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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: February, 2017
Feb 24, 2017

Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses, talks about how he never owned a bottle of Four Roses until he interviewed and how the conversation went when he was tapped to be the new Master Distiller.

  1. Talk about growing up in Owensboro, your history and education
  2. What made you want to get into bourbon?
  3. Were you a Four Roses bourbon fan when you applied to work here?
  4. Was Four Roses the first place you looked at working?
  5. How long have you been working at Four Roses?
  6. Talk a little bit about working with Jim Rutledge under his tutelage.
  7. So talk about that phone call, when it’s usually depicted in the movies as being called up to the CEOs office on the 33rd floor to get that big promotion
  8. Why is there not a rye whiskey offered by Four Roses?
  9. What about the rage of barrel finishes or cinnamon whiskey?
  10. From Kevin Ragland on Facebook - How was the process for selecting 2016 LE went since it was the first time you would have done it without Jim.
  11. Why did you come out and call it Elliott’s Select instead of just the normal 2016 Limited Edition Single Barrel?
  12. From Travis Roberts on Facebook - Will FR continue their barrel selections in the future and if so, will they eventually be able to offer barrels aged 10+ years again to consumers?
  13. Talk about life outside of bourbon

 

Feb 17, 2017

The Bourbon Community Roundtable #6 discusses Beam sales tactics with OGD114 news, Buffalo Trace OFC conspiracy theories, and is there a bias towards NDP/MGP when buying off the shelf.

  1. Blake from Bourbonr.com, Nick from BreakingBourbon.com and Kerry from Subourbia.com.
  2. OGD 114 is here to stay. Another Beam ploy to drive shelf sales.
  3. There’s been no shortage of getting your chance to buy raffle tickets for the Buffalo Trace OFC bottles. They carry a suggested price tag of $8-10k. Is there a hidden motive here by Buffalo Trace? A clever coup by BT to bring a bottle to market valued at $10k then release more OFC to the general market at $1k and call it a bargain?
  4. NDP, MGP, and the bias. Do you hold a grudge against NDPs and refuse to buy? Or are you a believer that the flavor can come from aging and finishing rather than the distillate.
  5. Bruce Schwalm: Question for the panel: If we geeks are the 1% of the drinkers, why aren't we more focused on the art and less on the marketing?

 

Feb 10, 2017

James Markert, author of The Angel’s Share, joins the show to share information about the first fictional novel based on bourbon that takes place in Twisted Tree, Kentucky on an old family distillery that was abandoned after prohibition.

  1. Talk about your brush with bourbon
  2. Let’s talk about The Angel’s Share, what’s the premise of the story?
  3. What are some distilleries where you got inspiration?
  4. Does it take a different kind of author to write something completely fictional?
  5. Do you have a fascination with the 1920’s gangster era?
  6. What does this book mean to you as you carve out a new mark in bourbon history?

 

Feb 2, 2017

Elizabeth McCall, Sensory Scientist and Master Taster at Brown-Forman, joins the show to share what happens behind the white curtain and how people with a psychologist degree are recruited into bourbon.

  1. Talk about your past, growing up and your education
  2. What got you into brown spirits
  3. Did you have family influences or connections to the spirits industry?
  4. So I have to be honest, we have done the rounds with Master Distillers and they always give credit to people like you, but lets get an idea of your day to day responsibilities
  5. What else happens in the lab? we need to give our listeners an idea of what’s happening behind the curtain so-to-speak
  6. So why psychologists for being sensory scientists? go deeper there
  7. What’s the most important sense when it comes to making a product consistent?
  8. What does catching a cold have on the influence of the bourbon your doing that day? or do you have an addiction to Afrin nasal decongestant?
  9. What sort of training goes into becoming a master taster?
  10. From Matt Fisher on Facebook: Super nerdy and specific. With most bourbon drinkers using Glencairn glasses at home, why does the distillery use Copita Nosing glasses vs the Glencairn? Looking for an expert opinion of why they use the Copita.
  11. I watched part of your presentation of change and you gave a good explanation of why people mix their bourbon with coke, explain that
  12. Talk about your other passion of horses

 

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