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Barrel Room Chronicles (formerly Spirits of Whisk[e]y)

Barrel Room Chronicles (formerly Spirits of Whisk[e]y)

By Kerry Moynahan
Welcome to the Barrel Room Chronicles, hosted by Kerry Moynahan. Kerry is a Certified Bourbon Steward, former bartender, co-host of the Spirits of Whisk(e)y podcast, media producer and all-around whiskey aficionado. Kerry has combined her love for whiskey into media projects which celebrate this great spirit. And for the last 20 years she has been helping others tell their stories though television, film and other media. But now it’s time for her to take her love for whiskey and her experience in the entertainment industry to uncover the fascinating stories of the water of life.
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BRC EP 10 - Spirits Technology
In this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles, I speak with silicon valley engineers and Bespoken Spirits founders Stu Aaron and Martin Janousek.  We chat about their proprietary ACTivation technology which completed spirit maturation in only 3 days. Plus, Chef Louise Leonard tells me about a cookie recipe that might surprise you. Barrel Room Chronicles is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and is available on Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeartRadio, Amazon and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.  For complete episode show notes, visit BarrelRoomChronicles.com
36:34
May 15, 2022
BRC EP 9 - Ireland's Spirit
On this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles I speak with John Ralph about his Double Gold award winning Poitin, and the history of the Irish Spirit. Then later in the show I speak with Chef Louise Leonard, about a redheaded Mary. About Mad March Hare:  First distilled by monks (God bless you lads), the Irish enjoyed their  poitín for a thousand years before it was banned by the Brits in 1661.  But we’re resilient feckers and poitín never really went away. It  remained part of Irish drinking culture and was given names like Cratur, Mountain Dew, Mountain Tea and Devil’s Spittle. And you always  knew a man, who knew a man, that could get you a bottle. Now legal  again, poitín can be found on backbars all across Ireland, instead of  under the counter. At Mad March Hare, we use only the finest,  locally sourced malted barley and distill three times in small copper  pot stills in the traditional way. We then cut the spirit with Irish  spring water to 40% ABV resulting in a drink that is full of character  and exceptionally smooth. Sláinte! Barrel Room Chronicles is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and is distributed by Anchor.FM and is available on Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeartRadio, Amazon and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Theme song: Kentucky-Bluegrass-Mornin Composer: Clay Tyler Smith © Pond5.com
41:30
April 23, 2022
BRC Ep 8 - The Taste of India with Sanjeev Banga
On this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles we speak with Sanjeev Banga about Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky.  Then Chef Louise Leonard creates a special dessert with it!   Guest Bio Sanjeev Banga has been spearheading global reach for  Radico Khaitan brands since 2008 as President – International Business.   Radico brands are available in over 85 countries. He has been  instrumental in the growth and premiumization journey of the company  through the creation of luxury brands, such as Rampur Indian Single Malt  and Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin. He is an international business  veteran with over 35 years of experience in FMCG companies including  Godfrey Philips (an affiliate of Philp Morris), Nestle, Seagram, Pernod  Ricard etc. Sanjeev has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and an MBA. • Rampur Double Cask is made from 100% Indian barley, malted and  distilled in traditional copper pot stills by the oldest distillery in  India. This opulently tropical single malt is less forward with it’s oak  influence than the name might lead one to suspect. The aging in used  Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks does impart the vanilla and toasted  cacao typical of this treatment, but the fruit driven character remains  at the fore, reminding one of an Indian Summer, bursting with life. o ABV is 45% o SRP is $79.99 o Bottle shot • Rampur Asava is an outlier in the world of cask finished single malts.  For this expression, Rampur has chosen a unique combination of used  Bourbon barrels and Indian Cabernet Sauvignon barrels in which to age  the spirit. The result is a nose heavy with golden apricot, plums and  spice followed by a palate beginning with a honeyed sweetness flowing  into a pleasant dryness imparted by the Indian Cabernet Sauvignon. o ABV is 45% o SRP is $89.99 o Bottle shot
29:10
March 31, 2022
BRC EP 7 - ABV Network and Kentucky Tours
On this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles I speak with Steve Akley, founder of the ABV network about his whiskey journey and how his hobby grew into the network he has today. Then later in the show I speak with Bob White, founder of Kentucky Guides LLC, on how he went from local newspaper reporter to small business tour guide and entrepreneur. Guest Bios Steve Akley is the owner of the ABV Network, LLC. We are a bourbon media company that got started in 2016. Our mission is to provide quality content via podcasts and live events for our fans that is both fun and educational. We plan to deliver on this goal by always looking at what we are doing via the approach we had before we ever got into this business... as fans of the products, people, companies and industries we are talking about. As long as we continue to provide the type of fun, educational, entertainment that we were seeking to hear ourselves before we got on the air, it is the belief of our team that we will always exceed your expectations. Bob White is a native Kentuckian who joined the Bourbon boom in 2011, after a decade reporting small town news in Central Kentucky. That prior experience continues to offer him, and his guests, meaningful background information to best tell the story of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey-making in the Bluegrass State. A planner, guide and commercially-licensed driver, Bob founded Kentucky Guides, LLC with a mission to take bourbon enthusiasts deeper into the science, history and geography behind America’s Native Spirit. Having contracted as a guide for tour operators for years, Bob knew visitors hungered to learn more about this barrel-aged, corn-based whiskey than what a bus driver and basic distillery tour guide has to offer. Launching his micro-tour operation in the beginnings of the Covid-19 pandemic was suitable, since a tour with Kentucky Guides LLC doesn’t rely on gift shops and distilleries to remain open in order to conduct a full-weekend bourbon tour. With love for his home state’s budding tourism industry, Bob received a Governor’s Commission as a Kentucky Colonel following his recognition by Louisville’s Tourism and Convention Commission as an important conductor ‘‘Behind the Scenes.” Being a Kentucky Colonel doesn’t relate to the military, but Bob served in the US Navy right after high school, working in ships‘ engineering departments between 1991-1993. Bob loves showing visitors to his home the best Kentucky has to offer. Like Daniel Boone said, Bob believes ‘‘Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.’’  And he’s doing what he truly loves. ‘‘Whether I die tonight, or win the lottery in the morning, I’ll still be guiding tours around Kentucky,’’ he says. Barrel Room Chronicles is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and is distributed by Anchor.FM and is available on Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeartRadio, Amazon and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Theme song: Kentucky-Bluegrass-Mornin Composer: Clay Tyler Smith © Pond5.com
41:30
March 18, 2022
BRC Ep 6 - What Number is Your Favorite Whiskey?
