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.
Established in 1996, John Distilleries grew to be a leading spirit company within less than a decade, not just in India but across the globe. Under the commanding guidance of Paul P. John, the company owns a strong portfolio of brands in various liquor categories, including whiskies, brandy, and wines. Today, the flagship brand of the company, Original Choice, is one of the top selling brands in India’s popular segment. It is one of the top 10 selling whiskies in the world, with sales exceeding 12 million cases per year.
Winemakers have long accepted the concept of terroir and its influence on a wine’s flavors and character, but it’s a polarizing topic in the spirits industry. Naysayers argue that spirits can’t express a sense of place, but Waterford Whisky founder and industry trailblazer Mark Reynier is proving that terroir can have a profound effect on the quality and character of single malt whisky by prioritizing where the grain was grown and harvested.
Influenced by his experience in the wine industry, Mark is rewriting the whisky handbook at Waterford. The distillery produces a range of exceptional single malt, barley-forward Whiskies unlike any on the market today. Waterford has sourced from 97 individual farms, some of them organic and biodynamic, and stores, malts and distills the grain separately to express the distinctive character of each site. He is going a step further by highlighting not only the soils but the growers as well.
Our podcast guest is Rhonda Kallman. Rhonda founded Boston Harbor Distillery in 2012 to make whole-grain whiskey and other inventive spirits. She is considered one of America’s craft beverage industry thought leaders and as the pioneering woman in the beer industry, was able to lead the way for other women to earn the respect and credibility they deserve. After a decades-long career at the forefront of the U.S. craft beer movement, she founded Boston Harbor Distillery to produce her first love, whiskey in her beloved city of Boston.
Louise established J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey in 2015, on her family farm in Co. Clare. Louise spent the previous 20 years working for Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Moet Hennessy. She returned to her family farm in County Clare, Ireland to resurrect the lost art of Whiskey Bonding which ceased to exist in the 1930s due to the collapse of the Irish Whiskey Industry. She is Ireland’s ONLY modern whiskey Bonder maturing and blending whiskey just a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. Louise has brought back the J.J. Corry brand named after a Whiskey Bonder in Kilrush, County Clare Ireland, just a few miles down the road from her family’s farm. The story of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey is a story of a woman determined to bring back the lost art of Irish Whiskey Bonding.
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 new videos of related content, in our Telly Award winning section, Kindred Spirits. The content includes Kerry's first ever taste of whiskey wash (which we talked about with Laphroaig's Simon Brooking way back on Episode one), 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 A Tour of the Royal Oak Distillery with Woody Kane (from episode 38). 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 web series, Tales From the Still 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!
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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 webisode 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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