82 episodes

The Bourbon Lens is a discussion amongst friends over bourbon. During this project, we look to explore the bourbon industry, learn more about our favorite spirit, and even interview bourbon industry insiders, makers, entrepreneurs, and business people. The Bourbon Lens is about all of this and more. We welcome you on this journey and found that the best way to document it is in podcast form.

The Bourbon Lens is made up of 3 friends; Jake, Michael, and Scott. We have different backgrounds, but we all have ties to Kentucky, the bourbon capital of the world. We have all grown to have an appreciation for Kentucky’s native spirit and enjoy our time together over bourbon. We welcome you to pop that cork from your whiskey bottle and join us. We are always looking for show topics, discussion starters, and new whiskies to try. Contact us on social media or send us an email to: TheBourbonLens@gmail.com with ideas, comments, or questions.

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    • 4.7, 45 Ratings

The Bourbon Lens is a discussion amongst friends over bourbon. During this project, we look to explore the bourbon industry, learn more about our favorite spirit, and even interview bourbon industry insiders, makers, entrepreneurs, and business people. The Bourbon Lens is about all of this and more. We welcome you on this journey and found that the best way to document it is in podcast form.

The Bourbon Lens is made up of 3 friends; Jake, Michael, and Scott. We have different backgrounds, but we all have ties to Kentucky, the bourbon capital of the world. We have all grown to have an appreciation for Kentucky’s native spirit and enjoy our time together over bourbon. We welcome you to pop that cork from your whiskey bottle and join us. We are always looking for show topics, discussion starters, and new whiskies to try. Contact us on social media or send us an email to: TheBourbonLens@gmail.com with ideas, comments, or questions.

    82: High West Whiskey

    82: High West Whiskey

    Were you sad to see Yippie Ki-Yay bid farewell from the High West lineup?  We sit down with High West Whiskey Production Manager, Isaac Winter, to understand the decision behind this classic bottle leaving the line up and what the brand has in store next!  We discussed the full lineup of High West Whiskey and point out some of our favorites.  High West calls Utah home and Isaac convinced Jake and Michael that they need to move to Park City during this week's episode. Scott was off on vacation, so you never know what’s going to happen on this episode!  

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    Cheers, 
    Michael and Jake
    The Bourbon Lens
     
    Links:

    Bourbon Lens Podcast - Episode 32 (High West Tasting Episode)

    High West Official Website

    High West Whiskey Offerings

    Quartz.com: A Utah distillery proudly drags the whiskey industry’s dirty little secret out of the shadows

    Whiskey Advocate on Double Rye

    Join the High West Whiskey Club

    High West Debuts High Country American Single Malt Whiskey

    How Can Different Craft Whiskeys Come From One Big Distillery?

    MGPI - Midwest Grain Products Ingredients


    Photo Credit: High West Whiskey

    • 47 min
    81: Four Gate Whiskey Batch 6 and 7

    81: Four Gate Whiskey Batch 6 and 7

    Four Gate Whiskey Company recently released Batch 6 and 7 of their whiskey series and were nice enough to send us some samples to check out.   Batch 6 is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished in Cognac and Rum Casks and Batch 7 is their first release of a Rye Whiskey.  If you haven't already listened to Episode 58, be sure to check out that podcast interview with the brand owners, Bill Straub and Bob D'Antoni.

    Let us know what you think of Four Gate by sending us a note on social media and leaving a comment on this podcast. 

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    Batch Details from Four Gate Whiskey Company
    Batch 6 - THE KELVIN COLLABORATION II
    In April of 2019, we released our very first barrel finished whiskey, dubbed THE KELVIN COLLABORATION. The reception was better than we ever could have hoped for. To follow up on that with our first release in 2020, we returned to the same mash bill that made batch 1 so popular and added a twist.  In collaboration with Kelvin Cooperage, we took our now 12 year old high rye Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and filled three massive Cognac barrels and a selection of dark rum barrels Kelvin Cooperage acquired from the same rum distillery as the barrels used to finish batch 1. 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished in Cognac and Rum Casks Mash Bill: 74% Corn, 18% Rye, 8% Malted Barley Non-Chill Filtered 126.4 Proof 2,574 Bottles MSRP: $199.99 Available:now, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Seelbachs.com only TASTING NOTES Nose: Deep brown Taste:  Sweet and spicy, the outer palate is coated with sugary molasses and dark rum notes while the rear palate is inundated with mature oak and booze-soaked red grapes. Finish: Medium-long, the rum and barrel tannins linger in a sweet yet oak-filled experience.  
    Batch 7 - River Kelvin Rye
    7 year blend of 95-5 (Rye/malted barley) Indiana straight rye (MGP).  113.2 Proof - barrel proof  1484 Bottles produced MSRP: $174.99 Available in KY, Indiana and Seelbachs.com This base whiskey will undergo two barrel finishes in the future for future batches 1st is Kelvin’s Split Stave (holidays 2020) 2nd is Ruby Port-Rum Casks (2021)  Four Gate Whiskey is releasing its first-ever Straight Rye Whiskey.  Tasting Notes: Appearance:   Medium Amber Nose: Mint, candied citrus, lemon zest, black pepper, dill. Taste: A splash of refreshing mint hits the tip of the tongue and is followed by candied oranges and lemon zest on the mid palate. The rear palate is greeted with spicy black pepper and sweet citrus.  Finish: Medium in length, the black pepper, spice, and lemon zest coat the mouth with a pleasingly refreshing finish Previously, Four Gate releases have all been either straight bourbon or barrel finished bourbon. This marks the first expansion of the company’s product line into a new spirit since its launch in 2018.