In this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles you’ll get a glimpse of 291 Colorado Distillery when I speak to Michael Myers in Tales from the Still. 291 Colorado Whiskey is a uniquely American story – honoring the Western whiskey of a bygone era, 291 is the passion project of a former New York City fashion photographer and was first created in a small basement from a one-of-a-kind still constructed from old copper photographic plates. 291 is made the Colorado Way®, grain to barrel to bottle, and the distillery’s whiskeys are finished with toasted staves of Colorado aspen trees. 291 has been earning awards and recognition since its first runs off the still in 2011.  Also in this episode I speak with Chef Louise Leonard..... about fly fishing? This episode is sponsored by Vinovest Visit the BRC website to see and hear more, get full show notes and coming attractions. Barrel Room Chronicles is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and is distributed by Anchor.FM and is available on Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeartRadio, Amazon and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Theme song: Kentucky-Bluegrass-Mornin Composer: Clay Tyler Smith © Pond5.com
37:06
March 09, 2022
BRC EP 5 - Whiskey films and Mrs. Robinson
On this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at Mrs. Robinson’s Irish Pub in Toluca Lake California in today’s Tavern Talk. I’ll catch up with owner Brett Robinson and talk about how he became the proprietor of the pub and how he has weathered the pandemic. But first, I’ll chat with whiskey filmmaker Bo Cumberland in Tales from the Still. Bo Cumberland is a video editor/independent filmmaker with over fifteen years of video editing experience, ten of those years focusing on moonshine/bourbon. He specializes in telling the deeper, more personal stories associated with moonshine and bourbon. Bo is well versed in all aspects of video and audio production and works hard to make sure that everything he does is the best that it can be. Bo is inspired daily by his wife and family. In his free time, he is usually touring his new home state of Kentucky with them. Brett Robinson - After over 25 years in the entertainment business, bought the local Pub and transitioned into the restaurant/bar business. He now owns and operates Mrs. Robinson’s Irish Pub in Toluca Lake California. Barrel Room Chronicles is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and is distributed by Anchor.FM and is available on Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeartRadio, Amazon and wherever fine podcasts are heard. Theme song: Kentucky-Bluegrass-Mornin Composer: Clay Tyler Smith © Pond5.com
42:07
February 05, 2022
BRC EP 4 - The Silver State's Frey Ranch, Farmers + Distillers
On this week's episode of Barrel Room Chronicles, I visit Frey Ranch in Fallen NV. So if you are watching this on www.BarrelRoomChronicles.com, YouTube or Spotify, you are in for a treat! After our in person interview, Colby takes us on a private tour of the distillery and later in the show Chef Louise Leonard dishes out some good cooking ideas with the Frey's Single Grain Oat Whiskey! Barrel Room Chroniclesis a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and is distributed by Anchor.FM and is available on Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeartRadio, Amazon and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Theme song: Kentucky-Bluegrass-Mornin Composer: Clay Tyler Smith © Pond5.com
24:43
January 28, 2022
BRC EP 3 – J.K. Williams Re-Birth
On this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles, we discover the long lost  whiskey history of Peoria, Illinois. Andy Faris and Jeff Murphy join me  in a conversation about how they are working to bring back one of the  cities greatest distilleries from pre-prohibition era. Plus, Chef Louise  Leonard chats with me about her cooking creation using the wheat  whiskey expression from JK Williams Distilling. Barrel Room Chronicles is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and is distributed  by Anchor.FMand is available on Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeartRadio, Amazon and wherever fine podcasts are heard. Theme song: Kentucky-Bluegrass-Mornin Composer: Clay Tyler Smith © Pond5.com
38:34
January 21, 2022
BRC EP 2 - Ghost Whiskey and The Guru
On this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles, A Glass Apart Author Fionnán O’Connor, shares how his academic career collided with the water of life. As an undergrad at UC Berkeley, he taught a one unit class in the  Celtic Studies department about the amber spirit. This experience helped lead him into his post graduate work on the history of lost Irish  Whiskeys. With a grant from the Irish government and the cooperation of Boann Distillery, O’Connor will be the first person to have a PHD in “Ghost Whiskey.” Also appearing on this episode is Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru. Pogash tells how he became one of the most  premiere cocktail consultants and bartenders for restaurants and spirit companies in the nation. Barrel Room Chronicles is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and is distributed by Anchor.FM and is available on Spotify, Apple,  Google, iHeartRadio, Amazon and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Photo of Fionnan O'Connor COURTESY OF BOANN DISTILLERY/PHOTOS BY BRIAN CONNOLLY
41:48
January 21, 2022
BRC EP 1 - The Irishman and Writers Tears
On this premiere episode of Barrel Room Chronicles, Bernard Walsh shares  his whiskey journey, while tasting through several expressions from his brand, Writers Tears.  Bernard also talks about his involvement with  Left Bank, a documentary about four remarkable women who made the first publication of Ulysses (by author James Joyce) possible in 1922—and  lastly, he tells us about the recent acquisition of the Walsh Whiskey company by the Amber Beverage Group. To see the full article click on the link below: https://drinksint.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/9803/Amber_Beverage_Group_acquires_Walsh_Whiskey.html Please visit www.BarrelRoomChronicles.com for full show notes, and coming attractions! Barrel Room Chronicles is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and is distributed by Anchor.FM and is available on Spotify, Apple,  Google, iHeartRadio, Amazon and wherever fine podcasts are heard.
01:05:44
January 21, 2022
SOW S2 EP57- Koji Whiskey Returns with Christopher Pellegrini & Stephen Lyman Honkaku Spirits
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are Christopher Pellegrini and Stephen Lyman, founders of Honkaku Spirits, US importer of a rapidly expanding portfolio of Japanese spirits, including koji whiskey and a wide range of shochus. Listen and learn how Christopher, a university lecturer turned certified sake and awamori expert, and Stephen, a clinical epidemioligist and medical educator, went from indulging a passion for Japanese libations to pinning their professional future on building a global market for them. Honkaku Spirits: Founded in 2020 in the midst of a global public health crisis, Honkaku Spirits is the first portfolio devoted exclusively to koji-fermented spirits including honkaku (authentic) shochu, Ryukyu Awamori from Okinawa, and koji whiskey from Japan. Working exclusively with family-run distilleries, Honkaku Spirits is devoted to introducing the best traditional Japanese spirits to America. The company is led by Christopher Pellegrini, author of The Shochu Handbook, the first English language book about Japan’s indigenous spirits, and supported by ambassador Stephen Lyman, author of the James Beard Award nominated Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks. Bruce Gearhart – formerly president of Bacchus Importers, one of the premier fine wine and craft spirits distributors based in the mid-Atlantic – is the Managing Director. Spirits of Whisk(e)y podcast is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by Anchor.FM and EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!
