First Will and the Greeze talk about the samples community and the instagram bourbon community. Then, after the 15, they sample the brand new Rebel Yell 10 year old Single Barrel.
Will and the Greeze try a bottle of bourbon which Greeze picked up months ago, and Will has continually ridiculed Greeze about: American Barrels Small Batch Fine Whiskey. It's essentially an extremely young whiskey in a shotgun shell shaped barrel. We took the dive to see if Greeze was duped by marketing or he's a genius bourbon handicapper. Then they move on to try Heaven Hill Green Label: a 6 year old bottom shelf gem.
The Greeze tells Will about his annual tradition: competing against his previous year's record at Red Lobster's endless shrimp promotion. His preparation for these mini lobsters from he gulf is methodical. He goes over his entire gameday routine to maximize shrimp intake. Then, after the 15, they try a bourbon that is no longer with us: the 12 year old expression of Elijah Craig small batch from Heaven Hill.
Will and the Greeze were invited to a party at the George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma, TN. The only problem is that the Greeze had to go to his wife's family reunion the day of the event. So Will too their good friend Danny in the Greeze's stead. The result? Danny and Will had the time of their lives, and the Greeze missed out. In this episode Will and Danny tell about their evening at Cascade Hollow and all the whiskey (or whisky, as the folks at Dickel spell it) they drank. Then, after the 15, Danny and Will introduce the Greeze to George Dickel Superior No. 12. Cheers!
Will and the Greeze talk about budgeting when looking for bourbon and whiskey. What make them buy, how do they stay out of trouble, and what is worth a splurge. Then after the 15, they try Noah's Mill, and are quite surprised by what they find.
Will and the Greeze were honored to talk with Fred Minnick (FredMinnick.com) about bourbon in general, his excellent books, and tells us his favorite bourbon of all time. Then, for the 15, the guys try a line up of 80 proof, 86 proof, and 100 proof Very Old Barton... plus a surprise 4th one.
Check out Fred's new book, "Bourbon: the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of an American Whiskey" -- out everywhere Oct. 1.
Also, check out his primer on bourbon tasting: Bourbon Curious.
Will and the Greeze tackle the age old question of what happens to your whiskey once the bottle is opened. Does it go bad? They try to figure it out. Then, after the 15, they discuss Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel with Dillon "Spillin' Beers" Spears.
Check out our new friend @therobcompany on instagram and see the really cool lamps he makes. He is currently making an awesome custom lamp out of a vintage decanter bottle for our studio. You're going to love his work.
Wil and the Greeze have been asked many times to have some cocktails on the show. The only problem is the best cocktails they can make involve Evan Williams and a cola. Fortunately, their instagram friend Tim (@timmergund) actually knows what he is talking about. He walks the guys through two amazing whiskey cocktails: one classic and one a modern variation on that classic. Also, make sure that you check out the Greeze's new instagram (@therealgreeze) and our spin off show (@gamedaymix).
Build in shaker:
1.5 oz bourbon or rye
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
add ice, shake vigorously, then strain into glass
2 oz bourbon or rye
1 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz falernum
1/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lime juice
add ice, shake vigorously, then strain into glass
We know many of you may be traveling for the Labor Day holiday, so we thought you would enjoy a bonus show! Will and the Greeze went back out to the Made South barn to drink some more whiskey. Chris brought out his bourbon with the oldest age statements for this one. Another fun time in the barn.
Will and the Greeze respond to a listener topic suggestion. Jeff on Facebook asked us to give our top ten bourbons we look for when we go hunting. They each give their top 5. They kept it to bourbons that may actually be possible to find (no Pappy on this list). After the 15, they give their thoughts on Old Weller Antique.
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Will and the Greeze have a heart to heart about flasks. They try to sort out the etiquette of when, where and why flasks are appropriate. After they feel they have sufficiently covered the topic (i.e. they get really thirsty), they move on to the 15. In this episode, they try Sazerac Rye, a.k.a. "Baby Saz." This rye is only the second to be tried on the show. Although it's a reasonably priced bottle, it is becoming increasingly hard to find.
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In this episode, Will and the Greeze swap stories, and the Greeze tells Will about a new purchase he has made. Then, after the 15, the guys sample Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond. If you're reading this description, take a minute to rate and review us on iTunes.
