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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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Jul 26, 2018
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgWjbWfDcnE&w=500&h=315] Everyone has some news to share this week. We welcome, Fred Minnick, as a new co-host to the show and kick off a new segment called "Above the Char". Ed Bley, multi-appearance guest on the show, has some news to share as well. Can you guess what it is? What's going to happen to Old Baldy? What's on the horizon for everyone? Enjoy this week's episode! Sponsors: Sterling Cut Glass is the Official Glassware of Bourbon Pursuit. They are offering FREE etched samples to whiskey societies nationwide! Simply email spirits@sterlingcutglass.com, include your logo, and mention Bourbon Pursuit. Show Notes:
  • This week's "Above the Char" with Fred Minnick discusses cigar barrels or cigar blends
  • Ed is leaving Cork N Bottle and opening a distillery
  • What's the name of it?
  • What happens after barreling?
  • Are you going to be distilling or just sourcing?
  • Focus on filtration and proofing
  • Did you find your great great grandpappys old recipe?
  • How did you feel Cork N Bottle groomed you for this?
  • Elephant in the room... what's happening with Old Baldy?
  • Narrow it down, what does it mean that your focus will be on filtration techniques
  • Have you talked to other master distillers about advice on this adventure?
  • Are you hiring?
  • What's the meaning behind the name?
  • Is there something that was the climatic moment?
  • Do you have a legit fear that it could flop?
  • In the scotch world, blending of other distilleries is common, but why now for bourbon?
  • Have you taken on investors or are you bootstrapped?
  • What's the vision of the site if it's not a distillery?
  • Is there a timeline for having a release?
  • How do you think your loyal Cork N Bottle customers feel?
  • Ed, what do you have planned for bourbon and rum blends?
  • Do you plan on changing your instagram account name?
Jul 19, 2018
There used to be thousands of distilleries spread across Kentucky at houses, farms, and industrial sites. As time moved through the industrial revolution, prohibition, and the clear spirit movement, many of these became ruins and were long forgotten. Nick Laracuente has dedicated years to uncovering these forgotten pieces of history as an effort to piece together their story. He is also on the forefront of Buffalo Trace's Bourbon Pompeii exhibit. Listen to this episode as Nick tells his story of discovering artifacts and uncovering the history of bourbon distillation.   Show Notes:
  • Did archeology turn you into a bourbon enthusiast or was it the other way around?
  • I suppose it really helps to know more about the product you are researching
  • What is the drive or economic reason for wanting to dig up these sites and learn?
  • Are distilleries funding this or the state? Where is the money coming from?
  • Who was Jack Jouett?
  • Can you talk about the magnitude of the footprint you are dealing with?
  • What is your fascination with the Fraziers or Ecklers who haven't had much history documented?
  • Have you been able to uncover something that isn't part of today's distillation techniques?
  • When you are exploring a site, do you have an idea of how big the operation was to figure out what to look for?
  • When you are digging holes looking for artifacts, how big are these holes?
  • What is your "eureka" moment when something is found?
  • At what point does the story start coming together for the Jouett distillery?
  • Let's talk about the poster child of bourbon archeology, Bourbon Pompeii.
  • Other than the vats, anything else cool that was discovered?
  • Follow Nick on twitter (@archeologist) and instagram (bourbonarcheology)
Jul 12, 2018
It's a tradition that has remained in the hands of the family for generations. Willett Distillery is one of the most recognized brands for bourbon enthusiasts and has accumulated a cult status. Even Kulsveen has seen the struggles and highs of his industry but had foresight to buy aged whiskey stocks when they were plentiful which put the spotlight on this brands. With Britt Kulsveen at the helm as their new President, this family is making bigger waves than before. Listen to their story as Fred Minnick moderates this Kentucky Derby Museum Legend Series. Sponsors: Sterling Cut Glass is the Official Glassware of Bourbon Pursuit. They are offering FREE etched samples to whiskey societies nationwide! Simply email spirits@sterlingcutglass.com, include your logo, and mention Bourbon Pursuit. Show Notes:
  • This event is being moderated by Fred Minnick.
  • This years theme is all about family
  • Even, where did you grow up?
