Summary: Join Drew Hannush as he explores the rich history, stories, myths, and legends that surround our favorite spirit. From the ghosts of the Scottish Highlands, to bourbon legends like Colonel E.H. Taylor, to popular myths around how we taste and experience whisk(e)y - Drew is on a mission to help enrich your whiskey experience by finding the stories that hide behind the labels.
Join me for outtakes from my interview with Glenns Creek Distillery's founder David Meier. We'll find out how he found the Old Crow Distillery ruins and his plans for it going forward. We'll also talk about the unique way he got started building his own distilling business including the costs and considerations. Glenns Creek is one of the most unique experiences you will have in Kentucky.
After Dr. Crow and Oscar Pepper passed away, the history of Old Crow would take a dramatic turn. James E. Pepper would be the new generation taking over the old distillery, but Old Crow would move on, with a little help from Colonel E.H. Taylor. In this episode, I'll take a look at 130 legendary years that followed this tumultuous period. And I'll talk with the current owner of the Old Crow Distillery ruins, about what he is doing to preserve the legacy of Dr. James C. Crow.
Amazing, for all of the people who talk about him in the bourbon industry, Dr. James C. Crow's life is somewhat of a mystery. Born in Inverness, Scotland in 1789, he moved to America and landed in Kentucky. When people say his name, they usually talk about two things, his work with the sour mash process and his Old Crow whiskey. But his influence on the bourbon industry can't be understated. Yet there are no biographies about his life. I'll explore his life in this episode and introduce his brand.
Last week we looked at the growth of one of the biggest bourbon making areas in Kentucky - an area that at its peak had nine distilleries, but at the turn of the century had just about forgotten its whiskey past. Join me this week as we examine the area's downfall, the Kentucky Whiskey Trust, the families as they faded away, and the future of New Hope. My special guests are Wally and Charles Dant of Log Still Distillery. Listen to what they have in store for this once great whiskey area.
One of the great centers of the bourbon industry in the late 1800's started with humble beginnings in the deep woods of Kentucky near present day Pottinger's Creek. But drive around the area today and you would hardly know that this place was once the home of upwards of nine distilleries - selling whiskey from Boston, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California. This is the origin story of New Hope, Kentucky and the surrounding area.
To celebrate the launch of the Whiskey Lore Travel Guide to Experiencing Kentucky Bourbon (available on Amazon), I stopped by my local craft distillery (since travel is still a little tricky at the moment) to talk with the founder David Raad about the experience of being a craft distiller. He'll talk philosophy, choosing grains, waiting for whiskey to age, sourcing, and the legend of Six & Twenty.
This special Subscriber's Edition features my discussion with Four Roses Brand Ambassador and former Distillery Manager Al Young. I had the privilege of discussing many of the elements in his book Four Roses, The Return of a Whiskey Legend and in this episode we'll talk about Four Roses marketing, the origins of the bottle, Jim Rutledge, and two Buffalo Trace bourbons that started in Lawrenceburg.
This special Subscriber's Edition features my discussion with Four Roses Brand Ambassador and former Distillery Manager Al Young. I had the privilege of discussing many of the elements in his book Four Roses, The Return of a Whiskey Legend and in this episode we'll talk about the origins of Four Roses and the Prohibition Era. Make sure you are a subscriber of Whiskey Lore to get this type of exclusive content.
Subscriber's Editions are only available for 48 hours, make sure you are subscribed and set to automatic downloads of the episodes, so you don't miss any. Or join the Whiskey Lore Society at www.whiskey-lore.com/signup where many of these episodes will also be shared. In this episode, we discuss Richard's tasting technique, how a 100 year old whisky compares to today's whiskies, and if he threw a sample.
I’m going to share with you part of the interview I had with Elizabeth Pearce. Elizabeth is the host of the Drink and Learn podcast, which uses famous drinks and ingredients to tell the rich history of New Orleans. And the information she provides on the history of bourbon in New Orleans is a centerpiece of my upcoming episode. I decided it was time to come down from my whiskey neat and whiskey splash pedestal and learn a bit more about cocktails.
I've heard people defending why you should spell whisk[e]y with an "e" and without an "e" - but I haven't heard anyone give me a good explanation of where these two spellings originated or why each has found its own hooks in certain countries. So in this episode, I'll take a look at the origins of the word and see if we can determine the best way to navigate this spelling minefield.
This week I look at two mysterious tragedies in the history of scotch whisky. One takes place at the Laphroaig Distillery on Islay and the other at Glenturret Distillery. I also provide details about several steps in the process of making scotch whisky. Join me and Lucy Armstrong, Development Manager and unofficial historian for Glenturret Distillery and we learn of the tragic story of Grace Gow and find a silver lining in an otherwise sad tale.
What is the source of this "father of" obsession we have? Who was the Father of Baseball; who was the "Father of the Internet;" who was the "Father of Radio;" and who was the "Father of Bourbon?" There is a highly publicized answer that graces a bourbon bottles and historic signs around Kentucky, the Reverend Elijah Craig. I'll take a look at his life and see if we can spot his relationship to the origins of "America's Native Spirit."
In this week's episode, I investigate a couple of legends built around whiskey barrels, distillery cats, bourbon, and scotch whisky. I also head to Glenturret Distillery in Perthshire, Scotland to ask questions about the most famous and prolific distillery cat of them all, Towser. I'll also unveil the background on the name of the whisky Monkey Shoulder.
This week, we look at New Orleans and Bourbon Street as a potential source for the name of "bourbon" whiskey. We'll cover the theories that suggest this famous street's influence on bourbon's name and unveil a secret about Bourbon Street that most people are not aware of. Elizabeth Pearce of the Drink and Learn podcast joins me as we dig into the origins of the name of bourbon whiskey.