The Whiskey Ring Podcast

David Levine

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Ep. 129: Arbikie Highland Distillery with John Stirling
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Ep. 129: Arbikie Highland Distillery with John Stirling
Makers of the only vodka I enjoy. And also the first rye from Scotland in 100+ years.  Arbikie Highland Estate is in the forefront of the new Scotch whisky movement. Focused on sustainability, flavor, and locality, Arbikie is betting big on the future.  They're making a single malt, but waiting 18 years to release it (some might be released early, but don't count on it). Their strawberry vodka takes nearly a year to produce from harvest to bottling. The gin is hyperlocal, with coastal elements.  The Nadar vodka is climate-positive, with the whole process removing 1.54kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per bottle (through legume farming).  Kirsty also has a PhD and puts it to use in creating these releases from grain to bottle, with backing from the Stirling family who owns the farms from which the grains grow.  The Highland 1794 Rye is available in the US now, as are the gins and Nadar Vodka. The single malt we'll have to wait for - they're already halfway there.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to John for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so!  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Arbikie Highland Estate Arbikie Highland Estate WebsiteArbikie Highland Estate on InstagramArbikie Highland Estate on FacebookArbikie Highland Estate on Twitter/XArbikie Highland Estate on YouTube Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 128: Kentucky Peerless with Ellie Reed and John Wadell
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Ep. 128: Kentucky Peerless with Ellie Reed and John Wadell
Peerless in the 1800s and Peerless today.  Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., founded by Henry Kraver in the late 19th century, is in a class by itself. The lone sweet mash distiller in Louisville with the most distinctive bottle in the state, Peerless built itself back up through rye and its story.  Several years later, they're thriving. Single barrels abound of both rye and bourbon, with all the maturity you want from the oak without much of the tannin. Their bottlings are all at barrel proof, though from an entry proof of 103 (for now!) they rarely crest over 110º. Much like other low-entry-proof producers (Michter's, anyone?), these whiskies taste fantastic to a proof hound like I am even at a "lower" proof.  Why? Simple: add water at the beginning and not at the end and the water doesn't dilute the precious flavors you've built. Ellie, an engineer-turned-distiller, and John, Kentucky Peerless' national brand ambassador and single barrel specialist, join me to talk about the growth of Peerless in the heart of Louisville and the future of this already historic brand.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Ellie and John for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so!  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. Kentucky Peerless WebsiteKentucky Peerless on InstagramKentucky Peerless on FacebookKentucky Peerless on Twitter/XKentucky Peerless on YouTube Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 127: Heaven's Door Spirits with Alex Moore
31-01-2024
Ep. 127: Heaven's Door Spirits with Alex Moore
Knock, knock, knocking on Heaven's Door?  I'm joined by Alex Moore, head blender for Heaven's Door to talk about their entire spirits lineup, the plan to start distilling in Kentucky, and how much of a role Bob Dylan plays in all of this (spoiler: he's actually quite involved!).  Here's an admission: I don't really know much about Bob Dylan's music. I don't know if it's not my style or I just haven't been exposed to it, but for whatever reason, it hasn't been part of my musical education. That being said, I'm impressed by the quality of blends coming out with his signature on them. The artwork is eye-catching, the blends are high quality for a reasonable price (maybe except the annual Bootlegger release), and with plans for a distillery campus to open later this year, it seems to be a decidedly un-celebrity brand, one that won't be sold off so soon. With the creativity behind it and the resources to see those ideas to fruition, I'm excited to see what the next few years have in store.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Alex for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Heaven's Door Heaven's Door WebsiteHeaven's Door on InstagramHeaven's Door on Facebook Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 126: Hard Truth Distilling with Bryan Smith
24-01-2024
Ep. 126: Hard Truth Distilling with Bryan Smith
Let's start with the basics: Hard Truth is putting out some incredible ryes from Indiana. And none of it came from MGP.  There's so much more, though. Using a sweet mash technique, Hard Truth is developing ryes, bourbons, and finished whiskies, always with an eye to standing out. They've got a 325-acre property on which you can stay, taste, tour, make your own moonshine, and "get lost" adventures.  Hard Truth also puts its money where its mouth is by using local grain and honoring the farmers. It's latest endeavor partners Hard Truth with the Mellencamp family, producing four editions of the Harvest Rye to showcase the farmers' skills through the final product.  You might debate sweet vs. sour mash or what an "Indiana" rye is (there's a designation for that now, btw) but the Hard Truth is undeniable: visit and taste and you'll love what you have.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Bryan for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Hard Truth Distilling Hard Truth Distilling WebsiteHard Truth Distilling on InstagramHard Truth Distilling on FacebookHard Truth Distilling on TwitterHard Truth Distilling on YouTube Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 125: River Roots Barrel Company with Co-Founder Ryan Lintz
