Join Best Selling Author Drew Hannush as he explores the rich stories, myths, and legends that surround a world of whisky. From the origins of Bottled-in-Bond, to finding the real Whisky Capital of the World, to dispelling myths about how we smell, taste, and enjoy whisky. Bourbon, scotch, rye, Irish, etc - no matter your favorite, Drew is telling the stories that will enrich your experience.
Irish Whiskey Pt. 1: Introduction to the Stories, Journeys, Myths, and Legends
Welcome to Season 6! Join me for three amazing journeys into Irish whiskey.
We'll go back to the very origins of the spirit, see it rise to become the most popular whiskey in the world, and trace its from its fall to rebirth.
We'll also follow a 19th century writer on his historic journey to the Irish distilleries of the first boom. And I'll share my own historic journey, as the first person to travel to over 40 modern Irish distilleries as I give you a window into the industries rebirth.
We’ll meet rebellions, kings, inventors, drinks, distillers, heroes and villains, and we’ll dispel a few myths along the way.
Welcome to Season 6 of Whiskey Lore Stories!
Irish Whiskey Pt. 2: Father Mathew; John Jameson at Bow Street; Tullamore DEW
Time for episode 2 of my journey through Ireland, along with Alfred Barnard's historic trip to John Jameson & Son's famous Bow Street Distillery, and the story of a man who will turn your impression of the Irish and their love affair with drink on its head.
Irish Whiskey Pt. 3: An Irish Coffee; Who Was First; The Irish Powers of John's Lane
As Sinatra said, "come fly with me" as we head to Foynes Airport in Ireland and learn how a stormy night and cold wet passengers led to one of the most iconic drinks in Irish Whiskey. We'll also follow along with Alfred Barnard and join him at the home of Powers Whiskey. And I'll continue my journey through the modern distilleries of Ireland with a trip to Tullamore DEW.
Irish Whiskey Pt. 4: Lords, Kings, Irish Whiskey, U2 and the Unforgettable Fire // Old Carrick Mill Distillery
For centuries, the British royal crown and parliament have had a say over the distilling habits of the Irish. Where did it all start? I'll dive deep into the history to find an inception point for the control over distilling in Ireland.
Meanwhile, Alfred Barnard will find his way to the largest distillery in the world and I'll make two stops on my visit, including one involving two kinds of unforgettable fires.
Enjoy episode 4 of this Irish Whiskey journey.
Irish Whiskey Pt. 5: The Lore of the River Boyne // Slane Distillery
In my quest to dig into Irish whiskey history, this may be one of my favorite episodes yet. We start off with one of the great legends of Ireland - a legend tied to the area I was traveling through, the Boyne River Valley. I get to visit Slane Distillery, taste their whiskey and head over to Boann to learn the experimental side of that distillery and more legends. Meanwhile, I dig deep into the 17th century, when Irish uisce beatha was gaining a great reputation in London, until a Dutch upstart stole the show. All this and a beheading and rebellion - this week on Whiskey Lore.
Irish Whiskey Pt. 6: Did the 1785 Malt Tax Lead To Pure Pot Still Whiskey? // Boann Distillery
While traveling to over 40 distilleries in Ireland, there was one story I heard more than any other - about how a malt tax in 1785 created a tax avoidance scheme that resulted in the creation of Old Irish Pure Pot Still whiskey as a style. Is it true?
Well, what I find is quite unexpected. Apparently there was a malt tax that led to two great whisky empires. I'll tell the full story as well as share Alfred Barnard's 1886 trip to John's Road Distillery in Dublin and my trip to Boann Distillery and encounter with a 140 year old bottle of whisky.
Raise one to this podcast
I really like this one. I just discovered it in October 2021 while working on the road in Pennsylvania. I may be biased, being a Tar Heel myself. Great narration, great history, and a voice made for podcasting. This guy should narrate books. It does make me thirsty though.
Historically accurate and entertaining
This has been, by far, my favorite podcast series that I’ve found. The historical aspect of it is spot on married with the fact that it’s entertaining and the narrator’s way of gripping his audience, it is one you won’t be able to walk away from.
Another Dram, Please!
This is absolutely the best podcast there is. The history, the stories, and the lore are brought together for a perfect BLEND!