01:04:19
January 19, 2022
SOW EP 56 - Boston Harbor Distillery's First Lady, Rhonda Kallman
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Rhonda Kallman, Founder & CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery. Located at The Port on Boston Harbor in a renovated 1850s brick and beam building, the Distillery produces an expansive portfolio of distilled spirits, with a particular focus on whiskey, including a bottled-in-bond single malt. Listen and learn how the matriarch of Boston's craft beer movement—Rhonda founded both The Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams, and New Century Brewing Co.—went from malting beer to malting whiskey and graduating from Harvard University's Owner/President Management Program along the way. Spirits of Whisk(e)y is a production of 1st Reel entertainment and the Center for Culinary Culture. For full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com
01:01:55
January 17, 2022
Whiskey Fans - Check out Barrel Room Chronicles
Hey Spirit of Whiskey fans! Check out our new spin off series, Barrel Room Chronicles, hosted by Kerry Moynahan. BRC will bring you more whiskey, more spirits, more stories, and most importantly, more people of the food and beverage industry. Each episode will have a variety of new segments including Dram Diaries, Tales From the Still, Tavern Talk, Whiskey Whereabouts, Club Corner, and fan favorite, World of Weezy with Chef Louise Leonard. Check out the 1st two episodes streaming now on Anchor, Spotify Google, iHeart Radio, Amazon, Audible or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts Or if you want to watch the episode, check us out on YouTube , or visit our website at www.barrelroomchronicles.com Theme song: Kentucky Bluegrass Mornin Courtesy of Pond5.com Composer: Clay Tyler Smith
00:53
January 11, 2022
SOW S2 EP55 Bonding Irish Whiskey with J.J. Corry's Louise Mc Guane
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Louise Mc Guane, Founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey and Ireland's first modern whiskey bonder. Listen and learn how this daughter of Irish agriculture enjoyed a career promoting a global portfolio of spirits with the likes of Diageo, Pernod Ricard, and Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton before returning to the family farm to revive the generations-old practice of blending and maturing select whiskeys from across the Emerald Isle. Spirits of Whisk(e)y is a production of 1st Reel entertainment and the Center for Culinary Culture. For full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com
42:59
January 05, 2022
SOW S2 EP54 Whisky for Wine Lovers with Waterford Founder Mark Reynier
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Mark Reynier, Founder of Waterford Whisky in Waterford, Ireland, the Emerald Isle's oldest city, as well as Renegade Rum Distillery on the tiny Caribbean island nation of Grenada. Listen and learn how this former wine merchant went from resurrecting Islay's long-shuttered Bruichladdich Distillery and helping to revive the tradition of Scottish gin making by introducing The Botanist to converting a former Guinness brewery into Waterford Distillery, makers of more than 35(!) single malt—and single farm—whiskies. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! WACJ ad Music - HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
46:32
October 22, 2021
SOW EP 53 - Paul John Indian Single Malts: The Man & His Whiskies
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Paul John, Chairman of John  Distilleries in Goa, India, makers of Paul John Indian Single Malts,  some of the world's finest and most award-winning whiskies. Listen and  learn how the company, founded in 1996, grew from an idea to a leading  spirits manufacturer in less than a decade—not just in India, but across  the globe—introducing its first single malt whiskies, to worldwide  acclaim, in 2012. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Ad Music for Whiskey: A Chef's Journey -  HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
28:56
October 02, 2021
SOW S2 EP52 American History Through a Whiskey Glass
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Harris Cooper, PhD, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Emeritus, at Duke University and author of American History Through a Whiskey Glass. Listen and learn how Dr. Cooper, the editor and author of numerous social science textbooks and an avid student of American history, went from hosting whiskey and music pairing dinners with his wife to becoming an Executive Bourbon Steward and penning an engaging and whimsical book that colorfully illustrates how distilled spirits, domestic cuisine, and popular music shaped a nation. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! WACJ ad Music - HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
48:38
September 15, 2021
SOW S2 EP51 From Speyside to the Highlands with Aberfeldy and Craigellachie
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Matthew Cordiner, Global Brand Ambassador for Single Malts at Scotland's John Dewar & Sons. While this Speyside native grew up in the village of Craigellachie, home to one of the single malt whiskies in his charge, it was a chance summer position as a distillery tour guide that opened his eyes to the possibility of a career in promoting the water of life. Hear Matthew wax both poetic and technical over Aberfeldy and Craigellachie, but two of the five single malts he now represents worldwide. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! WACJ ad Music- HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
01:08:41
September 04, 2021
SOW S2 EP50 Stellum Spirits: American Whiskey Shoots for the Stars
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Joe Beatrice, Founder of Louisville, Kentucky's Barrell Craft Spirits and his newest project, Stellum Spirits. After a successful career in advertising, founding and leading Blue Dingo Digital in the 1990s, the Boston native and New York technology and marketing entrepreneur turned his talents to whiskey and rum, launching Barrell Craft in 2013. Hear Joe, the driving force behind Stellum Spirits, discuss the brand's initial blends, Stellum Bourbon and Stellum Rye, both released in 2021, and how they point to what he believes is the future of American whiskey. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! WACJ ad Music- HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
40:36
August 18, 2021
SOW S2 EP49 Distilled: A Game of Spirited Strategy
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Dave Beck, a 3D digital, game, and new media artist. He's also a professor of game design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie, Wisconsin. All very exciting stuff, but just why are we featuring him and his work in this space? Well, he created Distilled, a board game of spirited strategy based on his sabbatical research in—where else?—Scotland! Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! WACJ ad Music- HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
58:02
July 07, 2021
SOW S2 EP48 Penderyn: A Welsh Whisky Renaissance
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are the powerhouse trio who quite literally run, distill, and blend Penderyn, the first whisky made in Wales in over 100 years. Listen and learn how CEO Stephen Davies, Distillery Manager Laura Davies, and Master Blender Aista Phillips followed unlikely career paths to producing award-winning single malt whiskies and other spirits at the Welsh Whisky Company and its Penderyn Distillery, in the foothills of the magnificent Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Then hear Chef Louise Leonard talk Welsh culture and cocktails with Rhino Williams, the Wales-born master bartender and owner of Lost Property Bar in Hollywood, California. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! WACJ ad Music- HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
57:04
July 07, 2021
SOW S2 EP47 Kavalan: World-Class Whiskies from Taiwanese Spirits
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Kaitlyn Tsai, Global PR Officer at Taiwan's Kavalan Distillery, recognized by the spirits press as maker of multiple best-in-class whiskies, including the celebrated Vinho Barrique. Listen and learn how Kaitlyn went from a successful career in film production to representing Taiwanese whisky before a global audience, in the process being named Icons of Whisky's 2021 "World Whisky Brand Ambassador." Then hear Chef Louise Leonard wax delicious over pairing Kavalan Classic with Pork Belly Bao—a match made in culinary heaven! Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.comfor full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! WACJ ad Music- HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.
