The Spirit Guide Society

The Spirit Guide Society

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 online as a podcast! Every Tuesday and Friday, Pedro Shanahan will be joined in front of a live audience by the people who know these alcohol brands the best, the ones who make it! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoO-l4Ny3QJn2Mc7445qMrg Special Thanks to ToneMesa - Where the Art of Film meets the Science of Sound - for their post production audio services.... Show More

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June 23, 2020 77 min

Master Distiller Brent Elliott joins us from Kentucky for an all encompassing, bourbon fueled conversation about Four Roses Distillery

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Being Master Distiller is something Brent Elliott says is hard to call a job because, ...

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If you're looking for the historic legacy of Tennessee Whiskey, you do not want to miss our livestream tonight! Charlie Nelson, great-great-great grandson of Nelson's Green Briar Distillery founder Charles Nelson, is joining us to chat with Pedro about how he's relaunching the family's brand for the first time since 1909.

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Jack Daniels is the #1 Selling Whiskey in the world and for the past 12 years has been under the stewardship if Jeff Arnett. Jeff joins us today from the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchberg, TN for a wide ranging conversation about this historic brand. It's a fantastic conversation that you do not want to miss!

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April 17, 2020 53 min

COVID-19 can't stop us! We've got Rachel Potts from BenRiach with us talking about their delicious core line of spirits. Please follow her @cocktails_and_dogtails

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We're practicing Social Distancing and trying to do some good in the world at the same time. Johnnie Mundell, formerly Beam Suntory's Japanese Whisky Ambassador, is now here in his new role at Maker's Mark to talk about the brand, the newly initiated Restaurant Worker's Relief Fund and some DAMN good bourbon.

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As part of our Stay At Home/Drink At Home series, we're chatting with the host of "Drinks Made Easy"/longtime Seven Grand Bartender Paul Masterson.

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We're all Socially Isolated, but that doesn't stop the Spirit Guide Society! Pedro is broadcasting live from his home with Seven Grand Assistant General Manager Manny Nieves teaching us how to make the perfect Gold Rush cocktail!

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While this may not be what we normally talk about on this podcast and we hope things get back to normal soon, we're coming to you today with stories of some of the people who have been affected by the recent Shut Down.

With all of the uncertainty in today's society, many of the people on the front lines make their living in the Hospitality Industry. With so many people being forced to stay at home, these Bartenders, Bar Back...

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Our guest, Author and Educator Robin Robinson, got his start in whisk(e)y when he was hired to play a fake Scotsman (true story!) What began as a $300 gig at a party turned into a love affair with the brown spirit. Let him tell you all about it on this podcast!

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(Originally Aired 1/22/19)

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!" As one of the oldest blended Scotch labels, these whiskey pioneers didn't get to be a powerhouse in the whiskey world without making so...

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F. Paul Pacult is a legend in the world of alcohol. Forbes has called him "America’s foremost expert on distilled spirit." He has a laundry list of accomplishments in so many areas of the alcohol industry and has forgotten more about it than most people will ever know.

Paul was generous enough to join us from his home in New York for an all encompassing conversation about the spirits world and the many ways in which he has ...

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Did you know that Teeling's holds the world record the most expensive new bottle of whiskey ever sold at auction! It's true! Someone paid 10,000 pounds for a bottle of the whiskey that Rob Caldwell brought us for this podcast. Spoiler alert: you won't have to pay that much for it:

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What we drank

Teeling Small Batch

Teeling Single Malt

Teelings Single Grain

Teeling Single Pot Still

An undisclosed secret whiskey.

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We find ourselves in New York for this week's podcast! Seven Grand was fortunate enough to be nominated for an Icons of Whiskey 2020 award and WE were lucky enough to have Phoebe Calver, Editor in Chief of American Whiskey Magazine, join us for a conversation before the show. We chatted in the famous Flatiron Room about all things American Whiskey! She was nice enough to share her journey from Norfolk to America, tell us what&#...

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Until 2006, the Taiwanese Government had a monopoly on distilling and selling alcohol in the country. However, when those regulations were lifted, we lovers of whisky were blessed with the magic that is the Kavalan Distillery.

Master Blender Dr. Ian Cheng joins us in the Society to talk about the history, artistry and process of this spirit that Jim Murray called the best new whiskey of 2012.

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In the age of celebrity whiskey, it's rare to find a brand whose namesake loves the brown spirit as much as Josh “Warmaster” Barnett. Since he teamed up with Sespe Creek Distillery, he's been working with Dr. David Brandt to create the Warbringer whiskey. The three whiskies we tasted on today's episode feature big smokey flavors that put your taste buds in a choke hold (and we meant that in a good way!)

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On today's podcast. we were joined by the incomparable Johnnie "The Scot" Mundell who deconstructed the five main whiskies that make up the Hibiki Harmony blend. It was a truly Harmonious occasion!

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Hibiki Harmony

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Hibiki (響, meaning "resonance" or "echo" in Japanese) is a premium blended whisky produced in Japan by Beam Suntory (a subsidiary of Suntory Beverage ...

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The story of how the brand Uncle Nearest came into the world was truly a story of kismet for Sherrie Moore, who came out of retirement to take on the role of Chief Whiskey Officer (Director of Whiskey and Distillery Operations) for the brand. It is truly an amazing story and we are very happy to present it, along side three marks from the brand, on the podcast.

The true story of Jack Daniels can't be told without also telling th...

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Today's guest pulled out all the stops! Greg Glass is the Master Distiller of Jura, a beloved brand from the Whyte & Mackay portfolio, and not only did he bring a TWENTY-ONE year old whisky, he holds the distinction of being the first and only guest to bring an edible bubble machine. (Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to see Pedro try to catch the bubbles in his mouth.)

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Jura New Make (11:05)

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We were incredibly lucky to catch Danny Kahn, Master Distiller of Barton's/1792, while he was in Los Angeles! We covered all areas of his expertise, including how he came into his position AND the process behind making 1792 Full Proof, which was just named Best Whiskey in the World by Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible!

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1792 Small Batch (10:25)

1792 Single Barrel (17:20)

1792 Bottled in Bond (21:24)

1792 Full Proof (24:...

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December 31, 2019 64 min

Former Seven Grand Bartender Luke Ford is back with us on the podcast and he's brought some Incredibly tasty treats from the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection! If you heard the last time we had Luke joining us, you'll remember his famous whale joke; be sure to stick around til the end of the podcast when he brings another fantastic one!

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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt

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