Russell's Reserve by Cork N Bottle How many barrel picks have you been on? Is there something on the flavor wheel that you don't like to get out of a bourbon? Have you tried to create your own small batch before?
Sep 19, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Fern Creek Rare Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Fern Creek Bourbon 2019 Exceptional & Rare. This bourbon is non-age stated, 87.5 proof, and $180 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Sep 17, 2019
218 - The Contract Bourbon Business with David Mandell, Co-Founder of Bardstown Bourbon Company
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Some people thought it was crazy to build a business doing 100% contract distilling. David Mandell, Former President and CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company, told us this back on Episode 019. Four years later, we catch up with him to see how the operation has tripled from its original plan. This podcast covers what it takes to be a client of Bardstown Bourbon Company and how they are making 40 different mash bills for them. From the business side, we talk about building a destination for visitors and what it takes to find the right talent pool and keep employee retention. We look into their recently launched bourbon line and what the future has in store for more collaborations. Show Notes: Barrell American Vatted Malt: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190827005179/en/Barrell-Craft-Spirits-Releases-First-Ever-American-Vatted NAWR post on 21 states violating the constitution for shipping laws: https://nawr.org/twenty-one-states-in-violation-of-constitution-after-tennessee-wine-supreme-court-case/ Bardstown Bourbon Company’s new CEO: https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/09/bardstown-bourbon-co-names-new-ceo/ Bardstown Bourbon Company new Visitor Experience: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bardstown-bourbon-company-opens-immersive-visitors-center-experience-300914083.html This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about glassware. What's been going on since the last time you were on the podcast? What is Bardstown Bourbon Company? What kind of brands do you work with? What technology have you implemented in the distilling process? Talk about building Bottled & Bond Kitchen. How did you find the right staff? Do you see an end of investing into the business? Tell us about your innovation. How did you decide to get into this business? How many locations did you scout? What do you do for employee retention? Tell us about your bourbon. What's the next phase for the Fusion line? What about your vintage whiskey? Where do you see the business going in the future?
Sep 12, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch. This bourbon comes in at 112.6 proof and $140 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Sep 10, 2019
217 - Pernod Acquires Jefferson’s, Festivals, the Artificial Tongue, and EU Tariffs on Bourbon Community Roundtable #36
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Welcome to Bourbon Heritage Month where it’s full of awesome festivals like Bourbon and Beyond. We dive into the show talking about Pernod's intent to acquire Castle Brands which Jefferson’s is a major portfolio player and if $223 million was a good deal. We comment on PBR's newest whiskey which is aged for a grand total of 5 seconds. Next is looking at the artificial tongue and what this could mean to the future of the industry. We wrap it up examining EU tariffs and it’s impact 1 year later on the whiskey market. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick takes a look back at the Legend Series. Let's discuss Bourbon and Beyond. Pernod buys Castle Brands for $223 million. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190828005771/en/Pernod-Ricard-Acquire-Castle-Brands-223-Million Do you think more smaller brands are going to get bought out? Is Pernod trying to get back to bourbon? Was this a good buy for Pernod? What do you think about PBR making whiskey? https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/beer/2019/08/22/pabst-blue-ribbon-now-making-whiskey-collaboration-new-holland/2086883001/ Have you all seen Screwball Peanut Butter Whiskey? What are your thoughts on the artificial tongue? https://www.geek.com/tech/artificial-tongue-can-taste-subtle-differences-in-whiskey-1798999/ More secondary markets are gone. What are your thoughts? Who do you think is behind the shut downs? Tariffs continue to hammer down on bourbon. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-whiskey/us-whiskey-exporters-struggle-after-year-of-eu-tariffs-idUSKCN1V80DN What do you think is next for tariffs? What impact do tariffs have on the bourbon industry? Thanks to Nick from breakingbourbon.com, Brian from sippncorn.com, and Blake from bourbonr.com for joining.
Sep 05, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Kentucky Owl Confiscated Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Kentucky Owl Confiscated. This non-age stated bourbon comes in at 96.4 proof and $130 MSRP. Let us know what you think.Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Sep 03, 2019
216 - The Man Behind Peerless with Corky Taylor
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There’s a new chapter in the history books for Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company. A thriving distillery that had been lost during prohibition is now reemerging right in the heart of downtown Louisville. Corky Taylor, CEO of Peerless, joins the show to share his story. After being bored with retirement, Corky decided to risk it on building a distillery and fighting with a team of lawyers to reclaim their original DSP-50 designation. We talk more about their rye, the recent bourbon release, and some stories from when he was roommates with the Allman brothers. Show Notes: Denny's Bourbon Menu: https://vinepair.com/booze-news/dennys-bourbon-menu-pancakes/ Sweet spot for aging bourbon: https://www.winemag.com/2019/08/12/ultra-aged-spirits-ripping-you-off/ Can liquor go bad?: https://www.bustle.com/articles/99585-does-alcohol-go-bad-yep-so-heres-how-long-you-have-to-finish-off-your-favorite This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about marketing to children. Tell us about growing up in Hawaii. Where does the name Corky come from? What is the history of Peerless? What happened during prohibition? What made you decide to bring the brand back? Why Louisville? Tell us about getting your original DSP number back. Was it hard to make such a big investment? Why was it important to wait to release your own product vs. sourcing? What differentiates you from other brands? What systems are you investing in? If you were younger, would you have focused as much on quality as you are now? Tell us about the bottle and the price point. Why does rye age quicker than bourbon? Is the price of the rye going to go up when it is older? Tell us about the small batch and single barrel. What is your definition of small batch? Were your recipes trial and error? What other ryes do you like? Who are you teaming up with for barrels? How did you chose your Master Distiller? What's your connection to General Patton? What about the Allman Brothers?
Aug 29, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B519 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B519. This 12 year old bourbon comes from Heaven Hill, is 122.2 proof and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Aug 27, 2019
215 - Cocktails for the Right Occasion with Molly Wellmann and Bill Whitlow
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Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Gold Rush, Seelbach, Pink Lady. These are all names we associate with standard cocktail menus. Today, we invite Molly Wellmann, owner of Japp's, and Bill Whitlow, owner of Rich's Proper, to look at the influence bourbon has had on the bartending culture and when should you use a particular bourbon in a staple cocktail. We then examine the changes of the season and how tastes change between having something refreshing to dark and oaky. It’s all about cocktails for the right occasion. Show Notes: Tom Bulleit steps back: https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article234080232.html, https://www.just-drinks.com/news/diageos-bulleit-bourbon-founder-steps-back-as-abuse-claims-intensify_id129116.aspx, https://www.hollisbofficial.com/ Castle and Key spillage: https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article234080232.html Willett Distillery Barrel Pick: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29294662 This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the news of the day. Tell us about your journey into spirits. Was there a moment when you saw bourbon become a staple behind the bar? How do you study the history of a cocktail? Tell us about the Gin Ricky. What are good cocktails for Summer? What are the ingredients in your favorite cocktails? What is a Clover Club? What is a Gold Rush and Brown Derby cocktail? What are good cocktails for Fall? What is a gateway cocktail to get someone into bourbon? What ingredients go in a Seelbach? Is it hard to go to other bars and witness bartenders making cocktails improperly? Let's talk about bourbon slushes. What do you think of barrel aged cocktails? What style of bourbon works well in certain cocktails? What's the ultimate mixing bourbon? What do you think about using allocated bourbon in a cocktail? Is there a cocktail to make lower end whiskey taste better? How do you coverup or reduce negative notes in younger bourbons? What do you think of Mint Juleps? What's a good Winter cocktail? What about vodka cocktails? How do you make an Old Fashioned? What proof bourbon do you use in your cocktails?
Aug 22, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Jeptha Creed Straight 4-Grain Bourbon
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Jeptha Creed Straight 4-Grain Bourbon. This 2 year old bourbon is made with Bloody Butcher Corn, comes in at 98 proof and a $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Aug 20, 2019
214 - Jack & Jim: What's the Difference?
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What happens when you get master distillers from two largest rivaling brands together? Actually, some pretty good jokes. Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, and Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller at Jack Daniel’s, take the stage at Bourbon and Beyond to field questions asked by Fred Minnick. They talk about BBQ, celebrities, mash bills, the Lincoln County Process, and if Jack Daniels is actually a bourbon. Bourbon and Beyond 2019 will take place September 20th through the 22nd so if you want to be there in person to hear sessions like today’s podcast, go get yours at BourbonandBeyond.com. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about drinking in moderation. What kind of music have your brands been part of? What is your BBQ connection? What is the history of your distillery? What is your mash bill? What is your proof point off the still? What do you think of the Lincoln County process? How do you train your tour guides? Tell us about Gentleman Jack. Tell us about Jim Beam. Is Jack Daniels a bourbon? Do you ever feel competitive against each other? What does your average day look like? What was it like to hang out with Mila Kunis? What celebrities are connected to Jack Daniels? How often do you introduce new products? https://youtu.be/J1NoejIIXJ0
Aug 15, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Parker's Heritage Collection 13th Edition Heavy Char Rye Whiskey
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review the 13th edition of the Parker's Heritage Collection. This 8 year old heavy char rye whiskey comes in at 105 proof and $149.99 MSRP. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Aug 13, 2019
213 - Secondary Fallout, MGP Stock Drop, and Brand Perception on Bourbon Community Roundtable #35
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It’s a dawn of a new day. The secondary market is scrambling to find a new home and we look at the impact this has on bourbon growth. MGP stock prices took a major hit after reports came out that aged stock hasn’t been selling and we look at new competitors in the bulk contract game. Missouri is putting itself on the map having a legally designated bourbon, but are there ulterior motives? With Knob Creek re-instating the 9 year age statement, does it make it one of the best values in bourbon? With all of these coming together, how are brands being perceived? All this on Bourbon Community Roundtable #35 Show Notes: Reddit AMA with the Russell’s https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/cme0nf/hey_reddit_im_wild_turkey_master_distiller_eddie/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about drinking bourbon how you want. Let's discuss the fallout of the secondary market on Facebook. How do you think the secondary groups will shift? What do you think of the MGP stock plummeting? https://www.barrons.com/articles/mgp-ingredients-stock-aged-whiskey-sales-earnings-51564610232 Is MPG now competing with new distillate like Willet? Do they still have higher age bourbon stock? Let's talk about the new Missouri rules for bourbon. http://whiskyadvocate.com/missouri-bourbon-whiskey-style/ Do you think this will happen in other states? What do you think of Knob Creek restoring their 9-Year Age Statement? http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2019/06/knob-creek-to-restore-9-year-age.html Are Knob Creek picks the best value in bourbon? Is the market oversaturated with Knob Creek picks? Have you seen variances in Knob Creek single barrel picks? How do you perceive brands when they raise prices? Thanks to Blake from bourbonr.com, Jordan from breakingbourbon.com, and Sara from barbelleblog.com for joining.
Aug 08, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Old Forester 2019 Birthday Bourbon Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Forester 2019 Birthday Bourbon. This 11 year old bourbon is 105 proof and priced at $99.99 MSRP. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Aug 06, 2019
212 - The Largest Bourbon Secondary Market with Owen Powell
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Last week, CNN reported that Facebook and Instagram are shutting down all peer to peer sales of alcohol. This wasn’t a joke. In the span of 72 hours, all of the major bourbon groups were wiped out. The secondary market is synonymous with Facebook. The growth of bourbon’s popularity can be attributed to it as well by those that are in it to flip bottles. Owen Powell didn’t create the first group to buy, sell, and trade bourbon, but he certainly created the largest. The Bourbon Secondary Market group is no longer around on Facebook, but the story of how it was built, the ways discussions were moderated, and how it served as a data gold mine for valuations is told. We uncover the progression of the group from a few hundred members to reaching over 50,000, what leads to certain distilleries being banned on a black market, and if the secondary market will actually end if Facebook groups cease to exist. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Parker's Heritage Collection. How did you get into bourbon? Talk about the growth of the group. Were there any growing pains? How many members are in the group? How many admins do you have? What do you look for in admins? Why do people have animosity towards admins in these groups? Let's talk about the rules in the group. How did the secondary raffle site become its own thing? How does a dispute come about? What do all the acronyms mean? What is the best way to handle a dispute? Have you ever had accusations of counterfeits? How do you handle that kind of situation? Why did you do an open group? Do you keep a log of all the transactions? You’ve banned a few distilleries. How are rules like that determined? Why do you run the group even though you don't get paid? What do you do when someone prices something too high? What about monthly dues? Do you think groups could end on Facebook?