  • Did you do a lot of ice fishing growing up? Did you ever fall through the ice?
  • Talk about your time in the Merchant Marines
  • What were your events in college sports?
  • So we found out before we started that you're not an American citizen
  • Britt, can you give us a story about your father's kindness?
  • Even, was there a moment where you saw Britt in action and said she's got skills?
  • Britt, is there a story behind you always wearing boots?
  • Even, did you train Drew?
  • What are you looking for in the barrels when you are creating your small batch composition? What is something that doesn't taste right?
  • What was something you learned from Thompson Willett?
  • Did he ever show you his secret spots in the warehouses?
  • Talk about the Frosted Yeast Rolls. This is the High Corn Mashbill. Barrel entry at
  • Even, How did you meet your wife?
  • All the big brands were bailing out on bourbon, what was that time like?
  • When did you come out with your small batch series?
  • Did you ever travel to Russia in the 90s? Did you ever have trust issues with distributors there?
  • Britt, what was it like as a kid watching your dad living around whiskey?
  • Let's drink the wheated bourbon now. Entry Proof at 115
  • When Drew brings you something, do you ever turn it away and tell him its bad?
  • You were also bottling stuff for a lot of other people back in the day. Can you talk about that?
  • You had to acquire bourbon from other distilleries, what sort of other whiskey were you looking for?
  • Was there is an age limit of something you wouldn't buy?
  • Would your early batches include barrels from lots of different distilleries?
  • What's your sweet spot for an aged bourbon?
  • Lets taste the 6 year old Rye now, 51% Rye, 34% Corn, 15% barley, Barrel entry proof is 125, but now goes in at 110.
  • Dipping back into the great barrels coming out during the early 2000s, how does this new stuff rank?
  • We talked about the 80s and 90s, but Willett becomes really popular in the late 2000s. There are a lot of fans. Have you ever been a part of the fandom?
  • How many times have you been asked to get bought out?
  • Bill Thomas from Jack Rose has been a big supporter of Willett.
  • Talk about the Willett 80th anniversary. It's the original Willett mashbill, 72% Corn, 13% Rye, 15% Barley and this one is bottled in bond
  • There aren't many bad things to be said about your whiskey. Do you think it's harder to stay on top?
  • Are there any other mashbills or barrel finishes you are working on?
Jul 5, 2018
How are businesses able to take advantage of Kentucky's House Bill 100 or better known as the Vintage Spirits Law? Today’s show features two opposite side of the spectrum. We have one side doing retail with Justin Sloane at Justin’s House of Bourbon in Lexington, and the other is on-premise at a restaurant with Larry Rice of the famed Silver Dollar in Louisville. Both of these places are known for having unique bourbons on the menu and we get an inside scoop into how this law has effected their business. We wrap up the show with their greatest dusty hunting stories. Sponsors: Sterling Cut Glass is the Official Glassware of Bourbon Pursuit. They are offering FREE etched samples to whiskey societies nationwide! Simply email spirits@sterlingcutglass.com, include your logo, and mention Bourbon Pursuit. Show Notes:
  • Talk about how you got into bourbon
  • It seems like many people got started with collecting Maker's Mark. Are any of them valuable now?
  • Justin, talk about the launching point for The House of Bourbon, was the spirit law a big motivating factor?
  • Why did you think a package store would be the best way to capitalize on House Bill 100?
  • Why aren't more liquor stores investing in this business model?
  • Larry, you saw the writing on the wall pretty early and Silver Dollar became a destination for bourbon trail people. What was the idea of having a very large whiskey catalog?
  • Where did the honky tonk aspect come from?
  • What is it about vintage or dusty whiskey that they bring to the table?
  • Talk about how you began acquiring all these bottles
  • Do you feel uneasy knowing you have all these unicorns and you won’t get to try it?
  • How are you managing inventory?
  • What's your target market?
  • Larry, I think you’re getting locals that are just now getting into the scene but don’t know about the forums.
  • Do you find it funny that old people thought this was rot gut?
  • Do you want them to fly off the shelf?
  • Do vintage spirits have big revenue or is it just value-add?
  • Will there be an end in sight of getting hands on dusty bourbon?
  • Lets wrap it up with your best dusty hunting story
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