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Bourbon Pursuit

The Official Podcast of Bourbon! The best in news, reviews and interviews with people making the bourbon whiskey industry happen. Join hosts Kenny Coleman, Ryan Cecil, and Fred Minnick as they talk with prominent guests and provide insight on American whiskey 3 times a week. Catch all new episodes every Thursday with special Whiskey Quickie reviews on Tuesday and get caught up on bourbon news with This Week in Bourbon on Friday.

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Whiskey Quickie: Jack Daniel's 12 Year Batch 2 Tennessee Whiskey Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Jack Daniel's 12 Year Batch 2 Tennessee Whiskey. This 12 year old whiskey is 107 proof and $80 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
04:50 16/04/2024
TWiB: Derby Season With Lots of Events, Jeff Hopmayer Joins The Board for Staghorn, 18 Brand New Whiskey Releases!
It's This Week in Bourbon for April 12th 2024. Derby season is abuzz in Louisville with lots of events, Jeff Hopmayer joins the board for Staghorn, and 18 new whiskey releases.Show Notes: A21 Wine & Spirits has agreed to purchase the Noble Oak American Whiskey brand from Edrington Slow Pass Bourbon Co. LLC is considering opening a $70 million distillery in Springfield, Ky Three limited-time Derby experiences for booking on Buzzard's Roost The Woodford Reserve $1,000 and $5,000 Mint Julep cups charity program Staghorn has appointed Brindiamo Group founder Jeff Hopmayer to serve on the advisory board Chef Edward Lee recently released a cookbook called Bourbon Land Michter’s 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2XO The Kiawah Blend High n’ Wicked cask strength rye and bourbon High West Bourye Jim Gaffigan launches Fathertime Bourbon Ezra Brooks 99 Port Wine Cask Finish Ole Smoky Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey Booker’s Springfield Batch BHAKTA 2014 Bourbon A. Overholt Chicken Cock Double Oak Single Barrel BLACKENED Whiskey 2024 edition of Rye the Lighting Savage & Cooke Distillery Howling Mob Bourbon Whiskey and Bloody Butcher Bourbon Whiskey Still Austin Ruby Red Port Barrel Finished Straight Rye Whiskey Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 25th Anniversary Edition Orphan Barrel Indigo’s Hour Straight Bourbon Whiskey Milam & Greene Whiskey 2024 Wildlife Collection: Mockingbird Single Barrel Bourbon @nobleoak @buzzardsroostwhiskey @woodfordreserve @brindiamogroup @chefedwardlee @michterswhiskey @2xowhiskey @dixon_dedman @highnwicked @drinkhighwest @jimgaffigan @fathertimebourbon @ezrabrooksbourbon @olesmokey @bhaktaspirits @chickencockwhiskey @blackenedamericanwhiskey @savageandcooke @stillatx @heavenhilldistillery @milamandgreenewhiskey Support this podcast on Patreon
61:20 12/04/2024
457 - The Epic Hunt for Dusty Booze with Aaron Goldfarb
You hear us talk about dusty bourbon on the show too often. We keep beating that dead horse because it's a chance to drink history and have a completely different whiskey than what's in the bottle today. Vintage spirits are on the rise and have gone from an underground enthusiast crowd into the mainstream. Aaron Goldfarb is a distinguished author and he joins the show to talk about his new book titled Dusty Booze. This books has a storyline with finding a dusty goldmine but goes into the story of decanters, minis, and the hunt for rare bottles. It's now available on Amazon and lots of different outlets. Show Notes: Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about bourbon with malted barely with the highest secondary grain. What made you want to write a book on vintage whiskey? What were some of those iconic decanters that were made? What was the story you saw form out of the glut era? Did you ever talk to store owners and ask why they would sit on inventory for this long? Why did decanters become so popular or unpopular? What makes a dusty spirit different from today's current releases? Did anyone come up with a better term other than dusty funk? Why was there a bigger market for minis back in the day? Talk about the storyline and how Kevin came across this goldmine and any legal implications. How many bar owners did you talk to about running a business on vintage spirits? What do you think has to be considered vintage? Was there any information in the book that teaches you how to date code vintage whiskey? Is there a chance that any store is left with any dusty bottles? Do you need dusty cocktail ingredients? @aarongoldfarb Support this podcast on Patreon
61:02 11/04/2024