Aug 01, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Spring 2019 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Old Fitz Bottled-in-Bond Spring 2019 release. This 13 year old bourbon is 100 proof and priced at $129.99 MSRP. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Jul 30, 2019
211 - The Woodford Masters, with Chris Morris and Elizabeth McCall
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Chris Morris and Elizabeth McCall are no strangers to the show so we're excited to have them back on again. This time, we explore the controversial topic of “what is a master distiller?”. How is a title like that earned through years of service? How is Brown-Forman laying the foundation for Elizabeth to take over when Chris is ready to retire? We also talk about barrels from their cooperage, the influence of char on their whiskey, and this week's Whiskey Quickie, the King of Kentucky. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about rapid aging. Lawsuit challenges out-of-state retailers' ability to sell, deliver and ship alcohol to Kentucky consumers - https://www.wdrb.com/news/lawsuit-challenges-out-of-state-retailers-ability-to-sell-deliver/article_4881080e-acc4-11e9-9dbc-8b443dc97b9e.html Join us on barrel selections and see what other perks await. Support the podcast at https://www.patreon.com/bourbonpursuit Come drink some beer with us at 3rd Turn Brewing on July 26th from 4-7pm https://www.facebook.com/events/327452114804983/ Elizabeth, tell us about your role. Do different Master Distiller's have different styles? Is there a Master Distiller training manual? What do you think of everyday people becoming Master Distillers without significant training? What is a Master Distiller today? How do you know a bourbon will be good once it's aged? What flavors or notes do you consider defects? Are we going to see more single malts come out of Brown-Forman? Why is there such a fascination with making malts work? Tell us about the latest Distiller's Select? Are there two different char levels on the double double oaked? Talk about owning your own cooperage. Tell us about King of Kentucky. Why did you chose this label? Is there any pressure on Elizabeth to live up to Chris? How did you feel when you became a Master Distiller? Recorded live at Down One Bourbon Bar in Louisville, KY.
Jul 25, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: King of Kentucky Bourbon 2019 Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Brown-Forman's King of Kentucky 2019 release. This 15 year old single barrel bourbon is available only in Kentucky, comes in at 131 proof, and a $249.99 MSRP. Let us know what you think in the comments. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Jul 23, 2019
210 - Oversaturated Private Barrel Selections with Michael Gallier
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We talk about private barrel selections being the new unicorns on this show all the time. But it begs the question, are we seeing so many private picks that the market is oversaturated? It seems like every week there is a new barrel in our city for sale, FOMO about some sweet sticker, or the secondary market has a crazy valuation on a normal single barrel selection. We examine all the components that go into getting single barrels such as the amount of influence from distributor reps, the amount of available barrels at the distilleries, and if you would buy from a big chain vs a small independent store. Will there ever be enough bourbon to go around and not over bloat the market? We’ll find out. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Portugal. What got you into to buying private barrel picks? What's the landscape of private picks in DC? With the increase in stores wanting private picks, are some stores going to get shut out of the program? Do you think distilleries should be taking care of the bigger accounts over the smaller stores that started doing picks earlier? Is there a bias towards certain states? Would you want to buy a private barrel pick from a big box liquor store? Does the local sales rep make a difference? What about restaurant picks? Do you think distilleries are running out of barrels for their private barrel programs? Is the market flooded with private selections? What could distilleries do to give one store an advantage over another? Let's discuss stickers. Do they influence your purchase? Should stores slow down barrel picks? Why are some people spending so much for private picks on the secondary market?
Jul 18, 2019
Whiskey Quickie: Peerless Rye 3 Year Review
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On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Peerless Distilling Company's 3 Year Old Rye Whiskey. This single barrel rye whiskey came from the gift shop at 107 proof and a $99 MSRP. DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
Jul 16, 2019
209 - Warehouse Fires and Heaven Hill’s Bottled in Bond Relaunch on Bourbon Community Roundtable #34
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A warehouse disaster is a large concern for the bourbon industry, but some people in the community make jokes and laugh at the situation. Should this be considered normal? Heaven Hill phased out their 6 Year Bottled in Bond product that was a true bargain brand to many bourbon consumers and launched a very similar product with a 3X price increase. Was this a good move by Heaven Hill? Are they competing in a high price bracket? Did they just cannibalize their own products? Is this the first #KentuckySnub? We tackle all this and more on Bourbon Community Roundtable #34. Show Notes: This week Ryan talks about launching a bourbon brand. Look for a new segment called Whiskey Quickie launching next week. Brian Harra’s Sazerac Brands v. Peristyle: Bourbon History Matters as a Matter of Law - https://brianhaaracom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/haara-bourbon-history-matters-as-a-matter-of-law-ky-jeanrl-2019.pdf Jim Beam Warehouse Fire Heaven Hill 7-Year Bottled-in-Bond Was it the right move to discontinue 6-Year BIB and relaunch with 7-Year at a higher price point? Do you think this product competes with the Woodford and Knob Creek price point? Is Heaven Hill competing against themselves? Why wouldn't Heaven Hill launch in Kentucky on day one? How do you best support retailers that elevate prices for hard to find bottles?
Jul 11, 2019
208 - Top Chef of Bourbon with Chef Newman Miller
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If you're a fan of good bourbon, then you're likely a fan of good food too. Today's guest is the intersection of those two, combining a culinary background with his love for the south and, of course, bourbon. You may know Chef Newman Miller from his appearance on Top Chef season 16. He's also the Executive Chef and Owner of Star Hill Provisions at Maker's Mark and the Harrison Smith House in Bardstown. We talk about his culinary background, where he played a part in the creation of the McDonald's McGriddle and behind the scenes at Top Chef. His deep dive into bourbon was influenced by Drew Kulsveen of Willett. So if you're a wannabe chef or if you're an occasional TV dinner kind of person, this episode is going to have something for you. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about 4th of July. What was Padma from Top Chef like in real life? What was it like when you heard about being on Top Chef? Why do you think they chose Kentucky for Top Chef? What did the chefs think of being in smaller towns? Was it challenging to cook for everyone? What's a banana croquet? How cool was it to have the chefs create versions of your dishes? How hard is it to judge fellow chefs?  Tell us about your relationship with Rob Samuels. Was there a pep talk before the show? Were you relieved once it was over? How did you get into food? Did you approach Maker's about making food there? Will some of the main food distributors come down to Maker's? What are your biggest challenges? How hard was it to convince the locals to try higher end food? Talk about meeting Drew Kulsveen and how you got into the bourbon community. Where did your passion for bourbon come from? Besides Maker's, do you have a special bourbon that you love? Tell us about your connection to the McGriddle. Where does bourbon and food intersect for you? Talk about Star Hill Provisions. How do you see the future unfolding for the bourbon/tourism industry in Bardstown/Kentucky? Why did you name the restaurant Harrison/Smith House?
Jul 04, 2019
207 - A Rare Breed, Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey
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Today’s guest needs no introduction. He is one the most iconic living figures in bourbon today. He’s been on episodes 77, 105, and 175. He’s even got his own personalized scooter to get him around the distillery and that is Jimmy Russell. This podcast touches on his early years and how he was selected to become the next master distiller. He talks about the changes he saw at the distillery as it exchanged hands throughout the years. Also, we get to hear the story on the birth of Rare Breed and his opinion on chill filtering vs non-chill filtering debate. Show Notes: The history of JW Dant and Log Still Distillery - https://www.distillerytrail.com/blog/j-w-dant-investing-12-million-to-restart-historic-distillery-in-the-bourbon-capital-of-the-world/ Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled in Bond Launch - https://www.facebook.com/bourbonpursuit/posts/2640636035998401?__tn__=K-R Leave us a review! https://link.chtbl.com/LeaveAReview This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about speaking at a Total Wine event in Atlanta. Does limestone water make a difference in bourbon? How long does it take to cook bourbon? Can you burn the mash? When did you start at the distillery? What roles have you had at the distillery? What Master Distiller trained you? How did he decide he wanted to train you? What were the early years like? Was there anything from prohibition that affected the distillery operations when you started? Will you all need to increase capacity soon? What was it like when you first started traveling to talk about Wild Turkey? What were your biggest challenges on the road? Were you nervous when you first went out on the road? Were you happy traveling and talking to the consumers? What was the name of the distillery before Wild Turkey? What was it like to distill then ship the bourbon away? Tell us about the other former Lawrenceburg distilleries. What was it like when you were out on the road? Do you think it helped grow the brand? Do you prefer to travel or be at the distillery? Tell us about Kentucky Spirit and Rare Breed. How often are you going through and sampling barrels? Do you have a favorite warehouse? Do you have a favorite floor? Why do you only have 7 floors? What innovations have you seen throughout your time in the bourbon industry? Talk about your rye mashbill. What do you think of non-distilling producers? Tell us about the inception of Rare Breed. Do you like the barrel char flavor? What do you think of chill vs. non-chill filtered? What kind of steak do you like? How much time do you spend at the visitor's center? What do you drive most of the time? Are you excited to have Bruce at the distillery? Did you ever want to own the distillery? Why do whiskey consumers get enthralled with age statements? Any life advice for younger generations?
Jun 27, 2019
206 - What Impact Will Marijuana Have on the Bourbon Industry? With David Ozgo, Chief Economist at Distilled Spirits Council, and Clay Busch, Vice President of Heavy Grass
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You can't discount the impact marijuana is currently having on states that have legalized recreational use. There's now more research and funding looking at the impact of marijuana not only from a medicinal use, but also economic footprint that funds many city and state government initiatives. Of course, liquor industries are curious and want to make sure this doesn't hurt sales. Will it? I don't know, but today's guests do. David Ozgo, Chief Economist at Distilled Spirits Council and Clay Busch, Vice President of Heavy Grass join the show to talk from their respective sides. Those advocating widespread legalization helps everyone, and those taking precautions for its hurting sales of the spirits business. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Kentucky state pride. What's your connection to bourbon? Give us some background on your organizations. Do you encourage smoking weed to harness creativity? Is there a concern from the Distilled Spirits Council with the combination of marijuana and spirits? Let's discuss consuming responsibly. Should brands try to align themselves with marijuana? Tell us about the research the government is doing on marijuana? How would spirit companies use marijuana in their portfolio? What is CBD compared to marijuana? Do you think marijuana has an impact on the spirits industry? Are people worried about marijuana impacting spirits? How do national companies handle marijuana use with employees that live in legal states? What do you think about experimentation of marijuana in spirits? What is your goal in regards to marijuana? What are your thoughts on hemp? Are they worried about the spirit or their pocket books? How can you pair marijuana with whiskey?
Jun 20, 2019
205 - Facebook Rule Changes and What’s Next with Marianne Eaves on Bourbon Community Roundtable #33
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A jam packed episode. The first half is focused on the the largest Facebook group known for buying, selling, and trading bourbon and it’s encounter with Facebook staff about rule changes. We cover the news and share the information as it’s presented. In the second half of the show, we are joined by Marianne Eaves as she discusses her departure from Castle & Key and what’s on the horizon for her next adventure. This episode has a little bit of everything. Oh yeah, and a teaser about marijuana with bourbon which you can look forward to hearing more next week. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Bottled-In-Bond and Bernie Lubbers. The Next Phase of the Bourbon Secondary Market. Facebook is cracking down. What will be the next iteration of the secondary market? When did you get the news and how did you feel about it? Will this start more segmented smaller groups? Are there any other platforms where the secondary market could exist? How does one have bourbon as a hobby and ensure that he or she is not becoming an alcoholic in the process? Are Sober Bars going to become a thing? What's new with Marianne Eaves? What was the response from other companies to you leaving Castle and Key? Are you interested in other spirits? Have you been trained in other spirits? What's your favorite style of gin? What's next for you? What do you all think about marijuana infused bourbon?
Jun 13, 2019
204 - Fostering Diversity and Building Experiences with Peggy Noe Stevens, Master Taster and Experiential Expert
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Peggy Noe Stevens is an encyclopedia of great information about many bourbon brands. You may not know it, but she's one of the biggest influencers behind many of the great distillery experiences while on the bourbon trail and outside of the state too. Peggy is a pioneer in driving diversity with her leadership behind the Bourbon Women organization and involvement with women-led panels. Peggy is an incredibly talented person that has shaped the industry from being in front of people leading them at bourbon tastings and crafting one of kind experiences behind the scenes. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Wikipedia. What is an experiential expert? Who have you consulted for these experiences? What value do you bring to these experiences? What was it like working at Woodford Reserve? How do you elevate the experience? How do balance the history with modern day innovation? Explain the difference between someone coming up the ranks in the bourbon industry vs. someone just taking it. What was it like when you were named the first female master taster? Do you feel like the media is better today that back then? What about diversity in the whiskey industry? Was Lincoln Henderson your Mr. Miyagi? What are you doing today with this master taster role? Let's discuss Bourbon Women. What was your inspiration for Bourbon Women? Tell us about the growth of Bourbon Women. How do you market the organization? What type of members do you have? What are visitors looking for in a distillery experience? How do you deal with a difficult person in the hospitality industry? How did you help pioneer the Bourbon Trail?
