The Fred Minnick Show Podcast
The Fred Minnick Show Podcast
The Fred Minnick Show
The Fred Minnick Show features spirits author, historian and curator Fred Minnick, who interviews musicians and pairs whiskeys to their palates. Through the journey, the artists open up to Minnick about life tribulations, what it's like on the road and their favorite foods. Really, it's just two people tasting and talking. 
Bonus: Blues Rocker Shawn James Sips 291, Michter's, Four Gate and MB Roland
Shawn James is one of the best blues rock performers in the game. He sits down with Fred over some delicious whiskey. Buy tickets to Repeal Day Expo: https://repealdayexpo.com
Nov 27
1 hr 20 min
Yelawolf: 'Working is the Ultimate Gratitude For Being Alive.' Also, talks Covid scare and new whiskey
This week on The Fred Minnick Show, it's YelaWolf’s turn to hang out with Fred and imbibe. The Alabama-born YelaWolf, whose given name is Michael Wayne Atha, released his sixth studio album, Ghetto Cowboy, last fall on Eminem’s Shady Records label. On the podcast, he and Fred sip bourbon and talk about topics like Creek Water Whiskey – YelaWolf’s whiskey brand – musical collaborations, work ethic, Slumerican life, his connections in the music industry and more. Whiskeys tasted: Creek Water Whiskey (8:46) MB Roland (48:57) Unknown Barrel Tasting at MB Rowland Distillery (51:10) EPISODE SUMMARY Fred and YelaWolf cover a number of topics, such as: YelaWolf talks about how his whiskey brand, Creek Water Whiskey, came to be. He tells Fred about how he has enjoyed whiskey in the past, with well known brands like Jack Daniel’s, and shares that he took a trip with his father to Woodford Reserve. Fred congratulates YelaWolf on creating what, essentially, is his own personal culture, known as “Slumerican,” which has its own clothing and jewelry line and more. Generally speaking, a slumerican, according to UrbanDictionary.com, refers to someone “who was born and raised in the ghettos or slums of the United States of America.” YelaWolf shares his gratitude toward not only his mother and grandfather for his work ethic, but also his friend, rapper Jelly Roll. He also talked about his family culture growing up. There was no sleeping in, no milling about the house in pajamas – when you wake up, you get up and get ready for the day. YelaWolf was friends with Winona Judd and Shooter Jennings as a kid, and had a lot of music connections through his mother that helped him in his music career. When Fred tells YelaWolf he drinks whiskey for a living, he elicits a laugh – then YelaWolf says, “That’s a hell of a way to make a living. You know what? I do too, actually.” As true whiskey nerds are wont to do, Fred and YelaWolf talk about condensation in the necks of whiskey bottles. Fred tells YelaWolf the story of how he became a whiskey writer. They also talk about how both have intense senses of smell – and how there’s always one guy who farts on the tour bus. This leads to what happens when a tour bus toilet is dumped while the bus is moving. Listen carefully for the yacht party story. Did you know you can’t get Foster’s beer in Australia? So says YelaWolf. YelaWolf talks about the evolution of hip hop from sampling to now, and tries to speculate on where it might go from here, noting that there are fewer rules than in pretty much any other genre of music. He talks about having a new record ready to drop, that will also have a companion film that will be shot in Mexico. Look for a non-traditional release. Oh, and it’s a rock ‘n’ roll album. Fred thanks YelaWolf for pushing him to find a creative way to conduct their interview. YelaWolf also talks about his trips to Russia, including his latest one just as the coronavirus pandemic was breaking in the U.S. YelaWolf said he had COVID-19. Fred revisits his interview with Killer Mike and the story of him attending YelaWolf’s birthday party, when a group rendition of “Sweet Home Alabama” broke out. They finish things out by trying whiskey straight from a five-year-aged barrel at MB Roland Distillery … with Sasquatch. QUOTABLES YelaWolf on his work ethic: “I just think that working is the best way to show gratitude for being alive. I think that laziness is the ultimate sin, if there is such a thing. I work hard because I have a lot of ideas and I have a lot to do in my lifetime. I have more ideas than I could ever really get done. … My work ethic is not for the sane. I think you have to be a little crazy to think about the impossible being actually possible.” FOLLOW YELAWOLF http://yelawolf.