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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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Show Notes

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

Transcript

Coming later this week.

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