Fred Minnick, multi-appearance guest on the show and author of the new book Rum Curious, educates us bourbon drinkers on why rum isn’t so bad and how the rum industry needs the passion of the bourbon community.
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- Back in February you had a article named “For Rum’s Sake”, an open letter to bourbon drinkers. Was it a plea?
- Why rum? There’s lots of other spirits
- Name a few brands that are accessible in parts of the US that are trustworthy.
- So what’s wrong with Captain Morgan and those typical ones we all think of?
- We know bourbon has 3 main ingredients, but what are some of the main ones going into rum?
- We also have corn whiskey, rye whiskey, etc, any variants?
- So people want to learn more about rum, besides your book, where are the rum fanatics?
- Talk about the laws and labels for rum producers
- What do you think about those companies that say they can create an aged rum in less than 7 days using technology?
- Thanks to Emmet Klocker that sent us some samples from Lemon Hart, Havana Club, and 1931/
Reid Bechtle & Emerald Adair of 1789b join the group to talk about the fascinations with the better things in life, how they started 1789b, how barrel selections have changed in 7 years, and the barrel picks they have still yet to do.
- Introduce yourselves, your background and how bourbon got into your life
- What are those coins you have in your hands?
- Explain what 1789b is
- Where does the name 1789b come from?
- Do distilleries roll out the red carpet for you?
- Have the advent of prolific Facebook groups influenced the group?
- Talk about those early Reid & Emerald picks
- How has the barrel selection process changed now that you don’t get the pick of everything in the rick house?
- When newcomers are in the market and they see Billions with Michter’s 20 year and they get caught up in the chase. Do you all get caught up seeking limited releases too?
- Is there a bourbon pick you haven’t done yet that would be on your bucket list?
- Listen to the barrel pick we all did back on Episode 105
Retail Pricing Wars! Does MSRP really mean anything? How do stores price their products relative to their size, customer base, and geographic location? We’re joined by Ed Bley of Cork N Bottle and Angelo Ingrati of Peppino’s Liquors & Wine to discuss both sides of the story. Read Show Notes Below.
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- What’s your reason on why your stores can sell above MSRP?
- Why would any store NOT sell at secondary pricing?
- How does geography play a role into this with Kentucky vs NYC?
- Is Buffalo Trace or the distillery the real culprits of the problem?
- Don’t most liquor stores make their money on volume rather than limited releases? So how do you keep your customers happy after this bubble bursts?
- Small mom & pop shops are losing allocation and reps are favoring big box stores, do you see this as a problem on the distributer side?
- Do store owners get tired of hearing “Do you have any X?”
- What do you think is the effect of square footage of your retail space? What are their advantages?
- How do you buy enough fireball to get any limited release bourbon?
- Are everyday items priced higher in NYC like Maker’s Mark?
- By raising the retail price, then do you feel like you are cutting out the distributor and the distillery of their fair share?
105 – Behind a Russell’s Reserve Barrel Pick with Cork N Bottle, Reid & Emerald, and more at Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey Barrel Selection Exclusive with Ed Bley of Cork N Bottle, Reid and Emerald of 1789b, Nick Dikeos of The Bourbon Mafia, and Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey. Get an inside look at how these connoisseurs of bourbon choose barrels while Jimmy is rattling off more information and history than we knew before. This is a Bourbon Pursuit first, bringing you inside on a private barrel selection.
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- Everyone introduce themselves
- Ed, what’s your mentality going into a barrel pick?
- Jimmy, what hasn’t been tried in this business?
- Jimmy, you said Wild Turkey doesn’t produce anything outside of their own brands but what about Old Ripy and Bond and Lilliard?
- Emerald, what’s bourbon like in Arizona?
- Jimmy, talk about Chill Filtering
- Ed, do you feel like we could be choosing barrels that have been passed on by others?
- Jimmy talks about MGP, Schenley, and more
- Nick, talk about off-profile picks and why they are desired
- Emerald, how has barrel picking changed since bourbon has become so popular because you can’t get things like private ETL?
- Reid, talk about the differences between choosing barrels at Four Roses
- Jimmy, talk about the oak that goes into making the barrels
- Jimmy, when it comes to local farmers, does farm to bottle really mean anything?
- Jimmy, how did you get in trouble with the Wild Turkey pewter tops?
- Ed, Reid, and Nick, what do you think collaborations of different stores and groups coming together to make something special?
- Jimmy, talk about Parker Beam from Heaven Hill
- These bottles will be in stores very soon!
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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