Whiskey Quickie: Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 18 Year Bourbon Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 18 Year. This 18 year old bourbon is 120 proof and $300 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
05:15 09/04/2024
Behind The Pursuit: How To Choose a Distributor
Subscribe to Behind The Pursuit: From Bourbon to Brand Stemming from the episode of the Bourbon Pursuit podcast with John Foster of Ragged Branch, today's episode comes from a few listeners of the show, Todd and David, as Kenny discusses the process of choosing distributors specifically for Pursuit Spirits. We touch on topics such as the three-tier distribution system, the role of distributors in the industry, and the challenges of market launches and incentives. We also share experiences with different distributors and the importance of building relationships in the industry. Kenny discusses the challenges of managing skew sprawl and UPCs in the bourbon industry. He explains how Pursuit Spirits aims to strike a balance between batch uniqueness and consumer familiarity. He also shares advice for those starting in the industry, emphasizing the importance of education and consulting. He explores different distribution models and the goals brands may have, whether it's long-term brand building or rapid expansion... but where is Pursuit in all of this? We hit on: Choosing the right distributor being crucial for a brand's success in the spirits industry. The three-tier distribution system presenting both challenges and opportunities for brands. Market launches, market support, and building relationships with distributors and retailers. Different distributors strengths and capabilities, and the importance of finding the right one for each market. Brand consideration of their goals and a distribution model that aligns with their long-term plans, whether it's slow brand building or rapid expansion. Pursuit Spirits' own business model. and much more. Be sure to visit pursuitspirits.com and click on Visit Us to book a tasting or barrel selection experience. For questions or topic requests on upcoming episodes, email us at podcast@pursuitspirits.com.
55:07 05/04/2024
456 - Will Non Distilling Producers Survive 2024? And A Message From Barrell Bourbon on Bourbon Community Roundtable #92
The past few weeks there have been lots of speculation about non distilling producers, or known as NDPs, being able to survive. The market has shifted and there are images of sourced brands that have prices slashed on shelves along with others having their facilities up for sale. This makes us wonder what is in store for the remainder of the year. We talk about what makes NDPs special and how every big distillery was also a NDP at one point as well. There's also a message coming directly from Barrell Bourbon about their current listings. Show Notes: Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about hot sauce and bourbon. What will happen to NDPs in 2024? Support this podcast on Patreon
85:53 04/04/2024
Whiskey Quickie: Chattanooga Whiskey White Port Cask Finished Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Chattanooga Whiskey White Port Cask Finished. This 5 year old whiskey is 95 proof and $60 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
04:08 02/04/2024
TWiB: New Service Called Kentucky Bourbon Retreat, Hard Truth's Farmer’s Reserve, Woodford Reserve's $15,000 Derby Bottle
It's This Week in Bourbon for March 29th 2024. A new service is launching dubbed the Kentucky Bourbon Retreat, Hard Truth Distilling Co. announced the introduction of Farmer’s Reserve, and Woodford Reserve drops a $15,000 bottle for the 150th Kentucky Derby.Show Notes: A new service is launching dubbed the Kentucky Bourbon Retreat Indiana has new liquor laws West Virginia's legislature has approved a bill that would allow individuals to distill Better Business Bureau warns of scam bourbon retail sites and social media accounts 50 Cent has filed a $6 million embezzlement case against Beam Suntory A vintage Perone beer can has sold for an astounding $62,830 Hard Truth Distilling Co. Farmer’s Reserve 15 STARS First West Bourbon Woodford Reserve 150th Kentucky Derby @50cent @barrelglobal @hardtruthspirits @woodfordreserve Support this podcast on Patreon
33:40 29/03/2024
455 - Digging Into The Psychology of a Bourbon Hunter with Jim White of Reality Check
