Summary: Join Best Selling Author Drew Hannush as he explores the rich 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.
Whiskey loves its firsts. From the first person to char a barrel for aging, to the first mention of whisky in the exchequer rolls, there seems an obsession with finding out where things started. And they are usually positive subjects. But what about something like Prohibition? Which was the first state to go dry? That question raised its head when I heard about a famous shootout that led one state to jump to prohibition a full eleven years before the Volstead Act. Were they the first?
Have you ever had an occasion not to order or talk about a particular whisky, simply because you were a little concerned about your ability to pronounce it? In this episode, I'll help you get over your fear of mispronouncing scotch whisky names by showing you some simple examples and helping you understand the origins of these names. It will all lead to a fable about a whirlpool, a knight and a maiden performed by actor Tom Wylde. Charles MacKay's "The Kelpie of Corryvreckan."
Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with Lori Carcich, the founder and CEO of Country Smooth American Whiskey. From her home base in Southern California, she has taken an interest path in her quest to start a whiskey brand. She wants to encourage women to discover the pleasures of drinking their whiskey neat. We talked in depth about how she came up with Country Smooth, and we also talked about her journey as a female founder.
During my interview with Lori Carcich, the founder of Country Smooth whiskey, she brought to my attention a detail about women in the whiskey industry that took me totally by surprise. In this episode, I'll look at some of the pioneering women of whiskey like Helen and Elisabeth Cumming, Catherine Carpenter, Dr. Rachel Barrie, and I'll begin my search for the first female whiskey founders.
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.