Sep 30, 2021
In this barrel-aged deep dive
into Bourbon and American whiskey with distiller Lauren Patz, some
of the topics we discuss include:
- How Lauren’s roots in Napa Valley winemaking
led her to fall in love with the craft of distillation and barrel
- Why California in general (and Northern
California, in particular) is a burgeoning American whiskey
ecosystem bursting with local grain, available cooperage, and more
native wine finishing opportunities than anywhere else in the
- Then we walk through Lauren’s method for making
Redwood Empire Whiskey step-by-step, examining her approach to
important procedural touchpoints like malting, fermentation,
sourcing, maturation, and blending.
- We also sample a delicious new product offering
called “Grizzly Beast,” which is a bonded bourbon whiskey made
using some of the first barrels of whiskey laid down by Redwood
Empire in their early days of operation.
- We also take some time to work through Lauren’s
approach to evaluating and judging bourbon and American whiskey as
an anchor judge for the American Distilling Institute’s annual
judging of craft spirits.
Along the way, we chat about the
wheat-and-rye hybrid grain you’ve never heard of, the virtues of
“negative capability,” what to drink with Dune author Frank Herbert, and much, much
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