Understanding how the bourbon geek thinks has been something that has dumbfounded us for years. We talk about it all the time on roundtables and other episodes where we try to guess why consumers purchase in certain ways. And for the longest time, you all have asked why don't we get someone on the show that can talk about the psychology of a bourbon drinker. Well, ask and you shall receive. In this very special episode, Jim White, the Founder and President of Reality Check consulting who has a background in bourbon advertising and psychology joins the show to talk about how people think and how brands can develop a story. This episode will dive into the psychology of scarcity, pricing, limited editions, repeat purchases, and so much more. During different segments you're going to come away realizing a reason why you chase and hunt bottles as well. Show Notes: Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about enforcement of bottled in bond. Can you give a background about Reality Check Consulting? What research methods do you use to get consumer feedback? What things in our psychology trigger us to look at certain brands? How does a brand like Weller go from zero to hero in such a short time? Why should brands create limited edition offerings from a psychology perspective? Is there another type of consumer that just isn't worried about status? How does a brand focused on volume market differently? Why would someone purchase the same bottle over and over again? Do other categories have fans that want their own hobby to fail? Is brand loyalty dead? How do you attract a customer to look beyond what's safe? Does FOMO play a big role? Support this podcast on Patreon
66:28 28/03/2024
Whiskey Quickie: Broken Barrel Honey Smoke Reserva American Whiskey Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Broken Barrel Honey Smoke Reserva American Whiskey. This 6 year old whiskey is 110 proof and $80 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
04:51 26/03/2024
TWiB: MGP Files Lawsuits Against Two Cities, More Partnerships in Golf Are Coming, Rabbit Hole Heretofore
It's This Week in Bourbon for March 22nd 2024. MGP is getting ready to battle two cities in court, more partnerships in golf are coming from Elijah Craig and Blade & Bow, and Rabbit Hole released the newest member of its Distillery Series, Heretofore.Show Notes: MGP is getting ready to battle two cities in court Thieves got away with bourbon that was inside a parked truck Bespoken Spirits new headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky Flying Ace announced an educational scholarship program with Folds of Honor Barmen 1873 Bourbon is rolling out its first-ever celebrity partnership with Lainey Wilson Blade and Bow Kentucky partners with golf champion Wyndham Clark Elijah Craig welcomes the 2024 PGA Championship Jack & Ginger Ale Knob Creek collaborates on a limited release with LL Cool J Penelope Rio is set to arrive on shelves in March Maker’s Mark has now launched the London edition of its Wood Finishing City Series Rabbit Hole Distillery released the newest member of its Distillery Series “Heretofore“ @bespokenspirits @flyingacespirits @foldsofhonor @barmen1873 @bladeandbowwhiskey @elijahcraig @jackdaniels_us @knobcreek @peneoplebourbon @makersmark @rabbithole @raekwon @llcoolj Support this podcast on Patreon
39:53 22/03/2024
454 - The Evolving Trends of Bourbon Journalism with Maggie Kimberl
Before there were Instagram and TikTok influencers, YouTubers, and even podcasters, there were writers. I'm not talking about bloggers. But esteemed authors and journalists who dug into a story and took it to magazines and other trade publications. The times have changed, our attention spans have gotten much shorter, and now running a story is much different. To help gives more insight into whiskey journalism we've invited Maggie Kimberl back on the show. She's the Content Editor of American Whiskey Magazine and writes some of the most intriguing stories in bourbon today. We all evaluate how access to distilleries have gotten harder through PR firms and how there may be a dilution of valuable content and talent because the barrier to entry is much lower through social media. It's not all doom and gloom though. We are now in a time when there is more to talk about than ever in bourbon. There is going to be no shortage of new stories with the boom of so many new distilleries and entrants into the market. Show Notes: Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about the lobbying groups for whiskey and bourbon. How small was the community in whiskey journalism? Has the access to the distillers and the people changed over the years? How many more events are there now? At what point in time did you start seeing a shift happen from deep articles vs click bait? If writing isn't a means to have a successful career did judging whiskey awards feel like a next step? What are the types of stories in magazines that people really latch on to and engage? Do stories on bourbon tourism do well? Do you see a problem with short-form content and those content creators? Do big brands even need bourbon media any longer? Support this podcast on Patreon