17-01-2024
Ep. 125: River Roots Barrel Company with Co-Founder Ryan Lintz
River Roots Barrel Company, out of Cleveland, Ohio, has been making some serious waves in the whiskey world. Their hazmat proof bottlings on Seelbach's flew off the virtual shelves, and the upcoming port barrel bourbon is on my to-do list as soon as it's live.  As always, though, there's more to the story, including partnerships with barrel brokers and celebrity chef Michael Symon. At first glance, River Roots seems like an independent bottler, but they're really doing more than that. Like Lost Lantern and some of Gene Nassif's work, they're blending, finishing, and playing with the bourbon, with great results so far.  The Cuhayoga River once caught fire - we know it, they know it - here's hoping River Roots, with the Cleveland crew, keeps catching fire as well. There's lots of good whiskey that will come from it.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Ryan for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  River Roots Barrel Company River Roots Barrel Company WebsiteRiver Roots Barrel Company on InstagramRiver Roots Barrel Company on Facebook Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 124: Andy Nelson and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
10-01-2024
Ep. 124: Andy Nelson and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
Nelson's Green Brier Distillery - NGB for short - has been around for quite a while. It's older than Jack and George, and at one time produced more than both of those by several magnitudes. And then, like so many others (and unlike its younger peers), Prohibition put an end to Charles Nelson's distillery, which his wife Louisa led for 18 years after his passing and until statewide Prohibition in 1909.  NGB was then lost to history and nature for around 90 years. Then, by a fluke, Andy, Charles, and their dad went to a butcher. That butcher...well, you'll hear the story in the episode.  Today, Nelson's is quickly becoming a go-to spot in Nashville and a fast-rising Tennessee Whiskey. After touring the facility and trying some of their whiskies, it's clear they're earning the legacy of DSP-5. Gone are the days when Belle Meade was the flagship, sourced while their own whiskies were aging. Now, Nelson's Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey and the Nelson Bros. line are taking center stage.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Andy for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Nelson's Green Brier Distillery Nelson's Green Brier Distillery WebsiteNelson's Green Brier Distillery on InstagramNelson's Green Brier Distillery on Facebook Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 123: Boot Hill Distillery with Lee Griffith
03-01-2024
Ep. 123: Boot Hill Distillery with Lee Griffith
A Boot Hill is a burial ground for the unclaimed, the poorest, and those hanged for misdeeds. For some, a Boot Hill was necessary - it got them the first few steps to heaven. And Dodge City, the fabled town of the old west, has the original Boot Hill.  Boot Hill Distillery isn't located on top of the hill, exactly (it's quite close), but it is built on those stories. Images of Wyatt Earp and other famous lawmen and outlaws grace their bottles while the whiskies are made with grains grown as close nearby as possible.  The brand is, after nearly a decade, still relatively young. Its whiskies are maturing, and its focus on wheat - the staple crop of Kansas - is bearing fruit in what's already out. We go through the founding story, how elements of the old west and the rich history are interwoven into the bourbon, wheat whiskey, and other spirits, and where Boot Hill is going from here.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Lee for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Boot Hill Distillery Boot Hill Distillery WebsiteBoot Hill Distillery on InstagramBoot Hill Distillery on FacebookBoot Hill Distillery on Twitter/X Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 122: Sangam World Whisky
27-12-2023
Ep. 122: Sangam World Whisky
Sangam World Whisky is the newest release from the Rampur line of Indian whiskies. While there is some Rampur distillate in there, this is much more - a blend of Indian, European, and New World whiskies into a cohesive, slightly smoky (unusual for the Rampur lineup), and highly enjoyable bottling that expands what you may think about Indian whisky into a new category altogether.  The idea, while exciting, is not new to Rampur. Back towards its founding 70+ years ago, Rampur had a whisky blend that brought together Indian single malt with grain whisky from the UK to create an easy drinker loved for decades.  This release builds on the cross-border blending, adding at least three (and many more than that!) distilleries to the vat to marry and mingle until just right.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Mr. Sanjeev Barga and Mr. Kunal Madan for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Sangam World Whisky Sangam World Whisky WebsiteSangam World Whisky on InstagramSangam World Whisky on FacebookSangam World Whisky on Twitter/X Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 121: Highline Spirits with Christi Lower
