Master Distiller Podcasts

Podcasts done by Master Distillers

108 – Denny Potter, Master Distiller at Heaven Hill




Denny Potter, Master Distiller and VP of Operations at Heaven Hill, talks about his past handling dangerous chemicals, answers if bourbon production is green, touches on age statement removals and the market for higher age statements.

Show Notes:

  • Thanks to Linden Ferguson for being the guest co-host
  • The man behind many of the famous brands we talk about on the show like Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Henry McKenna, Larceny and much more. Former Master Distiller and now VP of Operations at Heaven Hill, Denny Potter
  • Talk about your history and how you came to Heaven Hill
  • Talk about your old jobs dealing with dangerous chemicals.
  • Talk about the environmental impact of bourbon production.
  • So you have a history of rum. What do you think about this newborn uptick in Rum interest?
  • How many barrels is Heaven Hill producing per day?
  • What once was impossible to get rid of and now HH has been known for their high aged premium products by whiskey geeks. From Martin Mills 24 to EC18 and 23 and WHH 14 and 15 years, do you anticipate the future whiskey drinkers 10 years from now to still be wanting higher aged products?
  • There’s a little known gem here in KY and that’s the 6 year BIB white label. When you travel do people ask you about how they can get their hands on some?
  • What are some of those labels people are always wanting to know more about or how they can get their hands on?
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.

Get 5% off your in-store and online orders at Art Eatables with offer code “Pursuit”

  • 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!
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.
(more…)

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?

102 – Brent Elliott, Creating Al Young’s 50th Anniversary Bourbon for Four Roses at WhiskyLive



Download
Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses, takes us through the creation of Al Young’s 50th Anniversary bourbon at an exclusive session during WhiskyLive.

(more…)

100 – Charlie Downs, Artisanal Distillery Manager at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience



Download
Charlie Downs, Artisanal Distillery Manager at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (a part of Heaven Hill Brands) talks about the operations, his mentorship with Parker Beam, and the recollection of events that took place at the Heaven Hill fire of 1996.
(more…)

087 – Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses


Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses, talks about how he never owned a bottle of Four Roses until he interviewed and how the conversation went when he was tapped to be the new Master Distiller.
(more…)

079 – John Little, VP and Head Distiller at Smooth Ambler


John Little, VP and Head Distiller at Smooth Ambler, talks about the how the whole operation started from a note his father-in-law gave him from Time magazine. John dives into the roots of his current distillation and the single barrels seen on the market.
(more…)

077 – Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller and Legend at Wild Turkey


Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller and Legend at Wild Turkey, sits down to tell his story. He thinks he’s “Plain Ol’ Jimmy” but once you hear his stories about childhood, befriending the likeness of greats in the industry, and sharing his wealth of knowledge you will see he really is an icon.
(more…)

074 – Eddie Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey


Eddie Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey, joins the show to discuss growing up around the distillery, apprenticeship, and what tradition has taught him about the business.
(more…)

063 – Trey Zoeller, Founder and Master Blender of Jefferson’s Bourbon


Trey Zoeller, Founder and Master Blender of Jefferson’s Bourbon, shares his story with some new information about a new Presidential special release.
(more…)

061 – Mark Coffman, Master Distiller for Town Branch at Alltech Brewing


Mark Coffman, Master Distiller at Alltech Brewing, which is the home of Town Branch bourbon, talks about being a Brewmaster as well as a Master Distiller.
(more…)

047 – Andrea Wilson, VP and GM of Michter’s Distillery


Andrea Wilson, Vice President and General Manager of Michter’s Distillery, gives us the history of Michter’s, her rich history influencing the bourbon industry behind the scenes, and hints at a new 20 year bourbon release and potential Celebration.
(more…)

045 – Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve


Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve, gives an insight into the historic grounds and the $1000 Mint Julep in time for Derby.
(more…)

044 – Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam


Fred Noe, Global Ambassador and Master Distiller at Jim Beam, talks about the history of Jim Beam, his celebrity encounters and the new Booker’s Rye release.
(more…)

033 – Greg Davis, Master Distiller Maker’s Mark


Greg Davis, Master Distiller at Maker’s Mark, talks about how is continuing the tradition that has been set and more about day to day operations. (more…)

027 – Dixon Dedman, Partner in Kentucky Owl Bourbon


Dixon Dedman, Owner Operator of Beaumont Inn & Partner in Kentucky Owl, joins us to talk about his family history and how they revitalized a brand that died during prohibition. (more…)

021 – Brent Goodin, Master Distiller at Boundary Oak


Brent Goodin, Master Distiller at Boundary Oak Distillery, discusses his new startup distillery and how his first bottle of bourbon off the line sold for $28,000. (more…)

018 – Marianne Barnes, Master Distiller of former Old Taylor Distillery


Marianne Barnes, Master Distiller at The Distillery Formally Known as Old Taylor, discusses her new role, what everyone can expect coming from this revitalization, and insights into what it takes to be a master distiller. (more…)

012- Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller Four Roses (Part 2)


Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, joins us for Part 2 of this 2-Part podcast and discusses his travels, limited edition releases, one floor warehouses, and how he’s shaping their future. (more…)

011 – Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller Four Roses (Part 1)


Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, joins us for Part 1 of this 2-Part podcast and talks about his education, job history, his love for bowling, and how he brought Four Roses straight bourbon back to the US.
(more…)

006 – Wes Henderson, Angels Envy Chief Innovation Officer

Wes Henderson, Chief Innovation Officer of Angel’s Envy, joins us to talk about the start of this brand, his father’s heritage, and more
(more…)

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)