70:00 21/03/2024
Whiskey Quickie: Widow Jane Paradigm Rye Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Widow Jane Paradigm Rye. This non-age stated rye is 93 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
03:45 19/03/2024
TWiB: A Brewer Sues Government To Distill as a Hobby, Chattanooga Batch 037: Ancient Wheat, Yellowstone Rum Cask Finish
It's This Week in Bourbon for March 15th 2024. A brewer in Ohio is suing the federal government saying he should be able to distil as a hobby, Chattanooga is releasing DISCOVER EXPERIMENTAL BATCH 037: ANCIENT WHEAT!, and Limestone Branch Distillery has announced the second release in its Yellowstone Special Finishes Collection: Yellowstone Rum Cask FinishShow Notes: Should the government be able to stop you from making whiskey? Buzzard’s Roost Ambuzzador Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon Chattanooga is releasing Discover Experimental Batch 037: Ancient Wheat Yellowstone Rum Cask Finish @buzzardsroostwhiskey @chattwhiskey @rebelbourbon @yellowstonebourbon Support this podcast on Patreon
34:54 15/03/2024
453 - Will Horses Help Sell a Bottle? with Sean Josephs of Pinhook
The platform of this podcast was to help connect listeners to the brands they see on the store shelves. As time has gone on, sometimes we discover there really isn't much substance to a brand. But today's guest is the very opposite. I found myself enthralled with our guests history in the culinary world and what he's doing to make his whiskey be one that many can appreciate from the liquid to the blending. Sean Josephs is the Co-Founder & Master Blender behind Pinhook. You know all those bottles with race horses on the label and different colored wax. Sean talks about getting his start in restaurants, grinding it out, and eventually working at some of the world's premier establishments and becoming such a decorated wine sommelier that he would be considered famous by those standards. Consider me a bit star struck by the time this episode is over. Then he finds a new passion in bourbon and opens up one of the first ever whiskey bars in Brooklyn and eventually left to start Pinkhook bourbon. Sean's passion comes through and we learn the secret decoder ring to knowing more about all his Pinhook bottles and what's in store for the future. Show Notes: Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about adding water to high proof whiskey. What's your background and how did you get into bourbon? As a somm, do you remember the most epic wine? Was starting a whiskey bar in 2008 in Brooklyn a bold move? Were barrel selections becoming popular for restaurants in 2016? What made you want to stop doing bars and restaurants and start the whiskey brand? Can you explain the packaging and colors and how they work? What makes your whiskey special and what are you doing there? How long do you think you'll have enough whiskey to keep your projects going? Support this podcast on Patreon
72:51 14/03/2024
Whiskey Quickie: New Riff Bohemian Wheat Bourbon Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review New Riff Bohemian Wheat Bourbon. This 8 year old bourbon is 117.9 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
04:20 12/03/2024
TWiB: National Buzzard's Day Is a Thing, Old Forester High Angel's Share, Pursuit Releases United Double Oaked Bourbon
It's This Week in Bourbon for March 8th 2024. National Buzzard's Day is a thing, Old Forester releases High Angel's Share, and Pursuit Spirits finally releases their long awaited United Double Oaked Bourbon.Show Notes: March 15 is National Buzzards Day Ohio Liquor Goes Irish Old Forester High Angels’ Share Milam & Greene 2024 Wildlife Collection, the Golden Eagle Single Barrel Bourbon New Riff Distilling 8-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Woodford Reserve 2024 commemorative Derby bottle 15 STARS First West Rye Whiskey and 8&15 YO Private Stock Fine Aged Bourbon The Perfect Fifth 14-year-old American Whiskey Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Peerless Toasted Bourbon - Batch 1 @buzzardsroostwhiskey @ohioliquor @oldforester @milamandgreenewhiskey @newriff @woodfordreserve @15starsbourbon @michterswhiskey @kentuckypeerless @theperfectfifth @bourbon_colonel86 Support this podcast on Patreon
32:38 08/03/2024
452 - Is the Bourbon Boom Over? on Bourbon Community Roundtable #91