Wild Turkey announced a new marketing campaign last week featuring Matthew McConaughey as creative director... so, of course, Will and the Greeze are gonna talk about it. They give their thoughts on this and the new short film that goes along with the campaign to start off the show. Then, after the 15, the only appropriate bourbon to discuss is the one and only Wild Turkey 101. Let's do this!
Will and the Greeze go to a new friend's farm to drink some whiskey. Chris from MADE SOUTH takes them on a journey of 7 different whiskies from 6 southern states. 3 of the whiskies are discussed in this episode. To hear about the other four, subscribe to the Made South podcast and listen to the other half of their conversation. Chris shows his southern hospitality and even throws in a few surprises. Don't miss this episode.
Will and the Greeze sample three bourbons selected by instagram friend @Fletcher_Whiskeydog. The catch? They don't know what they are trying. Listen to Will and the Greeze stumble their way through tasting these bourbons and some of the outlandish claims they make about them. Make sure to follow @Fletcher_Whiskeydog on instagram to find out what they were drinking.
Will and the Greeze are joined by a friend who just got back from the bourbon trail to give insight on planning your pilgrimage. He gives many good tips for making the most of your trip to Kentucky and squeezing as many distilleries in as possible. Then, after the 15, he shares two bottles that he brought back from Kentucky for the guy's tasting: Blade & Bow and Jefferson's Reserve Groth Reserve Cask Finish.
In this episode, Will and the Greeze do a taste test of three un-aged, white whiskies: Nelson's Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey, Popcorn Sutton, and Maker's Mark White. Hilarity ensues. After the 15, the guys change pace with some Bowman Brothers Virginia Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Will and the Greeze leave the PodCask studio for an on location recording at the Steele Speakeasy. The Steele Speakeasy is an epic home bar, from proprietor Paul Steele. Paul gives the guys some tips on starting a bourbon collection, building a home bar and then leads them on a 6 bourbon tasting. Needless to say, they are eternally grateful for Paul's hospitality. Follow him on instagram: @steelespeakeasy. No "15" this week, but when you're tasting 6 different bourbons... who needs it?
In this episode, Will and the Greeze pull a friend into the PodCask studio to try bourbon for the very first time. With a blind tasting lineup of Old Forester, Buffalo Trace, and Old Granddad, Brandon gives his thoughts on these bourbons, while tasting each neat out of Glencairn glasses. Then, Will and the Greeze wash out the Glencairn glasses and pour some Buffalo Trace for the 15.
Happy Independence Day, folks.
In this episode, the Greeze gives a trip report about a unique drinking experience in New York. This leads to a deeper discussion about what kinds of bars the guys like to drink in. After the 15, they try Maker's Mark from a Glen Cairn glass and have their minds blown.
In a surprise bonus episode, Will and the Greeze talk with Eric Byford from BeardForce Films about his new movie "Straight Up: Kentucky Bourbon." The film premieres in Franklin, TN (outside of Nashville) this Sunday, June 26 at the Franklin Theatre. Eric talks about making the movie, some people and stories you will hear, and this history of bourbon as portrayed in the documentary. Tickets for the screening are $10 and include a whiskey sample for the 21+ crowd.
Get tickets at http://secure.franklintheatre.com/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=105931~cfe40b7d-1c56-4c4b-b937-600bdd7c5904& and learn more about Eric at www.Beardforcefilms.com.
In this episode, Will talks with Todd Bellucci from Whistle Pig about their rye whiskey. Then the Greeze joins Will for the fifteen -- and brings a special guest along -- to give their first rye review on the PodCask: Whistle Pig 10 year Rye.
Will and the Greeze talk with Dane Huckelbridge about his book Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit and even talk about beer for a minute. After the 15, the guys sample Old Forester 86 proof and come to some unique conclusions in their review.
There is trouble in paradise, as the Greeze reveals he has been grounded from purchasing bourbon for a few weeks. Will, on the other hand, has a problem with someone stealing his bourbon. After the 15, the guys review W.L. Weller Special Reserve.
Will and the Greeze take a topic suggestion from listener Tyler Wind and test out three different styles of glasses for drinking whiskey. After sampling Evan Williams bottled-in-bond from a classic rocks glass, snifter, and the Glencairn glass, Will and the Greeze give their impressions of the whiskey in each. Then, after a very enjoyable "15," the guys give their review of 1972 Small Batch.