Join Best Selling Author Drew Hannush as he talks with the founders, distillers, authors, historians, and brand ambassadors that lead us to a greater understanding of the whiskies we love - and the ones we should know more about.
Drew not only explores the history of bourbon, scotch, rye, and other world whiskies, he seeks to broaden our understanding of styles, regions, and the distiller's craft through deep dives with those in the know. Each episode is meant to be as pertinent today as it will be well into the future.
Enjoy the journey - cheers and sláinte mhath!
Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, Japanese, American Single Malt, French, Indian, no whisky category is off limits.
Drew's natural curiosity for the lore and
The Whiskey That Made the Crowned Heads of Europe Turn From Scotch to Bourbon with Bill McBrayer
A pretty bold claim! But W.H. McBrayer had well established his Cedar Brook brand as a quality brand and won awards in Europe for his efforts.
Hear the story of another lost distiller of the 19th century and hear how his decedent Bill McBrayer is honoring the legacy of the man who not only started his own distillery, but helped some of the more prominent names in Kentucky bourbon get their start.
Whiskey's History at Tennessee and the World's #1 Most Visited Distillery with Joe Baker of Ole Smoky
It's hard to believe that in just 12 years, Ole Smoky has grown to become the most visited distillery in the world, seeing more than double the visitors in a year than all of Scotland's distilleries combined!
Ole Smoky has long had ambitions to get into the whiskey market, but for the longest time blends and flavored whiskey's or charred moonshine were all you could find. But that all changed last year when they introduced James Ownby Reserve Tennessee Bourbon - a whiskey named after one of the Overmountain Men who helped turn the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Kings Mountain.
Join me as I chat about this and the origins of Ole Smoky with its co-Founder Joe Baker.
Jack Daniel's Chris Fletcher Talks Sinatra, Legendary Distillers, Malted Barley, and the New Bottled-in-Bond
For the first time since Prohibition, Jack Daniel's has a major release of a Bottled-in-Bond Tennessee Whiskey - and not just one, but two!
In this episode, I chat with Chris Fletcher about the concepts behind the new Bonded Series as well as doing tastings of Bonded and Triple Mash, and we also dive into Chris' experience growing up in Lynchburg and Sunday's with his grandfather, legendary distiller Frank Bobo.
And once and for all, we'll find out where that unique banana note comes from in Jack. Cheers!
Scotch Distiller Legacy Series: John Campbell Talks Laphroaig Peat to Lowland Whisky at Lochlea
Not long ago I had a chat with Jeff Arnett, who left the distillery that makes his favorite, Jack Daniel's to start his own Company Distilling. Around the time of that interview I heard the news that John Campbell was stepping away from Laphroaig after a 27 year career to move to the Lowlands.
Was I dreaming? Was this real? I caught up with John at his new distilling home of Lochlea and we talked about Robert Burns, Islay vs Lowland, and the importance of feeling you don't know all the answers.
The Irishman Turned 19th Century Tennessee Whiskey Baron with J.W. Kelly's Leslie Sampson
When you think 19th century Tennessee whiskey distilling, you think Jack Daniel and George Dickel. But we've also uncovered the story of Charles Nelson of Nelson's Green Brier. So which is the biggest of the 19th century?
What if I said "none of them?" The real king of distilling in Tennessee may have been an Irishman named J.W. Kelly. I'll talk with Leslie Sampson who has done extensive research into a man who held many similarities to Tommy Dewar in terms of his energy, innovative spirit, and marketing prowess. Hear the story.
French Single Malt Whisky? Oui! Some Tasting, History, and Background with Christine Cooney
When someone says France, you may think wine, Cognac, Armagnac, and Champagne - but do you think single malt whisky?
You should! France not only has distilling skills, but they also have the natural resources, including producing 30% of the world's barley, and the French have been great lovers of whisky and one of Scotch whisky's largest markets for years.
Find out about the history and development of the French whisky industry and listen in as I taste single malts and blends from Armorik and Bastille including a peated single malt with similar characteristics to Islay whiskies.