K and L Spirits Journal Podcast
By David Driscoll
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David Driscoll, the spirits buyer for K&L Wine Merchants, interviews spirits professionals and talks single malts, whiskey, cocktails, and spirits in general.
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #31 - Elisabetta & Antonella Nonino||The Nonino sisters are the brains and the brawn behind the entire Nonino empire; a dynamic portfolio of high-quality distillates and one of the few old-world operations to aptly anticipate the cocktail movement and embrace it with open arms. Their...||17 7 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #30 - George Grant||George Grant, the owner of Glenfarclas distillery, calls in for a brief chat and talks about growing up around a family-owned whisky business, the benefits of remaining small, and why certain vintages of Glenfarclas can taste different than others.||16 6 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #29 - Kavalan's Ian Chang||With the American launch of Kavalan Taiwanese whiskey imminent, I thought it was time for you to meet one of the nicest guys in the whisky business: Ian Chang, the master blender and whisky creator for Kavalan. We've been super impressed with the...||5 6 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #28 - Simon Coughlin||Bruichladdich CEO Simon Coughlin talks openly about the sale of the industry's beloved independent distillery, how very little has changed since the Remy takeover, and how paying your employees on time is one of the great benefits of corporate ownership.||2 6 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #27 - Lou Palatella||Lou Palatella is not only a football icon, he's a liquor legend in the California distribution business. Approaching his 81st birthday, Lou is still going strong, running his Campeon tequila company. He's a natural storyteller and he has a lot of fun...||27 5 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #26 – Tequila Ambassador David Suro||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...||2 9 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #25 - Dr. Bill Lumdsen||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.||19 3 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #24 - Tim Morrison||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.||29 12 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #23 - Master Blender Rachel Barrie||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...||9 10 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #22 - Four Roses Distiller Jim Rutledge||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...||1 10 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #21 - J. Preston Van Winkle||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...||17 11 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #20 - Ed Hamilton's Ministry of Rum||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...||13 11 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #19 - Tequila Importer Jacob Lustig||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...||18 10 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast - The Davids Talk Cask Purchasing Part 2||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.||17 8 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast - The Davids Talk Barrel Buying Part 1||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...||12 8 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #15 - Spirits Importer Charles Neal||If you've ever come to K&L and thought, "I like the wines that K&L selects and the unique products they're able to find from small producers in other countries," then we've achieved our goal. However, there are a number of importers who...||5 5 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #14 - Cocktails With Erik Ellestad||Erik Ellestad's cocktail blog, www.underhill-lounge.com, has chronicled his attempt to make every single drink in the Savoy Cocktail Book. His passion and enthusiasm for this educational adventure led him to opportunities behind the best bars in...||21 4 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #13 - Springbank's Peter Currie||WARNING! I am totally biased towards Springbank and I simply cannot contain it in this interview. At some moments I start gushing like a little girl over Justin Bieber and, while I am not proud of these moments, they are indicitive of true...||7 4 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #12 - Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan||If the idea of a whisk(e)y related podcast sounds boring to you, I couldn't blame you one bit. Two guys sitting down and talking about malts the whole time? Really, people want to hear that? I don't know how interesting most of them...||17 3 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #11 - Balvenie's Andrew Weir||Andrew Weir, brand ambassador for Balvenie and Glenfiddich, sits down with K&L Spirits Buyer David Driscoll, to discuss the accessibility of Speyside malts, the true age of the Balvenie 15, and general anti-Glen snobbery.||15 3 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #10 - Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley||Harlen Wheatley, master distiller for Buffalo Trace distillery, talks with K&L Spirits Buyer David Driscoll about the philosophy behind a large portfolio, the amount of Stitzel Weller bourbon in the Pappy Van Winkle whiskies, and his love for the...||9 3 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #9 - High West's David Perkins||Distiller and blender David Perkins, recently named 2010 Pioneer of the Year from the Malt Advocate, talks about the blending process, his own distillates, and the misconceptions that surround his whiskey enterprise.||28 2 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #8 - Distiller Todd Leopold||Todd Leopold, half of the Leopold Bros. Distillery in Colorado, talks with K&L Spirits Buyer David Driscoll about the scientific details of craft distillation, running a pub in a college town, and why pot still whiskey is the worth the extra money.||22 2 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Podcast #7 - David & David Talk Booze Politics||K&L Spirits Buyers David Driscoll & David Girard discuss the worth of aged whisk(e)y, the vitriol of the blogosphere, and why good whisk(e)y will always cost serious money.||17 2 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #6||Nicolas Palazzi, importer of small artisan Cognac & Armagnac, talks with K&L Spirits Buyer David Driscoll about the differences between the French brandies, catering to the American whiskey palate, and building relationships with farmers in...||11 2 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #5 - Ardbeg/Glenmorangie's David Blackmore||David Blackmore, brand ambassador for both Ardbeg and Glenmorangie, talks with K&L spirits buyer David Driscoll about upcoming releases, the influence of whisky bloggers, and the rumors behind the Ardbeg Alligator.||1 2 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #4 - Cooley Distillery's John Cashman||John Cashman, the global brand ambassador for Ireland's Cooley Distillery, visits K&L Spirits Buyer David Driscoll in his home and discusses the entire Cooley whiskey line, the burdon of being an independent, and the flavors of traditional Irish...||28 1 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #3 - Compass Box's John Glaser||John Glaser, the man behind the Compass Box whiskies, sits down with K&L Spirits Buyer David Driscoll to discuss the art of the blend, grain whisky as a white canvass, and vatting as a trend for 2011.||18 1 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Podcast #2 - Chuck Cowdery||Chuck Cowdery, author of "Bourbon, Straight," and columnist for Malt Advocate and Whisky magazines talks with K&L spirits buyer David Driscoll about whiskey misconceptions, the history of the American Bourbon industry, and his views concerning...||14 1 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||K&L Spirits Journal Podcast #1 - Suntory's Neyah White||Neyah White, former head bartender for San Francisco's Nopa and current brand ambassador for Suntory Japanese Whiskey, talks to K&L Spirits Buyer David Driscoll about cocktails, SF drinking culture, Japanese whiskey, and the state of whiskey in...||6 1 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
whisky ( and other drinks) education from k&l
The K&L team put together a really informative podcast, mostly about scotch whisky & bourbon, but also spirits like tequila & cognac, and sometimes about cocktails or the drinks business in general.
Each show centres around a guest speaker, usually covering a specific spirit style or brand, and are always really informative.
The shows have been on hiatus for a while and it's really good to see them back again.