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The Spirit Guide Society

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For over seven years, the biggest spirit brands in the world have been coming into our bars to teach whiskey, rum, tequila and mezcal enthusiasts about the drinks that they love. Now, we’re happy to bring that same level of knowledge and fun to you o...Show More
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55:08 | Jul 30th

This episode is a wonderful meeting of two different worlds. Jennifer Wren joins us at Caña Rum Bar to taste us through some of the whiskies offered by William Grant & Sons (Parent Company of Balvenie, Glenfiddich, etc.) that are finished in rum cask...Show More

47:05 | Jul 26th

Strap yourself in, kids! This is going to be a wild ride! On this episode, Robin Chopra returns to the Mezcal Collective, but because he's already talked to us on the podcast about the whole line of Tequila Partida, he created a whole NEW education ...Show More
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54:00 | Jul 23rd

Travis Tidwell comes back to the Whiskey Society on this episode to chat about Ardbeg and launch the Ardbeg Drum, the first whisky from the distillery finished in rum casks. It's an episode so full of peaty deliciousness, you'll taste it through the ...Show More

39:15 | Jul 19th

From the Distillery Website: The story of Woodinville doesn’t begin with a 100-year-old recipe or generations of family distillers. It begins with two best friends and a dream. The dream is to make the greatest craft whiskey in the world by bringin...Show More

42:01 | Jul 16th

From the Balcones Website: In 2008, Balcones was nothing more than an idea driven by a passion to create something original and authentic, right here in the Heart of Texas. It all started in an old welding shop under a bridge in Waco. For the next y...Show More

36:21 | Jul 12th

File this podcast into the "you probably didn't drink this" folder. Samaroli is a private labeller known for ultra small bottling, often less than 300 bottles. In fact, the company is so small, that our guest, Chris Bittner, is only the third employe...Show More

44:55 | Jul 9th

Colorado is continuing to prove itself to be one of the major stomping grounds for craft whiskey. Our guest on this podcast, Michael Myers from Distillery 291, not only set up shop in the state, but has gone the extra mile incorporate flavors that th...Show More

35:23 | Jul 5th

David Ruiz joins us at Las Perlas in Downtown Los Angeles to chat about Bruxo, a line that has long existed in Mexico but is new to the United States. -- What we drank: Bruxo #1 Bruxo #2 Bruxo #3 Bruxo #4 Bruxo #5 -- Follow us: spiritguides...Show More

1:00:45 | Jul 2nd

Scott Adamson joins us to talk about Tomatin for the second time in the Bar Jackalope! He's brought all new stories about the distillery along with four fantastic drams! -- What we drank: Tomatin Dualchis Tomatin 12 Year Tomatin 14 Year Tomatin...Show More

30:15 | Jun 28th

While there are many, many, MANY rum producers from around the world, El Dorado Rum has truly managed to stand out. This Demerara Rum from Guyana features single barrels made in some of the most unique ways imaginable, including WOODEN pot stills! Ye...Show More

33:11 | Jun 25th

There's no question that there is a fever for Japanese whisky, and while most people are familiar with Yamazaki and Nikka, there are more and more upstart distilleries beginning to make their way to the market every day. Enter Shinobu Distillery; thi...Show More

45:14 | Jun 21st

Welsh whisky is incredibly uncommon, but Josh Allen joins us to talk about the line from Penderyn, a group of fine folks from Wales that are revitlizing the spirit. Prepare to have your mind blown when he tells you about their Faraday Still. -- Wha...Show More

40:18 | Jun 18th

According to their website, Casa San Matías is committed with honoring the tradition and legacy that were transmitted to us by their predecessors. This female owned and operated company aims not only to make the best tequila, but also one that featur...Show More

38:52 | Jun 11th

What we drank: Deerhammer American Single Malt Whiskey Deerhammer Straight Bourbon Whiskey Deerhammer Hickory Smoked Whiskey Deerhammer Port Cast Finish Deerhammer Cultura Cask Deerhammer Crooked Stave -- Follow us: spiritguidesocietypodcast...Show More