Jun 06, 2019
203 - Weather and Whiskey with Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel
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This guest gets more TV face time than The Bachelorette. He has built up a big fan base among weather geeks and now Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel joins Bourbon Pursuit to talk about his career, braving crazy storms, and how weather patterns and global warming are affecting today’s bourbon stocks. We also get to hear a funny story shared by Jim and Fred as they were drilling barrels of whiskey together at Jack Daniels. This episode gives you a look into Jim’s everyday life and how bourbon became a part of it. Show Notes: The Curation Desk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fSTu8zbAwM Chuck Cowdery’s Top Bourbon List https://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-best-bourbons-ever.html Pursuit Series Episodes 010 and 011 https://pursuitspirits.com/ This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about whiskey decanters. How did you get involved in weather? When did you start drinking whiskey? After you first started drink bourbon, what were you seeking out in the store or bar? What's the strangest thing anyone has said to you in public? Do you get annoyed that people associate you with disasters? Do you get a high being in bad weather? Do you ever get panicked in certain weather situations? When you celebrate a job well done, what do you drink? Tell us about your interest in cars. Was deflategate real? Can your joints hurt from weather changes? Does increased rain impact a microclimate? Waters are rising around distilleries. How will it impact the warehouses? Will the rain affect the white oak trees? Do you predict any climate shifts in the Kentucky area that could affect bourbon? Tell us about the time you picked out a barrel with Fred. How does humidity affect barrels? Jim Cantore Website/Social https://jimcantore.tv/
May 30, 2019
202 - What if there was a Legal Secondary Market? with Nate Shue
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What if there was a legalized secondary market? Some may argue there is with new vintage laws being introduced around the country, but then there is the massive flood of online marketplaces that don't have any regulation whatsoever. It's a touchy subject because anyone that is really into bourbon, has seemed to find their way into these corners of the web. And lets be honest, most of us have had to do some sort of buy, sell, or trade to get bottles that we desire. It's the nature of the game and this show looks at the premise of if you could build your own legal secondary market, what would it look like? We are joined by bourbon enthusiast Nate Shue, a Patreon supporter, on this topic. Show Notes: KDA and BIER report on the Kentucky Bourbon industry’s energy, water, and emissions data. - https://www.bieroundtable.com/news/formalizing-sustainability-kentucky-bourbon-industry-collaborates-with-bier/ Whiskey Stocks and the Bubble Burst - https://www.barrons.com/articles/u-s-whiskey-stocks-like-brown-forman-have-soared-beware-the-bourbon-bubble-51557514898 This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about whiskey 'first' marketing. When did you start getting into bourbon? What do you think started the secondary market craze? What are the issues with the secondary market? Do you think referral secondary markets like Wine Searcher or Blur Book hurt or help? How does the value get established? What would happen if you removed the community aspect of the secondary market? Do you think other states should have laws similar to Washington D.C.? What about auction houses like Christie's? If you were to have a legal secondary market, what would it look like? Should distilleries price the bourbon so high that it basically eliminates the secondary market? Do you think if they shut down the secondary market overnight, would it just come back?
May 23, 2019
201 - Old Forester's State of the Union with Campbell Brown, President of Old Forester
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Campbell Brown, President and Managing Director of Old Forester is back on the show. If you've been a long time listener, you may have remembered him back on Episode 98. As the President of Old Forester, he oversees a lot of the brands momentum and strategy. We get his take on bourbon tariffs with international expansion along with his hope for future movie partnerships. Anyone interested in a business background, you're going to find this one entertaining. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Marianne Eaves. Talk about the Brown influence on our city because you've got the Brown Hotel, The Brown Theatre, the Hot Brown, etc. Is there pressure to keep the Brown tradition going? How did you work your way up at Brown-Forman? What got you into the Old Forester category? Talk about the building and distillery. What about the fire in 2014? What chapter are we in right now in Old Forester history? Let’s talk about international markets and tariffs. What was the international growth plans for Old Forester prior to all the tariffs? Did they change or are they staying the same? Where do you see the Old Forester brand? What are you doing to elevate the Old Forester brand into a premium category? Talk about your team and what goes into the bottle. Do you take a Bill Samuels approach about not interfering with what goes in the bottle? Is there a brand rivalry in the company? Do you have to fight Woodford for barrels? Will you ever have 100% of production here? What impact did the Kingsman movie have on Old Forester business? Do you have a strategy to do more than Statemans? If you could do a movie tie in, which movie past or present would you do? How far down the gene pool are you to George Garvin Brown?
May 16, 2019
200 - Juleps, MGP Chasers, and High Dollar NAS on Bourbon Community Roundtable #32
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Are Mint Juleps the problem child of bourbon cocktails? We examine the Mint Julep and it’s impact on history and give our novice commentary on horse racing. We then look at the crazy hoarding of higher aged MGP stocks because there are now groups scouring the country to find distilleries with this coveted whiskey. Is there a scary future of higher priced bourbons (over $100) that don’t carry an age statement? Lastly, we give our initial thoughts on the new Wild Turkey “Cornerstone” release. Show Notes: Oldest Whiskey: http://www.lawhiskeysociety.com/pages/Worlds-Oldest-Whiskey Yelp Recommendations: https://www.yelp.com/collection/Si779eiZUmjGomZP2pZLTg This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the word smooth. 200th Episode of Bourbon Pursuit Kentucky Derby Post Mortem. Thoughts on the race? Bourbon was out in full force with Brown Forman having a spotlight. Are mint juleps a timeless classic or is it ruining good bourbon? How many brands can you name that have a horse on the label? MGP prices sky rocketing. When did this phenomenon begin? KY Owl Confiscated. Thoughts on the future with high price no age statement bourbon? Wild Turkey "Cornerstone" releasing their limited edition rye. http://whiskyadvocate.com/wild-turkey-masters-keep-cornerstone-rye-last-drop-glenrothes-whisky-whiskey/
May 09, 2019
199 - The Future Faces of Wild Turkey with Bruce Russell and JoAnn Street
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Bruce Russell and JoAnn Street both know their Wild Turkey distillation and family history like the back of their hand. Both have been brand ambassadors but are now transitioning to new roles. While JoAnn is developing the hospitality side, Bruce is learning the ins and outs of the distillery. This show dives into the personalities of these two as we discuss the effect of bringing fresh faces to the distillery and how they plan on keeping traditions alive. Show Notes: Episode 186 we feature Pam Heilman of Michter’s Distillery 150 bottles remaining from 4 barrels of Pursuit Series This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about fake whiskey. JoAnn, do you want to get into working in the distillery? Bruce, are they going to make you join the union? How are you related to Jimmy? How did you decide to get into the family business? Talk about being a female in whiskey. What does it mean to be new blood in the company? Tell us about your background and how it will help with working in the distillery. Did they have a daycare for you at the distillery when you were young? What is your favorite Wild Turkey product? Do you see yourself living in Lawrenceburg? Give us your typical brand ambassador spiel for 80 proof and 101. Tell us about Rare Breed and Kentucky Spirit. Why is 101 Rye important?
May 02, 2019
198 - The Stave is the Rave with Peggy Noe Stevens
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We all know wood influences bourbon, but to what degree? This episode explores both natural and human impact to understand the chemical breakdown of what happens in the barrel. Peggy rounds this out by pairing it with food so you know how to train your palate. Peggy Noe Stevens is renowned for her ability to combine all of your senses into a memorable experience when you are drinking any bourbon. This session took place at the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Affair and you can buy tickets to remaining 2019 events at kybourbonaffair.com. Show Notes: Behind the Scenes of Four Roses Small Batch Select - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my9YR-fr95s Kenny’s Big Batch Mint Julep Recipe - https://www.patreon.com/posts/26331151 This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about who you would like to go out drinking with. All the magic of bourbon happens in the barrel. Overview of barrel making and charring barrels. Innovation with barrels. As much as we try to control barrels and warehouses, mother nature still controls a lot of variables. Barrels provide 6 basic food flavors: sweet, spice, wood, smoke, fruit, and floral. Understanding aroma and flavors. Tricks to neutralize your olfactory sense. What decisions affect the flavor of bourbon? What flavor does toasting a barrel provide? What flavor does charring a barrel provide? The chemistry behind bourbon. Importance of oxygen and water. Exploring the texture of bourbon. Where do the barrel notes hit the tongue? When is it over oaked? The Chew Down: bourbon and food pairing.
Apr 25, 2019
197 - Bourbon Society Showdown
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How should a successful bourbon club function? Are there annual dues that go towards hosted events or is it completely unstructured where all business takes place online? We invited the leaders of Louisville, Lexington, Dallas, and Houston bourbon societies to come on the show and talk about how they manage growth and keep participation levels high amongst their members. Show Notes: James “Buddy” Thompson - https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=james-thompson-buddy&pid=192232789&fhid=4753 2019 Eagle Rare Life Award - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICAjPavE4hs This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about flasks. Joining us this week: Kristopher Hart (Houston Bourbon Society), Peter Schmidt (Dallas Bourbon Club), David Bock (The Louisville Bourbon Society), and Matt Preston (Lexington Bourbon Society) Tell us about the purpose of your Bourbon Society. (Events, philanthropy, bottle swapping, barrel picks, etc.) What are the differences between a traditional and non-traditional bourbon society format? What do your events look like? Who are you inviting? Are events completely bourbon focused? Or do you cross over with food, cigars, music, etc.? Is Texas half whiskey/half bourbon or all bourbon? What are the benefits when you pay to be part of a club? Do you feel like your club is more intimate than an online group? Walk us through one of your meetings. What do members get in return for their dues? How do you charge for events? Do your events have consistent participation or are there constantly new people? What challenges do you experience when hosting events? Is it redundant to have multiple local bourbon groups?
Apr 18, 2019
196 - Kickstarter, Flavor Packets, and Retail Single Barrels on Bourbon Community Roundtable #31
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The roundtable is back at it again, but this time we are joined by David Jennings of RareBird101 and Wade Woodard of tater-talk to discuss some topics. Learn how you can be a part of Wild Turkey history by supporting RareBird101 on Kickstarter and if you agree or disagree with Wade on barrel finished bourbon classifications. We wrap up talking about limited editions and store picks because that's always a hot button for all. Show Notes: The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Joy Perrine, the first female bartender to be inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Wild Turkey Kickstarter with David Jennings of RareBird101 - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rarebird101/wild-turkey-american-spirit News came out this week that the TTB is allowing "specialty whiskey" classifications to adorn the name bourbon on the label. Is this the demise of the bourbon law? Maker’s Mark released another limited edition. From a retail standpoint, isn’t this the easiest money that’s ever been made? When it comes to store picks should retailers care about what’s in the bottle? Taste vs Age, who wins? Will it sell no matter what? Thank you to Blake of bourbonr.com, Brian of sippncorn.com, and Jordan of breakingbourbon.com for joining as usual.
Apr 11, 2019
195 - Theirs vs Ours, Comparing Private Barrel Selections Against Standard Offerings with Chris Zaborowski at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair
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Chris Zaborowski put Westport Whiskey & Wine on the map with their very large tasting bar and plenty of private picks. This session was recorded at the Higher Proof Expo during the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Affair. The 2019 Kentucky Bourbon Affair will take place June 4-8. It’s 5 Days. 19 Distilleries. 45 Events. Tickets for the 2019 Bourbon Affair are currently on sale and you can find our more information at KYBourbonAffair.com. Show Notes: Pursuit Series Episodes 006 through 009 on sale now, visit PursuitSpirits.com. The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the Kentucky Derby. Chris Zaborowski helped shape the Stave & Thief Society curriculum. What's all the fuss about bourbon? What do you need to know about buying a single barrel? You have to have a retail partner. All brands are allocated. Do you choose to go to a distillery or get samples sent to you? What's your delivery lead time? What brands are available for barrel selections? Large vs mid-size distilleries. What questions do you ask when you go on a barrel selection? What is the estimated cost? What is the expected bottle yield? What's the final bottling proof? Can you get it Non-Chill Filtered? Let's taste ours vs theirs.
