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TWiB: Pursuit Spirits Raises $8M, Jack Daniel’s vs Dog Toy in the Supreme Court, Old Elk and Greg Metze’s Infinity Blend Series



It’s This Week in Bourbon for November 25th 2022. Pursuit Spirits raises $8M for future whiskey purchases. Jack Daniel’s takes a dog toy manufacturer to the Supreme Court. Old Elk Distillery is proud to announce the second annual release of Master Distiller Greg Metze’s Infinity Blend Series.

Show Notes:

  • Pursuit Spirits has financed $8 million in future bourbon and rye whiskey barrel purchases
  • American Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s First Spirit by Clay Risen
  • Jack Daniel’s takes a dog toy manufacturer to the Supreme Court
  • Frank August announces two expressions: the first single barrel releases and ‘Case Study’ series
  • Rabbit Hole re-releasing Raceking Founder’s Collection
  • Jack Daniel Distillery introduces Distillery Series selection #10
  • WhistlePig PiggyBack Legends Series: Brothers Osborne Barrel
  • Hidden Barn Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Series Two
  • Two new Stellum Black specialty blends
  • Old Elk Distillery is proud to announce the second annual release of Master Distiller Greg Metze’s Infinity Blend Series
  • @pursuitspirits @risenc @jackdaniels_us @thefrankaugust @rabbithole @whistlepigwhiskey @brothersosborne @hidden_barn @stellumspirits @oldelkbourbon
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385 – Wine’s Dirty Little Secret Meets Bourbon with Lee Tatum and Cody Ewers of Innerstave

Sherry, port, honey, sauternes, french, tokaji, toasted, and so much more. The world of cask finishing has exploded. It’s what many consider to be the current wave of innovation for today’s bourbon market. I mean, is there a bourbon brand that hasn’t done a secondary cask finishing yet? However, this world is still a bit like the wild west. Companies are dumping bourbon into casks, there’s stave additions, and there are other oak alternatives. So how do you know if your port finished bourbon is actually finished instead of blended? Unless there is a level of transparency, it’s really hard to know. That’s why Lee Tatum and Cody Ewers of Innerstave are joining the show. They give a history of how Innerstave had traditionally been used in wine for ages and now there is a desire for their products to be used with bourbon. We discuss what makes their oak finishing products different and how they can replicate a process time and time again versus pressing your luck on a barrel that came over from another country on a container ship.

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about aging rye vs wheated bourbons
  • Lee, what did you invent as part of the innovation team at Brown Forman?
  • Cody did you see journalism on the decline?
  • What did you mean when you thought that the wine space needed to change?
  • Can you give a background of Innerstave?
  • Can you explain what these oak alternatives are?
  • How would someone go about using your product?
  • How have we not seen bourbon aged on a pirate ship yet?
  • Is this repeatable and consistent vs cask finishing?
  • What does the menu look like for types of oak alternatives?
  • @innerstave
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Whiskey Quickie: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2022 Review



On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review the 2022 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. This 11 year old bourbon is 96 proof and $150 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!

DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.

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TWiB: Redemption Loses Lawsuit To Diageo, Sagamore Spirit Releases A 5YR Bottled in Bond, Kentucky Owl and Barrell Release $500 Bottles



It’s This Week in Bourbon for November 18th 2022. Redemption loses its lawsuit with Diageo and must change bottles. Sagamore spirit releases their own 5 year bottled in bond. Kentucky Owl and Barrell Bourbon are both releasing $500 bottles

Show Notes:

  • Bardstown Bourbon Co will have a new experience in downtown Louisville
  • Pernod Ricard has invested US$22 million to install its first RTD canning line
  • Redemption has been forced to stop bottles after it failed to get Diageo’s injunction order thrown out
  • Nearest Green Distillery has announced that it will add three permanent expressions
  • Sagamore Spirit has released its second annual Sagamore Spirit Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Hemingway Rye Whiskey First Edition with the release of the inaugural 972 bottles
  • Blue Run Spirits announces Blue Run Emerald Rye Whiskey
  • Puncher’s Chance announces its oldest whiskey to date with the release of Puncher’s Chance Bourbon: THE LEFT CROSS
  • Stoli Group announces Kentucky Owl Batch #12 and Kentucky Owl Mardi Gras XO Cask Limited Edition
  • Barrell Craft Spirits Announces BCS Gold Label Dovetail
  • @bardstownbourbonco @pernodricard @redemptionwhiskey @diageo @builleit @unclenearest @sagamorespirit @bluerunspirits @puncherschancebourbon @kentuckyowl @barrellbourbon
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384 – Is American Single Malt Trending? Has Sourcing Been Embraced? Thanksgiving That Isn’t Wild Turkey on Bourbon Community Roundtable #74



It’s Bourbon Community Roundtable #74 and here are the topics we chose for today’s show. American Single Malts. The media is a buzz talking about them and traditional heritage distilleries are starting to release some in small numbers. Is this a trend that we need to pay attention to? It’s safe to say that over half the bottles on the shelf are sourced product. Has sourcing been embraced finally? Or do people not care and don’t know? Every year we will see Wild Turkey pictures flood social media on Thanksgiving. What should you bring to your Thanksgiving get togethers?

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about Beam decanters.
  • American Single Malts have their own designation and legal wording. Is this a trend worth watching for us bourbon geeks?
  • It’s safe to say that over half the bottles on the shelf are sourced product. Has sourcing been embraced finally? Or do people not care and don’t know?
  • Every year we will see Wild Turkey pictures flood social media on Thanksgiving. What should you bring to your Thanksgiving get togethers?
  • @breakingbourbon @fredminnick @drinkseelbachs @bourbonr @sippncorn
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Whiskey Quickie: Knob Creek 18 Year Bourbon Review



On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Knob Creek 18 Year. This 18 year old bourbon is 100 proof and $170 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!

DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.

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TWiB: Western KY Distilling Announces $30M Distillery, Kroger’s Ultimate Bourbon Auction to End Hunger, Heaven Hill Announces Old Fitzgerald 19 Year



It’s This Week in Bourbon for November 11th 2022. Western Kentucky Distilling Co. announced a $30 million Distillery in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Kroger’s third annual Ultimate Bourbon Auction to End Hunger has started. Heaven Hill Distillery announced the Fall 2022 edition of Old Fitzgerald 19 YR.

Show Notes:

  • Wilderness Trail update from Shane Baker
  • Diageo announced it has acquired Balcones Distilling
  • Western Kentucky Distilling Co. announced a $30 million Distillery in Beaver Dam, Kentucky
  • Longbranch teamed up with Walden Retreats to bring a bourbon-centric, luxury ranch-style stay
  • Jack Daniel’s has again been named the most valuable spirits brand in the world
  • New TTB Director Stepping Up on Enforcement
  • Kroger’s third annual Ultimate Bourbon Auction to End Hunger has started
  • Teamsters Local 651 is leading the effort to organize Woodford Reserve
  • IRS and the TTB raided the offices of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in California
  • Castle & Key announces The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey, Chapter 2 in partnership with The Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild
  • Broken Barrel Whiskey Co introduces Americana
  • Jack Daniel’s Twice Barreled Special Release American Single Malt Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks
  • Dixon Dedman releases 2XO The Phoenix Blend
  • Maker’s Mark introduces Wood Finishing Series – the City Series
  • Heaven Hill Distillery announced the Fall 2022 edition of Old Fitzgerald 19 YR
  • @wildernesstraildistillery @balconesdistilling @longbranchbourbon @officiallymcconaughey @jackdaniels_us @krogerco @krogerchrispicks @sgwinespirits @castleandkey @_kbbg_ @brokenbarrelwhiskey @dixon_dedman @2xowhiskey @makersmark @heavenhilldistillery
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383 – Penny & Sparrow Pick a Barrel



Our typical guests range from Master Distillers to other industry experts and pundits, but on the rare occasion I find a guest that breaks our norm and gives another view into the world of bourbon. Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke make up the folk music duo Penny & Sparrow. Their original appearance on the show was on Episode 228 where we got to know the guys and their love of bourbon. This time I caught them on their post-pandemic tour through Louisville and had them do their first ever Pursuit Series barrel selection. We talk about lyrical inspiration and video games and I lead them through five whiskey samples as they narrow down their choice. Without giving too much of it away, if you are interested in a bottle from this selection it’s available on Seelbachs.com for a limited time until it’s sold out. It is a single barrel after all!

