70 episodes

Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur is a podcast for anyone that enjoys distilled spirits!

Built on the premise of drinking, discussing, and discovering the world of distilled spirits, each episode features consistent tastings and much more. The featured spirit's backstory is covered, including history of production, marketing, availability, notable events for the spirit, as well as personal stories on enjoyment.

This podcast features new episodes at least weekly, and is the work of host Matt Birchard, who created the podcast as a way to keep a new year's resolution to himself - which was to drink more!

So enjoy each episode whenever you have time, but it's recommended you enjoy a liquor or liqueur during the show!

Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur Matt Birchard

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Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur is a podcast for anyone that enjoys distilled spirits!

Built on the premise of drinking, discussing, and discovering the world of distilled spirits, each episode features consistent tastings and much more. The featured spirit's backstory is covered, including history of production, marketing, availability, notable events for the spirit, as well as personal stories on enjoyment.

This podcast features new episodes at least weekly, and is the work of host Matt Birchard, who created the podcast as a way to keep a new year's resolution to himself - which was to drink more!

So enjoy each episode whenever you have time, but it's recommended you enjoy a liquor or liqueur during the show!

    Episode 70: Goslings Black Seal Rum

    Episode 70: Goslings Black Seal Rum

    Episode 70 features Gosling Black Seal Rum, a blended rum from Bermuda that's a key ingredient in the Dark 'n Stormy cocktail. Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for $19.
    Enjoy this episode with some Goslings neat, or in a Dark 'n Stormy!
    Goslings' official website: https://www.goslingsrum.com/ (https://www.goslingsrum.com/)
    Brief Historical Timeline:
    1806 - William Gosling charters a ship to carry his eldest son James Gosling to Virginia from London with £10,000 worth of wine and spirits to open a merchant business, becalmed at sea, the ship only gets him to Bermuda before his charter runs out
    1820s - Ambrose Gosling, younger brother of James, joins him in Bermuda
    1857 - One of the blends Ambrose has been experimenting with becomes known as "Old Rum", later to be renamed Black Seal.
    Pre-WWI, the Goslings begin bottling their Old Rum in reused champagne bottles, sealed with black wax, locals begin to order the "black seal"
    1940s - The logo with a black seal juggling a barrel of rum on it's nose is introduced
    1991 - The Dark 'n Stormy cocktail is trademarked by Goslings
    Key Cocktails:
    Goslings is a required part of the trademarked Dark ' n Stormy. Here's how to make it:
    4 - 5 oz. Ginger Beer (Goslings would prefer you use their brand)
    1.5 oz. Goslings Black Seal Rum
    Lime Wedge
    Fill a glass with ice, pour in the ginger beer, float the black seal on top, and garnish with the lime.
    References:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlRAZc8EvWo (YouTube Interview with Charles Gosling from 2010)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUtqTSCY23M (YouTube History of Goslings with Malcom Gosling from 2011)
    https://www.diffordsguide.com/producer/1122/gosling-brothers (Diffords Guide Profile (with videos) on Goslings)
    https://vinepair.com/articles/get-to-know-goslings-rum-the-spirit-of-bermuda/ (Vinepair Article on Goslings)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda (Wikipedia Article on Bermuda)
    https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38222271 (BBC Article on Bermuda Roofs and Water)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ved_igoQTTA (YouTube History of the Dark 'n Stormy)
    Contact Information:
    Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com)
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    • 19 min
    Episode 69: Baileys Irish Cream

    Episode 69: Baileys Irish Cream

    Episode 69 features Baileys Irish Cream, the best selling liqueur in the world. Bottled in 750ml at 17% ABV, or 34 proof, it retails for $29.
    Enjoy this episode with some Baileys neat, on the rocks, or baked into your favorite dessert!
    Baileys' official website: https://www.baileys.com/en-us/ (https://www.baileys.com/en-us/)
    Brief Historical Timeline:
    1973 - Idea for Baileys created by David Gluckman and Hugh Reade Seymour-Davies, in partnership with Tom Jago of International Distillers and Vintners
    1974 - Baileys launches in the UK
    2010s - Baileys is the best selling liqueur in the world
    Key Cocktails:
    Baileys is great chilled by itself, but has a home in many cocktails, as well as in the kitchen, just substitute the milk in a recipe for Baileys!
    References:
    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-1973-i-invented-a-girly-drink-called-baileys-1.3240945 (Irish Times Story by David Gluckman on Baileys Creation)
    Book: That Sh*t Won't Sell by Daivd Gluckman
    https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/baileys-irish-cream-the-real-story/ (Tom Jago's Perspective from The Drinks Business)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baileys_Irish_Cream (Wikipedia Article on Baileys)
    https://www.drinks.ng/baileys-irish-cream-history-made-price/ (Drinks.ng Listing on Baileys)
    https://youtu.be/OWra_PqtPn0 (YouTube Video on How It's Made)
    Contact Information:
    Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com)
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    • 24 min
    Episode 68: Ouzo 12

