51 episodes

Drinks Adventures is a new podcast for adventurous drinkers of beer, wine, spirits, cider... and everything in between.

Today's drinker is consuming less alcohol overall, and instead spending more on higher quality products that deliver on flavour and are underpinned by authentic stories.

The people who produce and champion these fine drinks are the talent you will be hearing from on this podcast.

Drinks Adventures is produced and hosted by drinks writer James Atkinson.

Contact us by emailing hello@drinksadventures.com.au

Drinks Adventures James Atkinson

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    • 4.7, 108 Ratings

Drinks Adventures is a new podcast for adventurous drinkers of beer, wine, spirits, cider... and everything in between.

Today's drinker is consuming less alcohol overall, and instead spending more on higher quality products that deliver on flavour and are underpinned by authentic stories.

The people who produce and champion these fine drinks are the talent you will be hearing from on this podcast.

Drinks Adventures is produced and hosted by drinks writer James Atkinson.

Contact us by emailing hello@drinksadventures.com.au

    Trailblazing bourbon master distiller, Marianne Eaves

    Trailblazing bourbon master distiller, Marianne Eaves

    Kentucky's first female bourbon master distiller since Prohibition, Marianne Eaves, is a huge name in American whiskey.

    With a background in chemical engineering, Marianne found her way into the bourbon industry via an internship at Brown-Forman, the company behind whiskey brands such as Jack Daniel's, Woodford Reserve and Old Forrester.

    She ultimately became master taster at the company and was on track to succeed Chris Morris as Woodford's master distiller.

    But 28-year-old Marianne fast-tracked her progress to the title of bourbon master distiller when she accepted a unique offer in 2015 to work on the resurrection of the Old Taylor Distillery - an incredibly ambitious project.

    The historic distillery, which is now known as Castle & Key, had fallen into disrepair since it was shuttered in 1972.

    Marianne has since moved on from Castle & Key and is now consulting on a host of interesting distilling projects right across the US.

    It was a pleasure to have Marianne join us from Texas for this interview.

    • 30 min
    Drinks that shaped Australia: Max Allen on his new book

    Drinks that shaped Australia: Max Allen on his new book

    Melbourne-based journalist Max Allen has been writing about drinks for more than 25 years.

    Max is the wine and drinks columnist for the Australian Financial Review, a longtime contributor to Gourmet Traveller Magazine and the Australian correspondent for jancisrobinson.com. (As discussed with Jancis herself, when she joined us on the podcast back in Season Four).

    I've long been a fan of Max's writing so I was excited to learn about his latest book, Intoxicating: Ten Drinks That Shaped Australia.

    Max joined me on the show to discuss this personal journey through Australia's colourful and complex drinking history.

    • 46 min
    Overeem Single Malt Whisky is back in family hands

    Overeem Single Malt Whisky is back in family hands

    Respected Tasmanian distiller, Overeem, has recently returned to family ownership.

    You may have read on the Drinks Adventures website my interview with Geoff Bainbridge, the CEO of Lark Distilling Company - formerly Australian Whisky Holdings - in which he explained the company's reasons for selling the Overeem brand to founder Casey Overeem's daughter Jane Overeem and her husband Mark Sawford.

    That sale of the Overeem brand and inventory has now settled, which is exciting news for all concerned.

    So this episode, we catch up with Jane Overeem for a chat about this development and what the future holds for the Overeem Whisky brand.

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    • 20 min
    S5 postscript, listener feedback & competition

    S5 postscript, listener feedback & competition

    Angus Hughson from Winepilot.com joins me to answer a listener question about purchasing back vintage Aussie red wines.

    Also, can you identify the voice of one of our upcoming guests in Season Six? If so, email your answer to hello@drinksadventures.com.au and you will go into the draw to win a copy of Japanese Whisky by Brian Ashcraft, thanks to Tuttle Publishing. (You will also be added to our mailing list.)

    Season Six of Drinks Adventures is coming soon. Join our mailing list for updates on the podcast.

    • 11 min
    Lessons from SARS and China drinks trends with industry veteran Ian Ford

    Lessons from SARS and China drinks trends with industry veteran Ian Ford

    Summergate Fine Wines & Spirits co-founder Ian Ford is currently navigating the second disease outbreak of his career in the China drinks industry.

    SARS had very similar impacts on the Chinese economy to those of COVID-19. As such, Ian has a unique perspective on recent events, and what the next few months could look like for those of us who are in the process of emerging from lockdown.

    But this interview was also an opportunity to find out a bit more about the Chinese drinks market from Ian, who has an intimate understanding of the local consumption trends.

    Since selling Summergate to Australian retailer Woolworths in 2014, he founded a new company called Nimbility, which provides expertise to wine, spirits and beer producers seeking to export their products to Asia.

    And in fact, I know of at least one company previously featured on Drinks Adventures that has used Nimbility's services.

    First up though, you'll hear from Ian how he originally came to relocate from New York City to begin a career in the Chinese drinks industry in 1995.

    • 49 min
    Irish whiskey's comeback with Stephen Teeling of Teeling Irish Whiskey

    Irish whiskey's comeback with Stephen Teeling of Teeling Irish Whiskey

    In 2015, Teeling Irish Whiskey opened Dublin's first new distillery in 125 years.

    Brothers Jack and Stephen Teeling have recently achieved another significant milestone with the launch of Teeling Single Pot Still, the company's interpretation of this classic whiskey style that is unique to Ireland.

    In this interview recorded on May 29, 2020, Stephen and I discuss the origins of single pot still. He explains the significance this new product has to the Teeling family, which has an association with Irish whiskey dating back to 1782.

    Also on the agenda is the company's launch of a 28-year-old single malt whiskey, following on from the 24-year-old that was named world's best single malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019.

    And we take a look at the evolution of Irish whiskey more broadly, and the reasons behind the Teelings' decision to sell a minority share of their business to Bacardi Limited in 2017.

    But first, you'll hear from Stephen how Teeling Whiskey has been handling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 33 min

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