    • 29 min
    80: High Wire Distilling Co.

    80: High Wire Distilling Co.

    On this week’s episode we sit down with High Wire Distilling owner and founder, Scott Blackwell, to discuss their unique ways for distilling some fine whiskey and Jimmy Red Corn. Scott comes from a culinary background. After selling his bakery to General Mills, Scott and his wife pursued their dream of starting a craft distillery located in Charleston, SC. Scott wanted to bring his culinary experience to distillation by focusing on the ingredients to make a unique whiskey and experience.

    Let us introduce you to Jimmy Red. Jimmy Red Bourbon is a 100% corn bourbon, but it's not what you may be thinking. Jimmy Red is the type of corn used to make this whiskey. It provides a rich, sweet and creamy taste that lingers on the palate and has an extremely viscous mouth feel and has a deep, dark amber color in the glass.

    Scott walks us through the start-up process and why he chose to make his whiskies with 100% Jimmy Red corn. We have to be honest, we weren’t sure what to think when we received this bourbon made of 100% corn, but oh boy were we surprised! This would be a great whiskey to test your whiskey loving friends on, blind!

    Pour yourself a glass and follow along as Scott Blackwell educates us in the world of corn selection and how he used this philosophy to distill his Jimmy Red bourbon.
    LINKS:

    Daily Beast Article High Wire Distilling and Bourbon Using Heritage Grains

    Instagram Post Referenced in the Podcast re: Covid-19 Setbacks

    High Wire Distilling Co. Official Website

    High Wire on Instagram
    High Wire on Twitter

    High Wire on Facebook


    As always, we appreciate you giving us a 5 star rating on your podcast player of choice and be sure to leave us a written review. We are grateful for our listeners who help us to spread the word to their friends.
    Also, be sure to follow us @BourbonLens on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.

    If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email us at TheBourbonLens@Gmail.com 

    Visit our website www.BourbonLens.com to check out our blog posts and see what we are up to.

    Cheers,
    Scott, Jake, and Michael
    The Bourbon Lens

    • 1 hr 16 min
    79: Double Oaked Bourbon

    79: Double Oaked Bourbon

    There's no question that twice-barreled bourbons are becoming more popular.  However, a large majority these of bourbons are being finished in used barrels which previously contained wine, rum, or brandy.  Some, such as the two bourbons we are discussing today are finished in a second, virgin charred oak barrel. We discuss the ever-popular Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and compare it to a bourbon from growing, innovative craft distillery.  That is Starlight Distillery and their Carl T. Huber’s Indiana Straight Double Oaked Bourbon Whiskey.  We discuss the "double oaked" category and how it doesn't always mean "over-oaked". Sometimes, due to the secondary barrel's characteristics, more unique flavors can be developed in a relatively short period of time. What is your favorite double oaked bourbon?  Be sure to reach out and let us know.  
    As always, we appreciate you giving us a 5 star rating on your podcast player of choice and be sure to leave us a written review. We are grateful of our listeners who help us to spread the word to their friends.

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    Visit our website www.BourbonLens.com to check out our blog posts and see what we are up to.

    Cheers,
    Scott, Jake, and Michael
    The Bourbon Lens
     
    About Starlight Distillery Carl T. Huber’s Indiana Straight Double Oaked Bourbon Whiskey

    Starlight Distillery’s brand new Double Oaked project begins with a fresh blending of Carl T. bourbon that is at least 4 years old which is used to fill a second, new American Oak barrel from Seguin Moreau in Napa, California. We crafted 5 barrels for the first round of this project. 2 of these 5 barrels have already been selected as private barrel picks, one for a retailer in Washington D.C. and one for a retailer in Indianapolis. Historically, the Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage only produced wine barrels. When the company decided to start producing bourbon barrels, Starlight Distillery became one of their first clients. For our Double Oaked project, Seguin Moreau created the Vanilla Toast barrel. Our Carl T. bourbon becomes richer, more oaky, bolder, and more flavorful in these barrels. To achieve this, the bourbon has aged for a minimum of 8 months in the barrel.”

