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American Whiskey Podcast
16 minutes | Oct 10, 2016
The Birth of Bourbon - American Whiskey Podcast
In this episode we are going to talk about the birth of bourbon. Up until now in our historical whiskey journey, we’ve talked about early american whiskey that was primarily unaged. But at what point did they start putting this unaged whiskey into barrels that had been lit on fire? And much like the first person who watched an egg come out of a chicken’s butt and thought, hmmm let’s crack that and put whatever is inside in my mouth, who thought of the idea of lighting the inside of barrels on fire and aging whiskey in them? Whiskey advertisers would have you believe it was a certain man who’s name is scrawled across labels in every liquor store in the US. But those mad men have been known to stretch the truth a time or two. At the end of this episode we’ll be trying some Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, so if you’ve got some, pour it in a glass and let it breathe as we explore a tale of stretched truth and duplicity.
16 minutes | Sep 27, 2016
The Genesis of American Whiskey - American Whiskey Podcast
Welcome to the American Whiskey Podcast where we talk about the intersection of American history and American whiskey. This time around we are going to talk about the Genesis of American whiskey. The first time corn was ever distilled into an alcohol. It happened before the United States was the united states, but no matter. We’ll be talking about George Thorpe, an early colonist who came to the colonies and spoiler alert, he winds up dead. At the end of this, we’ll be drinking some Mellow Corn. Which isn’t really a bourbon at all, it’s a corn whisley, but regardless, it’ll be different and maybe fun, anything will be better than that Rebel Yell I had last episode.
16 minutes | Sep 19, 2016
The Whiskey Rebellion - American Whiskey Podcast
In this episode we are talking about the Whiskey Rebellion. The whiskey excise tax of 1791 was part of Alexander Hamilton’s plan to get the country out of debt. This played out to the tune of men being tarred and feathered and the only time a president physically led men into battle. And I love that whiskey is at the center of it all. People were so passionate about distilling whiskey they were willing to die for it, of course, there’s so much more to it than that! At the end of the episode we will drink the famed “Rebel Yell.”
13 minutes | Sep 11, 2016
Presidents of the Whiskey States - American Whiskey Podcast
This week we are going to have a truly presidential episode focusing on the past presidents of the United States that loved whiskey. Some of these presidents had a bigger cellar than others, but very few had an empty one. We’ll start with the beginning, George Washington, and move through time to more modern presidents. We’ll spend more time on some rather than others, because most presidents liked to keep their drinking habits to themselves. At the end of the episode we are going to be drinking some Wild Turkey Rare Breed, which I have high hopes for because most people have rated the current batches really highly.
15 minutes | Sep 4, 2016
Abraham Lincoln Has Whiskey in His Blood - American Whiskey Podcast
This week we are going to talk about Abraham Lincoln. Oh, yes, that amazing president who ended the civil war and abolished slavery. What some of you may not know is that Abraham Lincoln was in fact a teetotaler, who’s dad worked at a distillery, supported his general’s drinking habits, and was in fact shot party because of the liquid courage that bourbon provides. He was a man who tried to distance himself from the spirit yet ended up dying partly because of it. At the end of this episode we’ll be tasting some Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old Kentucky Small Bourbon Whiskey Very Small Batch. For reviews, information and much more visit our website at www.AWPodcast.com For sources on the information heard in this episode, click here.
15 minutes | Aug 28, 2016
America's Native Spirit - American Whiskey Podcast
This week in the American Whiskey Podcast we are going to talk about how bourbon became known as America’s Native Spirit, although that wording is under some debate. It’s in an interesting tale of cutthroat capitalism and a desperate attempt to try to and recoup a short-sighted investment that has since been caught and held hostage by the bourbon industry. At the end of this tale we’ll be tasting some current release I.W. Harper, which was once owned by the distiller responsible for Congress passing the Senate Concurrent Resolution 19 on May 4th 1964. For reviews, information and much more visit our website at www.AWPodcast.com For sources on the information heard in this episode, click here.
14 minutes | Aug 21, 2016
Bottled in Bond - American Whiskey Podcast
Many American whiskies carry the Bottled in Bond label, but what does it mean and where does it come from? What influence does that have on the whiskey we drink today? The words “Bottled in Bond” are found scrawled across many labels in the American whiskey market. This really is a category of bourbon all on it’s own. There are stringent government regulations classifying what can be called a Bottled in Bond spirit and the regulations are not even a requirement for being called bourbon. This makes you wonder why our friends in those southern states even bother with producing whiskey adhering to these standards? Submitting even further to government control? For reviews, information and much more visit our website at www.AWPodcast.com For sources on the information heard in this episode, click here.
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