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It's Whiskey #FFS | First Fill Spirits

It's Whiskey #FFS | First Fill Spirits

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Holly and Charles, the owners of First Fill Spirits, a curated whiskey shop in Saratoga Springs, New York, discuss all things whiskey and single cask spirits. New products to the shop, blind tastings, distillery reviews, and more in a compact 30 or so minutes. www.firstfillspirits.com
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Amrut, Water of Life Film Islay Trip
Amrut, Water of Life Film Islay Trip
Charles and I discuss all of the upcoming seminars we have over the next few weeks and travel! So many great travel opportunities in 2023. To see what we've announced so far write to us or check out Rascal + Thorn. We also discuss one of our favorite New World distilleries, Amrut Indian Whisky. Truly one of the pioneers of New World Whisky. I then get close to guessing the blind dram correctly but not quite. It was and is a fantastic whisky though. Enjoy!  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Morris Australian Single Malt Muscat Casks Indri Indian Single Malt Waterford Peated & Heritage – Ballybannon & Ferriscourt Bardstown West Virginia Bottling, Discovery Series 8 & 9 Barrell 2023 New Year Release Douglas Laing Chocolate Edition Smokehead Islay Malt Rum Cask Finish All the amazing finishes on Edradour: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Sauternes, etc.  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
29:03
January 20, 2023
Bardstown Bourbon Co., 2022 Recap
Bardstown Bourbon Co., 2022 Recap
It is so difficult to pick our favorite bottles for 2022 but we can pick out a few of the brands that really impressed us. Charles and I discuss which brands really hit it out of the park in 2022 and we can't wait to see what 2023 holds. We also discuss Bardstown Bourbon Company and how impressive their releases have been. They have grown so quickly! Holly blind tastes Charles on a potentially "off" whisky and we thank you all for your support this past year. See you next year! Our Podcast Name: It’s Whiskey #FFS (For F****’s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
47:47
December 31, 2022
Mini Episode | Light Whiskey
Mini Episode | Light Whiskey
In this episode, there are no new releases, blind tastings, or anything like you're used to from us! This is a "mini" episode focusing on a particular style of whiskey. We will be doing more of these throughout 2023. In this episode, we review our latest store pick single barrel, Obtainium 15YR Light Whiskey. We discuss the history of light whiskey, and where it is coming from and give you our tasting notes live! The ABV on this is 68.1% ABV and sips like it is 60% ABV. You're welcome!
19:39
December 16, 2022
Scapa, Whisky Advent Calendars
Scapa, Whisky Advent Calendars
The NOT-to-be-forgotten Orkney Distillery: Scapa! We discuss all things Scapa during this episode. Even though it can be a difficult malt to find, if you do see it, order it and take some time to sit with it. These are thinker whiskies. We also go through all of our adventures over the past few weeks in Kentucky and New York City. The holidays are here and the bottles keep comin'!  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Found North 8YR Batch 5 & 17YR batch 6 Castle & Key Batch 6 Bourbon New Riff & Blue Note Single Barrels Store Picks! Douglas Laing Rock Oyster Mezcal Cask Nulu Small Batch Bourbon Toasted French Oak Staves Nulu Single Barrel 8YR 61.3% ABV Nulu High Malt 9YR Bourbon -- so, so good.  King’s Thrice Barreled Ryeconic - Toasted King’s Tennessee Whiskey Garrison Brother’s Single Barrel Penderyn Hiraeth Single Malt  Wild N Wicked Single Grain - Midleton finished in Madeira Casks Mars — YA #1, Komagatake 2022 Edition Rolling Fork Rums: Barbados & Jamaican Single Casks  For more information on IWAI check out this link. We mentioned it in the podcast. >> https://www.nomunication.jp/distillery/tsunuki/ Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
47:06
December 06, 2022
Mars/Iwai, Whiskey Travel
Mars/Iwai, Whiskey Travel