20-12-2023
Ep. 121: Highline Spirits with Christi Lower
Highline Spirits is women-led, women-owned, and women-operated - but that's not the story (or the whole story).  Entering the blending space, Highline - founded by Christi Lower in her home state of Michigan - was inspired by one of the most beautiful places she (and I!) have ever been: the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park. With 3000' up and 3000' down and just enough width for about two people, the trail is challenging, life-changing, and, clearly, inspirational.  Christi's vision is for a blending house that puts out quality, unique blends using the best quality spirits available. She and her team have succeeded with their first four whiskey products: Highline American Whiskey, Highline Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Highline Triple Rye, and Highline Straight Bourbon Blend, each worthy of a taste at their two tasting rooms.  By the way - you can order Highline Spirits directly from my site! Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Christi for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Highline Spirits Highline Spirits's WebsiteHighline Spirits on InstagramHighline Spirits on FacebookHighline Spirits on Twitter/X Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 120: Lodestar Whiskey with Anna Axster
13-12-2023
Ep. 120: Lodestar Whiskey with Anna Axster
Anna Axster and Wendelin von Schroder - cousins and veterans of the entertainment industry - have started a whiskey. Just a few weeks ago, that whiskey brand launched as Lodestar Whiskey, a blend of high-rye bourbon and American single malt whiskies aiming for a Southern California vibe.  This whiskey - and the women behind it - are worth a look. It's a whiskey aimed at multiple audiences with multiple purposes. It can stand up on its own, to a cube, and in a cocktail (and not in that "this is a great cocktail whiskey" kind of way). It's outright pro-women-leaders with an allusion to feminism on the label, but the whiskey is still the star.  I was a little skeptical at first - new people getting into the whiskey business with no background other than as consumers, a lower proof, and family connection? We've seen this go sideways many times. On this one, though, call me convinced.  Anna and I talk getting into the business, finding the right blend, connecting with all the audiences they want to, and owning your backyard in a trendy, millennial-centric way.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Anna for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Lodestar Whiskey Lodestar Whiskey's WebsiteLodestar Whiskey on Instagram Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 119: Paul Pacult
06-12-2023
Ep. 119: Paul Pacult
Paul Pacult has made a name as one of the OG whiskey/spirits writers in the US. His books, including Kindred Spirits, Buffalo, Barrels, and Bourbon, and American Still Life, have won multiple awards and gone through multiple printings. He is the founder (with his partners) of the Ultimate Spirits Competition, which is sunsetting later this year, and an otherwise esteemed taster with a legendary regimen for evaluating spirits.  Paul is also simply an interesting guy to talk to. He's seen the entire lifecycle of bourbon resurrection, single malt's rise, brown spirits retaking the worldwide consciousness from vodka and gin, writing for publications like the New York Times and many others around the world.  I was recently told that if I wanted to succeed in whiskey podcasting, don't try to be Mark Gillespie and WhiskyCast. If you want to be successful in whiskey and spirits writing, don't be Paul Pacult. BUT, take every ounce of inspiration you can from him - he's got a lifetime of experience and he's willing to share.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Paul for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Paul Pacult Paul Pacult's Website Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 118: Spirit of Even with Henric Molin
29-11-2023
Ep. 118: Spirit of Even with Henric Molin
This week, I'm joined by Henric Molin, the chemist-turned-distiller who never quite left the chemistry behind when he and his wife started Spirit of Hven Distillery on a small island in Sweden.  Spirit of Hven's products are immediately recognizable by their Erlenmeyer flask-shaped bottles. Inside the bottles is an adventure. Corn whiskey, rye from the far north, gins with nearby botanicals, and more, all from the island itself or the closest possible source on the mainland.  They also have 18 stills. 18!!! Some of the largest distillers on the planet don't have 18 stills. Granted, not all of them are large, and most of them are pots, not columns. More than anything, they're a testament to Henric's curiosity and never-stop-exploring attitude.  Doesn't hurt that the spirits are pretty damn good, too.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Henric for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Spirit of Hven Distillery Spirit of Hven Distillery WebsiteSpirit of Hven Distillery on InstagramSpirit of Hven Distillery on Facebook Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 117: Maggie Kimberl
22-11-2023
Ep. 117: Maggie Kimberl