44:05
June 23, 2021
SOW S2 EP46 Glendalough: Whiskey & More from Ireland's Valley of Two Lakes
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Donal O'Gallachoir, Co-Owner & US National Brand Manager at Ireland's Glendalough Distillery, in County Wicklow, just south of Dublin. Founded by five friends, including Donal, with a mutual love of Irish whiskey and Irish lore, the distillery is located in a narrow glacial valley—"Glendalough" is Irish for "the valley of two lakes"—in the Wicklow Mountains, the historical and spiritual home of the legendary St. Kevin, whose image graces each and every bottle of award-winning whiskey, gin, and poitín it produces. After the interview, let your taste buds run wild as Chef Louise Leonard discusses pairing Glendalough's Seven-Year Single Malt finished in Porter casks with a whiskey- and beer-fortified Venison Hunter's Stew topped with a Sorrel Chimichurri. St. Kevin approved! Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! WACJ ad Music- HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
58:08
June 17, 2021
SOW S2 EP45 Breaking the Barrel: Oak Bills & Whiskey Blends
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Seth Benhaim, Founder & CEO of L.A.'s Infuse Spirits, makers of Broken Barrel Whiskey. Listen and learn how this inveterate entrepreneur went from infusing premium vodka with fresh and dried whole fruit to creating a range of whiskeys that employ broken barrel staves in an oak bill unique to each expression. Plus we catch up on what's new with past guest Matt Hofmann, Master Distiller at Seattle's Westland Distillery, in the first edition of "Whiskey Whereabouts." Then savor Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Broken Barrel's Fen Walker, a blend of American whiskeys finished in peated Islay cask and Spanish sherry staves, with Salted Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding topped with Dried Cherries and Whiskey Whipped Cream. Yum!  Please visit www.spiritsofwhiskey.com to for full show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! WACJ ad Music- HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
56:26
June 10, 2021
SOW S2 EP44 Distilling the Cotswolds: The Rebirth of English Whisky
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Daniel Szor, Founder & CEO of The Cotswold Distilling Company, operators of Cotswolds Distillery in Shipston-on-Stour, a small town in Warwickshire, England. Listen and learn how this native New Yorker went from managing currency investments in Paris and London to making exceptional English single malt whiskies, as well as a range of distinctive gins, in the British Midlands. You can even read about his story in Daniel's 2020 autobiography, Spirit Guide: In Search of an Authentic Life. Then work up an appetite with Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Cotswolds Dry Gin with Homemade Potato Chips, Lavender-Citrus Crème Fraîche, and Caviar. Enjoy! Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Ad Music for The VIP Lounge, "Redwood Trail," Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
51:24
June 03, 2021
SOW S2 EP43 Hiram Walker & Sons: Colossus of Canadian Whisky
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender at Hiram Walker & Sons Limited. Located in Windsor, Ontario, just across the Detroit River from Motor City, the historic Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery is Canada's oldest—and North America's largest!—and home to a vast range of spirits and brands, including a distinguished quartet of Canadian whiskies: J.P. Wiser's, Lot No. 40, Pike Creek, and Gooderham & Worts. Listen and learn how "Dr. Don," who this year celebrates his silver anniversary at Hiram Walker, parlayed deep agricultural roots and a knack for science into a quarter-century of innovation and dedication to advancing the craft of Canadian whisky. Then delight to Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Hiram Walker's rum barrel-finished Pike Creek 10-Year Canadian Whisky with her take on the classic Puerto Rican Mofongo, featuring fried chicken skin, charred pineapple, and pickled habañero onions. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Ad Music for The VIP Lounge, "Redwood Trail," Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
01:00:00
May 26, 2021
SOW S2 EP42 - The Terroir of Whiskey: A Distiller's Journey into the Flavor of Place
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Rob Arnold, Master Distiller at Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., in Fort Worth, Texas, makers of TX Whiskey. Fort Worth, aka Cowtown, was at one time home to the world's largest horse and mule market. Now, however, thanks to the pioneering work of this third-generation whiskey professional and bona fide Renaissance man, it's a center of whiskey innovation. Listen and learn how the author of Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey (2016) and The Terroir of Whiskey: A Distiller's Journey into the Flavor of Place (2021) left his native Louisville to blaze his own whiskey trail, in the process earning a PhD in plant breeding and genetics at Texas A&M University. Then whet your appetite with Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing TX Pedro Ximénez sherry cask-finished Straight Bourbon with an exquisite Spanish flan, featuring flambéed apricots, cherries, and plums. This decadent dessert, which picks up the bourbon's caramel and candied nut notes, makes for a perfect after-dinner treat. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Ad Music for The VIP Lounge, "Redwood Trail," Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
01:00:08
May 20, 2021
SOW S2 EP41 - The Complete Whiskey Course: Terroir, Provenance & More
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Robin Robinson, author of The Complete Whiskey Course: A Comprehensive Tasting School in Ten Classes. This veteran of the spirits sector has led a full and colorful life in whiskey, traveling the globe as both brand ambassador—Compass Box, anyone?—and whiskey educator, and now he's compiled that expertise and that experience into one handy and remarkably thorough tome. Listen and learn how Robin went from trodding the boards—because he's an actor, of course!—to translating his deep whiskey knowledge for the layman in great and lively detail. Then hear the very first installment of Club Corner, a new segment that spotlights the exceptional individuals who run the world's whiskey clubs, producing events that showcase whiskey's globality and stylistic diversity. First up? David Donahue and Vadim Perlovskiy of The Los Angeles Whisk(e)y & Spirits Guild.  Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Ad Music for The VIP Lounge, "Redwood Trail," Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
01:01:22
May 12, 2021
SOW EP 40 - Season 1 Finale!
Over the past year, Kerry Moynahan & Philip Dobard have interviewed more than four dozen Spirits of Whisk(e)y—the people who make, blend, write about, and otherwise evangelize for the water of life. In this, our 40th episode, we look back on our debut season, one filled with both spirit and spirits from around the world. Listen and learn from whiskey legends and whiskey newcomers alike, plus take a tasty lesson in pairing and cooking with whiskey from our very own Chef Louise Leonard.  Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions.  Ad Music for Whiskey: A Chef's Journey - HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com Ad Music for The VIP Lounge, "Redwood Trail," Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
01:02:37
May 12, 2021
SOW EP 39 - Lisa Roper Wicker of Widow Jane Distillery
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Lisa Roper Wicker, President, Head Distiller, and Blender at Widow Jane Distillery. Located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Widow Jane, in addition to making and laying down its own distillates, affectionately named "Baby Janes," sources and blends straight bourbon and rye whiskeys from Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and then proofs them with limestone mineral water from New York's Hudson River Valley, home of the historic Widow Jane Mine. Listen and learn how Lisa, a native of Bloomington, Indiana, went from winemaking in America's heartland to whiskey making in the center of the hipster universe. Then here Chef Louise Leonard, for whom Brooklyn figures bigly in her whiskey journey, mix Widow Jane's American Oak-aged Straight Rye Whiskey with Pickett's Ginger Beer Syrup, another Brooklyn product, this one made by her good friends, the Pickett Brothers. The result? A Brooklyn Mule. And yes, it's got a kick!  Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Ad Music for The VIP Lounge, "Redwood Trail," Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
58:48
March 24, 2021
SOW EP 38 - Woody Kane & Chris McGowan of The Busker Irish Whiskey
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are Woody Kane and Chris McGowan, Global Ambassador and Director of Marketing, respectively, at The Busker Irish Whiskey. Distilled in County Carlow by Royal Oak Distillery, The Busker is a "new to world" Irish whiskey, designed to demonstrate Ireland's three signature styles of whiskey—Single Grain, Single Malt, and Single Pot Still—and leverage its relationship with Disaronno International through its Triple Cask Triple Smooth expression, aged, in part, in Sicilian ex-Marsala casks. Listen and learn how Woody and Chris channeled a way with people and storytelling into a life of evangelizing the world's whiskey drinkers. Then hear Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing The Busker's Triple Cask Triple Smooth with Irish Soda Bread French Toast, accompanied by Fresh Fruit and Hard Cream. Sláinte! Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Ad Music for Whiskey: A Chef's Journey - HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
47:33
March 17, 2021
SOW EP 37 - David DeFazio of Wyoming Whiskey
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is David DeFazio, Founder of Wyoming Whiskey. Located in Kirby, a four-hour drive east of Jackson Hole, Wyoming Whiskey produces a range of outstanding whiskeys, including Double Cask—a straight bourbon finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks—and Outryder, a rye-forward, bottled-in-bond, straight American whiskey that's neither rye nor bourbon. Listen and learn how David, an attorney and native of upstate New York, turned a passion for whiskey into a life in whiskey. Then hear how Wyoming Whiskey's Private Stock Straight Bourbon left Chef Louise "Weezy" Leonard craving a bison burger smothered in a mild, gooey cheese, something like a Havarti, with caramelized onions to bring out the sweetness of the spirit, drunken sautéed mushrooms, a few sprigs of arugula for a peppery bite, and a nice grainy mustard. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Ad Music for Whiskey: A Chef's Journey - HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
01:03:09
March 10, 2021
SOW EP 36 - Lauren Oliver, the 'Mash Lass' of Glengyone Distillery
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Lauren Oliver of Glengoyne Distillery in Dumgoyne, Scotland. Dubbed the "Mash Lass," Lauren is the first woman to serve as Mashhouse Production Operator at Glengoyne and, for that matter, one of comparatively few women working in Scotch whisky. Listen and learn how Oliver, a native of Greater Glasgow, transitioned from a planned career in graphic design to a life in whiskey. Then hear how Glengoyne's 21-Year-Old Single Malt got Chef Louise "Weezy" Leonard craving a big wedge of creamy, slightly stinky, blue cheese, swathed in a layer of buttery puff pastry, served with fresh, ripe apples, and the whole lot drizzled with honey and fresh thyme! Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons.