23:36 | Jun 7th

Caña Rum Bar is much more than just one of the places that we record our podcasts; it's also Los Angeles' premiere spot to experience some of the most unique rums from around the world. This episode was recorded on the night of Caña's 9th anniversary...Show More

40:52 | Jun 4th

if you talk to Amir Peay, he'll tell you up front that he's a whiskey nerd. After multiple attempts to start a whiskey brand, he decided that it would be a good idea to revive the old James E. Pepper distillery using their original mash build. We're ...Show More

50:10 | May 31st

Riazul/Riazulaeno owner Inaki Orozco has said that tequila is in his blood. He grew up around agave and had access to his family's tequila at anytime he wanted, but felt the need to start a brand that matched his taste and quality. He joins us to tal...Show More

47:02 | May 28th

When Wyoming Whiskey was founded, its only goal was to be the most Wyoming that a whiskey could be. They succeeded.

44:12 | May 24th

Dictador Rum bills itself as "a dynamic, modern and luxury lifestyle brand that embodies heritage and providence" of Columbia. Their spirits production began over 100 years ago and continues a tradition of delicious, aged rums that pair beautifully w...Show More

44:29 | May 21st

Hailing from the Far North of Scotland, Old Pultney was founded in 1826 in the small fishing town of Wick where it was given the nickname "the maritime malt." Today, it is imported into the United States by International Beverage Holdings Limited. Mi...Show More

23:10 | May 17th

Ignacio Hernandez Gutierrez, better known as Nacho, spent three decades growing agave and facilitating tequila production before creating a spirit under his own name. It was then, in 2003, that Tequila Don Nacho, was born. Averado Santana joins us to...Show More

51:16 | May 14th

Among the many brand ambassadors of the world, few have the passion and pizazz of Simon Brooking. As the Scotch Ambassador for Beam Suntory, he is blessed to travel the world and share the songs and stories of some of the most famous scotch whiskies ...Show More

49:52 | May 10th

There's nothing quite like Texas pride; the Garrison Brothers are a true example of that! They are a family of Bourbon makers and Bourbon lovers fully committed to making the best Bourbon out of the Texas Hill Country. Shane Merriam joins us to chat ...Show More

51:32 | May 7th

Remember the 2004 Oscars when "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" had everyone thanking New Zealand? Well, you'll be doing the same after listening to this podcast about the New Zealand Whisky Collection! Greg Ramsay walks us through this ama...Show More

36:10 | May 3rd

Considered to be some of the best rums coming out of Jamaica, Worthy Park Estates continue our tradition of bringing you delicious rums at amazing prices. Alexander Kong, a rum expert and connoisseur, joins us to break down this line. -- What we dr...Show More

45:56 | Apr 30th

For centuries, Single Malt Whiskey has been considered solely the domain of Scotland. Now, Westland is the leading emergence of an entirely new category of Single Malt Whiskey: American! Join us on this Podcast as the incredibly knowledgeable Nathan ...Show More

54:52 | Apr 26th

If you're new to the world of mezcal, you might not realize just how important Del Maguey is to the spirit, but Ron Cooper, its founder, was one of the first to see mezcal's potential outside of Mexico. Jenn Lane Oakley joins us to chat about five of...Show More

46:01 | Apr 23rd

Michael Egan joins us to chat about Kilbeggan, the oldest continuously licensed whiskey distillery in all of Ireland! Come for the amazing pot still whiskey, stay for the only Irish peated single malt! -- What we drank: Kilbeggan Traditional Irish...Show More

34:55 | Apr 19th

Matusalem Rum is an amazing example of a low cost spirit with incredibly high quality! If you were drinking a whisk(e)y of the age and quality of their 18 year Gran Reserva, you could easily expect to spend $100, but it can be found on the shelves of...Show More

38:30 | Apr 16th

Paul John is made in the tradition of great scotches, but with a distinct Indian flare. The spirit, made completely in copper pot stills, takes advantage of the India's hotter climate to create younger whiskies with bigger, more mature flavors. Koray...Show More

46:19 | Apr 12th

Bitter apéritifs are generally only used by the masses as a part of a negroni (where the bartender adds a touch of Campari) but they can be so much more! Colin Miller, the amaro aficionado, joins us to chat about this Italian spirit whose name litera...Show More

