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Whiskey Lore: The Interviews

May 18, 2022

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,...


May 11, 2022

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...


May 4, 2022

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'...


Apr 27, 2022

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...


Apr 20, 2022

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...