48:24
March 03, 2021
SOW EP 35 - Mark Gillespie of WhiskyCast: The World's Longest-Running Whiskey Podcast!
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Mark Gillespie, Host & Executive Producer of WhiskyCast, the world's longest-running whiskey podcast. Listen and learn how Mark, who enjoyed a long career in radio news before blazing a podcasting trail for all who followed, went from journeyman broadcaster to the Internet's most recognizable voice of whiskey. Then hear how Seth Benhaim, Founder & CEO of Infuse Spirits and Broken Barrel Whiskey, started his own successful podcast, The Cartel Hour, with Co-Host and Producer Cameron Stephens. Together they survey the wide world of spirits from the very well-stocked comfort of The Infusery, in the Arts District of Los Angeles. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Ad Music for Whiskey: A Chef's Journey - HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com
52:12
February 28, 2021
Join us in the Spirits of Whisk(e)y VIP Lounge!
Spirits of Whisk(e)y explores the wide world of whiskey through high-profile and out-of-the-way makers, blenders, writers, ambassadors, innovators, and pioneers. And Kerry & Philip have been traveling the world virtually to bring these people—and their whiskey journeys—to you. As season one of our podcast approaches its finale, we realize just how many great stories we've put aside to share with you at a later date—and that date is here! Beginning in March, Spirits of Whisk(e)y is offering access to its new VIP Content page to loyal listeners and whiskey lovers who want more. And when it comes to whiskey, who doesn't want more?! The VIP Lounge opens with The Malting Floor, a new series filled with fantastic audio footage that ended up on the cutting room floor—or in our case, the malting floor. Grand Opening episodes include a chat with Nicole Austin about sour mash, charcoal mellowing, the George Dickel apprentice program, and the hidden meaning behind the numbers 1, 8, and 12. Also available to members is our talk with Fawn Weaver about how she became her own undercover boss, how her ladies-who-lunch date turned into an adventure with private investigators, and death row—plus we learn the true identities of Chick and Rabbit. And deleted content from this week's episode with WhiskyCast's Mark Gillespie also makes its debut on The Malting Floor. But wait, there's more! The grand opening of our VIP Lounge will also feature three videos of related content, including Kerry's first ever taste of whiskey wash (which we talked about with Laphroaig's Simon Brooking way back on Episode 1), a lost interview from 2015 when Kerry interviewed Jill Kuehler (interviewed with distiller Molly Troupe in Episode 8) when she was just opening Portland's Freeland Spirits, and a sample of Chef Louise Leonard'sCheese Blintzes with Sour Cherry Flambé from Episode 16. And this is just the beginning. We have lots more extra content in store for members of the VIP Lounge. Sign up now to become a supporter at anchor.fm/spirits-of-whiskey. Click on the support button and select the contribution level that's right for you. Once you’ve submitted your payment information, just visit our website, spiritsofwhiskey.com, to create your personal VIP Access account.
01:26
February 27, 2021
SOW EP 34 - Patrick Fee & Kyle Merklein of McCormick Distilling Co., Makers of Whicked Pickle Whiskey
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are Patrick Fee and Kyle Merklein of McCormick Distilling Co., home of the historic Holladay Distillery in Weston, Missouri, just outside Kansas City. Vice President of Marketing Patrick and Master Distiller Kyle are responsible for making and marketing an expansive portfolio of spirits, including gin, rum, and vodka, plus several house whiskeys, including their latest, a spicy pickle-flavored expression called Whicked Pickle. Listen and learn how Whicked Pickle went from no more than an idea to a successful market reality in just a few months. Then hear how Chef Louise Leonard, aka Weezy, incorporates Whicked Pickle into her world-famous Bloody Mary mix, garnished with home-pickled carrots, cucumbers, green beans, okra, and radishes from her own garden, plus a skewer of cheese and sausage, all chased with a beer back! Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons.
45:33
February 17, 2021
SOW EP 33 - Sean Josephs of Pinhook Whiskey & Author Peter Thomas Fornatale
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Sean Josephs, Founder & Master Taster at Pinhook Whiskey, a brand that blends select straight bourbon and straight rye whiskeys produced by the Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, naming each distinctive result in honor of a promising young thoroughbred racehorse. After a special at-the-races edition of "Whiskey Chronicles," featuring Brooklyn Spirits author Peter Fornatale, listen and learn how Sean, a certified sommelier and cocktail expert, went from owning and operating award-winning restaurants in New York and New Orleans to marrying two of his passions—whiskey and horseracing—to the delicious benefit of bourbon and rye drinkers everywhere. Then hear Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Pinhook's Tiz Rye Time with pumpernickel tea sandwiches, filled with lox, cream cheese, and dill. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons. Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.mp3.
01:04:23
February 10, 2021
SOW EP 32 - Nicole Austin of Cascade Moon & George Dickel Tennessee Whisky
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Nicole Austin, General Manager & Distiller at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. in Tullahoma, Tennessee, makers of George Dickel Whisky. Listen and learn how Nicole works to honor the brand's storied past—150 years and counting—with new Bottled-in-Bond and 15-Year Single Barrel releases while driving innovation with the first two editions of her hand-selected, "Mellow as Moonlight," Cascade Moon blends. Then hear Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 with black-eyed peas, seasoned with smoked ham hock and accompanied by greens, cornmeal dumplings, and chile de arbol salsa, and Dickel Single Barrel with roasted game hen, miso-spiked yams, and garlicky mustard greens. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com to see this episode's full show notes, listen to past episodes and coming attractions!   Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad Music provided by: HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.mp3
51:35
February 03, 2021
SOW EP 31 - Michael Scully & Paul Corbett of Clonakilty Atlantic Distillery
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are Michael Scully and Paul Corbett of Clonakilty Atlantic Distillery in County Cork, Ireland. The Scully family has farmed this windswept land on the country's southwest coast for nine generations, and in 2018, they introduced whiskey to what had been a largely milky affair. Listen and learn how Founder Michael, along with Head Distiller & Blender Paul, fired up the newly built distillery's three copper pot stills and started turning out award-winning Poitín—Irish new make grain spirit—and, in short order, released Single Grain, Double Oak, and Port Cask Irish whiskey expressions, plus Minke Gin and Minke Sloe Gin distilled from whey produced on site by the farm's herd of dairy cows. Plus hear Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Clonakilty Single Grain with skate—one of her favorite fish—pan-fried with brown butter and accompanied by a salad of wild greens and strawberries. Please visit www.spiritsofwhiskey.com to see this episode's full show notes, listen to past episodes and coming attractions! Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad music provided by: HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.mp3
42:09
January 27, 2021
SOW EP 30 - Denny Potter of Maker's Mark Distillery
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Denny Potter, General Manager & Master Distiller at Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. Among the American national spirit's more revered brands, Maker's Mark Straight Bourbon Whisky—yes, no "e"—enjoys a large and dedicated following. Listen and learn as Denny shares memories of a life in whiskey (and rum!), tells the remarkable origin story of Maker's signature bottle and label design, and discusses the challenges of maintaining the delicate balance of honoring tradition and driving innovation in whiskey making. Plus Chef Louise Leonard pairs Maker's Mark with a simple dessert of various cheeses, including Gruyère, Camembert, and Roquefort, and perfectly ripe pears with homemade pecan sage brittle.  Please visit www.spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad Music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons - Music by Jason Shaw on AudionautiX.com.
