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Bourbon Pursuit: The Official Podcast of Bourbon | Weekly Releases with Insiders, Pundits, and Master Distillers of the Bourbon Industry

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: March, 2016
Mar 24, 2016

- Markers Mark is now starting a “private barrel” program. But it’s more like a private blend program.
- What’s your story?
- Tell the listeners about your Maker’s Mark collection
- How do you get a hold of all the export bottles?
- What would you consider your most prized Marker’s Mark collectable?
- Explain to the listeners what the Marker’s Mark ambassadors program is
- How does someone sign up for the program?
- Is it free of charge?
- What are the benefits of being an ambassador?
- Give the listeners some idea of the best items Marker’s Mark has sent over the years to their ambassadors.
- what’s the process for going to pick up a bottle from your batch? Is it like the Willy Wonka golden ticket?
- What is life like for the Samuels outside of bourbon?
- What are some of your favorite Maker’s Mark events over the past decade?

Mar 16, 2016

New Podcast from Bourbon Pursuit! Episode 040 - Jackie Zykan, Master Bourbon Specialist for Old Forester, talks about each of the individual expressions and the history behind this Louisville based brand.

 

- We are coming to you from Rye On Market in Louisville
- Tell us your coming to age of tale of bourbon
- What is it about Old Forester that made you leave working behind the bar
- Is Old Forester the same thing as Woodford Reserve?
- What do you actually do as a Master Bourbon Specialist?
- The name “Brown” has a stigma and prominence in Louisville. Talk about George Garvin Brown?
- Where is the 2nd “R” in the name?
- How did Old Forester move from sourcing to distilling it’s own stuff?
- How did Old Forester survive prohibition?
- Brown-Forman owns it’s own cooperage and what does that mean to you?
- Talk about each of the Old Forester brands and what makes each unique compared to the next
- What was the market reaction for the Whiskey Row edition?
- Give the listeners some kind of idea behind Birthday Bourbon
- What can you tell us about 2016 Birthday Bourbon
- Give us some of the more well-known cocktails you make

Mar 11, 2016

Rob Samuels, COO of Maker's Mark, talks about the operations behind Maker's and holding almost every job at the distillery since he was 9.

 

- We kick off the show talking about bourbon tourism numbers from 2015
- Talk about your childhood and growing up in the family business
- What does the phrase mean “blow your ears off?”
- Maker's has a great relationship with Keeneland, talk about it.
- Where do you see Makers as a part of the growth of bourbon?
- What do you think kept Maker's alive 20-30 years ago when vodka was king?
- What are some your favorite ads Maker's has had over the years?
- This is a family business. What was the best piece of advice your father ever gave you?
- You started at the distillery at 9 years old. Talk about holding all those various positions over the years. Best and worst job
- How do you get on the tasting panel at Maker's?
- Back in 2013 was the great proof reduction debacle. Talk about that.
- What are some of toughest decisions you’ve had to make as COO?
- Let's talk about life outside of bourbon. Do you have any other hobbies?

Mar 3, 2016

Turner Moore, President of Whiskey Obsession Festival, joins the show to talk about the festival and what to expect this year. It takes place 3/30/2016-4/1/2016 in Sarasota Florida.

- How did you get into bourbon or whiskey?
- Is there a certain bottle you would favor towards when you first began?
- Talk about your festival
- What do a lot of attendees coming away with at the end of the day and why do they love coming to your event?
- How does the panel session work?
- Talk about the tasting session and how you move from light to bolder flavor whiskies.
- What happens on the day of the main event?
- Where can you buy tickets?
- Talk about the cigar and whiskey pairing and what’s a good start for someone just beginning on that journey?
- Are any local distilleries going to be there?

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