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Bourbon Pursuit

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: July, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Wild Turkey Barrel Selection Exclusive with Ed Bley of Cork N Bottle, Reid and Emerald of 1789b, Nick Dikeos of The Bourbon Mafia, and Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey. Get an inside look at how these connoisseurs of bourbon choose barrels while Jimmy is rattling off more information and history than we knew before. This is a Bourbon Pursuit first, bringing you inside on a private barrel selection. Get 5% off your in-store and online orders at Art Eatables with offer code “Pursuit”
  • Everyone introduce themselves
  • Ed, what’s your mentality going into a barrel pick?
  • Jimmy, what hasn’t been tried in this business?
  • Jimmy, you said Wild Turkey doesn’t produce anything outside of their own brands but what about Old Ripy and Bond and Lilliard?
  • Emerald, what’s bourbon like in Arizona?
  • Jimmy, talk about Chill Filtering
  • Ed, do you feel like we could be choosing barrels that have been passed on by others?
  • Jimmy talks about MGP, Schenley, and more
  • Nick, talk about off-profile picks and why they are desired
  • Emerald, how has barrel picking changed since bourbon has become so popular because you can’t get things like private ETL?
  • Reid, talk about the differences between choosing barrels at Four Roses
  • Jimmy, talk about the oak that goes into making the barrels
  • Jimmy, when it comes to local farmers, does farm to bottle really mean anything?
  • Jimmy, how did you get in trouble with the Wild Turkey pewter tops?
  • Ed, Reid, and Nick, what do you think collaborations of different stores and groups coming together to make something special?
  • Jimmy, talk about Parker Beam from Heaven Hill
  • These bottles will be in stores very soon!
Jul 20, 2017
A combination of 10 interviews all done at WhiskeyLive in Louisville. This podcast features Fred Noe and Beth Burrows of Jim Beam, Joe Beatrice of Barrell Bourbon, Brian Gelfo of Rabbit Hole, John Foster of Smooth Ambler, Josh Hollifield of Barton 1792, Kelly Ramsey of Art Eatables, Winston Edwards of Balcones, Greg Roshkowski of Cooper’s Craft, and we wrap it up with Bill Thomas of Jack Rose. Thanks to WhiskyLive during the Bourbon Affair for letting us come and record these interviews. Make sure you attend a future WhiskyLive event.
Jul 13, 2017
Drew Mayville, Master Blender at Buffalo Trace / Sazerac, has one of the most important jobs and that’s making sure the blended products meet a flavor profile. We dive into the differences between tanked and non-tank Sazerac 18 year and even talk about his involvement with the Old Rip 25 year. - Talk about your past because I did some LinkedIn sleuthing last night and come to find out you’re no spring chicken. - Talk about what it means to be a master blender because we talk to master distillers all the time but we don’t get to see this side very often - talk about the panel and the process - would you say blenders are under appreciated in this business? - talk about some of the labels you are blending for - lets take Eagle Rare as an example, what are some of the characteristics you are looking for to have it’s consistency? - are you using a previous batch or set of samples and comparing that to new samples? - Did i read somewhere that BT’s Buffalo Cream is your baby? - what else are you or your team responsible for? - fireball? - Harlen has his vodka. If you have your way, what sort of spirit do you want your name across? - Everyone knows that warehouse X is part of the experimentation projects. Do you have some of your own things over there as well? - Don’t you think experimentation of everything has been done already? Many consumers are just looking for good bourbon from a good distillery with a rich history. - Personally, the EHT 4 Grain was a way to build the EH Taylor hype but, of BT knew the 4grain bourbon was better than 3, then all bourbons would have been 4grain from the beginning. am i wrong? - Is the single barrel, barrel proof explosion going to put you out of business?
Jul 6, 2017


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Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses, takes us through the creation of Al Young’s 50th Anniversary bourbon at an exclusive session during WhiskyLive. We are looking for partnerships to help support the podcast. Get more information at http://bourbo.nz/partner Show Notes:
  • Listen as Brent talks about every individual bourbon and how it blended all together to make Al’s commemorative bourbon.
  • Listen to Al Young’s podcast and all the past Four Roses episodes at http://bourbo.nz/4R
  • Special Thanks to WhiskyLiveUSA for letting us share this information with you during WhiskyLive Louisville. Show your support for WhiskyLiveUSA by liking their page and attending one of their events.
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