01:11:46
January 21, 2021
Spirits of Whisk(e)y Podcast - Coming soon!
Spirits of Whisk(e)y explores the wide world of whiskey through its many colorful personalities—from high-profile makers, blenders, and ambassadors to out-of-the-way innovators and remote pioneers. Join Kerry & Philip each week as they showcase the people and elements that give whiskey its spirit. The first three episodes, featuring Simon Brooking, Martin Duffy, and Doug Stone, will be released soon.
01:08
January 19, 2021
SOW EP 29 - Jacob Call & Terry Lozoff of Wheel Horse Whiskey & Green River Distilling Co.
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are Jacob Call and Terry Lozoff, creators of Wheel Horse Whiskey, a collaboration between Green River Distilling Co. and Latitude Beverage Co. Listen and learn as Master Distiller Jacob Call shares the process of resurrecting the Green River distillery, literally from the ashes of a devastating 1918 fire, and Latitude's Spirits Director Terry Lozoff discusses the journey of creating Wheel Horse, a new whiskey brand that's been turning heads—and palates—with its award-winning bourbon and rye releases. Plus hear Chef Louise Leonard discuss pairing Wheel Horse Bourbon with pork-filled, chile verde-topped tamales. ¡Delicioso! Please visit www.spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad Music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons - Music by Jason Shaw on AudionautiX.com.
45:17
January 16, 2021
SOW EP 28 - A Tale of Cake with Brendan McCarron & David Blackmore of The Glenmorangie Company
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are Brendan McCarron and David Blackmore of The Glenmorangie Company, producer of several globally-revered Scotch whiskies, including Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Listen as the iconic brand's Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks and Global Master Ambassador, discuss A Tale of Cake, Glenmorangie's newest limited-release bottling, finished in Hungarian Tokaj dessert-wine casks, plus Signet, one of the distillery's more celebrated—and rarer—expressions. Finally, hear Chef Louise Leonard discuss pairing A Tale of Cake with...wait for it...cake! That's right, and specifically, an Old-Fashioned Butter Cake. Yum!!! Please visit www.spiritsofwhiskey.comfor show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions. Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad Music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons - Music by Jason Shaw on AudionautiX.com.
01:08:24
January 07, 2021
SOW EP 27 - Julian Van Winkle III on a Life in Whiskey & PAPPYLAND—A New Book by Wright Thompson
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Julian P. Van Winkle III, President of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, makers of Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon and Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon and Rye, easily the world's most sought-after whiskeys. Listen and learn how this third-generation distiller revived the fortunes of a struggling distillery and, in the process, honored his legendary grandfather, the now-revered brand's namesake. Hear Julian share details of a colorful life in whiskey and discuss Pappyland, the new authorized biography by award-winning journalist Wright Thompson. Please visit www.spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad Music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons - Music by Jason Shaw on AudionautiX.com.
55:18
December 17, 2020
SOW EP 26 - THE WATER OF LIFE: A WHISKY FILM with Brittany Curran, Trevor Jones & Greg Swartz
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are Brittany Curran, Trevor Jones, and Greg Swartz—Executive Producer, Producer, and Director, respectively, of The Water of Life, a new film that looks at the craftsmen, chemists, and renegades who saved scotch whisky and started a creative revolution in Scotland. Listen and learn how these whiskey-passionate filmmakers set about developing, funding, and shooting a feature-length documentary about uisce beatha and its journey from a humble agricultural product native to the British Isles to the global cultural phenomenon it is today. Plus hear Chef Louise Leonard discuss pairing a Bee's Knees cocktail featuring The Botanist, a Scottish gin made by Islay's Bruichladdich Distillery, and seared scallops seasoned with yuzu kosho. Please visit www.spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad Music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons - Music by Jason Shaw on AudionautiX.com.
55:41
December 09, 2020
SOW EP 25 - Ashley & Colby Frey of Frey Ranch Farmers + Distillers
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are whiskey farmers Ashley & Colby Frey, Co-Founders of Frey Ranch Farmers + Distillers in Fallon, Nevada. Founded in 1854, a full 10 years before Nevada was granted statehood, Frey Ranch has been farming in the region for over 165 years. In 2014, Frey Ranch Estate Distillery, the first licensed distillery in Nevada since the advent of Prohibition, began making whiskey. Listen and learn how Master Distiller—and Master Farmer—Colby Frey set to work producing acclaimed and distinctive Bourbon and Rye whiskeys made with exclusively estate-grown ingredients. Plus hear Chef Louise Leonard discuss pairing Frey Ranch Rye with whole rainbow trout and an herbed, chile-ginger vinaigrette. Please visit www.spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!  Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad Music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons - Music by Jason Shaw on AudionautiX.com.
01:08:23
December 03, 2020
SOW - Thanksgiving Break
We are taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday but join us next week when we speak with Colby and Ashley Frey of Frey Farms.   www.spiritsofwhiskey,com
00:27
November 26, 2020
SOW EP 24 - Matt Hofmann of Westland Distillery
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Matt Hofmann, Co-Founder & Master Distiller at Westland Distillery in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2010, Westland is widely recognized for an award-winning line of American single malt whiskeys that rely on regionally-grown ingredients, including locally-produced peat. In 2015, Matt's work was awarded Whiskey of the Year by the American Distilling Institute, and in 2018, Whisky Magazine named him Master Distiller/Blender of the Year at its annual Icons of Whisky America awards ceremony. Listen and learn how Matt, after completing graduate studies in brewing and distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, returned to his native Pacific Northwest, opened Westland Distillery, and started realizing his whiskey vision. Plus hear Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Westland's Garryana Whiskey, a peated American Single Malt aged in Garry Oak, rather than the more common White Oak, with a fire-roasted tomahawk steak. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions! - Whiskey: A Chef's Journey ad Music provided by HillbillyBed Creative Commons - Music by Jason Shaw on AudionautiX.com.
53:47
November 18, 2020
SOW EP 23 - Bruce Joseph of Hotaling & Co.
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Bruce Joseph, Master Distiller at Hotaling & Co., a pioneer of American craft distilling. The San Francisco distillery, founded by the legendary Fritz Maytag and formerly known as Anchor Distilling, before the 2017 purchase of its brewing operations by Japan's Sapporo Breweries, released its first small-batch spirits in 1996, long before craft distilling became the nationwide, and now global, phenomenon it is today. Listen and learn how Bruce, who in 2020 celebrates his 40th anniversary with the company, rose from bottling Anchor Steam as a means of zeroing out his beer budget to distilling some of America's most highly regarded whiskeys and gins, including his signature Old Potrero Rye and Junipero Gin, and his latest projects, Hirsch Bourbon and J.H. Cutter blended American whiskey. Plus hear Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Old Potrero Rye with steamed Dungeness crab. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!