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaRRwOz4uEo https://twitter.com/Yelawolf https://www.facebook.com/yelawolf/ https://www.instagram.com/yelawolf FOLLOW FRED htps://www.instagram.com/fredminnick/ https://twitter.com/FredMinnick https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyE_GJtYr3yowks2iv1o4jg https://www.facebook.com/fred.minnick/ SPONSORS Manscaped (discount code: SmoothFred, 20% off and free shipping) https://www.manscaped.com/ Michter's: https://michters.com/ B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): https://findyoursippingpoint.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 24
59 min
Monster Jam Driver Cynthia Gauthier Sips Canadian Whisky, Talks Monster Trucks
On this episode of The Fred Minnick Show, Monster Jam driver Cynthia Gauthier drops in from Canada to join Fred in some lively banter and whiskey sipping. Along the way, they talk ice fishing, driving in traffic without the benefit of a Monster Truck, the intentional craziness of the motor sport, Titan Games, healing from the sport and more. Fred, of course, loves to enjoy Monster Jam with his sons, so having Gauthier on the show was a can’t-miss proposition. Whiskys tasted: Shelter Point Lot 40 (14:11) Forty Creek Barrel Select (17:28) Stock and Barrel Rye (20:03) Shelter Point Smoke Point (27:27) EPISODE SUMMARY Fred and Cynthia talk about a number of topics, such as: Fred extols the virtues of Canadian whisky and discusses the difference between it and American whiskey. Cynthia reveals she took a bartending class when she was younger and that she likes to enjoy many different types of spirits – focusing on whiskey when she isn’t feeling well. She does clarify, however, she doesn’t really drink while on the road with Monster Jam, choosing to focus on her health. Gauthier notes that part of not drinking when touring with the sport is because, obviously, drinking and driving don’t mix. To which Fred quips, “You said in your profession it’s hard to drink a lot; in my profession, it’s hard to drive a lot.” In addition to ice fishing, Cynthia likes plenty of other outdoor activities, including paddle boarding and longboarding. The two make their way through Canadian whiskeys and when they hit the 92-proof Stock and Barrel Rye, Cynthia says, “This will take paint off your wall.” (It’s fair to note the interview and tasting happened at 10 a.m., so perhaps her palate was still waking up.) A self-described adrenaline junkie, Cynthia admits how much she appreciates being able to compete in Monster Jam along with a number of other women in the sport. She says her passion for motor sports originates with her dad, who is a mechanic. While she studied to be a CPA, she actually became a welder and started her own welding business. Cynthia ultimately picks Shelter Point Lot 40 as her favorite of the flight. QUOTABLES Cynthia Gauthier compares Monster Jam to a UFC fight – it’s about the action. “It’s the only sport that we’re actually crashing on purpose. Other sports, they always want to finish first, but we want the wild moments and so we actually sometimes go out of control to get that, that special moment where you get on one wheel and then come back on four. It’s a special sport.” RESOURCES FOLLOW CYNTHIA https://www.cynthiagauthier.com/ https://www.instagram.com/cynthiagauthier/ https://twitter.com/cynthiagauthier https://www.facebook.com/cynthiagauthier11/ FOLLOW FRED htps://www.instagram.com/fredminnick/ https://twitter.com/FredMinnick https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyE_GJtYr3yowks2iv1o4jg https://www.facebook.com/fred.minnick/ SPONSORS Manscaped (discount code: SmoothFred, 20% off and free shipping) https://www.manscaped.com/ Michter's: https://michters.com/ B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): https://findyoursippingpoint.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 17
36 min
Bonus: The Whiskey Made Us Talk Politics and Aliens
From a YouTube Livestream, Fred Minnick sat down with Josh Abbott of the Josh Abbott Band, whose new album 'The Highway Kind' is out now. They sipped Willett rye, Belfour limited edition rye and 291 Bad Guy. That combination apparently led them down the path that ended on aliens. But as one YouTube commenter said, "bourbon brings us together."
