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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 the water of life its spirit.
Our podcast guest is Robin Robinson. Robin is a noted educator and veteran of the whiskey industry. His whiskey class at New York City's renowned Astor Center, "Whiskey Smackdown" was the longest running whiskey class in the US, running 11 straight years up to the start of the Covid shutdown. He has since adapted the class as a virtual tasting program ("The Story of Whiskey: 60 minutes of bad standup comedy punctuated by drinking") that is marketed to financial and tech corporations across the country.
Our podcast guest is Rob Arnold. Rob is the master distiller at Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and a third-generation member of the whiskey industry. Arnold holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee; a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding & Genetics from Texas A&M University. Arnold is also a writer. He is the co-author of Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey, and his second book The Terroir of Whiskey: A Distiller’s Journey into the Flavor of Place was released in 2020
Our podcast guest if Seth Benhaim of Broken Barrel Whiskey. At Broken Barrel they seek to create a name for themselves by adhering to principles of originality, boundary-crossing, and unapologetic authenticity. By ‘bringing the barrel to the whiskey, not the whiskey to the barrel’ concept, they have created something different.
Our podcast guest is Daniel Szor. Szor founded Cotswolds Distillery in 2014. The distillery is nestled in the Cotswolds countryside in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The distillery doors were opened to visitors in 2014 and offers visitors a rare opportunity to see a range of different spirits being made.
Our podcast guest is Donal O'Gallachoir of Glendalough Distillery in Ireland.
Donal first cut his teeth in the Irish whiskey industry at the ripe age of 18 for some well-known brands, and he has been making an impact in Irish Whiskey ever since. He is a Certified Spirits Specialist (CSS) and self-proclaimed Irish whiskey nerd. He expertly speaks about distillation, Irish whiskey and its long history. In 2018 Donal was awarded an Icon of Whisky Award for Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the year. Donal is based in Chicago, USA and travels extensively throughout North America educating the trade and consumers on Glendalough's award winning spirits portfolio.
Beginning in March 2021, 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—and we learn the true identities of Chick and Rabbit. Plus deleted content from episode 35 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 planning Portland's first female owned and operated distillery, Freeland Spirits. There is also a sample of Chef Louise Leonard's Cheese 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.
For as little as 99 cents per month, you can have access to videos related to topics discussed on past podcasts, as well as our new series, The Malting Floor. At $4.99 per month, you'll enjoy access to our new webcast series and other spinoffs currently in development. And with a premium contribution of $9.99 per month, you’ll get all of this before it’s available to anyone else!
We want to thank you for listening to our show, we cant wait to see you in our VIP Lounge!
Join us this St. Patrick's Day in our new VIP Lounge with webcast guests Jonathan Pogash, aka The Cocktail Guru, "Startender" Pam Wiznitzer, and Kelly Abbott of Unleashed Coffee Co. as we talk about the history of the classic Irish Coffee and how to make it. In addition Pam will show us how to make her Irish Coffee inspired cocktail, The Blind Abbot and Kelly will show us some of her favorite coffee brewing techniques. This webcast can only be seen in our VIP Lounge so sign up and become a member today. How do you become a VIP? It's easy! Become a supporter on our Anchor page and select the right contribution level for you. Once you’ve submitted your payment information, create your VIP Access account at our VIP access page in the navigation bar above.
The Water of Life is a look at the craftsmen, chemists, and renegades who saved scotch whisky and started a creative revolution in Scotland.
The feature documentary focuses on the efforts of Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier at Bruichladdich but it also gives in-depth portraits of other key innovators who embraced the past, invented the future… or both. For tickets and show times click here:
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