We head back over to Japan with a look at Mars Distilleries including Shinshu and Tsunuki. Both Charles and I have visited Shinshu and had different experiences but all in all, this is a distillery worth the 4 hours one-way on public transit. We also would like to hear from all of you about our 2023 whiskey travel plans. Charles owns a company called Rascal + Thorn which is a culinary and whiskey tour company. He has led trips to Japan, Scotland, Kentucky, Ireland, and other destinations with groups looking to hunt down the most immersive and fun whiskey experiences! We discuss some of our travel ideas and want to hear from all of you on what you would like to see and maybe you can join us on some of these travels. Write to us at info@firstfillspirits.com with your comments & ideas.  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Distiller’s Art Tamdhu 14YR Sherry Butt Matured Craigellachie 13YR Sherry Butt Matured Dailuaine 21YR Hogshead Matured Tamnavulin 11YR Hogshead Matured  Macduff 14YR Hogshead Matured Blair Athol 11YR Bourbon Barrel Matured Blackadder  Peat Reek - Sherry & Amontillado & Re-charred Cask 32YR Wardhead Teaspooned Blended Malt ( Google Wardhead ;) ) Old Man of Hoy 16YR Highland Park Raw Cask Macduff Raw Cask 14YR Raw Cask Bunna 16YR Moine Miltonduff 10YR PX Cask Tomatin 10YR PX Sherry Cask Matured  The Legendary 10YR Single Malt  Keeper’s Heart  - Brian Nation Irish + American Whiskey  Bourbon + American Whiskey Penderyn 10YR Ruby Port Single Cask English Whisky Filey Bay Flagship Welsh Whisky Kilchoman Loch Gorm & Sanaig  Castle & Key Bourbon Batch 4 For more information on IWAI check out this link. We mentioned it in the podcast. >> https://www.nomunication.jp/distillery/tsunuki/  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
52:06
October 27, 2022
Waterford, Van Winkle 2022 Releases
Waterford, Van Winkle 2022 Releases
The first truly Irish Peated Whiskey arriving this year? Charles and I take a look at Waterford Distillery and their farm-bottle, terroir-driven whiskeys along with a discussion of their highly anticipated peated release. We also discuss the exciting yet sad news of what the 2022 Van Winkle Family of Whiskeys are and what their suggested retail price is versus reality. But don't fret, there are so many new & fantastic whiskeys out there so go out and try them!  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: King’s 15-Year-Old Light Whiskey Finished in a Toasted Barrel  Alton Distillery New York Straight Rye Whiskey  DS Taymans - Glen Elgin & Caol Ila 12 Year Olds finished in a Tulip Vinyard Syrah Red Wine (Israeli Red Wine)   Ki One Korean Whisky: Tiger & Unicorn Edition  Many new Blackadders are on the way!  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
46:44
October 12, 2022
Stauning, New Celebrity Partnerships, do we like them?
Stauning, New Celebrity Partnerships, do we like them?
New World Whisky is on our minds this episode as we discuss Stauning Danish Whisky along with new celebrity partnerships for brands like The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) and Monkey Shoulder. Holly sounds tired and Charles sounds very energetic so the dynamic has switched this episode, enjoy!  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Edradour Burgundy Cask, 10YR Single Cask 60.3% ABV Lochlea Sowing Edition Single Malt Scotch  Bladnoch Vinaya Single Malt Starlight Rye, Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, and Double Oaked Bourbon Pere Labatt Agricole Rhum 12YR 61% ABV Rolling Fork Four Square Rum 9YR 55.8% ABV Amrut Cask Strength 61.8% ABV Eifel German Rye, Peated Rye, Malt and Peated Malt Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
48:08
September 22, 2022
New Riff, Blenders & Distillers Leaving the Big Brands
New Riff, Blenders & Distillers Leaving the Big Brands
Holly guesses that the whisky Charles blind tastes her on is from Arran in Scotland and that's about all she got right, that it was from an Island but it was NOT Arran! We talk about all of the new Scotch Whisky that has arrived at the shop and Holly's trip to Kentucky and Tennessee. Did we mention we got a few Buffalo Trace products in too? We feel odd about it but hey, it's good whiskey. New Riff is our featured distillery this episode and we discuss the mass exodus of big-timers like Denny Potter & Jane Bowie leaving Maker's Mark. Here is the link for details about our 1YR Anniversary Celebration to benefit The Saratoga County Animal Shelter -- https://www.firstfillspirits.com/one-year-anniversary-party/ Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Single Cask, Cask Strength Bottlings: Glentauchers 13YR, Glenallachie 14YR, Macduff 14YR, Caol Ila 15YR Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Label Series: Mortlach 15YR, Linkwood 15YR, Scapa 13YR Gordon & MacPhail Discovery Series Caol Ila 13YR, Glen Grant 11YR, Miltonduff 10YR Small Batch Bottlers Glen Garioch 13YR 54.4% ABV Single Cask Glenallachie French Virgin Oak 10YR Glenallachie Chinquapin Oak 10YR New England Barrel Company 6YR Single Barrel Bourbon Frank August Bourbon Kings County Distillery 7YR Bourbon Bottled-in-Bond And many more, check out our website because I got tired of typing! :)  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
37:31
September 07, 2022
Glenturret, An "Almost Live" Single Barrel Store Pick Session!