50:36 | Apr 9th

There's a good chance that if you're listening to a podcast about alcohol, you've heard of Jack Daniels. What you might NOT have heard is what makes this Lynchburg, Tennessee classic so different from a standard bourbon. Prepare to enjoy four barrels...Show More

35:51 | Apr 5th

If you're the kind of person who likes your alcohol at 151 proof for under $35, you may have just found your new favorite drink. Lemon Hart Rum is a demerara style rum from Jamaica that started, as many good spirits do, as a family venture; Lehman "L...Show More

43:48 | Apr 2nd

Compass Box has always been a bit of an anomaly in the world of blended whiskey. Founded in 2000, they were created by an American who based in the company in London and produces everything in Scotland! Their goal is to make unique flavor profiles th...Show More

1:17:04 | Mar 29th

Today's episode is part audio diary, part interview and all things amazing from the spirits world. For three days, the top nosers and tasters come to a hotel in San Francisco to crown the best spirits in the world. From whiskey to cream liqueur, noth...Show More

21:30 | Mar 26th

This weekend, we were lucky enough to spend time at the "San Francisco World Spirits Competition" with some of the greatest minds and palates in the world. Today, we're bringing you two conversations with two incredibly different and equally tal...Show More

41:20 | Mar 22nd

Amaras, which translates to "you will love" in Spanish is a completely sustainable mezcal. They intentionally plant more agave than they will ever be able to use so that future generations will be able to enjoy the spirit. Rocio de Mingo joins us to ...Show More

53:36 | Mar 21st

The tallest stills in Scotland have entered the podcast! Travis Tidwell, who Pedro just adores, joins us to talk about the beautifully light spirited Glenmorangie. -- What we drank: Glenmorangie 10 Year Glenmorangie Cadboll Glenmorangie Alta Gl...Show More

34:36 | Mar 15th

Francois Vera joins us in the Rum Society this week to take all the way to South America with Ron Diplomatico, a Venezuelan treat! In addition to two marks from their core line, Francois brought in a taste from their reserve line that brought the pod...Show More

29:19 | Mar 12th

What Is a Maryland Style Rye? Brian Ponzi joins us to chat about what this unique spirit, once a highly sought after mash build, means to his community and his co-workers. Press play on this podcast to find out whether or not Sagamore Spirits belongs...Show More

42:31 | Mar 8th

Two of the authors of "From Barley to Blarney: A Whiskey Lover's Guide to Ireland," Jack McGarry and Tim Herlihy join us to talk about their book and taste us through what they consider to be quintessential Irish whiskey. -- What we drank: Tullamo...Show More

36:24 | Mar 5th

Tequila Cazadores is one of the most popular brands of agave based spirits, but if you ask our guest Jaymee Mandeville, she'll also tell you that it's one of the best! This highland tequila boasts an amazing taste thanks to its agave from Jalisco! Pr...Show More

43:22 | Mar 1st

Corte Vetusto, run by 4th generation Maestro Mezcalero Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, distills artisinal runs of Mezcal that are so small, some only produce a few hundred bottles! The good people at Duncan Taylor, however, have managed to bring this mast...Show More

42:33 | Feb 26th

We're just going to say it; Dalmore, known for its 12 pointed stagg of the Clan Mackenzie, could very well be the best whiskey you're not drinking. This scotch, which features heavy tasting notes of chocolate and orange, is perfect for those who love...Show More

1:05:14 | Feb 22nd

One could argue that Glenfiddich is one of the biggest players in the Speyside Scotch Whiskey world, not only because they are consistently delicious, but also because they are always trying to stay ahead of the curve! In this tasting, we were blesse...Show More

40:28 | Feb 19th

Right now, at this very second, we are living in a craft whiskey boom. All around the world, small groups of people are getting together to re-define what it means to be distiller. This idea is exemplified for Rob Rubens and his R6 Distillery. In the...Show More

1:11:46 | Feb 15th

Not a lot is known about the world of independent bottling. The process, where companies buy and bottlle single spirit casks for resale, however, is exemplified by the people behind Single Cask Nation. This five year old company, which was born out o...Show More

