The Spirit Guide Society

The Spirit Guide Society

For over seven years at the 213 Hospitality Group, 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!... Show More

Episodes

November 12, 2019 54 min

Hot off their last appearance where they brought the winner of the Best Rye Whiskey at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Sagamore Spirits returns to the Whiskey Society to talk about their new Cognac Finished Rye! Sagamore President Brian Treacy joins us to talk about Sagamore's specialty, Maryland Style Rye.

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What we drank:

Sagamore Spirits Rye Whiskey

Sagamore Spirits Double Oaked

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November 8, 2019 59 min

On today's episode we're talking with Bart Brunscheen and Scott Brunow, aka the Scotch Test Dummies! They had us on their YouTube channel for an all encompassing conversation about whisky, our friend Don Sutcliffe, The Exceptional Whisky and... banana hammocks? What is that about? Hit play and find out!

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The Whisky Monster is back! Our friend Koray Özdemir returns to the Whiskey Society to Launch TWO new whiskies.

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What we drank:

Paul John Nirvana [LAUNCH]

Paul John Christmas Edition [LAUNCH]

Paul John Brilliance

Paul John Bold

Paul John Classic

Paul John Kanya

Paul John Mars Orbiter

Paul John Peated

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This is a fascinating case study, Dram Fam. Hacienda de Bañuelos Mezcal is made with 100% Blue Weber Agave. You might be asking us, "Hey, wouldn't that make this a tequila?" and normally you'd be right, but our guest, Josh Allen, is here to explain why this delicious brand can't be called tequila.

But what's in a name? Hacienda de Bañuelos Mezcal is delicious and worthy of a place in your h... Read more

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What we drank:

Glendronach 12

Glendronach 15

Glendronach 18

Glendronach Port Wood

Glendronach Cask Strength

Glendronach Master Vintage 1993

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This week, Rob Dietrich joins Pedro to talk about his new job as Master Blender of Metallica's American whiskey, Blackened. Rob took over the position after the original Master Blender, Dave Pickerell, was taken from this Earth far too soon; but no more tears! This is literally the most Rock that whiskey has ever experienced! Every cask is "sonically-enhanced" with a special playlist of Metallica'... Read more

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Yoshino Spirits Global Sales Director joins Pedro in the Whiskey Society to chat about Kamiki, a new Japanese whisky on the market. Kamiki hails from the Japanese city of temples, Nara. They are the first and only distillery in the entire world to use Japanese Cedar casks to age their beautiful non-chill filtered whiskies.

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What we drank:

Kamiki Pre-Cedar Finished Whisky (not on the market)

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Head Distiller Phillip Dormont travels to the Whiskey Society all the way from Texas to talk about Treaty Oak Distillery.

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What we drank:

Red Handed Bourbon

Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon

Red Handed Rye Whiskey

Waterloo Gin

The Bloody Butcher

Red Ale Porter Distillery Exclusive Whiskey

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October 15, 2019 37 min

Subir Singh joins Pedro at Las Perlas in Downtown Los Angeles to help launch Mico Tequila! Mico, which translate to Monkey, is made with love and is worthy of a place in your home bar. We hope that this podcast, like a fine tequila, goes down smooth!

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What we drank:

Mico Blanco Tequila

Mico Reposado Tequila

Mico Añejo Tequila

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Pedro and Stephanie just returned from Kentucky where they were buying the next batch of single barrels of whiskey for Seven Grand! Upon their return, we realized that while we've talked about single barrels on the podcast, we've never really dug into why you should seek out single barrel whiskey for yourself! Pedro and Stephanie sit down with Andrew to compare... Read more

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October 8, 2019 45 min

What do you after you've built up a successful anti-trust law practice? If you're Yuan Ji, you start importing mezcal to your home in Brooklyn! Erstwhile Mezcal bills itself as “Honest mezcal with social mission.” Ji brings her street smarts to the business side of the brand while allowing the Mexican families with generations of experience making mezcal to do what they do best. It’s an incredibly story that leads to som... Read more

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Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Distillery Manager/"heir apparent" to Dr. Bill Lumsden, Brendan McCarron and our friend Travis Tidwell join Pedro in the Whiskey Society for a private, intimate chat about Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Brendan brought the inside information from the distillery; Travis brought four fantastic whiskies. Good times were had by all. We humbly present this conversation to you and hope that it meets your appr... Read more

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When our friends at the Los Angeles Chapter of Women Who Whiskey invited us to come play with them at Whisky Extravaganza, how could we say no? Chapter President Kim Ohanneson joined our friend Megan Brier for a no holds bard conversation about all things Maker's Mark!

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What we drank:

Maker's Mark

Maker's Mark 46

Maker's Mark Cask Strength

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Master Distiller from The Glenlivet, Alan Winchester, joins Pedro in the Whiskey Society at Seven Grand in Downtown Los Angeles (and yes, it's as good as their whisky!)

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What we drank:

The Glenlivet 12

The Glenlivet Nadura

The Glenlivet 14

The Glenlivet 15

The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet Enigma

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September 24, 2019 35 min

Angel Saenz joins Pedro in the Mezcal Collective at Las Perlas in Downtown Los Angeles to launch Mezcal El Samaritano, the first mezcal from BebanMez Imports.

What we drank:

Mezcal El Samaritano Espadin

Mezcal El Samaritano Ensamble

Mezcal El Samaritano Tobalá

Mezcal El Samaritano Mexicano

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For fans of Rye Whiskey, the only name more synonymous with the style than Whistle Pig is the man who made it, Dave Pickerell. Sadly, we lost Dave back in November of 2018 and, while this isn't Whistle Pig's first appearance in the Spirit Guide Society, it's the first since Dave's passing. Pedro is joined by Whistle Pig Ambassador Blaine Adams to honor Dave in the best way that we know how, by drinking his whiske... Read more

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September 17, 2019 43 min

Stephanie & Bambino are filling for Pedro this week as our guest and friend, Vini Mauger, joins us with a flight of Maestro Dobel!

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What we drank:

Maestro Dobel Silver/Blanco

Maestro Dobel Reposado

Maestro Dobel Anejo

Maestro Dobel Diamante

Maestro Dobel Humito Smoked Silver Tequila

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What we drank:

Angel's Envy Port Finished Bourbon

Angel's Envy Rye

Angel's Envy Cask Strength

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From the Angel's Envy website:

IN THE BEGINNING,

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David Matthews began his 2nd career in the South of France as a Hazelnut Farmer (his first career was Investment Banking, but we don't have to get into that.) Today, as the Head Distiller of Woody Creek, he lives in Basalt, Colorado making the spirits we're talk about today! He joins Pedro in the Whiskey Society to chat about their line.

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Woody Creek Straight Rye

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Michter's is a brand that's rich in both flavor AND history. The story of this line dates back all the way to 1753 when it was known as Shenk's Whiskey; Louis Foreman would later purchase the brand and rename it after his two sons, Michael and Peter.

We were incredibly lucky to have the current brains behind the operation, Master Distiller Dan McKee, come all the way from Kentucky to join us on this po... Read more

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