Happy Thanksgiving!  This week's episode is extra special. I'm joined by Maggie Kimberl - bourbon reviewer, Content Editor for American Whiskey Magazine, panelist for multiple whiskey awards, cigar aficionado, bourbon historian, and prominent member of several groups promoting women in whiskey, perhaps the most important and widely impactful role among the many hats she wears.  Maggie is a Louisville girl through and through. She knows her whiskey, sure, but she especially knows her bourbon. We talk about being a whiskey writer, how to fall into a job you love, being friends with (and creating a website for) Mike Veach, and getting rid of your excess bourbon at the family doctor.  Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Maggie for entering the Whiskey Ring! _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Maggie Kimberl Maggie Kimberl's BlogMaggie Kimberl on InstagramMaggie Kimberl on TwitterMaggie Kimberl on Muck Rack Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 116: Adnams Distillery with Bradley Adnams and John McCarthy
15-11-2023
Ep. 116: Adnams Distillery with Bradley Adnams and John McCarthy
If you're from England, you probably think of Adnams for its 150-year-old brewery. What you might not know is that for just over a decade, they've also been distilling. In fact, they were the first distillery in the UK to have a brewery and distillery on the same site (they had to check with the government!) Adnams not only has a unique distillate for their single malt, they're also putting out one of the few ryes on the English Isles. Using rye from the Adnams family farm a mile away, they're creating a new flavor profile that is not an American rye from England nor an English rye trying to be American, or Continental for that matter.  It's delicious - as is the single malt and triple malt - and deserves your attention.  _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Adnams Distillery Adnams Distillery WebsiteAdnams Distillery InstagramAdnams Distillery FacebookAdnams Distillery TwitterAdnams Distillery YouTube Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 115: John Cox and Quercus Cooperage
08-11-2023
Ep. 115: John Cox and Quercus Cooperage
Barrels are one of those inventions that change the course of human history. Think I'm overstating it? Devised by the Celts and proliferated by the Romans, barrels have carried everything from water to fish to oil and whiskey in the last two millennia. They're (ideally) leak-free, can store things for long periods of time, and are easily moved by one person despite weighing hundreds of pounds. Today, we think of barrels almost exclusively in the realm of whiskey and spirits, but a far richer history is behind them. John Cox, founder and cooper at Quercus Cooperage in New York, learned cooperage the old-fashioned way, taking apart barrels from multiple other cooperages and putting them back together, studying the few texts available, and experimenting with 19th century tools he got from a museum in Canada.  This is truly a from-the-bootstraps story, and a fun one at that. John will also be leading a cooperage demonstration at Kings County Distillery on November 10th. If you can't make that one, follow Quercus Cooperage at the social links below for his next lecture and demonstration.  _________________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Quercus Cooperage Quercus Cooperage WebsiteQuercus Cooperage InstagramQuercus Cooperage Facebook Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 114: Wayward Irish Spirits and The Liberator with Maurice O’Connell
01-11-2023
Ep. 114: Wayward Irish Spirits and The Liberator with Maurice O’Connell
What would you do if your family had lived on the same land for 900+ years in the most beautiful area of Ireland, have a history of bootlegging then going legit, and a passion for action?  You start a whiskey brand, that's what, and you name it for Daniel O'Connell, your ancestor and one of the most famous Irishmen to ever live.  Sir Maurice O'Connell is the man behind Wayward Irish Spirits and The Liberator, a new Irish whiskey brand named for his noted forebear. He is humble, genuine, and quietly putting out one of the best new Irish whiskies I've had in quite some time.  Whether it's history or just damn good whiskey, you'll find what you want in this fantastic, Emerald Isle-filled episode of the Whiskey Ring Podcast.  ______________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Wayward Irish Spirits Wayward Irish Spirits WebsiteWayward Irish Spirits InstagramWayward Irish Spirits FacebookWayward Irish Spirits Twitter/X Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 113: Laura Fields and Bob McDonald
25-10-2023
Ep. 113: Laura Fields and Bob McDonald
Welcome! This week I'm joined by two people at the heart of the Rosen rye and heritage grain movements: Laura Fields, head of the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation, and Bob McDonald, owner and farmer at Dancing Star Farm in central PA.  These two know more about farming and grain history than I will ever forget, and the passion is evident. If you don't already, follow Laura and Bob on Facebook - Laura posts on American Whiskey History DAILY and Bob nearly as regularly posts about the new grains being harvested, planted, and tended to on his farm.  This episode is heavy on the nerdiness, and I love it.  ______________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Dancing Star Farms Dancing Star Farms WebsiteDancing Star Farms InstagramDancing Star Farms Facebook Laura Fields Delaware Valley Fields Foundation American Whiskey History Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Black Button Distillery  Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 112: Live at Black Button Distillery!
18-10-2023
Ep. 112: Live at Black Button Distillery!