Is the bourbon boom really over? Some people think it may. Fred Minnick recently touched on this subject and people began talking about their ideas and buying habits. We wanted to tackle that by touching on publicly traded companies, heresay from our own experience, and if we truly think craft and NDPs are in trouble. Show Notes: Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about international market not working. Publicly traded companies like Diego and Brown Forman. Consumers buying mainstays. Retailers are cautious about new brands. International markets. Economic impacts Support this podcast on Patreon
73:09 07/03/2024
Whiskey Quickie: Fireside Hazmat Proof Bourbon Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Fireside Hazmat Proof Bourbon. This 6 year old bourbon is 141.2 proof and $65 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
04:28 05/03/2024
TWiB: Brown‑Forman Sells Its Jack Daniel Cooperage, WSWA Says Premiumization is Dead, Lost Lantern Releases the Spring 2024 Collection
It's This Week in Bourbon for March 1st 2024. Brown‑Forman Corporation has sold its Jack Daniel Cooperage to Independent Stave Company, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America say that premiumization is dead, and Lost Lantern releases their Spring 2024 collection.Show Notes: Brown‑Forman Corporation has sold its Jack Daniel Cooperage The Ripken Experience Maker's Mark labels for inspirational woman Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey has opened a whiskey lodge in Aspen Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America say that premiumization is dead Justins’ has sued Kentucky ABC Kentucky lawmakers are moving to close loopholes in the Vintage Distilled Spirits law FC Dallas partnership with Campari America Kentucky Bourbon Festival ticket sale dates Jaywalk Straight Rye Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing City Series Singapore Edition Lost Lantern Spring 2024 collection Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon with a commemorative 52nd Edition Gold Pegasus Pin Still Austin Whiskey Co Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey Total Eclipse Kentucky Straight Bourbon McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and Garrison Bros Whiskey Pecan & Pralines @jackdaniels_us @brownforman @makersmark @stranahans @fcdallas @campariusa @wildturkey @longbranchbourbon @kybourbonfest @lostlanternwhiskey @evanwilliamsbourbon @ewbourbonexperience @stillatx @caseyjonesdistillery @garrisonbros @mcconnellsicecreams Support this podcast on Patreon
63:52 01/03/2024
451 - Is There a Real White Oak Shortage? with Danna Baxley of The Nature Conservancy
The barrel is a magical component to the creation of bourbon and nearly 95% of all bourbon goes into white oak. But what's the problem with this? Bourbon can only be used in a charred barrel once. After that, it needs to find a new home. Now that may sound wasteful but the bourbon market is only a very small contributor to the current white oak problem. To help us better understand about forestry and the white oak supply I've invited Daana Baxley from the Nature Conservancy in Kentucky to join the show. She gives some great insight into the current state of white oak trees and what is currently being done to protect our forests. I've never known what it takes to manage forests and this episode will give you an insight into grading and how invasive species of trees continue to decline the white oak population. But more so, Daana gives us some insight if we will ever experience a white oak shortage in the future and what we can do to help protect it. Show Notes: Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about running out of old bourbon. What took you on a path to nature preservation? How are you able to achieve your mission without using scare tactics? Why is Appalachia so important? What does "protection" mean in the sense of a nature conservancy? What is the current status of the white oak species? What is the proper way to manage these forests? What does high grading mean? How has ash or maple impacted the population? How many years into the future are we looking at when we will see a big white oak problem? Is the bourbon industry a problem or is there another industry to blame? Do bourbon drinkers even care if there is sustainability practices happening? Do other industries join in conversation practices like the white oak initiative? Support this podcast on Patreon
60:46 29/02/2024
Whiskey Quickie: Jack Daniel's Distillery Series #12 Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Jack Daniel's Distillery Series #12 Tennessee Whiskey Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks. This non-age stated whiskey is 90 proof and $42 MSRP (375mL). Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
03:47 27/02/2024
Behind The Pursuit: What is Left to Innovate?