Apr 04, 2019
194 - Going Down the Rabbit Hole with Kaveh Zamanian, Founder of Rabbit Hole Distillery
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Starting a new bourbon brand is tough, especially when you are in the backyard of the biggest dogs in the industry. However, Kaveh Zamanian saw a hole in the market where he could bring new mash bills and new experiences to bourbon drinkers. As the founder of Rabbit Hole Distillery, he has faced some criticism but is taking it head on in this episode. We talk about the startup hustle, contract distilling, pricing strategies, their 5 year roadmap and more. Show Notes: San Francisco World Spirits Competition - https://bourbonpursuit.com/2018/04/12/144-judging-san-francisco-world-spirits-competition-anthony-dias-blue/  “Bourbon & Thoroughbred Infused” Lean Management Training Certification Course from April 22-23, 2019. http://solarity.com/lean Pursuit Spirits on ModernThirst.com. https://modernthirst.com/2019/03/22/pursuit-spirits-video-tasting-with-kenny-of-bourbon-pursuit/ The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Bourbon BBQ potato chips. Let’s start from the beginning. Talk about your introduction to bourbon. When you first met your wife, were you intimidated? What made you want to go down the path of opening a distillery? What did you want to change when you got in the bourbon industry? How did you get the ball rolling? Did everyone think you were crazy? How do you outline expectations to investors? Do you think it is challenging for someone from outside of Kentucky to build a distillery in Kentucky? What was your motivation for building the distillery vs. sourcing? Can you disclose who was contract distilling for you? How did you come up with your recipe? Can you explain the difference between malted grain and a regular grain source? How do you know your mash bill will be good years down the road? Talk about being added to the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Do you think you are beyond being a craft distiller now? Do you want to see TTB define the term small batch? What are you all doing differently that would entice visitors to come check our Rabbit Hole? When people see the name Kaveh Zamanian, do you think the general public has an unfair bias? How hard is it to build a brand or story when you had no connection to the industry until recently? Since you have a psychology background, can you give us a breakdown of the bourbon consumer? Who are your early adopters? How do you deal with negative feedback? Talk about your pricing strategy? How old is most of your whiskey? What keeps you from putting the age statement on the bottle? How do your products stand out in a crowded market? Talk about your relationship with Death & Co. Do you think there is any confusion among whiskey geeks about your product being for cocktails vs. sipping neat? What story do you want consumer to know when they see your product? What are your long term goals for the brand? Any intentions of selling it off? Tell us about your roadmap. What is going to be happening with the brand in 5 years? What can visitors expect when they visit Rabbit Hole? What is your connection with cigars? How did you come up with the name Rabbit Hole?
Mar 28, 2019
193 - Distilling Whiskey with Hops, Marko Karakasevic of Charbay
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Charbay is changing things up. To be a Master Distiller in the Karakasevic family, you must meet or exceed your predecessors ability. Marko decided to try to make whiskey with a brewer’s key ingredient, hops! However, some folks in the whiskey world don’t think it should classify as one. This podcast digs into his history and what types of beer styles can turn into delicious whiskey. Show Notes: The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. How did your family get started in this business? Did you have a choice to not be a distiller? What's an eau de vie? Do you clog the still up with hops? Is there a breakdown of grains you use in your beer? Have you done any experiments with other beers? Why do you age in stainless? What is the formula approval process like with TTB? How many styles are you going to do? What is your go to beer style? What is your response to people who say Charbay isn't a true whiskey? What do you have aging now? What justifies the high price point for you releases? Any business growth plans? Where does the name Charbay come from? Where are you distributed?
Mar 21, 2019
192 - Moonshiners, Jim Beam Legent, and Weller Full Proof on Bourbon Community Roundtable #30
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The roundtable welcomes Jackie James, of @JackieJames on IG and Creator of HerWhiskey.com, as a panelist this week. We talk with Tim Jones about his new show on the Discovery Channel, Moonshiners: Whiskey Business. We also discuss the new Jim Beam Legent and Weller Full Proof because who doesn't love a little bit of controversy? Show Notes: The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Captain Kirk. Join Kenny and Ryan at The Louisville Bourbon Society meeting on 3/18. https://admin.associationsonline.com/secure/events_register.cfm What bottle got you into whiskey, Jackie? Tim Jones tells us about Discovery Channel's new show, Moonshiners: Whiskey Business. Does the show follow a formula? What is your primary role on the show? How do you help with marketing? What is important to getting the customer to pick up that first bottle? How can brands stand out on the shelf? Take us through the distiller selection process. Is the whiskey ready from these distilleries? Has it been aged long enough? Do you think Virginia will ever be able to compete with Kentucky? Did you have any input on pricing on the show? Jim Beam is releasing Legent, a collaboration between Fred Noe and Shinji Fukuyo. Does this new release excite you? What do you think of the price point? Do you look at this product as a marketing opportunity? What is your stance on blending? Do you think the Weller Full Proof line extension is going to be a good thing? Do you think Weller is listening to their fans by creating a full proof version? Let's talk about the EH Taylor Amaranth. Thanks to Bourbonr.com, BreakingBourbon.com, HerWhsikey.com, and TimJonesCreative.com for joining the roundtable.
Mar 14, 2019
191 - Blending Your Way to a Brand with Trey and Chet Zoeller of Jefferson's Bourbon
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Trey Zoeller makes his return and we are also joined by his father, Chet Zoeller. We go back in time, before Jefferson's Bourbon was established, to see how the Co-Founders sourced whiskey. We look at the current landscape to see if they feel pressure as sourcing becomes much harder when distilleries want to hang on to current stocks and people with deeper pockets enter the industry. We delve into Chet's past by talking about prohibition era whiskey and ask if he thinks Jefferson's Ocean is a gimmick. Trey and Chet provide knowledge behind growing a business and making pivots to find new opportunities. Show Notes: Join Bourbon Pursuit on March 16th at The Louisville Bourbon Society meeting - http://www.thebourbonsociety.org/ The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about getting caught up in the moment. Talk about growing up around bourbon. What made you think getting into bourbon was going to work? Does 25 year old Irish Whiskey take on as much oak as bourbon in the US? How did you go about sourcing barrels? Chet, talk about your books and how you are a historian. Did you think Jefferson's would be as successful as it is today? What roadblocks did you hit? Did you feel like you were pricing it too high at first? What’s the next big hurdle for bourbon to take over scotch? Are many brands underselling themselves today? What flavor profile were you aiming for when you started Jefferson's? Did you start off selling in Kentucky only? Talk about the first blending experience. How did you name Old Iron Skillet? Do you have any tips on blending? If you tap into a barrel that isn't good, how can you know it will be better in a few years? Tell us about all the moving parts of sourcing whiskey. Do you have a turf war problem when sourcing? What did you think of Trey’s Ocean experiment. Was it a gimmick? Tell us about the double barrel and twin oak. Do you think there is an opportunity for line extensions? How did the New Orleans experiment turn out? Talk about your pet sharks.
Mar 07, 2019
190 - The Store Pick King with Jamie Farris of Lincoln Road
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Jamie Farris might be known as The Store Pick King. Lincoln Road out of Hattiesburg, MS is a hidden gem for those in the know. Depending on the day, Jamie might have 70 or more available store picks at one time. This episode digs into his barrel pick strategies, how distilleries have changed in treating their single barrel customers, and how he handles the “aficionados” that visit his store and leave with nothing. Show Notes: The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about influencers. Tell us how you got into bourbon and owning a liquor store. Talk about dry county Mississippi. Were you trying to get moonshine? How many store picks do you have available? How do you get so many private barrels? Who's cut you back on getting some barrels? Does that upset you a little bit since you sort of started this craze? Has the Mississippi allocation decreased or do you have to share the pie with more people? What year did you get in the private barrel game? What single barrel program does the best job? Do you approach this the same as you did 5 years ago when you could reject barrels? How often are you rejecting barrel samples? Are you blending because single barrels are getting boring? The next step is creating your own label, are looking into creating one? Do you think you put Hattiesburg on the map? Some of the Lincoln Road picks are credited to Misty. Explain who Misty is. Do you think there is a market for collaboration picks? Is there another category that's growing with a fan base like bourbon? How do you explain the Maker's Mark 46 barrel program to someone who isn't a bourbon geek? What are most whiskey/bourbon shoppers looking for? The average shopper vs the “bourbon/whiskey aficionado”. Why do Mississippi legislatures think tastings once a quarter is a good idea? How annoying does it get to have these "aficionados" come in and leave with nothing? Do you foresee an end to the craziness? What are some current or emerging trends in whiskey/bourbon? Do think it will be a problem in the future when these places run out of MGP? Do you feel it's not your obligation to push craft whiskey? Do you think stores should price at secondary?
Feb 28, 2019
189 - Turkey Tell All with Master Distiller Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey
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Eddie Russell from Wild Turkey needs no introduction. He’s one of the most honest Master Distillers in the industry and tells it like it is. This episode digs into the nuances of the Wild Turkey line up to see if we can figure out what could change. The biggest answer we all want to know is when will there be a barrel proof Russell’s Reserve? Tune in to find out. Show Notes: The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about value whiskey. How often are you going to Jimmy with questions? Do you feel like you have the job down? When you retire do you think you will hang around the distillery like Jimmy? Do you feel like you have to work at the distillery? Since you travel so much, what airline are you loyal to? When you travel, do you wear Wild Turkey gear? Are there any travel destinations that have stood out to you? Do you get to have any fun when you travel? Are there any plans for changing barrel proof entry? How can you not get 101 proof out of bourbon that goes in a 110? What is the thought process behind where in the rickhouse you place the barrels to age? Is 108 your target for Rare Breed? How many barrels are being dumped into Rare Breed? Talk about the warehouses. Do you see a difference in the whiskey coming out of the brick warehouses? How often do you get the chance to take a gamble? Do you see 81 still being prevalent in the market place? How many more derivatives do you think you can do? Are you wanting to bring in another recipe? Will we ever see a barrel strength Russell's Reserve? Do you enjoy picking barrels with consumers? Talk about the proof difference between Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit and Russell's Reserve. Tell us about the partnership with Matthew McConaughey. Is it a goal to bring back the 8-year-old age statement?
Feb 21, 2019
188 - Supreme Court Fueling the Bourbon Boom on Bourbon Community Roundtable #29
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Will the U.S Supreme Court completely change alcohol sales across the country? The case of The Ketchum Family and Total Wine vs the State of Tennessee could bring interstate commerce parity and break down all the shipping law restrictions. The Roundtable’s legal counsel of Sipp’n Corn explains it in laymen terms while we discuss the opportunity this could present to retailers like Amazon. We keep the legal discussion going with KY House Bill 200 that would allow distilleries to have releases that don’t go to retail stores. Then we wrap it up with a hypothetical question of what would you do if you are creating your own whiskey label? Show Notes: The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about new bourbon drinkers. Total Wine vs State of TN in the Supreme Court and what that means for nationwide shipping. House Bill 200 in KY is pushing for distilleries to have something unique that doesn't make its way to distribution. Does it actually compete with liquor stores? Say you are creating your own whiskey label. Do you create something new or do you try to revive an old defunct brand? Thanks to Bourbonr.com, BreakingBourbon.com, Sippncorn.com, and TheBourbonBabe.com for joining the roundtable.
Feb 14, 2019
187 - Whiskey Smackdown with WWE Superstar Aiden English
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Matt Rehwoldt, or better known as WWE Superstar Aiden English, is finding a passion in bourbon with WrestlingWithWhiskey Instagram and YouTube series. Matt was in town for a live event so we took the opportunity to invite him over to talk about wrestling and whiskey. We discuss a his career, personal life, and of course, when bourbon became an obsession. His traveling schedule has turned him into a national bourbon hunter and he's got some stories to tell. Show Notes: Find Bourbon Pursuit on Pandora Learn more about Pursuit Series Derby Museum Legends Series Bourbon Pursuit presenting at The Louisville Bourbon Society on 3/18 The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about limited edition whiskey advertising. How did you get into whiskey? Is Wrestling with Whiskey the real you? Have your trips turned into adventures with side stops for Bourbon hunting? Have you connected with a store yet and built those relationships? Talk about how you got into wrestling. What demographic is the WWE fan base? South Park did a spoof of wrestling. Talk about the state of wrestling and how it’s perceived as choreography. Tell us about your wife. Were you nervous when you married into the top wrestling tree? What’s your persona in the ring? Have you ever thought about changing your persona? Is WWE against alcohol being portrayed? How have you been received on social media when sharing posts about wrestling and bourbon? Have you ever been stalked? Are you using Instagram to connect with fans and let them see the real you behind the scenes?
