Podcast Episode: Interview: Seth Benhaim of Broken Barrel Whiskey
While out in California hunting down Pre-Prohibition whiskey, I had the opportunity to talk to Seth about Broken Barrel, Mizunara Oak, Edgar Allen Poe, and the Isle of Peat.
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While on a journey out to California in search of details about an upcoming episode, I took time out to interview Seth Benhaim of Infused Spirits. Seth is taking a very unique approach to aging whiskey - by placing barrel staves in new make.
We sampled his expressions using Mizunara oak, a Cask of Amontillado (something Edgar Allen Poe fans will appreciate), and scotch peat staves. We also talked about the history of light whiskey, a historic distillery in Kentucky they source from, and the concept of an oak bill.
Here are some of the things we discussed:
- The concept of Broken Barrel
- Oak bill vs mash bill
- Where the whiskey comes from
- Why visit Owensboro when on the trail?
- Choosing the right barrels
- How to create the formulas for multi barrel blends
- Edgar Allen Poe and whisky
- Launching with the prized whiskies instead of core line
- Peated bourbons?
- Holy trinity of peat
- Tasting the outside of the barrel
- Isle of Peat / Mizunara / Cask of Amantiallo
- Nosing and tasting
- Deciding on the proof
- A job with stress relief
- The expensive oak
Learn more about Broken Barrel by following their Instagram.
And hear part two of this interview as a member of the Whiskey Lore Society at Patreon.com/whiskeylore
Coming later this week.