271 – The Impossible Collection of Whiskey with Clay Risen


Clay Risen somehow narrowly escaped being a guest on the podcast, but we got him. We talk about some of his past work and his newest book, The Impossible Collection Of Whiskey: The 100 Most Exceptional And Collectible Bottles, that will be coming out in October 2020. So of course, we talk about chasing unicorns and our early bourbon regrets.

Show Notes:

  • This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about unity in bourbon.
  • Tell us about your books.
  • If you could be best friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
  • Do you feel like books need to be refreshed constantly?
  • Talk about the different kinds of rye.
  • What are your favorite ryes?
  • How did you become the whiskey guy?
  • What year did you get into whiskey?
  • What is one of your favorite pieces you’ve wrote?
  • Tell us about your new book.
  • How do you have time to venture out to all different kinds of whiskies?
  • Did you include specific vintages in your new book?
  • What about exports created for the Japanese market?
  • How hard would it be for you to open a rare whiskey?
  • Now that you are covering politics, are you drinking more whiskey?

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