57:48
November 11, 2020
SOW EP 22 - Jack & Stephen Teeling of Teeling Irish Whiskey
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are Jack and Stephen Teeling—brothers who revived a storied name in Irish whiskey history and now stand at the forefront of the Irish whiskey renaissance, releasing one distinctive whiskey after another, including the eagerly anticipated Blackpitts, the distillery's first peated expression. Managing Director Jack and Sales & Marketing Director Stephen, after pursuing business careers abroad, returned to their native Ireland and established the Teeling Whiskey Company in 2012, opening the first operational distillery in the city of Dublin in over 125 years. Listen and learn how Jack and Stephen, together with American-born Master Distiller Alex Chasko, created a brand—the logo of which prominently features the mythological phoenix—that helped a name, a tradition, and a city rise from the economic ashes of the Great Recession. Plus get Chef Louise Leonard's tips for pairing and cooking with Teeling's rum-barrel-finished Small Batch expression. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!
01:19:44
November 05, 2020
SOW EP 21 - Chris Seals of Still Austin Whiskey Co.
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Chris Seals, Co-Founder & CEO of Still Austin Whiskey Co. After a successful career in consulting on economics and sustainability for government and corporations large and small, the Kansas City native accepted his father's offer to open a distillery together. And so, after a global father-son tour of whiskey's very wide world, Still Austin, located in—yes, you guessed it—Austin, Texas, was born! Listen and learn how Chris, blending legend Nancy Fraley, and renowned Jamaican rum distiller Mike Delavante set about creating Still Austin's signature bourbon and limited release whiskeys, along with a house gin crafted from Texas rye. Plus hear Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Still Austin bourbon with smoked beef ribs. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!
51:48
October 28, 2020
SOW EP 20 – Joe Beatrice of Barrell Craft Spirits
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Joe Beatrice, Founder of Barrell Craft Spirits. After a successful career in advertising, founding and leading Blue Dingo Digital in the 1990s, the Boston native and New York technology and marketing entrepreneur turned his talents to whiskey and rum, launching Barrell Craft Spirits in 2013. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Barrell Craft sources and blends exceptional whiskey and rum casks from established producers, bottles them exclusively at cask strength, and labels them with utter transparency. Listen and learn how Joe's curatorial approach has produced an ever-evolving and once-they're-gone-they're-gone series of bourbon, rye, and blended whiskeys, including the multiple-award-winning Dovetail, finished in rum, port, Cabernet, and blackstrap molasses casks. Plus hear how Chef Louise Leonard incorporates Dovetail into her duck à l'orange.  Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!
52:04
October 21, 2020
SOW EP 19 - Gordon Dundas of Glengoyne & Tamdhu Single Malt Scotch Whiskies
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Gordon Dundas of Scotland's Ian Macleod Distillers. In his capacity as International Brand Ambassador, this globetrotting spirits industry veteran represents the portfolio's extensive line of single malt and blended Scotch whiskies—Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Rosebank, Smokehead, Pig's Nose, Sheep Dip—as well as its Edinburgh Gin collection and more. The former Global Brand Ambassador for both Beam Suntory and Morrison Bowmore Distillers is a generous font of whiskey expertise and lore. Listen and learn how both Glengoyne—distilled in the Scottish Highlands but matured in the Scottish Lowlands—and Speyside's exclusively Sherry-casked Tamdhu distinguish themselves in an increasingly crowded field. Plus get food-pairing tips for Glengoyne 12-year and Tamdhu 15-year from Chef Louise Leonard. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!
01:05:58
October 15, 2020
SOW EP 18 - Tracie Franklin of the Nearest & Jack Advancement Initiative
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Tracie Franklin. The former US National Ambassador for Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky is many things—professional thespian, master bartender, spirits expert, whiskey evangelist—but today she joins us in her newest capacity. Listen and learn how Tracie went from singing Winnie the Pooh in dozens of languages on stages all over the world to being named the very first Head Distiller Apprentice supported by the Nearest & Jack Advancement Initiative, a partnership between Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and the Jack Daniel Distillery designed to promote diversity and further advance African-American leadership in the American whiskey industry. Plus hear how Chef Louise Leonard incorporates Tracie's very own Jamaican jerk cocktail tincture into her cooking. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!
54:41
October 07, 2020
SOW EP 17 - Justin & Jennifer Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Co.
This week's guests on Spirits of Whisk(e)y are Justin & Jennifer Stiefel, the husband-and-wife team responsible for six distilleries (and counting!) across the US states of Washington and Oregon. Majority women-owned Heritage Distilling Co., the most awarded craft distillery in North America for the past seven years, produces a wide range of bourbon, rye, and blended whiskeys, including the signature Elk Rider line and Brown Sugar Bourbon, plus numerous expressions of aquavit, brandy, gin, rum, and vodka. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!
01:04:03
October 03, 2020
Bourbon Heritage Month!
It's Bourbon Heritage Month, and we are taking a short break from the podcast to work on our TV pilot, Whiskey: A Chef's Journey.  What better way to celebrate America's whiskey roots than by supporting our whiskey journey.   To help support this Telly Award winning show make it to a screen near you, visit www.WhiskeyAChefsJourney.com  To see some footage from the show visit https://youtu.be/fZt2ym4PvW8  THE SERIES OVERVIEW — Whiskey: A Chef's Journey is a high-energy, pop-culture, half-hour, docu-reality show starring  Chef Louise Leonard, who's on a mission to learn more about whiskey for  her cooking. With each episode she takes off to a new place to immerse  herself in the food and whiskey culture of that city. While there,  she'll find the inspiration for what she will cook up by episode’s end.  This show was created by a woman and stars a strong female chef who  travels the globe in search of cities with rich whiskey and food  cultures. Each location will feature the diversity of the city’s people,  history, food, and whiskey. Follow us as we take you on a culinary and spirited  journey that will inspire tasty dishes that complement the travel and  adventure each episode brings. Music provided by:  HillbillyBed Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com.mp3
00:55
September 24, 2020
SOW EP 16 - Chis Fredrickson of Traverse City Whiskey Co.
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is management consultant-turned-distiller Chris Fredrickson, Co-Founder of Traverse City Whiskey Co. Situated in Traverse City, Michigan, the "Cherry Capital of the World," the distillery produces a range of straight bourbon whiskeys, including Barrel Proof, which won "Best Small Batch Bourbon" at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and the bestselling American Cherry Edition, infused with Montmorency sour cherries, harvested from the same orchards Chris worked in his youth. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes, past episodes, and coming attractions!
40:29
September 05, 2020
SOW EP 15 - Fawn Weaver of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Fawn Weaver, Founder & CEO of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Enjoy the lively tale of how Fawn rescued a rich story all but lost to history until the fastest growing independent American whiskey brand ever started telling it. Plus learn how Tennessee whiskey came to distinguish itself from bourbon with the help of distiller Nearest Green, the African-American slave who taught Jack Daniel to make whiskey. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes!
53:07
August 26, 2020
SOW EP 14 - Gregg Snyder of Chicken Cock Whiskey
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is distilling legend Gregg Snyder, CEO of Distilled Spirits Consulting. Enjoy colorful tales of a spirited career—including stints at Beam, Brown-Forman, Seagram, White Rock, and Wild Turkey—and learn how the honorary Kentucky Colonel is resurrecting Chicken Cock Whiskey, "The Famous Old Brand" served during Prohibition at Harlem's The Cotton Club. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes!