56:44 | Feb 12th

Until 2006, the Taiwanese Government had a monopoly on distilling and selling alcohol in the country. When those regulations were lifted, however, we lovers of whiskey were blessed with the magic that is the Kavalan Distillery. Master Blender Dr. Ian...Show More

58:04 | Feb 8th

In the past decade, the craft distilling whiskey boom has led to some incredibly creative products; Infuse Spirits is no exception. Rather than distilling their own whiskey, Infuse and its founder, Seth Benhaim, purchase the whiskey and then use barr...Show More

36:13 | Feb 5th

Rabbit Hole is a new member of the Louisville Bourbon producers club, but they are definitely coming out the gate at full speed. Established in 2015, find out how this young distillery is already putting out premium products at fantastic prices and w...Show More

1:20:36 | Feb 1st

Maurice Chevalier considers himself to be a very luck man. As the Brand Development Manager at Hotaling & Co., he has been fortunate to bring some of the most amazing craft spirits to the shelves of your local liquor store! In the process, however, h...Show More

42:33 | Jan 29th

Vodka has been the butt of several jokes on this podcast, but there's no denying that it is a spirit that many people love. We here at the Spirit Guide Society, however, were curious as to what it is that separates the good vodka from the bad. To he...Show More

51:34 | Jan 25th

Wild Turkey, best known for its 101 label, has a rich history behind it; it is with that history in mind that the Whiskey Barons line was born. This line looks to the past and recreates whiskey blends that, while predating the Wild Turkey line, still...Show More

47:55 | Jan 22nd

Although Dewar's is a blended Scotch, it played a major part in the history of whiskey in America. Gabe Carterela joins us to taste us through four of their delicious marks that successfully defy the notion that Dewar's is "your granddad's whiskey!" ...Show More

45:45 | Jan 18th

Often times, a great beer makes a great whiskey! In the case of Rogue Ale & Spirits, these brewers turned distillers have blended the best of those two worlds (pun intended!). Dewey Weddington, Rogue's Director of Spirits, joins us to share selection...Show More

55:41 | Jan 15th

If you haven't heard of Powers Irish Whiskey, perhaps you should spend some more time Ireland; it is the best selling whiskey in the entire country! Michael Carr, Powers' Global Brand Ambassador, and the man who helped found the Irish whiskey museum,...Show More

41:36 | Jan 11th

Convite, which is brought to us this week by The Brothers Palencia, might require a bit of searching to add to your home bar, but it is truly worth it for the taste! This Oaxacan mezcal, whose name translates to "celebration," is made in the traditi...Show More

59:52 | Jan 8th

Tomatin (pronounced Toh-Mah-Tin) may not be the best known brand in the world, but don't you dare ignore this fantastic whisky from the Highland! The brand, which has been distilling since 1897, offers some amazing blends and finishes that anyone wou...Show More

39:56 | Jan 4th

Plantation Rum hails from the regions around Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica, but has a truly French feel. Its founders were originally cognac makers and their goal is to bring that same level of finishing and care to the rum world. In addition to hea...Show More

43:06 | Jan 1st

Adam Spiegel has come a long way since he started selling whiskey out of the trunk of his car (where Pedro definitely bought a bottle.) Today, he joins us to share his immense love for making whiskey and tell the story of his California Distillery th...Show More

44:17 | Dec 29th, 2018

Callum O'Donnell, the West Coast brand ambassador for Aberlour, joins us this week to take us through what makes the brand a favorite of so many scotch lovers. He shares an amazing history of how the brand came to be the powerhouse that it is today a...Show More

58:12 | Dec 25th, 2018

As we've said on many occasions, you never know where great whiskey is going to find its roots. Old Potrero, which was one of the original pioneers of the American craft whiskey distilling scene, was founded by Fritz Maytag. Fritz is a member of the ...Show More

58:10 | Dec 21st, 2018

When Teelings Irish Whiskey opened it's doors in 2015, it was the first new Whiksey Distillery to put down roots in Dublin in nearly 125 years. It was founded by Jack and Stephen Teeling, whose father, John, founded the great Cooley Distillery. Howev...Show More