Glenturret, An "Almost Live" Single Barrel Store Pick Session!
The blind tasting for this podcast is us walking through samples of a potential new store pick single barrel. We don't tell you the distillery, only the style so maybe you can guess it. Did we end up selecting one? What's our process? You'll find out soon enough! We also discuss Glenturret Distillery and all of their fantastic & new, heavily sherried single malt releases. Go highland malts!  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye 63.7% ABV Teeling Pot Still Irish Whiskey Horse Soldier Bourbon - 62.3% ABV New Scotland Helderberg – Bourbon, Rye, Wheat Whiskey & Single Malt New Riff Balboa Rye Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
42:03
August 18, 2022
Hillrock & Holly
Hillrock & Holly
I went rogue for this podcast and recorded solo! Although I missed Charles, I wanted to share my fantastic visit to Hillrock Distillery earlier this week. The summer has been madness and trying to catch any extra time to record with us both in the same room has been tricky! I also have been asked quite a bit about "how I got into whisky" so I decided to share my whisky journey in the episode as well. Enjoy. A quick list of new & cool bottles to the shop: Penelope Architect  Lucky Seven Frenchman  Lucky Seven 14YR Single Barrel Nulu Wheated Bourbon King's 14YR Light Whiskey  Filey Bay Yorkshire Single Malt, Fino Single Cask Stauning Rye El Clasico Vermouth Finish  Holmes Cay Barbados (Foursquare) Rum - Port Finish Holmes Cay Uitvlugt 18YR Rum  and so many more. See you at the shop soon!  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
27:34
July 29, 2022
Laphroaig, Bardstown Bourbon Co. buys Green River
Laphroaig, Bardstown Bourbon Co. buys Green River
Holly blind tastes Charles as they discuss Laphroaig, upcoming & insane rum seminars and Bardstown Bourbon Co. is growing!  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Mic Drop L22-01 Bourbon  Laphroaig Cairdeas 2022 Maker's Mark Cask Warehouse 1 Nashville Barrel Co - Bourbon New York 2 / Rye New York / Single Barrel Rye New York New England Barrel Co. - 7YR Single Barrel / 4YR Small Batch Proof & Wood Crossborder Jackpot American Whiskey Proof & Wood Good Day 21YR Canadian Whiskey Lucky Seven 14YR Single Barrel #35  Glenturret Triple Wood & 10YR Peat Smoke Asaka Single Malt Bourbon Cask  Shizuoka Contact S  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
45:35
July 08, 2022
Old Line Single Malt, New World Whisky - who's next?
Old Line Single Malt, New World Whisky - who's next?