Nov 13
1 hr 17 min
Wright Thompson Talks Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Legacy and his New Book Pappyland
On this episode of The Fred Minnick Show, legendary ESPN sports writer Wright Thompson hangs out with Fred to talk about Thompson's new book, Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last. Suffice to say, if you’re into the Pappy Van Winkle legacy, you’re going to love this inside look into Thompson’s relationship with Julian Van Winkle, who he shadowed for parts of three years to learn about what makes the Van Winkle family tick. Wright and Fred talk about the book, bourbon and, most importantly, the Van Winkle way. No whiskey tasting this time – Fred was sipping coffee, as it was a morning interview – but there was plenty of whiskey talk. EPISODE SUMMARY Fred and Wright cover a number of topics, such as: “It was a story about writing a book as much as anything,” Thompson tells Fred about his relationship with Julian Van Winkle and the process of getting to know him and the family’s history while writing Pappyland. He notes that much of the story he learned mirrored many things that were happening in his own life at the time. He also notes that he drank “a lot of good whiskey” during the research process and was able to reflect his tastes off Julian Van Winkle’s, noting that Julian was “unsentimental” toward much of the bourbon they tasted. And for those who don’t believe in the scarcity of Pappy Van Winkle and Old Rip Van Winkle products, Thompson says they’d better change their thinking. Because the scarcity is real. Speaking of Julian, Thompson tells Fred, “I certainly thought, ‘Well, this guy’s got a basement full of this stuff,’ and, ah, he doesn’t. … That was really interesting to see, that the scarcity is real.” That said, before loaning much of it to Frazier History Museum, Julian had a huge stash of priceless whiskey hiding in his basement. Fred and Wright also talk about tasting some of the white dog from the original Stitzel-Weller Distillery and finding it to be even smoother than some aged bourbons. Thompson says Julian’s goal is to create bourbon that is “the closest approximation” to Stitzel-Weller whiskey. “It was interesting to me to see how much the process for him is dancing with the ghost of that.” He talks about events coming up through which bourbon fans can win Van Winkle products (get involved at Wright’s Website. They talk about how fake Pappy often is sent back to Buffalo Trace, and Julian often tastes (and likes!) the faked bourbon, to see what people are passing of as Pappy Van Winkle. On how covering sports is similar to covering bourbon, Wright says, “One, people are very, very passionate about it and have long, deeply felt opinions.” He talks about how bourbon, in a way, embodies the American spirit. Ultimately, the book is about why people make bourbon and why so many people want to drink it, he says. “I hope in my heart of hearts that maybe I have articulated something that a lot of people like you and I … have felt but never fully articulated. I think people will say, ‘That’s me on the page. Hopefully.’” Fred offers that being a fan of a sports team that isn’t successful is almost the opposite of one’s love of whiskey: “Bourbon is largely joy; being a fan is mostly heartache.” Thompson buys bourbon to drink, not to collect or re-sell: “I would love a world in which everybody’s decanter whiskey was Old Rip. For $60 a bottle.” And Wright teaches us all how to make a VanHattan (good luck finding the ingredients, though). QUOTABLES “I don’t know if I have a complex enough whiskey palate to separate my desire for something to be great from it’s actual greatness,” Thompson says, speaking of his relationship with whiskey. RESOURCES FOLLOW WRIGHT https://wrightthompson.com/ https://www.instagram.com/wrightthompsonbooks/ FOLLOW FRED htps://www.instagram.com/fredminnick/ https://twitter.com/FredMinnick https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyE_GJtYr3yowks2iv1o4jg https://www.facebook.com/fred.minnick/ SPONSORS Manscaped (discount code: SmoothFred, 20% off and free shipping) https://www.manscaped.com/ Michter's: https://michters.com/ B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): https://findyoursippingpoint.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 10
49 min
BONUS: Rising Country Star Kelley Swindall Shows Her Insecurities Over Michter's and 291 Colorado Whiskey
Whiskey Fan Kelley Swindall joins the show to sip some Michter's and 291 Colorado Whiskey. Swindall, a rising country star, talks about a bad breakup that led to her musical career later in life. Signed to Velvet Elk Records, Swindall performs two songs live.