43:16 | Dec 18th, 2018

In an unfortunate series of events, Dave Pickerell, Founder of Whistle Pig and former Master Distiller of Maker's Mark passed away on November 2nd. Our Whistle Pig episode was scheduled to be released that day. In his honor, we are posting the podcas...Show More

40:13 | Dec 14th, 2018

It's not everyday that a spirits company starts as a furniture manufacturer, but that's exactly what Hamilton Distillers did! (Isn't craft distillation amazing?) This Arizona, mesquite flavored whiskey line (that smokes and malts all its own barley) ...Show More

1:16:32 | Dec 11th, 2018

Woodford Reserve is an American Instiution and Luke Ford, one of their fantastic brand representatives, loves to talk about it. This former bartender takes us through the line, sharing his dreams of being reincarnated as a yeast strain at the distill...Show More

1:05:50 | Dec 7th, 2018

Paul Hletko is a very smart fellow when it comes whiskey. When he decided to make a craft spirit in Evanston, Illinois, he realized that there's no point in doing the exact same things that the big box whiskey sellers are doing. His company, Few Spir...Show More

48:38 | Dec 4th, 2018

1792 out of the Very Old Barton's Distillery has not only earned its place as one of America's favorite whiskies, but it's also home to some darn good whiskey! Josh Hollifield flew in from Kentucky to walk us through the history of 1792, Very Old Bar...Show More

52:59 | Nov 30th, 2018

It isn't normal for a scotch brand to be able to trace its roots back to actual Celtic nobility, but Wemyss is no ordinary whiskey! Diana Novak joins us in the whiskey society and takes us through the most delicious history lesson that anyone could e...Show More

38:37 | Nov 27th, 2018

If you're a lover of tequila, you've probably already heard of Partida, but if not, this blue agave spirit is one of the next purchases you should be making for your home bar. Robin Chopra joins us (with a delicious tray of food pairings in tow) to t...Show More

43:00 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Town Branch is a Kentucky craft distillery traces its roots all the way back to Ireland (where they now have second location) and cut its teeth making beer before turning that mash build into the delicious spirit you're about to discover.

38:41 | Nov 20th, 2018

Mark Fania of Buffalo Trace joins us to share the history of one of the largest Bourbon producers in American History.

47:27 | Nov 16th, 2018

Eduardo "Lalo" Ángeles, Master Distiller is the fourth generation mezcal producer of La Locura and Malbien Mezcal and has been making the spirit with a family clay pot still recipe that is over 100 years old. His spirits were first released commercia...Show More

41:20 | Nov 13th, 2018

The incredibly colorful Brian Summers joined us this week to share the whiskey that many peat lovers count as their favorite, Highland Park!

39:36 | Nov 9th, 2018

Jan Beckers joined us to share Douglas Laing's Old Particular line, which according to their website "is a particularly unique series of individually hand-selected aged Single Cask Malts' and Single Cask Single Grains from all over Scotland. Each is ...Show More

43:05 | Nov 6th, 2018

Trent Simpson joined us to walk through some of the greatest hits from this fantastic Islay masterpiece.

57:52 | Oct 30th, 2018

Johnnie "The Scot" Mundell deconstructs the five main whiskies that make up the Hibiki Harmony blend.

42:12 | Oct 26th, 2018

Mel Heim's love of craft spirits and barrel woods has led her to turn Burnside into one of the most beautifully unique spirits on the market.

45:56 | Oct 23rd, 2018

A pairing of Bourbon and Donuts? Why didn't we think of this sooner?

36:21 | Oct 19th, 2018

As the first distillery to open and operate out of Chicago since the Mid-1800s, Koval Distillery hits all the right notes with the most unique of ingredients.

52:12 | Oct 16th, 2018

Simon Brooking, the man who preaches "World peace thro’ whisky one dram at a time,” joined us at the Bar Jackalope to taste us through an amazing selection of Beam Suntory's scotches along side the sherries that they're finished in.

1:15:00 | Oct 12th, 2018

Six time Emmy Award winner and Founder of The Real McCoy Rum, Bailey Prior and Author/Journalist Fred Minnick, (Bourbon Curious, Rum Curious, Bourbon+ Magazine) join Pedro for a friendly debate between the Rum and Whiskey. They'll discuss all the way...Show More