K and L Spirits Journal Podcast







April 2014
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David Suro moved to the United States in the mid-1980s and opened a now-legendary restaurant in Philadelphia called Tequilas. Since then, he has become the owner of his own brand, Siembra Azul, and helped to develop serious academic research into the agricultural side of tequila production, as well as the history. He is one of the most-connected and knowledgable sources of agave spirits in the world and is a key figure in the modern idea of tequila as a terroir-based beverage. Listen to him talk geography, production, and the possibility of changing the world's known history of distillation. It's quite a conversation.

Direct download: David_Suro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12 PM

The man behind Glenmorangie and Ardbeg talks shop on the new Ealanta, upcoming releases for both distilleries, and the pressure of constantly trying to outdo last year's whisky.

Direct download: Bill_Lumsden.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:06 PM

Tim Morrison, former owner of Morrison-Bowmore and current owner of the independent label A.D. Rattray, talks about the whisky glut of the early 80's, the closure of Port Ellen, and the future of sourcing single barrel whisky.

Direct download: podcast24.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49 AM

In November of 2011, Rachel Barrie, who had been celebrated for her role in creating the Uideadail and Corryvreckan single malts, left Ardbeg Distillery and moved over to Morrison-Bowmore. Now in charge of Bowmore's whisky creation, as well as Glen Garioch and Auchentoshan, Rachel has an entirely different palate of colors from which to paint. Listen as she discusses the memories and moments that each whisky represents to her, how whisky is inevitably linked to a place and time, and how slowing down and enjoying each of these moments eventually helps us all become better tasters.

Direct download: Rachel_Barrie.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28 PM

After a long absence, the KLSJ Podcast returns with Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, who discuses the current corn shortage in the midwest, GMO corn vs. non-GMO with distillation, large barrels vs. small barrels, and why he thinks Bourbon peaks at about ten years of age.

Direct download: JimRutledge.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47 PM

Seeing that we're getting towards the end of Fall when the bi-annual release of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon hits the marketplace, I thought it would be fun to discuss the whole extravaganza with one of the actual Van Winkles.  There has never been a greater demand for these whiskies, and the short supply has only sent enthusiasts into an absolute frenzy.  Preston, son of Julian, and great-grandson of "Pappy" sits down with me to discuss the history of the Stitzel-Weller distillery, the extent of Buffalo Trace in the newer releases, and how to keep scrambling customers as happy as possible.

Direct download: podcast21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:16 PM

We'd yet to do an episode about rum, but only because I couldn't find time to track down the man who is perhaps the world's leading authority.  Ed Hamilton lives for rum and maintains his own website http://www.ministryofrum.com.  His work as an author, an importer, and an enthusiast have helped rum find a wider audience in the U.S.  Listen to him talk sailboats, cocktails, and the geography of the rum world.

Direct download: podcast20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18 PM

Jacob Lustig, a Bay Area-born importer of tequila, was the head of Latin Spirits for Southern Distributing for over 10 years.  He now works with Haas Brothers in San Francisco and brings in a line of distillery-bottled tequilas called Selección ArteNOM.  His knowledge of various distilleries and producers is unreal and he has established relationships in Mexico based on over 20 years of experience.  On this podcast he talks agave farming, distillation practices, and the regional differences of tequila production in Jalisco.

Direct download: podcast19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:42 AM

The second part of a two hour conversation between David D and David OG regarding K&L's newest single casks, direct from Scotland and exclusively at K&L retail stores. 

Direct download: podcast18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02 AM

Now that we've finally secured all of our casks from Scotland, we thought we'd break down the list and talk about each of the 18 total barrels.  Listen to a few stories, tasting notes, and distillery information from our romp through the Celtic heartland.

Direct download: podcastcasks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05 AM