Live from New York it's Black Button Distillery!  Black Button has just opened a brand new facility, 6 times the size of its former one and with 10 times the capacity! They're now producing between 10-15% of all the bourbon in New York, all while promoting New York whiskey, Empire rye, and knowing where your grains are from.  I'm joined by founder Jason Barrett, Director of Marketing Gregg Stacy, and Alex Hunnell, the first guy I met from Black Button and how I'm now obsessed with their products. This is recorded live, on-site, before any production had started. It'll be posted with great photos from behind-the-scenes, including new stills, new equipment in every room, and a high-proof alcohol room that I had never heard of let alone seen before.  Oh - and one more thing - The Whiskey Ring Podcast is now PROUDLY sponsored by Black Button!  ______________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Black Button Distillery (Our Newest Sponsor!) Black Button Distilling WebsiteBlack Button Distilling on FacebookBlack Button Distilling on Instagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 111: Clear Creek, Hood River, and McCarthy’s American Single Malt with Caitlin Bartlemay
11-10-2023
Ep. 111: Clear Creek, Hood River, and McCarthy’s American Single Malt with Caitlin Bartlemay
Hood River, Clear Creek, McCarthy's Single Malt, and Trail's End Bourbon - all are the same family, the same facilities, and part of a whole.  Hood River Distillers, founded in 1934, was one of the first distilleries to come online post-Prohibition. Clear Creek was founded by Steve McCarthy in 1985, first to produce fruit brandies and later (starting in the '90s) a peated single malt that paid homage to his newfound love of Islay Scotch.  Today, McCarthy's (which, though a brand, is the name by which many would call the family of distilleries) is a leading voice in American Single Malt and one of the OG producers. I'm joined by distiller Caitlin Bartlemay to talk through the history, the future, and the present growth of this fascinating distillery (in between bursts of air from the nearby vodka still!) Clear Creek and Hood River Research Playlist ______________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! There are now two more spots open in the Barrel Club and 10 spots open at the $15 level for those who want to experience more of the whiskies I get to try every month (or every other month).  Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 2 Spots Remain in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $15 tier takes second access to the $25 tier with 10 spots divided into two: 5 for people who want to receive samples every other month, and 5 for people who want to receive them every month but in smaller numbers. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 2 spots remain!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Clear Creek Distillery, Hood River, and McCarthy's WebsiteFacebookInstagram Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter
Ep. 110: Ardnamurchan and Adelphi with Jenny Karlsson
04-10-2023
Ep. 110: Ardnamurchan and Adelphi with Jenny Karlsson
Ardnamurchan Scotch Whiskey, out of Adelphi Distillery, is not-so-quietly putting out a delicious new style of Scotch, marrying peated and unseated spirit (with peated water right off the peated hills nearby) into a gentle, smoky spirit with huge body and oiliness.  Ardnamurchan is an extension of Adelphi, an independent bottler with a history dating to the 1820s. This (relatively) new distillery is focused on quality over quantity, leaning into their remote location on the Scottish coast and learning from nearby Campbeltown.  With homages to legend Charlie MacLean and QR-coded blockchain technology, there is a perfect blend of old and new.  Ardnamurchan Research Playlist ______________________________________________________ Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes: Ad-free listening is now available to $5/month patrons and above! Sign up or raise your pledge at the link below.  The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live! Patreon members get an exclusive discount for the Jack Daniel's barrels and free shipping for the Barrell pick - now's the time to up that subscription or join the Patreon if you haven't already! Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!) $25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in! Join the Patreon now for early access to the barrels! If you haven’t joined the Patreon community yet, please consider doing so! Only 1 Spot Remains in the Barrel Club. The $5 tier has access to the Patreon-only segment called “Under the Influencer”, where some of your favorite YouTubers/Instagrammers/Podcasters and more join me to talk whiskey, life, and influencing. This tier will also have priority access to upcoming barrel picks and shortly will have access to ad-free episodes. The $25 tier - for people who really want to propel the pod and website forward - will have the same benefits as the $5 tier plus right of first refusal to join me on future barrel picks, access to bottles I'm sent to taste and review, and more. Only 1 spot remains!  You can still support for as little as $1 a month if you’d like to stay up to date with these changes and news about what we’ve got coming up.  Finally, please do like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening - it really helps the Whiskey Ring Podcast move up the rankings.  If you haven’t yet, please follow Whiskey in my Wedding Ring and the Whiskey Ring Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the newsletter on the website.  Ardnamurchan and Adelphi Distillery Ardnamurchan Distillery WebsiteArdnamurchan Distillery on FacebookArdnamurchan Distillery on InstagramArdnamurchan Distillery on X Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, ImpEx Beverages https://impexbev.comImpEx on InstagramImpEx on FacebookImpEx on Twitter