EP.11 - Mike Dominiak / Nikka 21 Year, Octomore 08.3, Angel’s Envy Cask Strength and Auchentoshen!

16Feb

My guest was Mike Dominiak, who’s had a really unique background and path to where he is now. He moved to Las Vegas to eventually work at a Cirque Du Soleil show and he accomplished that early on so he went on to help open Bad Beat Brewing in Henderson, NV. His love of craft beer soon led him to gathering up as much great whisk(e)y as possible and he shared some of it for this episode!

Whisk(e)y tasted:
- Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch (Lowlands)
- Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
- Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon (2015 release)
- Bruichladdich Octomore 08.3 Scotch (309 PPM!!!!!)
- Super Secret Whiskey (hint: Rocky Mountain High……)

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EP.10 - Katie Cruz, Jameson Caskmates and Aberlour! (also cats)

9Feb

Katie Cruz; bartender at Atomic Liquors, brand ambassador for Mestizo Mezcal and council member for the educational committee of the USBG Las Vegas Chapter. She chats about her path from a Tequila-centric bar to a craft cocktail whiskey bar to a hybrid beer/cocktail bar with amazing food to landing where she is now, a bar with a bit of all that and firing on all cylinders, Atomic Liquors in downtown Las Vegas. We chat about her experience being a woman in the beverage industry, cocktail weeks, her love of cats, shady tattoos in Oaxaca and we taste a few fun whiskies along the way; Jameson Caskmates KelSo brewery pale ale edition and Aberlour A’bunadh, which is a cask strength sherry bomb from of Speyside and happens to be one of my favorites whiskies on the planet!

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EP.9 - Tasting 101 with Jake Davenport

2Feb

A crash course in tasting with Jake Davenport. Jake is a bartender/mixologist living here in Las Vegas. He is a certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and a certified Cicerone. He was the perfect guy to chat with about tasting. I have Jake blind taste a wine using the CMS deduction grid so you can get a glimpse into the world of wine study. We talk about how wine study translates into whiskey tasting, the importance of education, methods we both use, tricks we have learned over the years and so much more.

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EP.7 - Cigars and Whiskey with Michael Przydzial and Rob Amato

19Jan

Let's talk cigar and whiskey pairing! Michael Przydzial (Beverage Program Specialist with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits in Las Vegas) and Rob Amato (Key Market Manager for John Drew Brands) joined me at La Casa Cigar Lounge in Las Vegas, NV. We cover some cigar 101 basics all the way up to how to pair cigars and whiskey. There was no shortage of great whisk(e)y and cigars during the episode. Grab a stick and a dram and relax!

Whisk(e)y and cigar pairings featured:
- Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey with a Hoyo de Monterey Epicure No. 2
- Belle Meade XO Cognac Cask Finish Bourbon with L’Atelier Cote D’or 2017
- The Macallan Edition No. 2 Single Malt Scotch with Padron Anniversario 1964
- Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky with Liga Privada Unico Dirty Rat
- Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey with Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured

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EP.6 - Eddie Gunn and Blind Tasting #1: Wheated Bourbons

12Jan

Let's blind taste some wheated Bourbons! I was joined by Eddie Gunn, a Las Vegas beverage consultant, to help me blind taste 8 different wheated Bourbons and rank them according to our personal tastes. This was a lot of fun to record and we were both somewhat surprised which Bourbon came out on top. Can you guess which one reigned supreme?

Bourbon blind tasted (in no particular order): Larceny, Maker's Mark, Maker's 46, Rebel Yell* 80 proof, Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year, Weller 12 year, Weller Antique 107 and Poor Man's Pappy (mix of 50/50 Weller 12year and Antique 107)

 *This was the base Rebel Yell 80 proof. I did not use the 10yr single barrel. Next time I will include the 10yr.

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EP.5 - Nathan Greene talks Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Scotch

5Jan

Nathan Greene, Portfolio Mixology Ambassador for Moët Hennessey, discusses Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Scotch. Whiskies with very different styles and approaches yet have a common thread. We get to know a bit about Nathan and his background leading him to his current role. Plus… Wu Tang is mentioned.

Whiskies discussed:
- Glenmorangie: Original 10 year, Lasanta, Quinta Ruban, Nectar D’Or, 18 year and Signet
- Ardbeg: 10 year, Uigeadail and Corryvreckan

* book mentioned in podcast was “A Double Scotch: How Chivas Regal and The Glenlivet Became Global Icons” by F. Paul Pacult

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EP.4 - Mike Doyle and Old Forester Bourbon

29Dec

I caught up with Mike Doyle, Brown-Forman Whiskey Specialist in Las Vegas, to discuss all things Old Forester Bourbon! We tasted and broke down 9 different expressions and it was a blast! Get to know Old Forester and Mike Doyle.

Whiskies featured:
- Old Forester Classic 86
- Old Forester Signature 100 Proof
- Old Forester Statesman
Whiskey Row Series:
- 1870 Original Batch
- 1897 Bottled in Bond
- 1920 Prohibition Style
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon: 2014, 2016,2017

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EP.3 - Ryan Clark and A Few Heaven Hill Favorites

22Dec

Ryan Clark, a flair Bartender and Whiskey enthusiast living in Las Vegas, stopped by to chat about Whiskey marketing, hype vs. quality and some of our personal favorites while tasting through some awesome Heaven Hill Whiskies.

Whiskies featured:
- Bernheim 7yr Wheat Whiskey
- Parker’s Heritage Collection #8: Wheat Whiskey
- Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon (HAZMAT) – 70.1%/140.2 proof

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EP.2 - Whiskey and Music Connection with Anthony Jamison

14Dec

Recorded at the historic location that is now the home of The Sand Dollar Lounge in Las Vegas, NV, Co-Owner Anthony Jamison sits down with us to discuss the connection between music and Whiskey. We take a look at Blues, Rock, Folk, Traditional, Country and Current/Pop music. In the middle of the musical madness we get to know Jamison a bit more and see where his love of Whiskey stems from.

WHISKEY ON HAND: Redemption Rye 10 Year Barrel Proof (2015 Edition) and Smoke Wagon Small Batch Bourbon

Spotify playlist of songs featured in this episode: https://open.spotify.com/user/cody5150/playlist/6AWlGFBiPpfMBfRQ0akFwV

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EP.1 - Shane Merriam from the Whisky Library

6Dec

Welcome to the Whiskey Talkin' Podcast! The podcast where we get to know Whiskey and Whiskey people. I am your host Cody Fredrickson and I am so excited to kick this off with Shane Merriam of Las Vegas. Shane is currently working at CraftHaus Brewery in Las Vegas and is the owner of one of the most awesome Whisk(e)y collections I've seen. So please join us for the very first episode recorded on location at Shane's very own Whisky library!

WHISKIES DISCUSSED:
- Dun Leire 8 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
- The Yamazaki Single Malt Distiller's Reserve
- The BenRiach 12 Year Single Malt Scotch (fully matured in Sherry wood)
- Springbank 15 Year Single Malt Scotch
- Ninety Nine Proof Canadian Whisky (Wayne Gretzky)

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