    Carl T. small batch bourbon is a blend of our 3 and 4 grain mashbills (60% corn, 20% rye, 20% malted barley and 51% corn, 20% rye, 20% malted barley, 9% wheat)
    Source:  http://www.starlightdistillery.com/ 

    About Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

    An innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon creates the rich and colorful flavor of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels – the second barrel deeply toasted before a light charring – extracts additional soft, sweet oak character.
    TASTING NOTES (From Woodford Reserve)
    PROOF - 90.4°
    APPEARANCE - Deep Amber.
    NOSE - Rich notes of dark fruit, caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, marzipan and toasted oak.
    TASTE - A full-bodied mix of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices.
    FINISH - Long and creamy with lingering hints of honeyed apple.
    Source: https://www.woodfordreserve.com/whiskey/double-oaked/

    • 24 min
    78: Rare Bird 101 Talking Wild Turkey Bourbon

    78: Rare Bird 101 Talking Wild Turkey Bourbon

    He’s the ultimate Wild Turkey fan and he’s just released a new book on the history of Wild Turkey. You may know David Jennings better as “Rare Bird 101”.  He joins us on this week’s episode to “talk Turkey”.  Wild Turkey’s history is unique and full of rich family traditions.  This is all detailed in the new book, American Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon from Ripy to Russell.  

    We enjoyed the book and recommend any bourbon love to pick up the book at https://wildturkeybook.com/; you’ll develop a new appreciation for that bottle of Wild Turkey 101 you see so frequently on the bar or store shelf. More links can be found below to Rare Bird 101’s website, social media, and more. 

    As always, we appreciate you giving us a 5 star rating on your podcast player of choice and be sure to leave us a written review. We are grateful of our listeners who help us to spread the word to their friends.

    Also, be sure to follow us @BourbonLens on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.

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    Cheers,
    Scott, Jake, and Michael
    The Bourbon Lens


    About American Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon from Ripy to Russell, by David Jennings

    The story of Wild Turkey is in many ways the story of bourbon itself. From the struggles of nineteenth-century immigrants, to the triumphs of the longest-tenured master distiller in the world, a bold, uniquely American spirit emerges.

    American Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon from Ripy to Russell is a tribute to the perseverance of two families, each perfecting their passion through extraordinary circumstances. It’s a testament to Jimmy Russell and his sixty-five years of unmatched dedication to quality. And much like a glass of fine bourbon, it’s a journey – a personal reflection on something carefully crafted over time. This book is a love letter to Wild Turkey that all bourbon enthusiasts can raise a glass to and enjoy.

    Links:
    https://rarebird101.com  https://www.patreon.com/rarebird101 https://wildturkeybook.com/ https://rarebird101.com/2020/06/09/wild-turkey-rare-breed-rye-112-2-2020/ https://rarebird101.com/2020/06/23/wild-turkey-masters-keep-bottled-in-bond-2020/ https://rarebird101.com/2020/06/30/camp-nelson-rickhouse-f-blind-comparison/  
    Image copyright 2019 David Jennings. Photography by Victor Sizemore.
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    77: Whiskey Lifestyle with 18.21 Man Made

    77: Whiskey Lifestyle with 18.21 Man Made

    A true whiskey lifestyle brand. We are joined by Aston LaFon, Co-Founder of 18.21 Man Made, to discuss the whiskey lifestyle and his men's grooming company.  How do men's products fit into a whiskey lifestyle?  Their brand was inspired by the bootlegging of Prohibition and customizing grooming products to fill a void in the market. The 18.21 Man Made namesake is an homage to the 18th Amendment which implemented Prohibition and was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.  This is a Texas based business, owned and operated by Angel del Solar, Aston LaFon and David del Solar.  Each shares a passion for making premium, uncommon goods that gentlemen will take pride in owning.

    Aston Lafon joins us to discuss the details behind what makes up this innovative men’s grooming lineup. With scents like "Sweet Tobacco Spirits", their products draw inspiration from whiskey and cigar culture.  We also dive in deeper to find that grooming products go through a lot of similar processes as bourbon/whiskey:  from dreaming them up in a lab, distilling or making a product, to sampling, and then ultimately distribution.   We encourage you to check out 18.21 Man Made the next time you're in need of next level grooming products for yourself or someone else.  Head to their website or Instagram for more details. 
    We would appreciate you giving us a 5 star rating on your podcast app and please leave us a written review. This will help others discover our podcast and will help us expand our reach.
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    Cheers,
    Scott, Jake, and Michael
    The Bourbon Lens

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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Solid bourbon podcast

Been listening for awhile, they know bourbon and make it entertaining. One of my regular pods!

whatedude ,

Topics and interviews are always very interesting

Keep up the good work!

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One of the Best Bourbon Podcasts

The Bourbon Lens is a must listen every week. Michael, Scott, and Jake are super relatable and really knowledgeable about Bourbon and all things whiskey. They make whiskey approachable for those that are just starting their journey and they are also highly entertaining for those that are further along in their whiskey experience. Download every episode and spend some time learning more about whiskey and the interesting people that are making it!

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