Feb 07, 2019
186 - Michter's Masters with Pam Heilmann and Andrea Wilson
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We have both Masters from Michter's today. Andrea Wilson was a guest back on Episode 47, and she makes her return with a new role as Master of Maturation. We dig into chemical compounds and wood effects on their bourbon. In addition, we have Pam Heilmann, the current Master Distiller, and we talk about her past at the Booker Noe plant and what they are doing at Michter's. We touch on the new Fort Nelson Distillery and dive into the topics the whiskey geeks care about like limited high age expressions, barrel proof releases, and if could we ever expect to see a single barrel program? Listen to all of our Michter's podcasts at https://bourbonpursuit.com/michters-podcasts/ Show Notes: Buffalo Trace's Virtual Reality Tour Conor O’Driscoll Joins Heaven Hill Distillery as Fifth Master Distiller  Pursuit Series Episodes 3 through 7 are available for purchase. Visit https://pursuitspirits.com/episodes/ The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Bourbon and teething. What does Master of Maturation mean? How did you get into whiskey? What’s a relief supervisor? Can you train your palate or is it a natural ability? Is the tasting panel the best job? What are the engineers bringing to the table? How much still time do you have? Is Willie Pratt still in the picture? What does toasted mean? Why don't you make barrel strength bourbon all the time? Why hasn't Michter's started a single barrel program? How long have you been distilling here? What is your plan for your distillate? Was there some fine tuning performed on the still? Are you just making Bourbon? Or are you making Rye, Malt, anything else? Tell us about the Shenk's and Bomberger's lines. Are you all looking forward to the new visitor experience?
Jan 31, 2019
185 - Famous Staves with Brad Boswell, CEO of Independent Stave Company
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A Bourbon Pursuit exclusive! Brad Boswell, CEO and 4th Generation Cooper at Independent Stave Company, rarely does any media coverage so we are ecstatic to not only capture his family story, but how they take customer service to the extreme and continue to invest in research and development to push the bounds of today’s bourbon. If you've ever wanted to know the extent of oak influence on whiskey, this one touches every aspect from types of wood, the building process, charring, and finishing. Show Notes: Learn more about Pursuit Series The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Bourbon at Great Wolf Lodge How did you grow into this business? When you were young did you have a feeling of your family's legacy in the cooperage industry? Did you family ever lobby to have the law put in place for new charred oak barrels? How has your family been able to maintain business all these years? What other side business have you had in the past? Have whiskey barrels always been the hallmark for your company? Talk about the size of your operation. Has the waiting list died down a little bit? Any issues meeting demand? What’s the process look like for bringing on a new client? Tell us the story of Maker's 46 from your perspective. Talk about the process of making a barrel. What are the differences between various oaks, French vs. American vs. Japanese? Do you have customers that prefer KY barrels vs MO? Why do you keep innovating? Are there any other core states you are harvesting oak from right now? Tell us about Oregon oak. What’s the wackiest spot you've gotten an oak tree from? Tourism has changed over the years, what has that been like for ISC and what is the future? What experiments are you doing with the barrels? Do customers ever get upset about other companies copying their barrel finishes? What's a barrel experiment that ended with a bad result? How can you control the variables? How long can you char a barrel? How many times can you reuse a barrel? Where are we in the growth of American Whiskey?
Jan 24, 2019
184 - Fake Pappy, Fraud Sommeliers, and Bunker Clutter on Bourbon Community Roundtable #28
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There's yet another FAKE PAPPY ALERT! Yes, it's true and it's not going to be the last time either. Fakers are getting better and we talk about the most recent scandal with an employee of Buffalo Trace who has allegedly been selling counterfeit Pappy on the secondary market. And if you've been buying too much, maybe you should be watching Tidying Up on Netflix. Then we dig into the certification game that's happening. Is there really such a thing as a Whiskey Sommelier or is it just a hoax for your money and some large medallion? We finish off the conversation saying goodbye to Kerry and wish him well. Show Notes: The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about whiskey marketing Fake Pappy and the secondary market Netflix's Tidying Up and how it relates to bourbon bunkers What is the definition of a Whiskey Sommelier? Whiskey Jug Article: http://thewhiskeyjug.com/whiskey/what-is-a-whiskey-sommelier/ Whiskey samples and reviews Goodbye to Kerry
Jan 17, 2019
183 - Big Money and Bourbon with Chuck Morton, Bourbon Venture Capitalist
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Chuck Morton is a Bourbon Venture Capitalist with the Bourbon Bank Fund backed by Venture First. This episode compliments barrel sourcing from episode 182 on building a brand. But where do you get the funds? Is a traditional bank the way to go? Or with someone like our guest who knows how to put collateral on barrels of whiskey in return for dollars? Learn how to become a start up in the bourbon world and the common mistakes seen when looking for investors. Show Notes: The week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the need to drink responsibly What is Venture First? What is the Bourbon Bank Fund? So you're not in this to lose money? What does SPV mean? What is your ideal customer? Why come to you instead of a bank? What did people do before when they were interested in expanding? How are customers responding? Are you lending to companies with no juice that just want to create a startup? How do you approach a startup that doesn't have a proven product? What are some common mistakes that you notice when distilleries are getting started or jumping from one level to the next? Do you feel the market might be saturated or is the there room for growth in bourbon? What data are your analysts using to determine trends? How did the idea come about? Do you see a bunch of defaults on the horizon? Are you allowed to work with people outside of Kentucky? How much does the name Kentucky come into an evaluation? Do you have a bullshit meter when people come to you with a proposal? What’s the worst pitch you've heard? If someone like Dave Pickerell came in, would it be a turn on or turn off? Are you looking for people that value the whiskey over the experience? Tell us about your investments in cooperages and rickhouses. How can you compete against Buzick for rickhouse building? What kind of return is coming to the owner on an investment? Are there signs that a distillery is about to sell? Are you receiving dividends? Would you prefer a distillery that is turning a good profit or one that intends on being acquired? How much do you need to start a distillery?
Jan 10, 2019
182 - Exposing the Secrets of Bourbon Sourcing with Jeff Hopmayer, of Brindiamo Group
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An insider exclusive where you get to see what happens behind the scenes of the bourbon business. Bourbon sourcing isn't a new concept but it's a hidden fortress of the industry the average consumer has no clue about. Jeff Hopmayer of Brindiamo Group tells us some of the tricks of the trade in the barrel sourcing world, how he has created a connected web across the world to get people access to any spirit, and how he has seen fake bourbon come from tankers that would fool even the best master distillers. He has helped brands like Kentucky Owl, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Barrell Bourbon and many more. This episode is one you can't miss. Show Notes: How did you cut your teeth in the industry? Talk about BRINDIAMO GROUP and some of the services you offer to the spirits industry? Can you talk about the evolution of sourcing? How hard is it to come by barrels now? How are you getting your hands on 12-14 year old bourbon when the demand couldn't be higher? So you can do transaction tomorrow for $15million? Are you looking to create blends or brands with an intent of selling? Say we want to create a brand called Old Ascot. Where do we start? How do you gauge if a barrel is worth the investment? Brass tacks, what's a barrel cost? When you get a barrel and it's big cost. Do you ever get a leaky or an empty barrel? How many brands are you supplying that are non-distilling producers? What's the typical acquisition of barrel amounts? How many barrels do you have in inventory? Are you buying a lot of younger barrels and waiting and aging? What's the level of risk introduced from buying barrels with younger distilleries that don't have a proven track record? Do you think there are NDPs that may not actually have bourbon in their bottles? Can you give us a percentage of what you think that's out there is fake bourbon? How much is stuff being reclaimed from overseas? Do you think should consumers should know if it was reclaimed? You've got very successful brands like Kentucky Owl, Barrell Bourbon, and Bardstown Bourbon Company as lighthouse customers that our listeners are familiar with. At what stage were you helping these brands out? What contributes to not being successful? What's your long term view on where this market is going? You seem to think $50+ is the successful strategy for pricing products. That seems steep to us. Are you concerned this may price out those true bourbon consumers? Are manufacturing costs and trading hands contribute to a higher cost? How do you buy barrels on the open market? Is there a dashboard of what's available like the stock market online or is it an old boys club? Talk about the 1792 Barton Warehouse collapse. Were those barrels owned by you or the distiller and what happens in that scenario? Is there a distillery NOT selling their whiskey on the open market? Any other states besides KY, IN, and TN that has a lot of whiskey on open market?
Jan 03, 2019
181 - Brand Management and Market Data with Larry Kass of Heaven Hill
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Larry Kass has done it all at Heaven Hill. Public relations, brand management, legal, and even more behind the scenes rolls over his 20 year career. Larry first made an appearance on the podcast back on episode 167. You're going to hear about growing some small family run operation managing a few brands turned into hundreds, how the infamous Rittenhouse Rye 21, 23, and 25 year bottling came into existence, the disappearance of Heaven Hill 6yr BIB, and the original partnership with the Kentucky Distillers Association before it was a real thing. This is a real piece of history and we wish Larry years of relaxation in his retirement. Show Notes: This week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Bourbon Geek Pricing Fred, tell us a little about Larry Let’s start at the beginning. Before coming into Heaven Hill did you have a fascination of spirits? We’re you doing the job of 45 people back then? Did you ever find a knack for brown and aged goods? Who really stood out for you? What was marketing like for whiskey back in 1998? Talk about the Rittenhouse Rye 21, 23, and 25 years What do you think of the secondary market? Do you all use it as market data? Is that why we saw the end to Heaven Hill 6yr Bottled In Bond? Give us a story about a writer that pissed you off over the years Do you think Heaven Hill has done a poor job at PR over the past few years to whiskey geeks? Who are the leakers? Fred has feelings of remorse about Elijah Craig 12 Take us through the days of high aged stuff like Martin Mills 24 year that were part of the export market. As a brand manager, how much influence do you have into the final product? You’re part of the original KDA partnership Can you leave bourbon? What’s the retirement plan? What's the proudest thing you accomplished in your career?
Dec 27, 2018
180 - 2018 Whiskey of the Year and 2019 Predictions on Bourbon Community Roundtable #27
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It's one of our favorite episodes of the year. The Roundtable takes a look back at Bourbon in 2018 and our picks for Whiskey of the Year. We then kick off the second half of the show with our predictions for 2019 about expansions, acquisitions, price increases, and lots more...including our favorite 90s and 2000s rap artists. Show Notes: This weeks Above the Char with Fred Minnick has him answering random questions off twitter. 2018 Year in Review What was your whiskey of the year What is your greatest accomplishment of 2018? Vintage Spirits Law came into effect in KY We picked our first barrel together Longbranch made it's Wild Turkey debut Brian won a case with Castle & Key against Sazerac over the Old Taylor distillery name 2019 Predictions Banned Crotchshots in Bourbonr and now he's looking for the next great suggestion to improve the group for 2019 Lots of year end expansions being announced in 2018. Do we expect more in 2019? Will prices continue to grow? Four Roses Private Barrel program increase starts Jan 1. Henry McKenna won SF Spirits comp in 2018. Will the Henry McKenna fad pass in 2019? Denny Potter left Heaven Hill for Maker's Mark in 2018. Will Heaven Hill find a new Master Distiller? Is there an issue if they don't find one in a timely fashion? Then we finish talking about 90s and 2000s rap icons
Dec 20, 2018
179 - Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Sox, and Bourbon with ESPN Chicago Radio Host Carmen DeFalco
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What do the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Sox, and Bourbon have in common? That's life for Carmen DeFalco, ESPN Chicago Radio host of Carmen and Jurko. Carmen and Kenny were introduced over twitter and through Carmen's tweet storm of local sports, he has a following of people that want to know more about bourbon. Carmen joins the show to talk about his Chicago hunting tales and when he breaks open big bottles for Stanley Cup victories. Show Notes: We had some trouble getting started and we now see our kids can navigate technology better Talk about your radio show, Carmen and Jurko on ESPN Radio Chicago. http://www.espn.com/espnradio/podcast/archive/_/id/3095452 What's your bourbon story? Your Dad was in the wholesale business. Did that have a big influence? Were your friends at 21 making fun of you for being a whiskey drinker? Has it flipped where people now go to your house and rummage through your whiskey collection? Are you more of a Binny's person or do you have your hole in the walls? How long have you been going through the cycle of traveling and hunting? Maker's Mark is like a gateway into this world. What was next for you? Can you remember any of those resources you used when you started learning more about bourbon? How much do you talk about bourbon on the air? What's really becoming more hard to find? Do you ever drink on air? Do you have a particular whiskey to align with what sport your watching? Now that you have had some older vintages you could use those as trading for better values Do you get chastised for not being a cubs fan? Bourbon and Bacon Fundraiser Event - https://chicagobourbonandbacon.eventscff.org/ Follow Carmen on Twitter - https://twitter.com/carmendefalco
Dec 13, 2018
178 - Remembering Four Roses and The Rebirth of Cream of Kentucky with Jim Rutledge
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Jim Rutledge is a household name in bourbon because his wealth of knowledge is unsurpassed and famed history of reviving Four Roses. We talk about those days and ask him why he really left something so great. But, there's a new chapter to write! This week his TTB label for a revival of an old brand, Cream of Kentucky, was approved. We talk about this bourbon, where it's headed, as well as the entire industry on this new exclusive episode. Show Notes: This weeks Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about the importance of social media and online forums by whiskey geeks. New TTB Laws wrap-up by Sku on K&L wines blog. https://spiritsjournal.klwines.com/klwinescom-spirits-blog/2018/12/3/ttb-proposes-new-regulations-modernizing-alcohol-labeling Episode 011 and 012 with Jim Rutledge Rewind us back to your retirement because it seemed like you didn't want to stay retired for long What's your involvement at Castle and key? Whatever happened to that rye? Did you see a different passion at Castle & Key while it was building vs Four Roses that was a well-oiled engine? What sort of corners were being cut at Seagrams at the time when you were trying to turn it around? Talk about rebuilding the brand of Four Roses through acquisition, fighting, and more. Be straight. Why did you leave Four Roses? Did you stand up a lot to upper management? It sounded like Four Roses was family. So why leave? Is it hard to work at a distillery where you're only filling 3 barrels a day? Did you hire Brent Elliott? What was your relationship with Brent while at Four Roses? How does one go about becoming your #2? Talk about funding and how to raise money to build a distillery? Talk about Cream of Kentucky and the history of the label Cream of Kentucky TTB filing - https://www.ttbonline.gov/colasonline/viewColaDetails.do?action=publicFormDisplay&ttbid=18325001000092 Where is the growth going to be for this particular label? Where do you see the American whiskey category trending over the next 5 years?