Nov 4
1 hr 11 min
GWAR Drummer JiZmak Da Gusha Talks Rock 'n' Roll, Loves Elijah Craig and Spares Fred's Life
On special Halloween episode of The Fred Minnick Show, Fred gets a virtual visit from GWAR’s Jizmak Da Gusha. GWAR, of course, is the legendary heavy metal band formed in 1984 made up of barbaric interplanetary warriors whose home base on Earth is Antarctica. Jizmak has his own story: He is a beast of great power who was frozen in a block of ice before being thawed to replace former GWAR drummer Nippleus. He comes from a planet where, apparently, there are “many frisbees” and also seems to like whiskey. Fred was lucky to make it through the interview alive, as GWAR is notoriously hell-bent on destroying the human race. During the interview, Jizmak talks about decapitation, missing killing humans on stage and his love of Earth whiskey, while tasting and ranking five bourbons. Along the way, Jizmak gets a taste of what some consider the best bourbon ever made and chooses his favorites. Parker’s Heritage Collection Promise of Hope 2013 Whiskeys tasted: Jack Daniel’s Eric Church Edition (17:51) Heaven Hill 6 Year Old (26:02) Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A119 (31:21) Parker’s Heritage Collection Promise of Hope 2013 (41:44) 1974 Vintage A.H. Hirsch (50:13) EPISODE SUMMARY Fred and the GWAR drummer cover a number of topics, such as: Jizmak notes that while it’s possible to write good music while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, it’s impossible to play music well, so the band doesn’t drink prior to a show. (That said, when they slaughter humans, they’re usually wasted.) When talking about COVID-19 keeping them from touring and performing live, Jizmak does concede the band enjoys watching thousands of humans die from Antarctica. “It’s like reality TV for us,” he says. Jizmak notes that one of the blind-tasted bourbons obviously had lots of alcohol content. “This tastes like driving school,” he says, meaning that particular bourbon is a great way to get a DUI. His first love in whiskey was Maker’s Mark, but around 2010 he began to try other bourbons and expanding his palate beyond just Maker’s, blood and human flesh. Fred and Jizmak agree to have some GWAR Glencairn glasses produced. Gotta like fan swag. At about the 34-minute mark, Fred realizes he poured one of the bourbons wrong, which makes him wonder aloud if he’s had too much bourbon already. Jizmak offers to have Fred as a guest on his YouTube show Cocktail Corner with Jizmak. Fred asks if he’ll wear an ascot on the show, and Jizmak quickly says no way. “You don’t tell me, I tell you. I’m the god here.” Here’s a scoop: GWAR has a whiskey in the works, so expect it to be released to the public in 2021. No word yet on whether there will be blood in the mash bill or if it will be finished in human carcasses. Fred compares the endurance of GWAR’s popularity to heritage brand bourbons. For Jizmak the popularity relates directly to the interactive nature of the band’s shows. While most bands just stand up on stage and play, he says, “Our show and music, we … hit you in the face with a big bucket of goo, whether its blood piss or semen. It’s not a spectator sport, so to speak.” Jizmak doesn’t much care for vodka as a spirit, much to Fred’s relief. “It seems like it’s for college people.” Jizmak rants about how difficult it is to get good bourbon, thanks to state-controlled liquor stores and the folks who stalk the liquor stores buying up all the good stuff to sell on the secondary market. No wonder he enjoys slaughtering humans so much. Jizmak finally chooses Elijah Craig Barrel Proof as his favorite of the flight, following a final taste-off. QUOTABLES Jizmak notes that his species doesn’t have an advanced sense of taste of sight, which makes it tough to taste and see, but easy to just take care of business: “Humans look blurry. I can’t tell if you’re a cow or a human being, so that’s why we just slaughter everything in our path.” RESOURCES https://gwar.net/ https://twitter.com/gwar https://www.instagram.com/gwar/ https://www.facebook.com/gwar FOLLOW FRED htps://www.instagram.com/fredminnick/ https://twitter.com/FredMinnick https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyE_GJtYr3yowks2iv1o4jg https://www.facebook.com/fred.minnick/ SPONSORS Manscaped (discount code: SmoothFred, 20% off and free shipping) https://www.manscaped.com/ Michter's: https://michters.com/ B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): https://findyoursippingpoint.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 26
