004 – Bourbon Growth and Quality Control at Heaven Hill with Mike Sonne, Head Taster

Two part podcast. First part discussion about Heaven Hill growth and demand. In the second part, Ryan joins Mike Sonne, “Chief” Bourbon Quality Control Taster at Heaven Hill, to talk about his job working with Parker Beam and Denny Potter.

Show Notes:

  • We’re out hunting for Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
  • Does bourbon need to stay closer to KY?
  • Heaven Hill fills their 7th million barrel
  • The bottling facility is something impressive
  • What’s a typical day for tasting bourbon?
  • How did Larceny come about?
  • Vodka vs Bourbon in age preference
  • How is Parker’s Heritage decided every year?

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