Dec 06, 2018
177 - Palate Training and Whiskey Row History with Jackie Zykan, Master Taster at Old Forester
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The Whiskey Row series of Old Forester represent pivotal dates in history for the brand. Deciding how to make them coincide with flavor profiles takes a Master Taster. Jackie Zykan returns to the show as we discuss sensory training and how to sniff out binders at our local stores before diving into the Whiskey Row series and trying 1910 Old Fine Whiskey. We wrap up the show talking about President's Choice and if dusties inspire or not. Show Notes: Do you have a new title now? Talk about the sensory training What’s different about going through this process versus just drinking bourbon everyday? What tips can you give to someone about learning to nose? How do you know when a barrel ready to be pulled? How much time are you spending at the distillery vs bottling vs anywhere else for tasting? Talk about why you dilute so low for tasting? So you have this really cool story about Old Forester 86 and 100 history Talk about the Whiskey Row series The dates all mean something What was the idea to make permanent line extensions instead of doing the money grab on limited releases? So in a time when people say there is a bourbon shortage, what's your response to that? Talk about 1910 and what happened that year Do you pay attention to the Facebook and bourbon forums out there? Why not have a 2014 series to commemorate the new distillery? Talk about President's Choice and your integral part in it What’s your ideal bourbon profile? What’s the oldest Brown-Forman product you’ve tried?
Nov 29, 2018
176 - Distillery Expansions and Sticker Game Gone Wrong on Bourbon Community Roundtable #26
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Share those bottles and create some memories with your loved ones. There's a few interesting topics in the news this week. We touch on distillery expansions of Heaven Hill and Kentucky Owl while diving into the second part of this segment on the hottest topic of all, single barrel stickers. Show Notes: Bourbon Pursuit Private Barrel Club information - https://www.patreon.com/bourbonpursuit C+C Pursuit Series Episodes 001 and 002 will be released soon - http://pursuitspirits.com/ This week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about being a good bourbon steward as Santa comes to town. Heaven Hill announces $65 million expansion - https://www.distillerytrail.com/blog/heaven-hill-announces-65-million-plan-to-expand-distillery-experience-in-the-bourbon-capital-of-the-world/ KY OWL Park renderings and their pyramid rackhouses. $150 million. https://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article183535861.html Kentucky Owl Park Video - https://www.facebook.com/bourbonpursuit/videos/256139931742168/ Can $300 bourbons and $200 ryes be able to sustain this long-term? Superfly Bourbon Club came out with a retro Knob Creek label that completely covered up the Knob Creek label. Is this legal? More on stickers is the 101st label done by RareBird101 Honest Thoughts: One & A Century - https://rarebird101.com/2018/11/18/one-a-century/ David Jennings gives us the inside scoop on a new Wild Turkey book!
Nov 22, 2018
175 - Turkey Family Tradition with Jimmy Russell, Eddie Russell, Bruce Russell, and JoAnn Street of Wild Turkey
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Just the thing you needed to kick start your Thanksgiving season. We've had Jimmy and Eddie on the show and we've got upcoming episodes featuring Bruce and Joann, but I don't think anyone has ever had all 4 of these people sit down at one time and talk. We go into bourbon itself, the family, the roles they are playing within the business, the new Kentucky Spirit glass design, and lots more. It's a family affair with some exchanges of compliments from each around the table. Show Notes: Our first barrel pick for 2019 is going to be Buffalo Trace. View all of our barrel picks at https://www.patreon.com/bourbonpursuit Fred published his article in Forbes for the 2018 best American Whiskey every day sipper. Fred does Instagram Live for Best of 2018 Fred talks about his holiday gift guide on Forbes and why it was really hard to coming up new pairings in this week's Above the Char - https://www.forbes.com/sites/fredminnick/2018/11/13/holiday-gift-guide-2018-the-most-money-minded-bourbons/ Bruce, they are really pressuring you to move back soon Bruce, remember that panel we were on together? Are you excited to have Bruce back Eddie? Jimmy, how old were you when you started at the distillery? What has changed from the operations standpoint from when you first started? Have you all done recently to certify your warehouses or check them out after the Barton incident? Jimmy when you were coming up the ranks, federal government would check everything. Not so much anymore Do you think the distilling industry misses the oversight of the government? What does "Master Distiller" mean to you, Eddie? What about the flip side that a "Master Distiller" is just a marketer now? You did have to change the entry proof at one time. Was that corporate pressure? Why does some proof go down vs go up in some warehouses? When people come in for a visit, do they want that level of detail? Do you read your Yelp reviews? Is the bartending community the gate to your future? What's the worst part about signing bottles? Where do you see barrel finishes in the Wild Turkey line since the last Master's Keep was finished? It seems like a lot of flavored whiskeys have died down over time Why are we still not experimenting with different mashes? Bruce, you're trying to revive the rye. talk about that. Are you a scotch person? Jimmy, what have you learned by the younger generations? From RareBird101, what's your honest opinion on the new Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit bottle? So why isn't the top level listening to you? Choose an individual and take one word that embodies the person View all Wild Turkey Podcasts
Nov 15, 2018
174 - Expert Talk On Four Roses Private Barrels and Recipes with Brett Atlas and Travis Hill
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I don't know a bourbon enthusiast that doesn't love Four Roses. But this one goes into the depths of expert level opinions behind mash bills, hype behind certain runs, single barrels, mutated yeast, and more. Brett Atlas and Travis Hill join the show to talk about their experiences with Four Roses, their 10 recipes, and how they blend and create their own Limited Edition Small Batches. Show Notes: Farewall to Dave Pickerell. Enjoy our podcast with him http://bourbonpursuit.com/2018/03/29/man-behind-100-distilleries-dave-pickerell/ The Lounge with Will Chambers - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lounge-with-will-chambers/id1440284845 This week's Above The Char with Fred Minnick reflects on the past of Dave Pickerell. Was it cask strength that got you hooked into Four Roses or was it a standard offering? Give a break down of how to decipher the recipe for something like OBSQ vs OESF Do you think the tasting notes on the back of the hang tag is inaccurate? How often have you tried all recipes side by side? Do you have a favorite 4R recipe and why? Have you ever had a bad barrel? Does the hype factor just play into a particular recipe? How come everyone thinks OESK is the best? What do you see as the typical recipe selections at a private barrel pick? Have you ever walked out and never picked a barrel? What do you think is a misconception of larger stores and their selections? Do you think picks done by Brent Elliott are better or worse than ones done by a store? Some words for Brent How do you go about trying all 10 recipes? Talk about trying to create your own Limited Edition Small Batches Why do you think Four Roses doesn't put out barrel proof Small Batch? The ages of barrel picks have been exponentially decreasing. Can they still keep this pace? Would you lose your mind over a Four Roses pick? Do you think the tags on the bottle showing the rack and details of the barrel are for the distillery to trace back anything for quality purposes or is it for the bourbon geeks? Are higher aged Four Roses that are 17 or 23 years old any good? Can you talk about the mutated yeast that contributed to the 125th anniversary bottle in 2013? Has the ME warehouse fad passed?
Nov 08, 2018
173 - Angel's Envy at the Legends Series
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This Legend Series brings podcast guests, Wes and Kyle Henderson, back on the show with the newest face of the clan joining the family ranks, Andrew. The focus on family touches on the impact Lincoln Henderson made on Angel's Envy before his passing and what the generations after him remember the most. Fred also tries to squeeze out some juicy details behind sourcing, acquisitions, and favorite bourbons outside of their own. Show Notes: Are you paying more for barrel proof whiskey? Wade Woodard breaks down the math https://tater-talk.com/2018/10/29/value-proposition-of-higher-proof-us-whiskies/ KY Derby Museum Legend Series are on sale. First one begins in Jan buy your tickets at derbymuseum.org/legendsseries This week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick discusses bourbon at large retail chains and it's impact on local business What's the story about a pickle? Talk about your dad, Lincoln Henderson, for a moment Was bourbon a part of your childhood? What was some nasty stuff you used to drink? Andrew, talk about your science experiments Is Kyle a good teacher? What are the moments you miss Lincoln the most? During the initial launch, talk about the process of choosing port barrels. It's a never ending discussion, is this bourbon? Would you like to see a special designation for barrel finishes? Take us through the process of putting it through the port barrel finish Is the barrel dry or wet? Where can we purchase the bourbon you use before port finishing? Wes, what's your official title now? Let's try the rye whiskey finished in rum barrels Is rye more flexible to blend? When Bacardi acquired you, when did they come in as a minority investor? What was that time like when you needed capital and needed to raise funds? What's your favorite bourbons outside of Angel's Envy? Lets talk about the Cask Strength Limited Release What is your future on an individual basis? Where is your warehouse growth needs? Talk about the design of the bottle. Past Angel's Envy Podcasts
Nov 01, 2018
172 - BULLITT COUNTY, Lottery Dreams, and Buy/Sell/Trade of Brands on Bourbon Community Roundtable #25
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I guess this is our silver anniversary! We are joined by Josh Reidford who is the producer for the new AMC movie, BULLITT COUNTY, that opens in theaters this Friday the 26th. We discuss the fears of what would happen if a bourbon enthusiast won the 1.6 Billion Mega Millions lottery then wrap up the show talking if we would ever see a buyout of another large brand. Show Notes: Pursuit Series launch by Pursuit Spirits This week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick examines the "dad tax" and encouraging more bourbon and food pairing to raise the bar Did anyone else realize is Sober October or Mocktober or whatever Bullitt County Producer Josh Riedford joins as a special guest BULLITT COUNTY tells the story of four friends who reunite for a bachelor party in the Fall of 1977 to hunt for buried Prohibition money on the Bluegrass Bourbon Trail only to become ripped apart by greed, corruption, and murder. Winner of SIX BEST PICTURE AWARDS from film festivals nationwide Trailer - https://vimeo.com/278106182 Do you see more bourbon coming into your world of movie production. Lottery at 1.6 billion. If you had enough money for bourbon, what would you do? What distillery has the most American whiskey interest? Fred gave his lowest score of all time in Forbes
Oct 25, 2018
171 - Tasting The Oldest Bourbon in History with Buddy Thompson, Former Chairman of Glenmore Distillery
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When you see a 45 year old bourbon priced at $1800 retail, do you ask yourself, "Who are they kidding!?". That's exactly what Kenny thought before sitting down with our guest today. James "Buddy" Thompson brings more to this story than a bottle of bourbon. He was the Forman chairman of Glenmore Distillery and donated over $300,000 from the profits of James Thompson & Brother Final Reserve to charities that support Veterans. This episode will capture not only the history of Glenmore Distillery, but also make you intrigued to know what something that has aged 45 years in an oak barrel tastes like and the journey those barrels took until they were actually bottled. Show Notes: The “Private Labels” Ruling Whiskey’s Black Market from PunchDrink.com Join our Private Barrel Club at https://www.patreon.com/bourbonpursuit We are now on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5Z3v7diyoqu0Zx7naH29jc This week’s Above The Char with Fred Minnick is a short list for 2018 American Whiskey of the Year and a Call to Action for listeners to tell him what to drink! Scott Scinta, how did you get into it? What was your initial reaction to the product or story? Buddy, tell us about your path into the spirits industry What happened between Brown and Thompson? Talk about your time at Glenmore Distillery Can you talk about Kentucky Tavern history and during those times at Glenmore? Were you overseeing operations? What was your role comprised of? Why not a 50 year? Are you a veteran yourself? Talk about your military past? How often were you going back and testing these barrels? Are they sad about losing their best tenant ever for resting these barrels? Talk about the extravagant packaging? Why a snifter rather than a glencairn? So this really wasn’t a big profit game? What's the release cycle of these look like? Why not make one big batch? How did Bill Thomas of Jack Rose become involved? Let’s start sampling This nose is incredible! It says "double oaked". So it's been barreled twice What was the entry proof 40+ years ago? What were some of your go to whiskies back then? Were you trying to find a target consumer?