1 hr 21 min
Uncle Kracker Talks Rap, Candy Bars, Whiskey, Falls in Love With Resilient Bourbon
On this week’s episode of The Fred Minnick Show, Matthew Shafer – better known as Uncle Kracker – chimes in to chat with Fred over a whiskey flight. As Uncle Kracker, Shafer was rocker/rapper Kid Rock’s turntablist as part of the backing band Twisted Brown Trucker. Uncle Kracker would go on to have two Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning with “Follow Me” from his 2000 debut album Double Wide. In 2002, “Drift Away” landed inside the Top 10. During his visit on the show, Matt and Fred talk about Matt’s relationship with bourbon and whiskey; rap music, his roots and the blurring of musical genres; his COVID-inspired song which came out earlier this year; drinking during presidential debates; candy bars and lots more. Whiskeys tasted: Elijah Craig (16:03) Resilient 14 Year (39:24) Smoke Wagon 12 Year (45:49) Rabbit Hole Rye 6 Year (53:56) Collabor&tion Finished in Muscart Mistelle Barrels (58:18) EPISODE SUMMARY Fred and Matt touch on a wide range of topics, like: Jim Beam was Matt’s first bourbon crush – partly because he heard Hank Williams Jr. singing about it. He mixed it with Dr. Pepper in his younger days. Fred talks about getting old, having “an efficient liver” and his doctors telling him repeatedly to lose weight. Fred talks about the many taxes distillers pay on their products, noting that one specific tax is earmarked for education while another is for roads. For that reason, he jokes, “When you buy bourbon, you’re helping the children of Kentucky. … This is straight up philanthropic efforts.” Matt learns for the first time, thanks to Fred’s tutorial, that whiskey gets its color from the oak barrels in which the liquid ages. Fred also imparts that the finish – how long the flavor and sensation stays on the palate – is the most important part about any whiskey. When the band’s on tour, Uncle Kracker generally is packing Crown Royal whiskey on the trip. Sometimes Jameson takes its place. On making music, Matt said while his first love was rap, he began ignoring genre, just adding all types of flares to his music, from pop to soul to country, “like making gumbo.” He adds, “Genre is only important to people who are trying to sell it.” On his 2020 pandemic-inspired single, he said, “The song was just this fun song I had never really finished. I wrote it with a couple of my buddies.” They were talking one night and decided to finish the song with lyrics about the pandemic, and the result was the single, “No Time to Be Sober.” Fred notes that he makes it a point to no longer drink, or specifically pay drinking games, during presidential or vice presidential debates: “I don’t get riled up, I get depressed.” Fred relates his love of Eazy-E when he was young and tells the story of getting busted listening to the notorious profane rapper by a very hairy principal at his school. The principal calls Fred’s mom and sells him down the river. “It was like I had just introduced Satan into our middle school.” As usual, Fred educates his guest on the ins and outs of whiskey, and Matt admits several times that he’s learned things he never expected to know about bourbon and rye. Part of Fred’s purpose in educating Matt is so he will “never touch vodka again.” Fred then explains what vodka truly is, about its dirty dealings and why he hates it so much. QUOTABLES Matt says he began listening to rap at around age 10, and he recalls watching a late-night cable access show on which he first saw the rap act the Fat Boys and their video “Jail House Rap.” “When they came on the scene, it was the greatest thing I’d ever seen in my life. It was these three big dudes rapping about food and getting in trouble for eating food -- I fell in love immediately. Rap music had me at 10.” RESOURCES https://www.unclekracker.com/ https://twitter.com/unclekracker https://www.instagram.com/unclekracker/ https://www.facebook.com/unclekrackerofficial/ UNCLE KRACKER BIO No matter what he does or where he goes, Uncle Kracker adheres to a simple, yet rather timeless philosophy. “I really subscribe to this mindset of just having fun,” he affirms. “That’s what it’s always about. It’s the train that I’m forever on. The