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

The Official Podcast of Bourbon! Featuring interviews with the people making the bourbon industry happen. Listen to hear all the stories behind your favorite brands from master distillers, authors, pundits, bloggers, and more. A new podcast every week focused on America’s native spirit, bourbon.
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Feb 22, 2018
The Rickhouse. A place where bourbon allows father time and mother nature to do its magic. Have you ever wondered who is behind all these rickhouses? Donald Blincoe, President of Buzick Construction, is carrying on his family's legacy of being the top name in bourbon business for rickhouses. Their patented ricking system is easily identified when entering a rackhouse and Donald talks about their history and process when constructing. Donald also talks a bit about the superiority of a rickhouse versus stacking barrels on pallets.
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Show Notes:
  • First let's give an overview of the company and then we will dive into the history.
  • So do yo know about the history of storing barrels before the idea of rick houses?
  • There's all different kinds of ways to store barrels. But you all are pretty much renowned for it. Talk about how that came to be.
  • Why wood?
  • Talk about the design of the rick itself
  • Why is your design better than pallet? More economical? Does it make it easier to move barrels in and out?
  • Is a rackhouse made to survive acts of nature?
  • What sort of maintenance is involved?
  • You also have a patented process, right?
  • Give us the basic idea of why a rick house is constructed the way it is
  • What man power is involved? I hear you all have a machine that is beginning to automate a bit?
  • How long to get one stood up?
  • What's the sustained weight?
  • Why is there hardly ever electricity ran to these?
  • Do people ask for other amenities like running water?
  • How has the engineering of the construction changed over the years or are they just getting bigger?
Feb 15, 2018
 We revisit with Kyle Henderson to talk about the past and current production of Angel's Envy with their new distillery and all the decisions and mistakes that came along with it. Kyle has a great excuse to build a bunker with "competitive tasting" that has amassed him over 1600 bottles of spirits and now he's getting into barrel aged beers and cigars. Kyle hints at a future of bottled-in-bond Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey and putting an end to their sourced whiskey years down the road. What else is in their future? Listen and find out! Danner has been making boots for 85 years for the unforgiving Pacific Northwest. Their Stronghold series is inspired by hikers but built for the toughest working conditions. Find your local store at danner.com. State of Logic Podcast connect the dots on relevant topics with interesting people as their guests. They explore recent books, culture, movies, science, politics and other random thoughts about life. Show Notes:
  • Kyle, You haven’t been back on the show since episode 13 back in May of 2015. Before we dive into what’s new, talk about you again for a moment.
  • How you came up in the ranks, became a part of the family lineage, etc?
  • You’re also not a newbie to the bourbon scene. I know you have quite a collection so talk about that too.
  • How has your role changed now that this distillery is up and running?
  • Now that you have your own distillery, could we see an Angel's Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey?
  • That’s no where near the amount needed for sustaining supply of your product so sourcing is still a big means. Is there a future plan to cut off sourcing?
  • What has it taken for you to get up to speed to now understand distillation as well as outgrowing the co-packer?
  • Did you all have input on the design of your stills?
  • Talk about on-boarding and finding the right people
  • Talk about clocking barrels real quick
  • What was the benefit of the Bacardi buy out?
  • How many barrels are you pumping out a day?
  • That’s no where near the amount needed for sustaining supply of your product so sourcing is still a big means. Is there a future plan to cut off sourcing?
Feb 8, 2018
Everyone has a different strategy when it comes to picking barrels and we talk about each of ours. We also touch on the topic of a "group pick" versus a "store pick" when something is selected by the Master Distiller. Crown Royal Bourbon Mash has violated the TTB, but does the TTB even care? Why are consumers still regulating this? And we talk about bourbon FOMO and the ridiculous amount of people around the country that have Blanton's scarcity, where did it all go? But more importantly, who cares? Danner has been making boots for 85 years for the unforgiving Pacific Northwest. Their Stronghold series is inspired by hikers but built for the toughest working conditions. Find your local store at danner.com.
  • We picked our first barrel together. Let's talk about the process a bit more.
  • Everyone has a different strategy
  • Blake can you give your tasting notes on it
  • Video will be posted on perfectpourtv.com in the future
  • Everyone passed on barrel #6 but someone will eventually take that barrel. Or do you think that goes to stores who don't select and ask the Master Distiller to pick on for them?
  • Wade Woodard who has started his new blog at tater-talk.com had an article called Diageo done screwed up. He talked about the Crown Royal Bourbon Mashbill release we discussed in the roundtable. Wade is a consumer advocate and whiskey law sleuth and discovered they are in violation. Can you take any guesses to what this product will be called after the 1 year period is over?
  • Why are consumers still the ones doing all the legal hurdles? Does the TTB not care? Does it really matter at the end of the day since it's not a real crime?
  • OKI announced the end of their line with a bunch of 12 year barrels being dumped soon but people are cleaning out shelves. In addition, the standard Old Scout is being cleared too. Not even store picks. Is there a panic mode being set in right now?
  • People are continually complaining about finding Blanton's. Is it just me or does regular Blanton’s not do it for you all anymore?
  • Is Buffalo Trace manufacturing demand?
  Thanks to Blake from bourbonr.com, Nick and Jordan from BreakingBourbon.com, and Brian Harra from Sippncorn.blogspot.com Listen to all the Bourbon Community Roundtables.
Feb 1, 2018
Many seasoned bourbon drinkers know all too well the climate of things, but rarely ever stop to think how newcomers to this hobby view it. This episode takes an outside look in from experimenting with high rye, low rye, and wheated bourbons as well as a look into how our guest views allocated items. Darin Mellor, a spirits enthusiast, has been on the beer and tequila chase in the past and recently got into bourbon. Learn about his journey into the crazy hobby that can be very frustrating at times. This episode is made possible by through Patreon support. Make your pledge to support the show today on Patreon.
  • What first attracted you to bourbon?
  • Talk about the tequila and beer chase for a bit.
  • Before you started really getting into it, was there anything that made you anxious or nervous?
  • What made you want to know more?
  • How did you start exploring high rye vs low rye vs wheated bourbon?
  • Did you even know these different kind of bourbons existed before you dove in?
  • What made you go with something barrel proof when you first started getting your few bottles?
  • Being new to the scene, what's your take on non-distilling producers?
  • When you go to a store and see a hangtag or sticker that says "Won Double Gold", does that influence your decision?
  • How did you come to find out about Facebook groups or reddit?
  • What was the most surprising thing you saw when you started reading more into bourbon?
  • It took me almost 6 years until I found out about limited edition bourbons. How did you find out?
  • Am I creating the problem or are new bourbon drinkers the problem when it comes to the allocation issue?
  • So talk about your first reactions when you see an acronym like WLW. Are you like what the hell are these guys talking about?
  • Now that you are getting into the bourbon scene, what's the most frustrating part?
  • What advice can you give to seasoned veterans of bourbon when all the new people are coming into the hobby?
  • Are you surprised people are waiting in lines and lotteries for bourbon?
  • Have you found yourself sneaking bottles in the house from your significant other?
You can read more about Darin at mempxl and on Instagram at @mempxl
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