366 – From Archeologist to Bourbon and Dusty Expert with Caroline Paulus



We all come from different backgrounds, yet we all find a passion in bourbon. One of the most intriguing stories I have ever been introduced to is from our guest today, Caroline Paulus. Her first love and her area of study is archeology. She had no idea that coming to Kentucky from Wisconsin on a dig would lead her into a new career in bourbon. She is fascinated with the history of whiskey and that has made her become one of the leading authorities when it comes to analyzing dusties. As the whiskey historian at Justin’s House of Bourbon and senior editor for The Bourbon Review, she tells her story about falling into this line of work and some stories about running one of the best stores dedicated to bourbon in Kentucky.

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about distilling presence during World War II
  • Was whiskey ever a thing in your household or did you discover it later in life?
  • Why do people from Wisconsin ruin an old fashioned?
  • What was your original archeology digs in Kentucky focused on?
  • How do you make the jump from being an archeologists to getting into bourbon?
  • How are you now after losing your senses to COVID?
  • Who taught you to get comfortable tasting whiskey?
  • At what point do you become a whiskey historian?
  • Have you been able to spot fake dusties?
  • What’s the most popular item sold at Justin’s House of Bourbon?
  • Can you try to hand sell me a dusty bourbon?
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