Oct 18, 2018
170 - Bourbon Bunker Transformations with Michael St. Pierre and Aaron Stine
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Lets face it. We go over to a buddy's house so we can try bourbon we don't have or because their collection is better than ours. How did they get their hands on it? Why are they so cool about sharing it? Michael St. Pierre and Aaron Stine are familiar names in the Facebook bourbon community. You've probably seen them buying, selling, or trading bottles but what's their end game? Learn how these seasoned vets have transformed their bourbon bunkers into what many would call, a bourbon candy land. Show Notes: Get your copy of Bourbon Justice Subscribe to Bourbon+ for only $30 a year This week's Above The Char with Fred Minnick tries to define "What's a bourbon asshole?" Michael and Aaron, talk about how you got introduced to bourbon When did the itch hit you to start getting high end bourbons? Talk about your collection so we can baseline Talk about how you amass to the point where you have these crazy bottles in your collections Do you see Van Winkle bottles as being the ace in your pocket? You don't think the new Van Winkles are worth their weight now, so do you look at it as trade bait? Is there a shelf bourbon you even go to anymore? Do you waste your time getting Elijah Craig Barrel Proof or Elmer T Lee for for trading up? Have any of those open bottles turned into sample swaps? Given the expense of the rarities, what is your price limit for a bottle? What's your white whale? Do you have one more piece of advice for transforming your bunker?  
Oct 11, 2018
169 - The Birth of Empire Rye
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Empire Rye was founded by a group of distillers out of New York to create something so unique that it requires grains and a footprint in the Empire State. We're joined by Brian McKenzie of Finger Lakes Distilling, Christopher Williams of Coppersea Distilling, and Allen Katz of New York Distilling Co to discuss the culture of rye in New York and the regulations set forth by the Empire Rye act. Show Notes: Shout out to Brad Bonds of Cork N Bottle for hosting us after our New Riff barrel selection Patreon Barrel Picks -> http://bourbo.nz/BarrelPicks This week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Trump, Trade, and NAFTA Chris thanks for coming on today because you about lost your voice this weekend too The oak is new and interesting. Are you sourcing from Independent Stave or somewhere local? Are you looking at different stave widths to adjust for micro-climates? Why culture of rye of NY? Can you talk about the history of it? Who came up with the idea of Empire Rye? And what is the sole idea behind it? During the drafting process, what are those elements that make something an "Empire Rye"? What are the stipulations about grains or can someone in a different state distill an Empire Rye? A rye whiskey is able to develop more flavor and mature faster than a bourbon at a 2 year state. Agree? What about the grains of NY make it interesting or fit that definition? What other grains are you experimenting with that other 25% that's allowable in the mash bill? Were you trying to find commonalities between bottled-in-bond act as well? Is there anyone actually enforcing the standard? When it comes down to the bottling proof, is there an expected standard or is it up to you all? Is there going to be a collaboration or plan on selling barrels with the standard of "Blended Empire Rye Whiskey"? What's the next phase to bring more NY distilleries on board? What's your distribution plan right now? Purchase Finger Lakes Empire Rye at Seelbach's - https://seelbachs.com/search?q=McKenzie
Oct 04, 2018
168 - Bourbon & Beyond Wrap Up, Master Distiller Shuffle, and 1933 Old Taylor on Bourbon Community Roundtable #24
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A first ever, in-person recording of the Roundtable crew! We got rained out from Bourbon and Beyond but we're not going to let that stop us from sharing some funny stories and cracking open a 1933 Old Taylor. We also take the time to talk about the Master Distiller shuffle happening at Heaven Hill, Maker's Mark, and Jim Beam. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char has Fred Minnick discussing his Super Bowl We have a funny story to tell from the Speed Art Museum's rare bourbon auction Bourbon and Beyond talk Brian and Blake ask us the hardest question they were going to ask from their cancelled sessions We start talking about the actual roles of Master Distillers and the transition we've seen from Four Roses with Jim Rutledge Denny Potter from Heaven Hill is transitioning to Director of Operations to Master Distiller at Maker's Mark. Was this the right move? Brian from Sipp'n Corn brought a 1933 Old Taylor for the roundtable to open and try. wow. Thanks to Blake from Bourbonr.com, Nick and Jordan from Breaking Bourbon, and Brian from Sipp’n Corn for joining this week.
Sep 27, 2018
167 - EXCLUSIVE: 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame featuring Freddie Johnson, Matt Shattock, Pearse Lyons, and Max Shapira
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BP EXCLUSIVE! Get the inside experience of the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Hear from icons in the whiskey industry as they stroll down the red carpet and listen to the heart warming speeches delivered by inductees from Freddie Johnson of Buffalo Trace, Matt Shattock, CEO of Beam Suntory, and Max Shapira, CEO of Heaven Hill. The first time ever this event is being made available to the public. Show Notes: This week's Above the Char has Fred Minnick discussing friendships and choosing that right bottle to celebrate The show starts off interviewing Fred Noe, Freddie Noe, and Matt Shattock of Jim Beam on the red carpet Transitions to the ceremony where Eric Gregory, President of the KDA, introduces everyone Louisville Mayor, Greg Fisher, gives an introduction of Matt Shattock Matt's speech is delivered unedited We transition back out to the red carpet to interview Freddie Johnson The ceremony then kicks off with Eric Gregory talking about Freddie's history A.J. Hochhalter, Film Producer of NEAT, introduces Freddie Freddie delivers his speech and talks about his dad and family - completely unedited The red carpet is alive once again talking to Mark Coffman, Master Distiller at Town Branch The ceremony resumes with Eric Gregory giving a history of Dr. Pearse Lyons of Alltech A short story from Jerry Summers, HOF 2017 inductee, about Pearse Lyons The final red carpet appearance features Andy Shapira talking about his father Max, as well as Larry Kass with a brief history of Rittenhouse 21-25 year single barrels The ceremony begins the wrap up with Eric Gregory giving Max Shapira's resume Donn Lux, Chairman and President of Luxco, shares some funny stories of Max's attention to the bottom line Max Shapira talks about his family, the history of Heaven Hill, and that growth will continue Listen to all of our Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill, Town Branch, and Beam podcasts
Sep 20, 2018
166 - The Pitfalls of Private Barrel Picks with Brett Atlas and Luke Castle of Bourbon & Banter
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Private barrel selections are becoming the hot new item. These carefully selected barrels are brought into a store and chosen for a particular audience. However, can every one be a winner? Do you trust who picked it? Just because a label said it was chosen by a master distiller, did he really pick it or was it leftovers from other barrel picks? And of course, we have to cover stickers because it's the hotness. It's a podcast that is both fascinating and intriguing and will make you think twice about going into a unknown store to purchase a random barrel pick. Show Notes: This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about family and the new Bourbon Hall of Fame inductees. Ryan, when you go into a store and look for a single barrel pick, what do you gravitate towards? Back on Ep 124 we covered creating a barrel picking group and we've talked about individual barrel picks before but we're going to deep dive today What makes barrel picks more special than their standard bottling counterpart? Are all barrel picks always better than their standard releases? If a store picks samples out of a box, are they all just rejects? Is three samples really enough to go off of? What about stickers that say "selected by the Master Distiller"? Michael Iurato​ asks "I have not had that many store picks but from my experience it seems like the single store pick is usually better than when a major chain or the state run liquor outlet does a pick. Would you agree?" Talk about what it means to have a bourbon group together vs having a store pick for you Is it really possible to pick a barrel based on the tastes of the customers for a store? I mean everyone is different Is having "after market" stickers a good thing? Is there too much hype train on them? Let's speculate. Lets talk about store picks that are no longer available. Is there a false sense of demand or are they trying to play the game? Why can't there be just a few single barrels of Weller 12 or Elijah Craig Barrel Proof per year? Heaven Hill used to plenty of private picks, but now all you see is Elijah Craig. Why are they holding back? Why even continue a single barrel program is the bourbon is going to sell anyway? Frank Mentlick​ asks What is the first taste that turn you off a pick? Sweet? Lack flavor? What makes you excited about picks? Do you do a baseline by sneaking in a flask with the standard offering? Any tips on going on your first barrel pick?
Sep 13, 2018
165 - It's Turkey Time with David Jennings of RareBird101
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Is he the biggest Wild Turkey super fan out there? Without a doubt. David Jennings goes by the alter ego RareBird101. In this episode we explore his obsession with older dusty Wild Turkey and even some of the newest Russell's Reserve offerings. We also spend some time speculating on our theories on what has changed over the years and if Wild Turkey is headed in the right direction with premium offerings. Show Notes: Before we dive right in, what's your bourbon story? What got you into Wild Turkey? What keeps you interested in Wild Turkey? Talk about your blog for a minute and what you do at Rarebird101 Think about some of those reviews you’ve done, because I’ve seen some real turkey unicorns in there from tradition to split labels to Christmas Rye. Do you have any standout favorites? What is it about cheesy gold foil? Jimmy says nothing has changed. But Be honest, do you think dusty Wild Turkey is better than today? Since you’ve tasted almost everything in the turkey lineup, any thoughts on recreating that dusty flavor profile? We posted on Instagram a while back about waiting in line for a Weller107 store pick because people like us are dumb. You were playing the angle that if everyone focused their attention on Russell's Reserve picks you wouldn’t have to stand in line. I know you have an article on the 10 reasons why you should be buying Russell's Reserve picks, what are some of those favorite reasons of yours? How many different Russell's Reserve picks do you have? It seems that Wild Turkey limited releases don’t get many accolades. From Diamond to Master’s Keep. What’s you honest opinion? Do you feel they don’t deserve the high dollar or do you? Did you sleep on Russell's Reserve 1998 like I did? When are you getting your chance to meet Matt McConaughey? Support RareBird101 on Patreon
Sep 06, 2018
164 - Blending Barrel Proof with Joe Beatrice and Tripp Stimson of Barrell Bourbon
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Why there is an extra L in Barrell Bourbon? Well, today we find out. Joe Beatrice and Tripp Stimson join us to talk about all things Barrell and how this brand is really one for the bourbon geeks with unfiltered barrel proof expressions. We then dive into the newest releases of the Infinite Barrel Project and talk about their plans for sourcing, distilling and blending as they have made Louisville KY their headquarters. Show Notes: This week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about sexism with Master Distillers. Do you remember you first bottle of bourbon or first memory with it? Talk about the history of Barrell. Why did you want to start it? What is it about barrel proof that consumers like over 90 or 100 proof? Would you rather blend than distill? What's the size of a Barrell batch? Which do you think is harder because we've had both master distillers and master blenders on the show? How does scale play into this bringing in more barrels? What's the release schedule and idea about numbering the batches? Why is there an extra L? Give us a run down of the line up products you offer Why rum? New year edition. Let's talk about what this is all about. The Infinite Barrel Project is super unique. Why keep doing new ideas and not sticking with the staples? Tripp are there any ideas that Joe comes up with and you're like "this is never going to work"? What's a rejected idea? Are you able to continually able to source good whiskey and are you able to turn it away? Talk about the operation now. Are are you contract distilling? straight sourcing? bottling? So are you itching to start distilling? Why distill when you haven't had a problem getting barrels before? Would you take your own distillate and mix from sourced goods? Why build a distillery that's a pure factory that doesn't look at making it a tourist destination? Why Louisville? You can build a distillery anywhere. What about storage? I know you’re at Castle and Key right now but where can you go? Do you think you started a revolution of brands following suit?
Aug 30, 2018
163 - Distillate Gambling, Heaven Hill Releases, and Heaven Hill sues Bob Dylan on Bourbon Community Roundtable #23
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The full gang of the bourbon community roundtable made it for this one. We discuss the timing of distilleries starting to blend their own distillate and a whole second half of the show dedicated to Heaven Hill. Not only did they send some really good bourbon samples, but they are also suing Bob Dylan over Heavens Door Whiskey. Show Notes We are seeing a whole new slew of crafts that are moving from MGP to their own distillate. New Riff, Smooth Ambler, it will eventually be lots more. The question is, when is the right time? Can you taste potential? When do you stomach it up and buy another after you've been burned? Battle of the New Heaven Hill releases. Let's talk about them individually and where should you spend your money? Heaven Hill brings out the big guns to sue Bob Dylan's whiskey brand Heaven's Door over trademark protection Complaint -> https://www.dropbox.com/s/em64gkv5d3is7yc/Complaint.pdf?dl=0 Expert Report -> https://www.dropbox.com/s/wnm9u12bo8o911a/Expert%20Report.pdf?dl=0 What do you consider a modern unicorn?