Subscribe to Behind The Pursuit: From Bourbon to Brand On today’s show we discuss the topic of innovation in the bourbon industry and explore the different ways brands differentiate their products. We question whether there is anything left to innovate and the reasons consumers are drawn to finished whiskeys. The conversation touches on the marketing strategies of brands and the perception of American finished whiskeys compared to other products such as Scotch whisky. We also discuss the potential for future innovations and trends in the industry. We hit on: The bourbon industry has seen a proliferation of finished whiskeys as a way for brands to differentiate their products. Consumers are drawn to finished whiskeys because they are marketed as unique and innovative. Do you think brands see these as products missing in the market, or is it a way to grab new consumers? There is still room for innovation in the use of different types of oak and wood influences in bourbon production. The perception and marketing of finished whiskeys differ between bourbon and Scotch whisky. Future innovations in the industry may involve exploring new flavors and blending techniques. and much more. Be sure to visit pursuitspirits.com and click on Visit Us to book a tasting or barrel selection experience. For questions or topic requests on upcoming episodes, email us at podcast@pursuitspirits.com.
36:45 23/02/2024
450 - Is American Single Malt On The Rise? with Steve Hawley, President of American Single Malt Whiskey Commission
There's a few things we talk about from time to time on the show. Sometimes it's RTDs, sometimes it's tequlia, and one spirit that seems to make it's way into more conversations is American Single Malt whiskey. However, I told myself that if we're going to talk about American Single Malt whiskey then we need a person that can really go indepth. What better person than Steve Hawley who is the President of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission. Steve joins the show to talk about his background starting Westland Distillery and then formed the commission. We talk about the growth of the category, production methods, exports, and it's current journey to being recognized by the rest of the world. Show Notes: Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about the effect of climate change. How did you get into the whiskey business? If barley grows so well then why isn't there a history of it? What is the importance of trying to make American Single Malt an approved category? How did you become the president of the commission? How have case sales grown from 2010 till today? Is the SMWC analogous to DISCUS or KDA? What is the proposed definition of American Single Malt and what's the current status of it? What rules were valid versus ones that seemed really weird? Why do people prefer pot still for single malt production? When a heritage brand creates a single malt like Jim Beam and Heaven Hill, does this hurt or help? Are American Single Malt producers starting to look at exports instead of domestic education? Support this podcast on Patreon
64:12 22/02/2024
Whiskey Quickie: Hemingway Rye Signature Edition Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Hemingway Rye Signature Edition. This non-age stated rye is 102 proof and $80 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
04:00 20/02/2024
TWiB: Bulleit and Redemption Are Back in Court, MGP Sues the Town of Williamstown, Kentucky, Woodford Reserve Batch Proof Announced
It's This Week in Bourbon for February 16th 2024. Bulleit and Redemption whiskey brands are back at it in court, MGP is suing the city of Williamstown, Kentucky, and Woodford Reserve has released its annual limited-edition, high-proof expression Woodford Reserve Batch Proof.Show Notes: Woodford Reserve teams up with Sergio Hudson and Anifa Mvuemb for fashion Bulleit and Redemption whiskey brand are back at it in court Staghorn has named Lisa Wicker as the first Master Distiller MGP is suing the city of Williamstown, Kentucky Woodford Reserve Batch Proof Bulleit American Single Malt High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Chattanooga Whiskey Barrel Finishing Series: White Port Cask Finished Gin & Juice By Dre and Snoop @woodfordreserve @bulleit @redemptionwhiskey @chattwhiskey @drdre @snoopdogg Support this podcast on Patreon
41:18 16/02/2024
449 - Ed Bley is Back with Old Stubborn Whiskey