way I feel is if I’m enjoying it, it’s really worth doing.” Now he’s having more fun than ever. And it certainly shows with the recent release of his single “Floatin’.” The feel-good track recorded in Nashville couples Uncle Kracker’s heartfelt, infectious lyrics with a country groove that will keep fans smiling. Uncle Kracker will be showcasing his tried and true hits along with some new tunes in sheds across the country. His live show continues to get bigger and better with every tour. "It's very interactive," he says. "It's meant to be a party, and I want everybody involved. Each time we go on stage, I want people to leave smiling." That outlook has served him well over the years. After vaulting to stardom as a charismatic presence and chief collaborator in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, the Michigan singer, songwriter, and performer, also known as Matthew Shafer, kicked off a stunning solo career of his own. His 2000 major label debut, Double Wide, fittingly went double-platinum and yielded #1 smash “Follow Me”. Its 2002 follow-up No Stranger To Shame reached gold status and spawned cross-format hits such as “In A Little While” and the powerful cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” which set a Billboard record for most weeks at #1 on any chart, topping their #1 run on the Adult Contemporary radio charts for a staggering 28 weeks. Before Uncle Kracker flew up the charts for 5 weeks at #1 with “When the Sun Goes Down”, a duet with good friend Kenny Chesney, country music might’ve seemed an odd place to find the Detroit-based good-time Kid Rock alumni. But after a few summer tours with Chesney, Uncle Kracker reached country’s Top 10 with his double-platinum crossover hit “Smile”. Then, 2012 saw him fully embrace his country side with his critically acclaimed fifth outing, Midnight Special produced by Keith Stegall which leaves no doubt this feel-good rocker is exactly where he should be. Uncle Kracker has played sold out shows across the country and appeared everywhere from the American Country Music Awards to Late Night With Conan O'Brien. He is still having a blast, and fans worldwide undoubtedly will too when they see him on the road. “When I’m up onstage, I don’t feel removed from the people coming to hear the music,” he leaves off. “You can feel it, when they identify with you. Sometimes when I’m up there, I wanna tell ’em ‘I’m not any different than you are.’” FOLLOW FRED htps://www.instagram.com/fredminnick/ https://twitter.com/FredMinnick https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyE_GJtYr3yowks2iv1o4jg https://www.facebook.com/fred.minnick/ SPONSORS Manscaped (discount code: SmoothFred, 20% off and free shipping) https://www.manscaped.com/ Michter's: https://michters.com/ B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): https://findyoursippingpoint.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 20
1 hr 19 min
Flaming Doctor Peppers with The Crystal Method
On this episode of The Fred Minnick Show, musician and co-founder of The Crystal Method Scott Kirkland stops in to chat with Fred and sip some whiskey. Scott and musical partner Ken Jordan founded the band in 1993, becoming pioneers of EDM (Electronic Dance Music). The due released its debut album, Vegas, in 1997, and that record would go on to achieve platinum sales. The Crystal Method would go on to release five more club music albums, including 2018’s The Trip Home. On the show, Scott talks with Fred about creating a new musical style, touring, Louder Than Life, keto dieting, tequila, movies and much more. Whiskeys tasted: Smooth Ambler Old Scout (18:36) Blanton’s Single Barrel (29:18) Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Pick (38:56) Barrell Bourbon 15 Year Old (1:15:56) EPISODE SUMMARY Fred and Scott discuss a variety of topics, such as: Scott explains how The Crystal Method grew from attending dance party shows in small L.A. clubs back in the early 1990s. He also recalls that as grunge died down toward the middle 1990s, Rolling Stone put an EDM band – before the term EDM existed – on the cover of Rolling Stone and declared the style “the next big thing.” The Crystal Method’s first album was released shortly thereafter, propelling the duo from the clubs into mainstream entertainment channels. Scott also relates that his music is for more than just dancing – the band’s goal was always to make music