    Episode 68: Ouzo 12

    Episode 68 features Ouzo 12, perhaps the best selling brand of ouzo worldwide. Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for $20.
    Enjoy this episode with some Ouzo 12 neat if you dare!
    Ouzo 12's official website: http://www.ouzo12.com/ (http://www.ouzo12.com/)
    Brief Historical Timeline:
    1830s -Ouzo production takes off in Greece, "spun off" from Tsipouro
    1856 - The first commercial ouzo distillery is founded
    1880 - Kaloyannis Distillery is founded in Constantinople
    1925 - The Kaloyannis Distillery moves west to the Greek port town of Tessaloniki
    1950 - Ouzo 12 is first bottled, becoming the first brand to be bottled
    1999 - Gruppo Campari acquires the brand
    2004 - Gruppo Campari acquires the Kutsiko distillery in central Greece
    2005 - Ouzo 12 production is moved to the renovated Kutsiko distillery
    2016 - Ouzo 12 is the number one brand of ouzo in the world
    Key Cocktails:
    Ouzo 12 is typically consumed on ice or with water - I highly recommend adding water!
    References:
    https://australianbartender.com.au/2014/06/04/do-you-know-ouzo-check-out-the-history-of-ouzo-12/ (Australian Bartender Article on the History)
    https://www.iqpstrading.com/product/ouzo-12/ (IQPS Trading Listing of Ouzo 12)
    https://bespokeunit.com/spirits/ouzo/#what (Bespoke Unit Article on What is Ouzo)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouzo (Wikipedia Article on Ouzo)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouzo_effect (Wikipedia Article on Ouzo Effect)
    https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-1998-04-19-1998109007-story.html (Baltimore Sun Newspaper Article from 1998 Referencing Women's Love of the Smell of Good and Plenty Candy)
    Contact Information:
    Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com)
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    • 20 min
    Episode 67: Absolut Vodka

    Episode 67: Absolut Vodka

    Episode 67 features Absolut Vodka, the brand that clever print ads made, from the Swedish state-controlled liquor monopoly. Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for $20.
    Enjoy this episode with some Absolut however you like it.
    Absolut's official website: https://www.absolut.com/us/ (https://www.absolut.com/us/)
    Brief Historical Timeline:
    1879 -L.O. Smith begins selling Absolut Rent Bränvin
    1917 - Swedish government entity, Vin and Sprit is formed
    1979 - Absolut Vodka, the brand for export, is created
    1979 - Absolut Vodka is first sold in the United States by Carillion Importers
    1980 - The first ad, entitled "Absolut Perfection" runs
    1984 - Sales surpass 440,000 cases
    1985 - Artist Andy Warhol is commissioned to paint his rendition of the Absolut bottle, creating "Absolut Warhol"
    1989 - Absolut becomes the largest imported spirit by volume in the USA
    1994 - Vin and Sprit replaces Carillion Importers with Seagrams in the USA
    2008 - French spirits conglomerate Pernod-Ricard buys VandS from the Swedish government for $8.3 Billion US Dollars
    Key Cocktails:
    Absolut is unflavored vodka, it literally mixes with anything!
    References:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolut_Vodka (Wikipedia Article on Absolut)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%26S_Group (Wikipedia Article on VandS Group)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_Olsson_Smith (Wikipedia Article on Lars Olsson Smith)
    http://absolutad.com/absolut_about/history/story/ (AbsolutAd.com)
    Book: Vodka - How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America by Victorino Matus
    Contact Information:
    Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com)
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    Twitter: @LLConnoisseur