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about why bourbon is called bourbon
  • How did your project go with Oak and Eden?
  • Do you get a good mix of bourbon and rye in the green room before a show?
  • Talk about Need You on your latest album
  • Do you record a riff or write down a lyric and then find a match between the two?
  • Why did you choose to use claymation for your Cheyenne music video?
  • Did you take the pandemic as a time to reconnect with music or decompress?
  • How does video game soundtracks inspire you?
  • What’s the best video game console ever created?
  • How do you narrow down a barrel selection?
  • @pennyandsparrow
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Whiskey Quickie: 2022 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) Review



On this special edition of Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review the 2022 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. The collection includes: Sazerac Rye 18 Year, Eagle Rare 17 Year, Thomas H. Handy, William Larue Weller, and George T. Stagg. Each bottle has a suggested retail price of $99. What’s our favorite this year? Watch to find out. Cheers!

DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.

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TWiB: Campari Acquires Wilderness Trail for $420M, Limited-edition Old Forester King Ranch Edition, Lux Row Debuts Old Ezra 7-Year Rye Whiskey



It’s This Week in Bourbon for November 4th 2022. Campari Group has agreed to acquire a 70% stake in Kentucky-based Wilderness Trail Distillery for $420 million. Old Forester and King Ranch are releasing a limited-edition whisky called Old Forester King Ranch Edition. Lux Row Distillers announced the newest variant in the Ezra Brooks brand family: Old Ezra 7-Year Straight Rye Whiskey.

Show Notes:

  • Campari Group has agreed to acquire a 70% stake in Kentucky-based Wilderness Trail Distillery for US$420 million
  • Jane Bowie and Denny Potter are announcing a new distillery in Washington County, Kentucky
  • Pol Roger Portfolio is acquiring Leiper’s Fork Distillery
  • Old Forester and King Ranch are releasing a limited-edition whisky called Old Forester King Ranch Edition
  • The return of the George Dickel x Leopold Bros Collaboration Blend
  • Log Still Distillery is introducing Monk’s Road Wheated Bourbon
  • Wyoming Whiskey announces this year’s annual and limited release offerings of Barrel Strength Bourbon, Outryder Straight American Whiskey and Single Barrel
  • Angel’s Envy is releasing their annual cask strength edition
  • Booker’s Bourbon Releases Third Batch of 2022 Collection “Kentucky Tea”
  • HIRSCH Selected Whiskeys announces The Cask Strength Finished in Cognac Barrels
  • Lux Row Distillers announces Old Ezra 7-Year Straight Rye Whiskey
  • @campariofficial @wildernesstraildistillery @lfdistillery @oldforester @kingranchinc @georgedickel @leopoldbros @logstilldistillery @monksroad @wyomingwhiskey @angelsenvy @hirschwhiskey @luxrowdistillers
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382 – Building A Brand With No Distillery with Michael Paladini and Danny Polise of Penelope Bourbon



Starting a brand is no easy task. There will be a lot of fails before you ever see your first success and there’s a lot to the industry that have to be taken into account from a regulatory aspect, supply chain, sales, and distribution. Mike Paladini and Danny Polise from Penelope Bourbon join the show to talk about how a wild idea to start a whiskey company grew into one of the hottest new brands on the market. They traveled to MGP after reading an article about how that craft whiskey you like is actually from a factory in Indiana. From there it’s been a roller coaster of emotions and now they are working on new projects to reach more bourbon enthusiasts.

