186 – Michter’s Masters with Pam Heilmann and Andrea Wilson

We have both Masters from Michter’s today. Andrea Wilson was a guest back on Episode 47, and she makes her return with a new role as Master of Maturation. We dig into chemical compounds and wood effects on their bourbon. In addition, we have Pam Heilmann, the current Master Distiller, and we talk about her past at the Booker Noe plant and what they are doing at Michter’s. We touch on the new Fort Nelson Distillery and dive into the topics the whiskey geeks care about like limited high age expressions, barrel proof releases, and if could we ever expect to see a single barrel program? Listen to all of our Michter’s podcasts at https://bourbonpursuit.com/michters-podcasts/

Show Notes:

  • Buffalo Trace’s Virtual Reality Tour
  • Conor O’Driscoll Joins Heaven Hill Distillery as Fifth Master Distiller 
  • Pursuit Series Episodes 3 through 7 are available for purchase. Visit https://pursuitspirits.com/episodes/
  • The week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about Bourbon and teething.
  • What does Master of Maturation mean?
  • How did you get into whiskey?
  • What’s a relief supervisor?
  • Can you train your palate or is it a natural ability?
  • Is the tasting panel the best job?
  • What are the engineers bringing to the table?
  • How much still time do you have?
  • Is Willie Pratt still in the picture?
  • What does toasted mean?
  • Why don’t you make barrel strength bourbon all the time?
  • Why hasn’t Michter’s started a single barrel program?
  • How long have you been distilling here?
  • What is your plan for your distillate?
  • Was there some fine tuning performed on the still?
  • Are you just making Bourbon? Or are you making Rye, Malt, anything else?
  • Tell us about the Shenk’s and Bomberger’s lines.
  • Are you all looking forward to the new visitor experience?

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