We just picked a single barrel of rum from Old Line Distillery in Maryland so who the heck are they? The rum is just the tip of the iceberg. If you haven't tried their cask strength American Single Malt, you're missing out. A really great distillery that is one to watch. Also, are you interested in "New World Whisky"? New World = whisky from everywhere BUT Scotland, Ireland, North America (USA/Canada), and Japan. This episode is for you as we discuss a poll that Holly posted about who is going to be the next big whisky-producing country. India, France, Australia? You tell us! If you're interested in New World Whisky, follow the New World Whisky Review on Facebook.  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Sagamore Rye Rum Finish Reserve Series Old Line American Single Malt Cask Strength  Horse Soldier Bourbon– 62.3% ABV Virginia Distilling American Single Malt Cuvee Cask Calumet 15, 16 & 8YR Castle & Key Bourbon Batch 1 & 2 Hillrock Sauternes Finished Bourbon Pinhook Bourbondini & Tiz Rye Time  Springbank 10YR Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
37:27
June 17, 2022
Old Pepper, New Distillery on Islay - Portintruan
Old Pepper, New Distillery on Islay - Portintruan
Charles and I discuss why Old Pepper Distillery should not be overlooked when visiting Lexington. We are also extremely excited about the new distillery on Islay named Port-nah-truan. The owners Elixir Distillers, once owners of The Whisky Exchange, are going to have malting floors, direct-fired wash stills and will not only produce single malt but also rum!  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Douglas Laing 10YR Fettercairn 48.4% ABV Four Roses Single Barrel OBSQ 10YR 5 Months 61.5% ABV Castle & Key Bourbon Batch 1 & 2 49.5% ABV Murray McDavid 6YR Peatside Single Malt 46% ABV Port & PX Finish Firkin Royal Brackla 10YR Madeira Cask Single Cask 48.9% ABV Firkin Ardmore Marsala Cask Single Cask 48.9% ABV Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
37:41
May 13, 2022
Tobermory/Ledaig, SF World Spirits Competition
Tobermory/Ledaig, SF World Spirits Competition
Okay, we were venting a bit on this episode but I promise, we really do enjoy following along with all of the spirits competitions. I guess there are just a few things we would change! We also discuss one of our favorite island distilleries in Scotland, Tobermory, the producers of the unpeated Tobermory malt and the peated Ledaig. Charles blind tastes Holly and let's just say a certain style of cask maturation tripped her up!   Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers! New Bottles to the shop: Old Pepper Single Barrel - First Fill Spirits Store Pick Cardinal Single Barrel Bourbon - First Fill Spirits Store Pick Westland Garryana 6th Edition  Pinhook 6 yr Rye "Tiz Rye Time" Dram Hunters 14YR Ledaig, Rum Finish 57.2% ABV Single Cask Dram Hunters 34YR Invergordon 50% ABV Single Cask Kilkerran 12 and 16 Year Old  Nikka Miyagikyo NAS Rhumb Runner Foursquare Barbados 15YR Rum 62.4% ABV Single Cask  Rhumb Runner Venezuelan Corporation Alcooles del Caribe (CADC) 16YR Rum French Oak Cask Finish 59% ABV Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
45:53
April 22, 2022
Dingle Distillery, UK Cancels American Whiskey Tariffs!
Dingle Distillery, UK Cancels American Whiskey Tariffs!
Holly picked a doozy bottle this week to blind taste Charles on, let's see if he can guess it :) We discuss our fantastic Saratoga Whiskey Club Shibui tasting and look at ways to re-think Japanese Whisky. Then we discuss Dingle Distillery in Ireland and the good news for American Distillers - the UK is dropping tariffs on Bourbon on June 1st, 2022!  Please leave us a review wherever you are listening as well. We appreciate you! Cheers!  New Bottles to the shop: Colkegan American Single Malt - Sante Fe Spirits Mesquite Smoked Mad River Revolution Roasted Rye - Vermont High N' Wicked The Wild Rover Triple Distilled Malt Whiskey finished in PX Casks 58.7% ABV Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
36:19
April 04, 2022
Boone County, FEW & Widow Jane Acquisition
Boone County, FEW & Widow Jane Acquisition