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about the aging climate of Texas
  • Can you talk about your wildest high school party that you threw?
  • What started you down the path of drinking bourbon?
  • Are more people in New Jersey finding bourbon and becoming drinkers?
  • What were you doing before Penelope?
  • What made you want to quit your day jobs and pursue a whiskey career?
  • What research did you do for starting a brand and sourcing?
  • Talk about that first day at MGP?
  • Did MGP help you with creating your proprietary blend?
  • Were you trying to maintain consistency or try different blends?
  • How are you figuring out how to scale the business with bottles in 29 states and 4 countries?
  • Are you finding it harder to buy directly from MGP with the explosion?
  • Why go into the light whiskey category?
  • Do you have any finished whiskey horror stories?
  • @penelopebourbon
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Whiskey Quickie: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof C922 Review



On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Elijah Craig Barrel Proof C922. This 12 year old bourbon is 124.8 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!

DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.

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TWiB: Master Distiller Lisa Wicker Leaves Widow Jane, Another DTC Shipping Case Heads to Supreme Court, 2022 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Details



It’s This Week in Bourbon for October 28th 2022. Master Distiller Lisa Wicker is leaving Widow Jane. The National Association of Wine Retailers is taking another shipping case to the Supreme Court. The details have finally been released for this year’s Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

Show Notes:

  • Whiskey Thief Distilling Co joins The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour
  • B. H. James Distillers announces the opening date in Adairville, Kentucky
  • The FTC has ordered Drizly to destroy unnecessary data
  • Skrewball’s social media posts have violated the DISCUS Code
  • The Bourbon Barrel Taxation Task Force is looking to remove barrel aging taxes
  • Frazier Museum announced Bourbon Limited, an online Bourbon subscription membership service
  • Widow Jane announces that Master Distiller Lisa Wicker will leave the company
  • The National Association of Wine Retailers is taking another shipping case to the Supreme Court
  • Jackson Purchase Distillery will increase its distilling operation investment nearly $26 million
  • Kings of Leon has partnered with Willett to launch Kiamichi Whiskey
  • Chattanooga Whiskey releases Experimental Batch 027: Moscatel + Sauternes Barrel Finished
  • Penelope Bourbon announces the limited-release of Valencia
  • The details have finally been released for this year’s Buffalo Trace Antique Collection
  • @whiskeythiefdistilling @drizlyinc @skrewballwhiskey @frazierhistorymuseum @widowjane @lbwicker @kingsofleon @willettdistillery @chattwhiskey @penelopebourbon @buffalotracedistillery
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381 – The Rights and Wrongs of Barrel Finished Bourbons



It’s quite apparent that cask finished bourbons are continuing to push the envelope. Every company and producer is utilizing different barrels to create new flavors and new SKUs. We sit down to analyze secondary cask finished bourbons from a legal and producer perspective. Why isn’t there legal wording for recharging barrels? What are the various wine types that create better taste profiles? Is finishing a whiskey an excuse for covering up bad barrels? Can brands hide behind a whiskey speciality and do consumers even care?

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about today’s market growth and the bourbon boom
  • From a judging standpoint, should secondary cask finished bourbons not be in the bourbon category?
  • Do most consumers know Angel’s Envy is not a bourbon or do they even care?
  • Is there a label sprawl problem with every brand coming out with different finishes?
  • What are the best types of barrels to finish a bourbon?
  • What are the differences between the types of barrels used for various wine types?
  • Is finishing a whiskey an excuse for covering up bad barrels?
  • What level of risk can you take with finishing whiskey that could turn our terrible?
  • Should there be a definition of recharging a barrel?
  • Does age of the whiskey matter when secondary finishing?
  • Should producers try to disclose the winery where the barrels are sourced?
  • Do you ever get bourbon fatigue and feel like changing things up with a finished whiskey?
  • Are barrel finishes added-value and should charge more per bottle?
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Whiskey Quickie: Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse Review



On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse. This 10 year old bourbon is 112.4 proof and $250 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers!

DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest opinion based on what we tasted. Please drink responsibly.

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