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, we finally see the re-emergence of Ed Bley. Ed has been a previous guest on the podcast that was from way back in 2018. So if you just started listening to Bourbon Pursuit, then you probably have no idea of the impact Ed had on the bourbon world during that time. Ed went into hiding and went on a mission to bring some new whiskey to the world and he's now back presenting his new line called Old Stubborn. We talk about his background in blending and the journey he took from working at Cork N Bottle, picking barrels, and being a big influence in the larger bourbon community to losing hope on building a distillery and then quickly pivoting to find whiskey that wasn't available on the open market. This is one of the most anticipated interviews for many of you long-time listeners so enjoy this episode with Ed Bley. Show Notes: Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about sustainability and new oak barrels. What is your background and what were you doing on the retail side? How often do you reject barrels during a barrel selection? Can you give some background on Old Baldy? Why would you want to leave a comfortable position to do your own thing? Why would you want to start a distillery versus sourcing barrels? How did you search for whiskey to use? Why did you call the whiskey Old Stubborn? Is there a reason why you put the word "old" on your bottles? Can you talk about how you ended up on the bottle? What went into this first release? How did the conversations start to acquire your whiskey stocks? Is this high price a sustainable business model? What does your product strategy look like? What is your plan for distribution and expansion? Support this podcast on Patreon
66:25 15/02/2024
Whiskey Quickie: Heart of Mystic Bourbon Review
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Heart of Mystic Bourbon. This 3 year old bourbon is 114.6 proof and $40 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.
04:18 13/02/2024
TWiB: 2023 Bourbon Economic Impact Study, Bardstown Bourbon Company's “House of Bardstown", Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 18 Year
It's This Week in Bourbon for February 9th 2024. 2023 Bourbon Economic Impact Study is out, Bardstown Bourbon Company introduces the “House of Bardstown," and Heaven Hill releases Heritage Collection 18-Year-Old Bourbon.Show Notes: 2023 Bourbon Economnic Impact Study is out. Bardstown Bourbon Company introduces the “House of Bardstown" Old Forester named Caleb Trigo as Assistant Master Distiller Distilled Living is an Official Sponsor of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Bourbon Strong 50-4-50 charity raffle Distilled in Washington, A History new book Will the Apple Vision Pro change the drinks industry forever? The Fielder’s Choice Collection Four Gate Triple Oak Puncher’s Chance THE UNIFIED BELT Jack Daniel's Batch 2 of its 12-Year-Old Tennessee Whiskey and Batch 3 of its 10-Year-Old Tennessee Whiskey Path of Totality Bourbon Whiskey Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A124 Penelope Bourbon Tokaji Cask Finish Kentucky Old Fashioned Bourbon Barrel Ale Heaven Hill releases Heritage Collection 18-Year-Old Bourbon @bardstownbourbonco @oldforester @distilledliving @give270 @jriegerco @fourgatewhiskey @puncherschancebourbon @jackdaniels_us @haynerdistilling @elijahcraig @penelopebourbon @heavenhilldistillery @heavenhillbrands @alltechbrews Support this podcast on Patreon
54:38 09/02/2024
448 - When Does An Age Statement Matter? on Bourbon Community Roundtable #90
Whether it's 2 or 12 years old, the age statement on a bottle seems to be an attractor to many. But as we start diving more into our bourbon journey we start realizing that age is just a number. I've had some really great bourbons at 4 years old and some really great at 14. With all that being said, at what point should you proudly display that age statement on the bottle? In this roundtable, we dive into this topic and look at the history of age statements and when we started paying attention to them. There's also brands that have a lot of success without an age statement like Maker's Mark and most of the Buffalo Trace portfolio. And now that the modern bourbon consumer has been accustom to seeing age statements, would you pass on a bottle just because it said 4 years old on it? Show Notes: bove the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about people hating Buffalo Trace products. When Does An Age Statement Matter? Support this podcast on Patreon
75:13 08/02/2024

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