41:42
August 20, 2020
SOW EP 13 - David Blackmore of Glenmorangie & Ardbeg
This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is David Blackmore, Global Master Ambassador at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Listen as the Edinburgh native shares his colorful whiskey journey, plus enjoy some lively cocktail talk and learn how to pair food with two of Scotland's more storied single malt whiskies. Please visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes!
47:35
August 15, 2020
SOW EP 12 - Becky Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
This week's guest is Becky Harris, President & Chief Distiller at Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Virginia, the birthplace of American whiskey. Catoctin Creek, producers of multiple expressions of Roundstone Rye—Virginia's most-awarded whiskey—plus an organic rye gin and a collection of limited-release brandies distilled from locally-sourced fruit, was founded by Becky and husband Scott Harris in 2009 and is the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. Please visit our website at spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes.
45:37
August 15, 2020
SOW EP 11 - Lynn House of Heaven Hill Brands
This week's guest is Lynn House, National Spirits Specialist & Portfolio Mixologist at Heaven Hill Brands, the largest, independent, family-owned and -operated producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the United States.  She is among a small but increasing number of high-profile, Black, craft bartenders, and her pioneering work has inspired a new generation of mixologists of color to pursue careers in hospitality and brand development. Please visit our website at spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes.
43:36
July 31, 2020
SOW EP 10 - Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon? Featuring Peggy Noe Stevens & Susan Reigler
This week's Spirits of Whisk(e)y podcast features Peggy Noe Stevens & Susan Reigler, authors of Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? The celebrated whiskey writers join us to discuss their respective whiskey journeys and the delicious joys of pairing the water of life with food. We also enjoy a Rheefined Moment with Jason Rhee, event planner at Rheefined Company.  Please visit www.SpiritsofWhiskey.com for show notes.
41:09
July 24, 2020
SOW EP 9 - Sean Hallman of Shadow Ridge Spirits Company
Our podcast guest this week is Sean Hallman, Founder of the veteran-owned Shadow Ridge Spirits Company in Oceanside, California, and one of no more than a handful of Black whiskey makers. In addition to its four signature whiskeys—Bourbon, Rye, American Single Malt, and a Peated & Cherry-Smoked Single Malt—Shadow Ridge makes light and dark rums, both excellent cocktailers, plus a tasting room-only 100% Rice Whiskey. Please visit our website at spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes.
39:57
July 16, 2020
SOW EP 8 - Jill Kuehler & Molly Troupe of Freeland Spirits
Our podcast guests this week are Jill Kuehler and Molly Troupe, Founder and Master Distiller, respectively, of Freeland Spirits, one of history's very few women-owned and -operated distilleries. Freeland makes a growing collection of spirits, including an excellent Bourbon, plus a very characterful Gin and a Genever, a rare endeavor for an American distillery. Please visit our website at spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes.
28:16
June 24, 2020
SOW EP 7 - Rick Edwards of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey
Our podcast guest is Rick Edwards, Senior Master of Whiskey & National Brand Ambassador at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, makers of Rocky Mountain Single Malt. A whiskey evangelist for over 20 years, Rick, along with previous guests Simon Brooking and Martin Duffy, helped define the role of brand ambassador. Please visit our website at spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes.
37:21
June 17, 2020
SOW EP 6 - Nicole Austin of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky
Our podcast guest is Nicole Austin, General Manager & Distiller at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. in Tullahoma, Tennessee, makers of George Dickel Whisky. Please visit our website at spiritsofwhiskey.com for show notes.
34:37
June 10, 2020
SOW EP 5 - Pappy & Company's Van Winkle Triplets
Today we talk with the fourth-generation Van Winkle Triplets—Carrie, Chenault, and Louise—Founders of Pappy & Company. Hear how they’re helping to maintain and expand on (Great-Grand) Pappy’s whiskeymaking tradition.
36:37
June 04, 2020
SOW EP 4 - Allison Parc of Brenne Whisky
Our Podcast guest is Allison Parc, Founder & President of Brenne French Single Malt Whisky.
38:57
May 29, 2020
SOW EP 3 - Doug Stone of For Whiskey Lovers
Our  podcast guest is Doug Stone, Founder & Managing Director of  ForWhiskeyLovers.com, a niche-targeted micro network for whisky  aficionados. Louise Leonard also joins us to talk about what one might pair nicely with the new Balvenie Burnhead Wood expression.  Please visit our website for the complete show notes for this episode.   www.spiritsofwhiskey.com
30:44
May 20, 2020
SOW EP 2 - Martin Duffy of Glencairn Crystal Studio
The second episode of SPIRITS OF WHISK(E)Y, a weekly podcast hosted by  Kerry Moynahan & Philip M. Dobard, features internationally known  spirits educator and whiskey expert Martin Duffy, North American  representative for Glencairn Crystal, makers of the world's most popular  and widely-used whisk(e)y tasting glass.  SPIRITS OF WHISK(E)Y explores the wide world of whiskey through the many  colorful personalities who make it, promote it, write about it, and  more. With each podcast, Kerry Moynahan, a Certified Bartender and  Bourbon Steward, and Philip Dobard, Director of The Cocktail Collection,  interview whiskey’s most important names, from high-profile makers,  blenders, and ambassadors to out-of-the-way innovators and remote  pioneers. Join us each week as we discover the people and elements that  give the water of life its spirit.  SPIRITS OF WHISK(E)Y is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and the  Center for Culinary Culture, home of The Cocktail Collection, and is  available at spiritsofwhiskey.com, Anchor, Apple, Google, Spotify,  YouTube, and wherever fine podcasts can be heard. Visit spiritsofwhiskey.com for complete show notes.
43:25
May 20, 2020
SOW EP 1 - Simon Brooking of Beam Suntory Scotch Whiskies
The debut episode of SPIRITS OF WHISK(E)Y, a weekly podcast hosted by  Kerry Moynahan & Philip M. Dobard, features Master Toastmaker and  native Scotsman Simon Brooking, Beam Suntory Brand Ambassador for five  of the world's more storied single malt Scotch whiskies— Ardmore,  Auchentoshan, Bowmore, Glen Glarioch, and Laphroaig.  SPIRITS OF WHISK(E)Y explores the wide world of whiskey through the many  colorful personalities who make it, promote it, write about it, and  more. With each podcast, Kerry Moynahan, a Certified Bartender and  Bourbon Steward, and Philip Dobard, Director of The Cocktail Collection,  interview whiskey’s most important names, from high-profile makers,  blenders, and ambassadors to out-of-the-way innovators and remote  pioneers. Join us each week as we discover the people and elements that  give the water of life its spirit.  SPIRITS OF WHISK(E)Y is a production of 1st Reel Entertainment and the  Center for Culinary Culture, home of The Cocktail Collection, and is  available at spiritsofwhiskey.com, Anchor, Apple, Google, Spotify,  YouTube, and wherever fine podcasts can be heard.See our website for the full show notes for this episode.  Below is the recipe for one of the cocktails we discussed on the show. www.SpiritsofWhiskey.com BLOOD IN THE WATER Anthony Valenti @ Hearth & Dram Denver Ingredients  (Makes 2) · 120 ml / 4 oz Laphroaig 10 Yr · 15 ml / ½ oz Maraschino liqueur · 45 ml / 1 ½ oz Grapefruit juice · 30 ml / 1 oz  Orgeat · 4 dashes blackstrap bitters Method Shake w/ ice Empty into Collins glass · 30 ml / 1 oz Amaro di Angostura Float over top Grapefruit swath fashioned into shark
39:23
May 20, 2020