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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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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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United States

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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. 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. 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.

Language:

English


Episodes

132: Our Top Picks for $50 - $100 Bourbons

7/19/2021
These days, it’s really easy to spend $100 on a bottle of bourbon, but how do you avoid getting burned at the liquor store? Stick with some of our choices for the $50 - $100 price range and you’ll find some heavy hitting bourbons. Don’t get burned at the liquor store, shop smart with these tips. We are thankful for everyone who has supported us over this journey. We'd appreciate it if you can take the time to give us feedback on our podcast. If you enjoy our content, consider giving us a 5...

Duration:00:47:21

131: Castle & Key Restoration Rye Batch 1 of 2021

7/12/2021
Castle & Key just released its 3rd installment of Restoration Rye, 2021 Batch #1. This batch was crafted from 80 barrels and was meant to highlight some notes that are perfect for summer whiskey drinking. We compare this 2021 release to Batch 1 from 2020 in this episode. Each batch of Restoration Rye Whiskey is blended using a series of pods. Each pod is created by grouping barrels to create a specific sensory profile. Restoration Rye features a mashbill of 63% Rye; 20% Malted Barley; 17%...

Duration:00:31:48

130: Wheated Bourbon Battle: Old Fitzgerald & Larceny Barrel Proof

7/5/2021
Jake and Scott are back in the Bourbon Lens office and have lined up two powerhouse bottles from Heaven Hill’s wheated mashbill; Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond (a 9 year from Fall 2018) and Larcey Barrel Proof (Batch A121 featuring 6-8 year old bourbon). It is clear that wheated bourbons are a big hit in the bourbon world right now, partially attributable to the Pappy Van Winkle and Weller Bourbon craze. But does Heaven Hill have some of the best wheated bourbons out right now? Hear our...

Duration:00:29:34

129: Our Top Picks for Drinking Whiskey in the Summer Heat

6/28/2021
You won’t find us reaching for the barrel proof bourbons often in the summer heat, so what do we reach for when the temperature rises? In this week’s episode, we discuss some of our favorite choices when summertime rolls around and we want to enjoy our favorite booze outside or poolside. Whether it’s low proof, on the rocks, finished whiskey, or the ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktail craze, we give you some ideas for this summer. Let us know what you reach for as the weather warms up! Shoutout...

Duration:00:31:33

128: Sam Houston's 15 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Release 6

6/21/2021
Recently, we had the opportunity to sample 6 single barrels from Western Spirits Beverage Company; you may remember our previous episode. This was all in preparation for their upcoming release of Sam Houston Bourbon Release No. 6. We were honored to be selected, along with several other “bourbon influencers”, to help provide feedback that would contribute to a final batch for Release No. 6, a 15 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The Release is now on shelves and we were sent...

Duration:00:29:28

127: Stellum Spirits - Discussing the Modern Whiskey Drinker with Will Schragis, Chief Innovation Officer

6/14/2021
It’s National Bourbon Day and we are having a brand new bourbon this week. Will Schragis, Stellum Spirits’ Chief Sales & Innovation Officer, joins Bourbon Lens to chat about all things Stellum, whiskey industry, and the modern whiskey drinker. A wildly popular blending house, Barrell Craft Spirits, just created a more affordable spinoff brand (at $55, Will says it’s the best whiskey for the price on the market). New from the team at Barrell, it’s Stellum Rye and Bourbon. We are thankful for...

Duration:00:59:11

126: First Ever Bourbon Lens Barrel Pick - Starlight Sauternes Finished Bourbon

6/7/2021
Our first Bourbon Lens Barrel Pick is now available for purchase! Jake and Scott sit down in the Bourbon Lens Office to taste through the unique finished bourbon we picked from Starlight Distillery. This is a 4 ½ Year Old, Straight Bourbon distilled by Starlight and finished in a French, Sauternes Wine Cask. The bourbon is available for purchase via Shared Pour for $59.99. Be sure to head there to get yours before it sells out: SharedPour.com. We are thankful for everyone who has...

Duration:00:30:07

125: Tasting Through A Unique Lineup of Bulleit Bourbon

6/1/2021
Jake and Scott catch up about life and bourbon as they sip through 3 different Bulleit Bourbons. Scott recently had the opportunity to help a local store, Bottles Unlimited in New Albany, IN select a barrel of 11 year old Bulleit. And thanks to some help from Bottles Unlimited, we were able to secure two more limited bottlings of Bulleit to taste them side-by-side with this 11 year old store pick called “Quarantine Breakout”. The barrel is available now at Bottles Unlimited and we recommend...

Duration:00:35:54

124: Reviving the Dant Family Name in Bourbon History - Log Still Opens Kentucky’s Newest Distillery

5/24/2021
It’s Kentucky’s newest distillery; Log Still Distillery is located in Gethsemane (just outside of Bardstown in Southern Nelson County). We toured the 300-acre “Dant Crossing” property with Founder and President, Wally Dant. Wally, along with his family, Lynne and Charles Dant, are taking on this large project to create a “destination distillery” that is perfect for the whole family. Wally discussed the Dant family history in Nelson County and his efforts to revive the family name in the...

Duration:00:54:07

123: Craft Distillery Head-to-Head - “Double Oaked” Rye Whiskey from Kentucky Peerless & Starlight Distillery

5/17/2021
Two heavy-hitting craft distilleries go head-to-head as Scott and Jake discuss their spin on Double Oaked Rye Whiskey. There’s no question that the Bourbon Lens is a big fan of these two craft distilleries; Starlight and Peerless. We were excited to have the chance to compare their unique rye whiskies. Here’s the “Tale of the Tape”: Peerless “Double Oak I” Single Barrel Rye Whiskey: Proof: 109.4Age: Undisclosed (estimated 3-5 years)Price: $32 / 200 mL (Distillery Only: Purchase...