Aug 23, 2018
162 - The Largest Bourbon Festival of 2018 - Bourbon & Beyond
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Where can you see Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Bourbon Pursuit, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Russell, Sting, Fred Noe, and more! Only at Bourbon & Beyond Festival 2018! The entire Bourbon Pursuit Team is together for the first time to talk about the festival, the music , the Bourbon+ seminars, and a few backstage stories from last year. Oh yeah... you can win tickets to be there with us, visit Facebook and get entered to win. Show Notes: Buy your tickets to the Speed Museum’s Art of Bourbon hosted by Fred Minnick This week's "Above the Char" with Fred Minnick discusses state pride and whiskey bars across the country. Our first podcast with Fred Minnick joining as part of the Bourbon Pursuit team! Talk about the origins and the planning process behind it What was the idea about the culinary components? What did you see out if your attendees about who were coming from outside the city? Let’s talk about the sessions Kenny and Ryan are leading two Bourbon+ Workshops What are you looking forward to with regards of music? Let’s talk about the Big Bourbon Bar Rabbit Hole brought their own bartenders from Death and Co What is Fred’s mini bar? Got a cool story from backstage last year? What about vintage pours? What is it about having a Tiki bar as well? We're sipping on Old Jordan from the 1900s
Aug 16, 2018
161 - Blind Battle of Private Barrel Selections with Ben Pickett and Paul Warnott
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It's time for the blind battle of private barrel selections! Three heavyweight bouts between barrels that have sweet stickers and demand a hefty market price. During this fight of flights we are joined by Ben Pickett and Paul Warnott to discuss blind tasting strategies, barrel selection processes, and overall thoughts on our competing picks. Show Notes: Buy your tickets to the Speed Museum's Art of Bourbon hosted by Fred Minnick This week's "Above the Char" focuses on the myth that bourbon can only be made in Kentucky Paul invited us to come, what was the motivation behind it? Ben, how do you disperse 150 bottles between 1000 people? Are you spoiled by being able to go on every single barrel pick? Do you see people faking store picks now because there are hang tags? Time to do our first blind tasting [Russell's Reserve Results between Blind Monkey, Bluegrass Berries, and Twix] Does trying anything in a particular order skew the results? Tell the story behind Bluegrass Berries Do you use anything as a palate cleanser When you're going into blind tastings, do you have a method for setting it up and breaking it down? Time do our 2nd blind tasting Have you tried a bottled-in-bond blind to remove the proof variable? Do you pick for the group or the store? Have you ever done a barrel proof line up and is that harder or easier than something that's 90 or 110 proof. What do legs do for you? What do you think the attraction is to NCF or is it all mental? [Buffalo Trace Results between Bourbon Community Roundtable, The Bourbon Review 2017, and Tipsy Buffalo] Is there any way you can get a barrel proof single barrel any more that is outside of MGP? Time to do our 3rd blind tasting What was your impression of picking a barrel at New Riff/OKI vs Wild Turkey or Buffalo Trace? When going back and forth between two, do you look for big discerning differences? When you are doing blind, is it harder to do 8 or more together or should you narrow the field? How often do you, if ever, spit anything out when tasting? [Barrel Proof Results between EH Taylor Barrel Proof and OKI 12 year "Ricky Bobby"] Stop in at Jake's Cigar Bar to learn more and try some of these barrels.
Aug 09, 2018
160 - Kentucky Owl: The Growth, Passion, and... Theme Park? with Dixon Dedman
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Kentucky Owl has amassed a cult following. It hit the market in 2014 but didn't gain nationwide sensation until recently. Dixon Dedman joins the show to talk about the Stoli investment, huge rye releases, and what's in store for Batch 8 this fall. Listen as we talk about burnout as Dixon continues bussing tables and making fried chicken at the Beaumont Inn while building a brand. Show Notes: This week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick discusses responsible drinking and taxation. Can you give a refresher of Kentucky Owl and Beaumont Inn? Are you getting to the point of burnout? How much time are you putting into Kentucky Owl? What has changed with Kentucky Owl in the past 2 years? Were you looking for investors or being sought out? Why did you choose Stoli over others? Was the goal to really get this big? Have you caught yourself saying you want to do Kentucky Owl full time? Talk a bit about the blends and batches What is the ultimate goal in how you can take something and scale it for blending? Why have different batches and not have something consistent? Give everyone a refresher on the bourbon process for re-barreling How long are you re-aging? How often are you putting out new batches? What are we doing different with Batch 8 vs Batch 7? Why start the Rye release? Do you want the bourbon to become as big as the rye release? How many bottles were in the Rye release? Are you putting more emphasis on the bourbon rather than the rye? Talk about the investment from Stoli and what's going to happen with the theme park Talk about your epic samplings at Beaumont Inn on Instagram All Kentucky Owl Podcasts
Aug 02, 2018
159 - Looking to the Horizon and What's Next with Ed Bley
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Everyone has some news to share this week. We welcome, Fred Minnick, as a new co-host to the show and kick off a new segment called "Above the Char". Ed Bley, multi-appearance guest on the show, has some news to share as well. Can you guess what it is? What's going to happen to Old Baldy? What's on the horizon for everyone? Enjoy this week's episode! Show Notes: This week's "Above the Char" with Fred Minnick discusses cigar barrels or cigar blends Ed is leaving Cork N Bottle and opening a distillery What's the name of it? What happens after barreling? Are you going to be distilling or just sourcing? Focus on filtration and proofing Did you find your great great grandpappys old recipe? How did you feel Cork N Bottle groomed you for this? Elephant in the room... what's happening with Old Baldy? Narrow it down, what does it mean that your focus will be on filtration techniques Have you talked to other master distillers about advice on this adventure? Are you hiring? What's the meaning behind the name? Is there something that was the climatic moment? Do you have a legit fear that it could flop? In the scotch world, blending of other distilleries is common, but why now for bourbon? Have you taken on investors or are you bootstrapped? What's the vision of the site if it's not a distillery? Is there a timeline for having a release? How do you think your loyal Cork N Bottle customers feel? Ed, what do you have planned for bourbon and rum blends? Do you plan on changing your instagram account name?
Jul 26, 2018
158 - Bourbon Archeology and Forgotten Distilleries with Nick Laracuente
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There used to be thousands of distilleries spread across Kentucky at houses, farms, and industrial sites. As time moved through the industrial revolution, prohibition, and the clear spirit movement, many of these became ruins and were long forgotten. Nick Laracuente has dedicated years to uncovering these forgotten pieces of history as an effort to piece together their story. He is also on the forefront of Buffalo Trace's Bourbon Pompeii exhibit. Listen to this episode as Nick tells his story of discovering artifacts and uncovering the history of bourbon distillation. Show Notes: Did archeology turn you into a bourbon enthusiast or was it the other way around? I suppose it really helps to know more about the product you are researching What is the drive or economic reason for wanting to dig up these sites and learn? Are distilleries funding this or the state? Where is the money coming from? Who was Jack Jouett? Can you talk about the magnitude of the footprint you are dealing with? What is your fascination with the Fraziers or Ecklers who haven't had much history documented? Have you been able to uncover something that isn't part of today's distillation techniques? When you are exploring a site, do you have an idea of how big the operation was to figure out what to look for? When you are digging holes looking for artifacts, how big are these holes? What is your "eureka" moment when something is found? At what point does the story start coming together for the Jouett distillery? Let's talk about the poster child of bourbon archeology, Bourbon Pompeii. Other than the vats, anything else cool that was discovered? Follow Nick on twitter (@archeologist) and instagram (bourbonarcheology)
Jul 19, 2018
157 - A Willett Family Tradition with Even and Britt Kulsveen at the Kentucky Derby Museum Legends Series
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It's a tradition that has remained in the hands of the family for generations. Willett Distillery is one of the most recognized brands for bourbon enthusiasts and has accumulated a cult status. Even Kulsveen has seen the struggles and highs of his industry but had foresight to buy aged whiskey stocks when they were plentiful which put the spotlight on this brands. With Britt Kulsveen at the helm as their new President, this family is making bigger waves than before. Listen to their story as Fred Minnick moderates this Kentucky Derby Museum Legend Series. Show Notes: This event is being moderated by Fred Minnick. This years theme is all about family Even, where did you grow up? Did you do a lot of ice fishing growing up? Did you ever fall through the ice? Talk about your time in the Merchant Marines What were your events in college sports? So we found out before we started that you're not an American citizen Britt, can you give us a story about your father's kindness? Even, was there a moment where you saw Britt in action and said she's got skills? Britt, is there a story behind you always wearing boots? Even, did you train Drew? What are you looking for in the barrels when you are creating your small batch composition? What is something that doesn't taste right? What was something you learned from Thompson Willett? Did he ever show you his secret spots in the warehouses? Talk about the Frosted Yeast Rolls. This is the High Corn Mashbill. Barrel entry at Even, How did you meet your wife? All the big brands were bailing out on bourbon, what was that time like? When did you come out with your small batch series? Did you ever travel to Russia in the 90s? Did you ever have trust issues with distributors there? Britt, what was it like as a kid watching your dad living around whiskey? Let's drink the wheated bourbon now. Entry Proof at 115 When Drew brings you something, do you ever turn it away and tell him its bad? You were also bottling stuff for a lot of other people back in the day. Can you talk about that? You had to acquire bourbon from other distilleries, what sort of other whiskey were you looking for? Was there is an age limit of something you wouldn't buy? Would your early batches include barrels from lots of different distilleries? What's your sweet spot for an aged bourbon? Lets taste the 6 year old Rye now, 51% Rye, 34% Corn, 15% barley, Barrel entry proof is 125, but now goes in at 110. Dipping back into the great barrels coming out during the early 2000s, how does this new stuff rank? We talked about the 80s and 90s, but Willett becomes really popular in the late 2000s. There are a lot of fans. Have you ever been a part of the fandom? How many times have you been asked to get bought out? Bill Thomas from Jack Rose has been a big supporter of Willett. Talk about the Willett 80th anniversary. It's the original Willett mashbill, 72% Corn, 13% Rye, 15% Barley and this one is bottled in bond There aren't many bad things to be said about your whiskey. Do you think it's harder to stay on top? Are there any other mashbills or barrel finishes you are working on?
Jul 12, 2018
156 - The Business of Vintage Whiskey with Justin Sloane of Justin's House of Bourbon and Larry Rice of The Silver Dollar
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How are businesses able to take advantage of Kentucky's House Bill 100 or better known as the Vintage Spirits Law? Today’s show features two opposite side of the spectrum. We have one side doing retail with Justin Sloane at Justin’s House of Bourbon in Lexington, and the other is on-premise at a restaurant with Larry Rice of the famed Silver Dollar in Louisville. Both of these places are known for having unique bourbons on the menu and we get an inside scoop into how this law has effected their business. We wrap up the show with their greatest dusty hunting stories. Show Notes: Talk about how you got into bourbon It seems like many people got started with collecting Maker's Mark. Are any of them valuable now? Justin, talk about the launching point for The House of Bourbon, was the spirit law a big motivating factor? Why did you think a package store would be the best way to capitalize on House Bill 100? Why aren't more liquor stores investing in this business model? Larry, you saw the writing on the wall pretty early and Silver Dollar became a destination for bourbon trail people. What was the idea of having a very large whiskey catalog? Where did the honky tonk aspect come from? What is it about vintage or dusty whiskey that they bring to the table? Talk about how you began acquiring all these bottles Do you feel uneasy knowing you have all these unicorns and you won’t get to try it? How are you managing inventory? What's your target market? Larry, I think you’re getting locals that are just now getting into the scene but don’t know about the forums. Do you find it funny that old people thought this was rot gut? Do you want them to fly off the shelf? Do vintage spirits have big revenue or is it just value-add? Will there be an end in sight of getting hands on dusty bourbon? Lets wrap it up with your best dusty hunting story
Jul 05, 2018
155 - Barton's Warehouse, Sazerac Lawsuits, and New Releases on Bourbon Community Roundtable #22
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Pretty sure everyone has heard about Barton 1792's Warehouse collapsing but we take our stab at some chaos theories. Brian Harra from Sipp'n Corn defended Castle and Key against Sazerac in a lawsuit and won. And the second half of the show is discussing all the new releases that are set to debut. Sho