Sep 13, 2018
Private barrel selections are becoming the hot new item. These
carefully selected barrels are brought into a store and chosen for
a particular audience. However, can every one be a winner? Do you
trust who picked it? Just because a label said it was chosen by a
master distiller, did he really pick it or was it leftovers from
other barrel picks? And of course, we have to cover stickers
because it's the hotness. It's a podcast that is both fascinating
and intriguing and will make you think twice about going into a
unknown store to purchase a random barrel pick.
- This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about family
and the new
Bourbon Hall of Fame inductees.
- Ryan, when you go into a store and look for a single barrel
pick, what do you gravitate towards?
- Back on
Ep 124 we covered creating a barrel picking group and we've
talked about individual barrel picks before but we're going to deep
- What makes barrel picks more special than their standard
- Are all barrel picks always better than their standard
- If a store picks samples out of a box, are they all just
- Is three samples really enough to go off of?
- What about stickers that say "selected by the Master
- Michael Iurato asks "I have not had that many store picks but
from my experience it seems like the single store pick is usually
better than when a major chain or the state run liquor outlet does
a pick. Would you agree?"
- Talk about what it means to have a bourbon group together vs
having a store pick for you
- Is it really possible to pick a barrel based on the tastes of
the customers for a store? I mean everyone is different
- Is having "after market" stickers a good thing?
- Is there too much hype train on them?
- Let's speculate. Lets talk about store picks that are no longer
available. Is there a false sense of demand or are they trying to
play the game?
- Why can't there be just a few single barrels of Weller
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof per year?
Hill used to plenty of private picks, but now all you see is
Elijah Craig. Why are they holding back?
- Why even continue a single barrel program is the bourbon is
going to sell anyway?
- Frank Mentlick asks What is the first taste that turn you off
a pick? Sweet? Lack flavor? What makes you excited about
- Do you do a baseline by sneaking in a flask with the standard
- Any tips on going on your first barrel pick?