Duration:00:29:17

122: Drinking Founder’s Collection Whiskey with the Rabbit Hole Distillery Founder Himself

5/10/2021
Thank you to Rabbit Hole Distillery for the opportunity to sit down with Founder, Kaveh Zamanian, to discuss his Founder’s Collection series and the history of the distillery. We sipped an ultra limited, ultra premium 15 year old Mizunara Cask Finished Bourbon as well as the original Founder’s Collection bottling of Cask Strength, 6 year old Boxergrail Rye Whiskey. We also discussed some exciting upcoming plans for the distillery, including Heigold Bourbon Single Barrel Picks - coming in...

Duration:00:48:54

121: Sam Houston Bourbon - Our Tasting of 15 Year Old Kentucky Bourbons for the Latest Batch

5/3/2021
It’s no secret that there are some incredible 15 year old Kentucky Bourbons hitting shelves over the last year. Recently, we had the opportunity to sample 6 excellent single barrels from Western Spirits Beverage Company; all in preparation for their upcoming release of Sam Houston Bourbon Batch 6. We were honored to be selected, along with several other “bourbon influencers”, to help provide feedback on a specialized tasting kit of 6 unique barrels. Our feedback will help Western Spirits...

Duration:00:34:16

120: The Craft of Colorado Whiskey with Distillery 291 - Rugged, Refined, Rebellious

4/26/2021
This week’s guest is Michael Myers, Founder of Distillery 291 in Colorado. Michael left his career in fashion photography to start a distillery in Colorado and never looked back. We taste through several of their bourbons and ryes in this week’s episode and experience their unique aspen stave finished whiskey. We are thankful for everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on our podcast. If you enjoy our content, consider giving us a 5 star rating on your favorite podcast app,...

Duration:00:54:53

119: Sneak Preview of the Newest Releases from Old Carter Whiskey Company

4/19/2021
Old Carter Whiskey Co. has six new batches of whiskey on the horizon and we were fortunate enough to taste through each with Founders, Mark and Sherri Carter. The Carters invited Bourbon Lens to their tasting room in Downtown Louisville for an early look at Batches 7, 8, 9, and 10 of their latest bourbons and Batches 5 & 6 of the American Whiskey. Each batch is bottled at barrel strength and comes packed with a ton of flavor. Enjoy this week’s episode, a sneak peek of the upcoming releases...

Duration:01:31:53

118: Virginia Craft Bourbon at A. Smith Bowman Distillery

4/12/2021
Our guest this week is Brian Prewitt, Master Distiller for A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Virginia. We discuss the history of the distillery, Brian's background in the beer, wine and spirits industries, and the variety of bourbons that the distillery releases. We also taste through John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon and Bowman Brother Small Batch Bourbon. We are thankful for everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on our podcast. If you enjoy our content, consider giving us a 5...

Duration:00:40:01

117: Talking Whiskey with Singer-Songwriter Drew Holcomb

4/5/2021
We’re joined by singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb. Drew talks about his career as musician, his band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, his involvement in Sweetens Cove Bourbon, and his life as a husband and father in today’s world. Sweetens Cove allows Drew to combine his love for whiskey (and whisky), Tennessee pride, and the resurrection of a golf course. You’ve heard about Sweetens Cove previously on Bourbon Lens Episode 85 featuring Marianne Eaves, the Master Blender behind the bourbon. We...

Duration:00:52:14

116: Sippin' Whiskey with Jason Brauner & Buzzard's Roost

3/29/2021
We sit down with Jason Brauner and some "Sippin' Whiskey" at Bourbon's Bistro in Louisville. We discuss Jason’s experiences in the bourbon world, owning a highly regarded restaurant with an extensive selection of bourbon, and owning his own Whiskey brand. Buzzard’s Roost Sippin’ Whiskey is a brand that relies on Jason’s palate and experience to craft unique barrel finished (double barreled) rye whiskey. We are thankful for everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on our podcast....

Duration:01:04:22

115: Blue Run Spirits - Tapping A Legend of the Bourbon World

3/22/2021
We are joined by the co-founders of Blue Run Spirits to talk about their new, premium Kentucky Bourbon. Their first batches released in late 2020 - early 2021, each a 13 year old sourced Kentucky Bourbon. Mike Montgomery and Jesse McKnight are the co-founders and have created a unique and diverse team to help grown this brand. Blue Run Bourbon was selected and blended with the assistance and expertise of Jim Rutledge, former Master Distiller of Four Roses. Blue Run has exciting plans for...

Duration:00:44:42

114: Exciting Changes for 2021 Kentucky Bourbon Festival

3/15/2021
2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. This year aims to be better than ever. We are joined by Randy Prasse, Bourbon Festival President, to unveil some big changes for 2021. Learn about the new events, general admission tickets, once in a lifetime bourbon tasting opportunities, and the immersive bourbon experiences planned for 2021. Mark your calendars for September 16-19, 2021. General Admission Tickets go on sale on at 11:00 am ET - March 15th, 2021...

Duration:00:55:55

113: Visiting Barton 1792 with Master Distiller Danny Kahn

3/8/2021
On this episode, we sit down with the Master Distiller of Barton 1792. Danny Kahn is a wealth of knowledge in the distilling and brewing industries and we were fortunate enough to be invited to the distillery. We started our morning off with some of Barton's newest releases, Thomas S. Moore cask finished bourbons. And after the podcast, we selected our very first Bourbon Lens single barrel pick, a Full Proof 1792 Bourbon. You aren't going to want to miss this release when it hits...

Duration:00:36:36