104 – 10 Interviews from WhiskyLive Louisville 2017




A combination of 10 interviews all done at WhiskeyLive in Louisville. This podcast features Fred Noe and Beth Burrows of Jim Beam, Joe Beatrice of Barrell Bourbon, Brian Gelfo of Rabbit Hole, John Foster of Smooth Ambler, Josh Hollifield of Barton 1792, Kelly Ramsey of Art Eatables, Winston Edwards of Balcones, Greg Roshkowski of Cooper’s Craft, and we wrap it up with Bill Thomas of Jack Rose.
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103 – Drew Mayville, Master Blender at Buffalo Trace / Sazerac




Drew Mayville, Master Blender at Buffalo Trace / Sazerac, has one of the most important jobs and that’s making sure the blended products meet a flavor profile. We dive into the differences between tanked and non-tank Sazerac 18 year and even talk about his involvement with the Old Rip 25 year.

– Talk about your past because I did some LinkedIn sleuthing last night and come to find out you’re no spring chicken.
– Talk about what it means to be a master blender because we talk to master distillers all the time but we don’t get to see this side very often
– talk about the panel and the process
– would you say blenders are under appreciated in this business?
– talk about some of the labels you are blending for
– lets take Eagle Rare as an example, what are some of the characteristics you are looking for to have it’s consistency?
– are you using a previous batch or set of samples and comparing that to new samples?
– Did i read somewhere that BT’s Buffalo Cream is your baby?
– what else are you or your team responsible for?
– fireball?
– Harlen has his vodka. If you have your way, what sort of spirit do you want your name across?
– Everyone knows that warehouse X is part of the experimentation projects. Do you have some of your own things over there as well?
– Don’t you think experimentation of everything has been done already? Many consumers are just looking for good bourbon from a good distillery with a rich history.
– Personally, the EHT 4 Grain was a way to build the EH Taylor hype but, of BT knew the 4grain bourbon was better than 3, then all bourbons would have been 4grain from the beginning. am i wrong?
– Is the single barrel, barrel proof explosion going to put you out of business?

059 – Freddie Johnson, 3rd Generation Employee at Buffalo Trace


Freddie Johnson, 3rd Generation Employee and Tour Guide at Buffalo Trace, talks about his family legacy and his depth of bourbon knowledge.
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024 – Kris Comstock, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Marketing Director


Krim Comstock, the Bourbon Marketing Director at Buffalo Trace, talks about how he made his way to Kentucky and gives us insight into the brands and even the new 2015 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (sorry about the horrible audio on this one). (more…)

010 – Martha Carlin, Great Great Grandaugher George T. Stagg


Martha Carlin, Great Great Granddaughter of George T. Stagg, talks about her gaggle of Stagg bottles up for auction, her family history in the bourbon industry, and how much George T. Stagg really loved to fish.
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009 – Beau Beckman Barrel Select Manager Buffalo Trace


Beau Beckman, Barrel Select Manager at Buffalo Trace (and great great great great great grandson of Colonel EH Taylor), talks about his family legacy, the process of buying a barrel, and how technology is changing the future of the program with Single Barrel Select.
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002 – Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller Buffalo Trace

Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace, joins us we discuss multiple facets of his history and life at the famed Buffalo Trace Distillary (Read Show Notes)