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Listen as Best Selling Author Drew Hannush goes beyond the stories he tells on the Whiskey Lore podcast and meets with the founders, distillers, authors, historians, and ambassadors that will help us gain a deeper knowledge about the whiskies we love - and the ones we should know more about. Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, Japanese, American Single Malt, French, Indian, no whisky category is off limits. Drew's natural curiosity for the lore and
 
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Time to share an interview talking about my favorite Highland whisky, GlenDronach. Brand Ambassador Rory Glasgow will introduce us more of the story of James Allardice along with Billy Walker, and Dr. Rachel Barrie. Plus I do a tasting of the core line of whiskies, up to the 21 year and including the recent Port Wood edition. Plus we'll talk a litt…
 
Have I got an entertaining interview for you today, with my guests Joe O'Sullivan and Caitlin Bartlemay of Hood River and Clear Creek distilleries in Oregon. We're going to uncover the secrets of Johnny Appleseed, talk about the origins of American Single Malt and its godfather Steve McCarthy, find out what distiller may have had the worst luck in …
 
What happens when a Kentuckian heads to Memphis, Tennessee to make whiskey? Check out my conversation with Old Dominick's Alex Castle, as we talk bourbon from both sides of the border. We'll dive into the storied history of the 19th century brand, discover a decades old Memphis Toddy, and talk about Alex' journey from pot stills to Wild Turkey to j…
 
Some of the world's great whiskies come out of Bruichladdich, including Classic Laddie (unpeated), Port Charlotte (peated), and Octomore (heaviest peat in the world). And the distillery was on the forefront of transparency in its marketing. But in 2001, the distillery was in mothballs and the future was uncertain. Hear the story of how this great d…
 
We've grown accustomed to seeing that beautiful bottle of Woodford Reserve on the shelf, but when it debuted, it was putting a whole new image on bourbon. October marked the 25th Anniversary of Woodford Reserve and we're going to celebrate by talking with Chris Morris, Master Distiller - a man who has been around since the beginning. We'll talk abo…
 
In the world of scotch you'll find Highland, Lowland, Speyside, and Islay. Can you name the 5th region? It's Campbeltown. And at one time, the wee toon had around 30 distilleries - today it has three. It's a town rich with history and Glen Scotia has weathered a lot of it. My guest is Distillery Manager Iain McAllister, who will share stories of gr…
 
Why does Ireland spell whiskey with an "e?" What is the oldest brand of whisky in Ireland? And how many distilleries are there in Belfast? Just some of the questions I'll explore with McConnell's very passionate brand ambassador Sarah Kennedy. We'll also take our first dive into Irish whiskey history. I'll do a tasting of McConnell's age stated ble…
 
Get ready to dig deep into the history of Anderson County, Kentucky - where today Four Roses and Wild Turkey reign supreme. But when my guest Tom Ripy was a youth there, he lived among distilling royalty, including the Saffells, Bonds, Lillards, Dowlings, and his own family, the Ripys. Some of these names returning to shelves in liquor stores and b…
 
What town in the 19th Century was known as the "Whisky Capital of the World?" Edinburgh, Louisville, Nashville - none of the above. How about Peoria, Illinois? Join me as I chat with J.K. Williams CEO Andy Faris and Master Distiller Jeff Murphy about the storied history of distilling in Peoria and their brand's namesake, who was a bootlegger that h…
 
As a nice pairing with this week's Whiskey Lore episode about whisky aged at sea, I'm hear to talk about a sea aged Japanese whisky called Kaiyo. This spirit makes its way from a Japanese warehouse to Liverpool England, picking up personality all along the way. Join me was I taste a single cask version and we talk Japanese whisky, history, and work…
 
First there was Jack, then there was George, and in 1997 - long before the craft distilling revolution - there was Phil. Phil Prichard has family distilling roots going back into the 18th century, but it was his emergence in the 20th century that made history. He's always done things his own way, starting with Tennessee rum, before whiskey. He's a …
 
Join me as I head to Chattanooga, Tennessee to talk with Tim Piersant, CEO and co-Founder of Chattanooga Whiskey about how he and his head distiller Grant McCracken landed on a high malt bourbon for their flagship whiskey. We'll also talk a little Chattanooga Whiskey history, burning the right bridges at the right time, and we'll taste their soon t…
 
https://limavady.com/ Venture 100 km Northwest of Belfast and you’ll find the town of Limavady tucked away in the Roe Valley, its coastal climate and fertile land the perfect setting for Irish whiskey production, which began in 1750 at the Limavady Distillery. At its peak, the distillery was producing 1.2 million litres per annum, every bottle a po…
 
I can't tell you how many times I've heard this blanket statement from bourbon drinkers - "I don't like scotch." Like scotch is just one flavor profile. That's why I wanted to have a little Scotch 101 discussion, talking about regions, peat smoke vs fruity, age, proof, and what scotch to start with, with my guest Ed Kohl, a scotch whisky distributo…
 