Charles and Holly discuss the dozens of new bottles that have arrived at the shop over the past few weeks. Everything from Scotch to Bourbon & Rye and of course, New World! Oh and Irish too. Then we discuss Boone County and their "Made by Ghosts" story and the recent Heaven Hill acquisition of Samson & Surrey. Charles also blind tastes Holly and she gets close but not quite right.  New Bottles to the shop: Ingelred 13YR Ben Nevis X2 Ingelred 17YR Ben Nevis Ingelred 10YR Caol Ila Lady of the Glen Mannochmore 13YR Lady of the Glen Dufftown 12YR Blackadder Raw Cask Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7YR Blackadder Raw Cask Ledaig 16YR Blackadder Raw Cask Aultmore 11YR Blackadder Red Snake Peated 20PPM Benriach Smoky 12 Cotswolds Peated Boone County 6YR Single Barrel - RYE & BOURBON Boone County Pot Still Bourbon Lucky Seven 6YR Single Cask the Proprietor King’s Family Distillery Wheated Single Barrel 5YR Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Day Collab ALL THE SINGLE CASK RUM YOU COULD EVER WANT FROM BLACKADDER! Amrut Spectrum 004 Amrut Single Malts of India Neidhal Cadenhead’s Dailuaine & Tomintoul Cask Strength  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
44:20
March 23, 2022
Caol Ila, Two New Distilleries in Campbeltown
Caol Ila, Two New Distilleries in Campbeltown
Charles and Holly discuss a few of the impressive tastings they have attended over the past two weeks along with new releases to the shop, Caol Ila, and why people should stop hating on them. Then we end the episode with the announcement of two new distilleries to be built in/near Campbeltown! Oh, and Holly blind tastes Charles on a fantastic whiskey, does he guess it?!  New Bottles to the shop: Smoke Wagon Uncut Method & Madness - Pot Still Chestnut Cask - Single Grain Spanish Oak - Single Malt French Oak Heaven Hill BIB DS Tayman Single Malt Scotch Bordeaux Finishes including; Caol Ila, Linkwood & Blair Athol  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
36:29
February 25, 2022
Penelope, Chocolate & Whiskey Pairings for V-Day
Penelope, Chocolate & Whiskey Pairings for V-Day
Charles blind tastes Holly while we talk about Penelope Bourbon from down in New Jersey and what our favorite Bourbon & Chocolate pairings are for this upcoming loooove holiday
36:28
February 11, 2022
Wolfburn, Soon to be Mainstream Bourbon Brands
Wolfburn, Soon to be Mainstream Bourbon Brands
While tasting our latest store pick single barrel, Nulu Toasted Rye, we discuss Burn's Night, new bottles to the shop, and the most northerly distillery in Mainland Scotland, Wolfburn.  New Bottles to the shop: Leopold Dickel Collaboration Rye Whiskey Ohishi 8YR Sherry Cask Fukano 2021 Limited Edition Rice Whiskey  Blackadders: Chimera Blended Malt 59% abv Sherry Snake Single Cask Single Malt 1st & 3rd Edition at 61.9% abv / 58.2% abv Smoking Islay 10YR 59.3% abv 10YR Barbados Foursquare Rum 61.2%  Fukano 2021 Limited Edition Rice Whiskey Barrell 16YR Seagrass If you haven't yet, sign up for all of the latest Whiskey News & Deals and become a member of our Middle Cut Club! Current Single Barrels: Starward Australian Single Malt 55.7% ABV Stellum Bourbon 60.91% ABV - SOLD OUT!  Tumblin' Dice Bourbon 59.01% ABV Town Branch Bourbon 53.25% ABV Nulu Toasted Rye 58% ABV - A rollercoaster of a whisky!  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
36:47
January 27, 2022
Town Branch, Breckenridge & Jameson News
Town Branch, Breckenridge & Jameson News
January can be a bit odd for whiskey and the beginning of 2022 is proving to be quiet and bizarre already. We do have a fantastic new single barrel of Bourbon hitting the shelves from Town Branch so that is some great news! They will be our featured distillery today, along with Holly guessing the totally wrong country on her blind tasting, Breckenridge is now owned by a cannabis company and Jameson Orange was just released? Let's get whiskey weird!  New Bottles to the shop: IWAI Chestnut Cask Wemyss Glenrothes 19YR Single Cask, Hogshead The Single Malts of Scotland Teaninich 12YR Single Cask, 57.7% ABV LAWS San Luis Cask Strength Rye, 65.7% ABV and more! If you haven't yet, sign up for all of the latest Whiskey News & Deals and become a member of our Middle Cut Club! Current Single Barrels: Starward Australian Single Malt 55.7% ABV Stellum Bourbon 60.91% ABV - ONLY 6 BOTTLES LEFT! Tumblin' Dice Bourbon 59.01% ABV Town Branch Bourbon 53.25% ABV - BRAND NEW!  Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
31:44
January 13, 2022
Fuji Gotemba, Whiskey Advocate Awards
Fuji Gotemba, Whiskey Advocate Awards