    • 24 min
    Episode 66: Becherovka

    Episode 66: Becherovka

    Episode 66 features Becherovka, the most famous spirit from the Czech Republic. Bottled in 750ml at 38% ABV, or 76 proof, it retails for $22.
    Enjoy this episode with some Becherovka neat.
    Becherovka's official website: https://becherovka.com/en (https://becherovka.com/en)
    Brief Historical Timeline:
    1794 -Josef Becher leases a stillhouse in his hometown of Karlovy Vary
    1805 - English physician Christian Frobrig gifts Josef Becher the recipe to a new liqueur
    1807 - Becher's English Bitters is first sold
    1838 - Jan Becher takes over the business, and Becher's English Bitters are first available in Paris
    1866 - The bespoke bottle is designed
    1867 - A new factory is constructed, today it's the visitor's center
    1900 - The brand wins a major award in Paris
    1907 - Centennial of the brand
    1922 - The product is first trademarked
    1948 - The communists nationalize Becher's Carlsbad Bitter liqueur and rename is Becherovka
    1997 - Becherovka is privatized again, with Pernod-Ricard from France assuming ownership
    2010 - A new factory is constructed
    Key Cocktails:
    Becherovka is usually consumed as a chilled shot or on the rocks, the the signature cocktail, the Beton is popular.
    Beton:
    • 1 part Becherovka
    • 2 parts Tonic Water
    • Lemon Wedge as Garnish
    Combine ingredients over ice in a collins or rocks glass and enjoy!
    References:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7bhpowsNAo (YouTube Video on the History and Production of Becherovka)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJpG6J2Xfvc (YouTube Video on Production of Becherovka)
    https://english.radio.cz/becherovka-unique-herbal-liquor-karlovy-vary-8717307#volume (Radio CZ Feature on Becherovka)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Becherovka (Wikipedia Article on Becherovka)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karlovy_Vary (Wikipedia Article on Karlovy Vary)
    https://kafkadesk.org/2018/11/29/czech-liqueurs-the-secret-recipe-of-becherovka-amazing-success/ (Web Article on Becherovka)
    Contact Information:
    Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com)
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    • 16 min
    Episode 65: Cointreau

    Episode 65: Cointreau

    Episode 65 features Cointreau, the original* Triple Sec clear orange liqueur (*There's some debate as to who invented Triple Sec). Bottled in 375ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for $23.
    Enjoy this episode with some Cointreau on the rocks, or mix it up in a Margarita.
    Cointreau's official website: https://www.cointreau.com/us/en/ (https://www.cointreau.com/us/en/)
    Brief Historical Timeline:
    1849 - The distillery is founded by brothers Edouard-Jean and Adolphe Cointreau
    1875 - Edouard Cointreau, son of founder Edouard-Jean, takes over the company with his wife
    1875 - Most commonly mentioned year Cointreau Triple Sec was invented/launched
    1878 - Won an award at the World's Fair in Paris
    1885 - The iconic bottle is trademarked along with the name and recipe
    1889 - Another award is won at another World's Fair in Paris
    1899 - The first film product advertisement is produced by the Lumiere brothers for Cointreau and introduces the brand's mascot Perrot
    1903 - An advertising car featuring a large version of the Cointreau bottle in unveiled
    1923 - Cointreau inventor, Edouard Cointreau dies, his sons Louis and Andre take over
    1972 - A new distillery is opened
    1989 - Cointreau merges with Rémy Martin to form Rémy Cointreau
    2011 - Sixth generation family member, Alfred Cointreau, is named Brand Ambassador and Heritage Manager
    Key Cocktails:
    Cointreau was first mentioned in a cocktail book in 1913, and has been a key ingredient ever since.
    Try Cointreau in a Margarita, Sidecar, Cosmopolitan - or any cocktail that calls for triple sec.
    References:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08pWWbY-YE (YouTube Video - The History of Cointreau)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZkRRxVitj0 (YouTube Video - Cointreau in Cocktails)
    https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2015/06/cointreau-a-brand-history (The Spirits Business Article on Cointreau)
    https://www.alcademics.com/2011/10/a-visit-to-the-cointreau-distillery-in-angers-france.html (Alcademics Blog Post on Cointreau Distillery)
    https://www.alcademics.com/2012/11/essential-oils-and-cointreaus-centrifuge.html (Alcademics Blog Post on Production Detail)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_sec (Wikipedia Article on Triple Sec)
    Contact Information:
    Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com)
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    • 18 min

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