The origins of Tullamore D.E.W. date back to 1829, established by Michael Molloy. On his death, the distillery eventually passed to his nephew, Bernard Daly who later appointed Daniel E. Williams as the distillery's General Manager. Under Williams's watchful eye, the distillery expanded and prospered, launching the whiskey bearing his initials (D.E…
 
Back from one of the most interesting adventures I've had in trying to reach a distillery. The name of the place is Gobbler Springs and the gentleman who had to pick me up in his 4x4 is the owner and distiller John Hatcher. A Kentuckian with Irish distilling roots John and his wife long ago decided to make their home in Tennessee. There he produces…
 
Join me for part one of my discussion with Kings County Distillery's master distiller and co-founder Colin Spoelman. A few years back Colin wrote an intriguing book about American whiskey history called Dead Distillers and we will take the time in this episode to chat a bit about his background as a New York City distiller.…
 
While on a journey out to California in search of details about an upcoming episode, I took time out to interview Seth Benhaim of Infused Spirits. Seth is taking a very unique approach to aging whiskey - by placing barrel staves in new make. We sampled his expressions using Mizunara oak, a Cask of Amontillado (something Edgar Allen Poe fans will ap…
 
Just when I thought I had been to every Tennessee distillery or at least met a distiller from each, along came Jim Massey. Jim was actually on the forefront of the current Tennessee whiskey revival. We'll taste his whiskey and chat about the Tennessee Waltz, helping Tennessee agriculture through whiskey, and his literary inspiration for the company…
 
Like a scene from "O Brother Where Art Thou" I stumbled upon a radio station out in the middle of a Mississippi field. And there, I met a radio man whose love of his craft led him to buying his own radio station. His music scans the genres, from rock to country to R&B, but most especially the blues. People tune in from all over the world to hear so…
 
From upstairs at the historic Peabody Hotel, I talk with Shelby County Historian Jimmy Rout about the surprising history of Beale Street, W.C. Handy, "Boss" Crump's mafia like rule over the city, the Tennessee Ouster Law, and Juke Joints and hangouts like Pee Wee's Saloon. We'll also dive into the lore surrounding the city's founding in Belle's Tav…
 
Blue Note Bourbon is quickly spreading across the country and a few months ago, I had a chance to walk the warehouses at B.R. Distilling and chat with McCauley Williams - a lawyer turned whiskey brand owner. In this interview, we chat about hist the transition from the law, how he created Blue Note Juke Joint and Riverset Rye, his long term philoso…
 
Royce is an 11th generation distiller with roots going back to back in Ireland. But many of the in-between years were based in Moonshine and if you head to the distillery, you'll see a lot of that moonshining history including a video about the feud between the Allens and the Neeleys that rivaled the Hatfields and McCoys. Royce brings the creative …
 
Who was this man who talked George Washington into the distilling business? Scotsman James Anderson is a fascinating character and one that master distiller Steve Bashore hopes to keep learning more about (and he already knows quite a bit). In this episode, we'll talk about the similarities in Anderson and Bashore's jobs, the art of retelling histo…
 
How hard was it, making whiskey in the 18th century? There is actually a place you can go to find out. Thanks to Mount Vernon, director of historic trades and master distiller Steve Bashore, and a cast of all-stars from all over the distilling world, we can see for ourselves. Join me as Steve and I walk through the historically accurate recreation …
 
When it comes to whiskey, George Washington is an interesting character. He had just seen his countrymen up in arms over Alexander Hamilton's whiskey tax and then he got into business with his Scottish farm manager - making whiskey of his own. How did this happen? Listen as I chat with Dr. Jim Ambuske, host of the Conversations at the Washington Li…
 
Ready to take a deep dive into a very unique Texas distillery? Back in March of 2020, I sat down with Robert Likarish of Ironroot to talk about what got his family involved in whiskey, their inspiration - a man named T.V. Munson who was known as The Grape Man of Texas, Cognac, shoo fly flasks, pot stills, that cheese note in whiskey, and the story …
 
When Lori's team approached me about doing an interview and sent me a bottle of Country Smooth, I noticed that the bottle referred to her as the first female founder of an American whiskey brand. My jaw almost dropped to the floor. Seriously? This can't be true. Well, being a stickler for accuracy, I researched and was amazed at what I found. In th…
 
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When we're talking legendary distilling families, you can't get bigger in bourbon than the Beams. But another great legacy belongs to the Dants and my guest Steve Beam and his brother Paul are descendants of both families. In this episode we'll talk about a brand that has ties to both families, Yellowstone bourbon. We'll also find connections with …
 
What many of us know about Virginia City, Nevada and the saloon scene comes from the depiction of "The Bucket of Blood" saloon in the TV show Bonanza. But is that really what the saloons of the Old West really like? In the Whiskey Lore episodes on Virginia City, we find out this was no one saloon town. In my interview with local historian Ron Galla…
 
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