An episode for you to listen to while sneaking away from your family for a quick breather this holiday weekend! Our featured distillery is Fuji Gotemba in Japan right at the foot of Mt. Fuji and that's because we got another one of their first-ever US releases this month! Also, what do you think of Whiskey Awards? We talk about Whiskey Advocate's latest Top 20 Whiskeys of 2021.  New Bottles to the shop: Single Cask Nation Inchfad (Loch Lomond) Finished in Bordeaux casks 53.5% ABV Single Cask Nation Linkwood Ruby Port Finish 54.4% ABV Single Cask Nation Water of Life Undisclosed Island Distillery 48.8% ABV Blackadder Single Cask Rums including: 10YR Guayana Diamond Rum @ 56% ABV // 9YR Fiji Rum @ 64.1% ABV IWAI Japanese Whisky - 1.8L! What?! Komagatake Chichibu Malt Duo Partnership Pinhook Artist’s Series - Castle & Key Fuji Blend and more! Don't forget about our single barrels. The full story of how we chose them can be found here: www.firstfillspirits.com/learn-explore/ Starward Australian Single Malt 55.7% ABV Stellum Bourbon 60.91% ABV Tumblin' Dice Bourbon 59.01% ABV Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
39:37
December 23, 2021
Starward, The Launch of firstfillspirits.com
Starward, The Launch of firstfillspirits.com
Happy December! Charles and I have been working hard on our website and we want to tell you all about it! We are live at www.firstfillspirits.com. We also want to share details on our three latest single barrels and the barrels due to the shop soon. Starward is our feature distillery.  New Bottles to the shop: Murray McDavid -- so many to mention, we have over 12 new expressions in the shop (thanks 700mL law change) but here are a few highlights. - Murray McDavid Craigellachie 12YR, matured in sherry hogsheads & finished in Murca Tawny Port 50% ABV - Murray McDavid Caol Ila 6YR, matured in bourbon hogsheads & finished in first-fill Cognac 50% ABV  - Murray McDavid Tobermory 20YR, matured in a Bourbon barrel and finished in a Madeira Barrique 50.4% ABV Douglas Laing Rock Oyster Cask Strength 56.1% ABV Kings County BIB Bourbon 6YR 50% ABV Resilient 16YR Tennessee Whiskey Single Cask 52.47% ABV IWAI Tradition Napa Red Wine Cask and more! Don't forget about our single barrels. The full story of how we chose them can be found here: www.firstfillspirits.com/learn-explore/ Starward Australian Single Malt 55.7% ABV  Stellum Bourbon 60.91% ABV Tumblin' Dice Bourbon 59.01% ABV Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
40:30
December 02, 2021
Peerless, Coors Whiskey Release
Peerless, Coors Whiskey Release
We're back! Charles was in Kentucky, no excuse for the delay in releasing episode 2 but at least it was for a whiskey reason. Since we have Kentucky on the brain we discuss Peerless distillery along with the new release from Molson Coors: Five Trail Whiskey.  New Bottles to the shop: Mars Tsunuki Peated | 50% ABV Compass Box Canvas | 46% ABV Sagamore 8YR Rye | 57.45% ABV Ardnamurchan Single Malt Scotch | 46.8% ABV Teerenpeli Port Cask| Finnish Whisky | 43% ABV Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
36:59
November 04, 2021
Clynelish, The Whisky Exchange
Clynelish, The Whisky Exchange
Our first episode! Charles and I walk through a few new products to arrive in the shop and then a blind tasting! Charles brought in a sample of something special and by nosing & tasting, I had to try and guess the age, distillery, cask type etc. My grade was a B- according to Charles, I'll take it! We do reveal live, on the show, what the whisky was but we will also list it in the next podcast release notes. Then we go on to discuss Clynelish, one of our favorite distilleries in Northern Scotland and what makes it so special. Ending on the big, big news in the whisky industry; the purchase of The Whisky Exchange, an online retailer, by Pernod Ricard - holy crap!  New Bottles to the shop: Smooth Ambler Old Scout Straight Rye Single Barrel | 4YRS | 58.4% ABV New Riff Balboa Straight Rye | BIB | Balboa Heirloom Rye Grain | 50% ABV Wemyss Malts Single Cask Clynelish "Coastal Orchard" | 19YRS | 269 Bottles | Hogshead | 46% ABV Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal
32:55
September 24, 2021
First Fill Spirits | Welcome Episode
First Fill Spirits | Welcome Episode
Holly & Charles are two whiskey friends who have waited months and months to open up their dream, boutique whiskey shop called First Fill Spirits. Coming to you live from our shop in downtown Saratoga Springs in Upstate New York, you are about to listen to our "Welcome Episode". We will be hosting a weekly podcast to talk about what is new to the shop, whiskey news, blind tastings, distillery features and more. Our Podcast Name: It's Whiskey #FFS (For F****'s Sake!)  #FirstFillSpirits @firstfillspirits www.firstfillspirits.com Podcast Music: Isaac Joel, Goldenseal And yes, I did say "123.8 % ABV". Dang you proof & WE WISH!
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September 20, 2021