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The official podcast of bourbon! Featuring interviews with people making the bourbon industry happen. Bourbon Pursuit interviews icons in the bourbon industry who share their story and give a behind the scenes look at the people that make whiskey so enjoyable.
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Now displaying: December, 2015
Dec 18, 2015

Erik of @BourbonSeason joins the show to talk about the infamous bottle chase and the growing secondary market

- Before we get started, there is a new December release coming from Kentucky Owl so be on the lookout for red, blue, and green ink bottles soon.
- Erik, how did you get into bourbon?
- Tell us what you do with your twitter handle, @BourbonSeason.
- There’s a lot of ways to get allocated bourbons, have you found a good formula for getting special release bourbons?
- Have you seen special hunting groups that have formed?
- Have you seen more camp out situations in other parts of the country?
- There’s camping, lotteries, and being a “best” customer but is there a fair way to distribute allocated bottles?
- In Louisville the secondary market is starting to take its effect. Small shops are selling bottles for secondary prices. Are you seeing this in other parts of the country as well?
- When you think about the secondary market there are fingers to point. Are people flipping the bottles or buying the bottles the culprit of the problem?
- How do you feel about seeing the flipper “crotch shot”?
- Some people on forums are selling 2 or 3 full verticals of Pappy or BTAC, so how are these people feeding the secondary market?
- In Louisville, we have a few restaurants that have fantastic selections, but they are price gouging. No question about it. Do you see restaurants as contributing to the secondary market as well?
- Are the distilleries going to start charging more to combat and make more money for themselves?
- This week, Buffalo Trace sent out an email responding to the mass inquiries about secondary market pricing and they intend on trying to shut down secondary markets. Can Buffalo Trace successfully shut it down?
- Would you like to see Buffalo Trace crack down on stores and restaurants that price gouge since the three-tier system is the only way a consumer can get a bottle?
- Quick PSA on breaking your empty bottles
- Is there such a thing as “bourbon karma”?

Dec 15, 2015

Reid Mitenbuler (@ReidMitenbuler), author of Bourbon Empire, joins Ryan and Kenny to talk about the history and psyche of bourbon, “a distinctive product of the United States”.

 

- The Frazier Museum has a new Prohibition exhibit that will become a new or even a first stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
- Reid, what’s your coming to age tale of bourbon?
- What made you so fascinated that you took the time to become an author on the subject?
- Talk about the misquote of bourbon being a “distinctive product of the United States”.
- Talk about the beginning with the “Big Bang of Bourbon”.
- In the book, you talk about myths behind the labels.
- Let’s jump ahead in history, there was a lot going on in 1964. Can you talk about what was going on during that time period?
- What was the result of The Bourbon Institute in overseas markets?
- There is a concept of marketing that has changed the way in what you think you’re drinking.
- You said (paraphrasing) “Rosenstiel presided over vicious consolidation rounds that made many distillers and brands extinct, but is also a part of the reason why many bourbons today taste as good as they do”. Talk about that. How come his name isn’t as prominent as EH Taylor for Bottled-in-Bond?
- How come we don’t see a bourbon or whiskey brand named Rosenstiel?
- Within the prologue, you talk about bourbon being a “comfort food”. Talk about that.
- If you want to buy Bourbon Empire, it’s available on Amazon.

Dec 8, 2015

Robert Mohr & Tom Johnson of Aroma Academy (@AromaAcademyUS) join the podcast to talk about the science behind using olfactory senses to know more about your bourbon and the key aromas.

- How do you store your extensive bourbon collection? Is it like storing wine?
- Give us a quick intro about how you are and how you got into bourbon
- The tagline is “a sensory training for DRINKS PROFESSIONALS” so talk about what is Aroma Academy
- Are the smells common between everyone or does everyone smell something different?
- What are some of the key aromas we get from bourbon?
- Has there ever been a bourbon, scotch or wine that you’ve nosed and you said, “I’m not even going to drink that”
- Talk about your blog post on creating a Pappy Van Winkle nosing sample
- Have you found two particular brands of bourbon that are two polar opposites of one another?
- If someone purchases a kit, is there a 24-hour turnaround time or how long does it take to better develop your olfactory senses?
- Do aromas change based on density levels depending on the type of glass its in?
- Talk about letting the alcohol dissipate after pouring it in a glass before nosing and tasting
- Special 20% discount for Bourbon Pursuit listeners on the 24 Aroma Kit - When checking out, use the coupon code “Pursuit” or visit http://aromaacademy.us/bourbon1/

Dec 4, 2015

John Kowalczyk reveals how he started a Bourbon Christmas Gift Exchange that grew from just a handful of friends to an event that is sponsored by liquor stores and distilleries.

- Overview of the past few bottles to come out and Ryan is becoming a dusty hunter after attending Whiskey Pig at Willett Distillery.
- What’s your bourbon story? How did you get into it?
- Tell us about your Bourbon Gift Exchange
- Are there rules to your gift exchange?
- Throw out some of the names of the brands you had your first year
- How did more people find out about it and spread?
- Is there a certain bottle that stands out among the crowd?
- How did you get sponsorships from local stores and even distilleries?
- What are the plans for this year? Are you trying to step it up?
- After the exchange is over, do people just immediately open their bottle and start sharing?

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