that could be enjoyed in any situation. While tasting Old Scout, Scott reveals he’s more of a tequila guy, but also talks of once upon a time enjoying a party drink called Flaming Dr. Pepper. (If you’ve not heard of this cocktail mix, it’s worth looking up.) Scott also shares a memory of spending time at a friend’s house in Oklahoma and getting to try dozens of vintage bourbons in specialty decanters. Along the way, Fred shares some Blanton’s with Scott – from a bottle that he says is one of the best he’s had in quite a while, citing the bourbon’s inconsistency in contrast to its scarcity. They veer into a quick chat about their love for ice cream. And hot sauce. But not necessarily together. Scott and Fred apparently narrowly missed meeting each other last year at Louder Than Life – The Crystal Method played before GWAR, which almost dusted Fred’s white suit with blood spray. Fred also related that somehow GWAR were able to sip bourbon through their costumes. Impressive. After trying the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel – which was bottled at barrel proof – Scott proclaims it “shakes everything out of the tree.” Fred relates how, while serving in Iraq, he would have friends ship Listerine bottles refilled with whiskey to him to work around the no-drinking policy in the Army. He also discusses other memories and revelations from his time there in 2004-2005. They then move into a discussion about how America is, as Fred puts it, “at a tipping point,” and he compares the state of the country today to how Iraq was 15 years ago, from civil unrest to kidnapping schemes on government representatives. QUOTABLE Scott tells Fred that early on, a prospective manager wanted the band to change its name due to the perceived drug reference. They were told, “OK, you guys gotta change your name. There’s no radio station that’s going to play your music because of your name. We were young and stupid, and we were, like, ‘But you remember it though, right?’” RESOURCES FOLLOW SCOTT https://www.facebook.com/thecrystalmethod/ https://twitter.com/crystalmethod https://www.instagram.com/thecrystalmethod FOLLOW FRED htps://www.instagram.com/fredminnick/ https://twitter.com/FredMinnick https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyE_GJtYr3yowks2iv1o4jg https://www.facebook.com/fred.minnick/ SPONSORS Manscaped (discount code: SmoothFred, 20% off and free shipping) https://www.manscaped.com/ Michter's: https://michters.com/ B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): https://findyoursippingpoint.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 13
1 hr 45 min
Best Bourbons of the 21st Century: 5 Best and Why
#WhiskeyTube #FredMinnick #BestBourbon Best Bourbon of the 21st Century.... This Is Number 1 This is it. The number 1. Best Bourbons of the Century So Far....  Four Roses' former master distiller Jim Rutledge: https://www.fredminnick.com/2015/07/01/greatness-retires-rutledge-leaves-four-roses-bashes-flavored-whiskey/ About the Best Bourbons of the Century So Far, longtime whiskey critic Fred Minnick has tasted the majority of the bourbons in this century, the 2000s.  He's celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month by naming his picks for best bourbons of the century. Note: This list does not include barrel finishes, ryes or Tennessee Whiskeys. Only bourbon.    Sponsors:  Manscaped (enter SMOOTHFRED at checkout for 20% off and free shipping): https://www.manscaped.com 291: https://distillery291.com  B-Line: https://findyoursippingpoint.com  Michter's: https://michters.com    Videos of previous Bourbons of Century #30: https://youtu.be/QC-pyLcqam0 #29: https://youtu.be/-srqGGOtFe8 #28: https://youtu.be/vY9PFLvvA3c #27: https://youtu.be/rbKThElWwjU #26: https://youtu.be/2DHPtpTQDZ4 #25: https://youtu.be/PT-EWP6mXuE #24: https://youtu.be/KB3TaZ45fpo #23: https://youtu.be/fO_xEp6SsPk #22: https://youtu.be/X6WX-MTARM0 #21: https://youtu.be/vbIEK4tSsio #20: https://youtu.be/ub-SmHGheTU #19: https://youtu.be/htXUioCWRfo #18: https://youtu.be/3PgQ0KEY8V8 #17: https://youtu.be/t89b-mrswog #16: https://youtu.be/dLhUQ_JDGrY #15: https://youtu.be/bJ8YOgj3ACU #14: https://youtu.be/hUlxYuhy_TU #13: https://youtu.be/XEqrchrCJX4 #12: https://youtu.be/XUGhXytjcq8 #11: https://youtu.be/PqlldPO1OKo #10: https://youtu.be/Ye08ilo4d5Y #9: https://youtu.be/4ksGywljrN8 #8: https://youtu.be/inTojv0qAhw #7: https://youtu.be/wHK3tHV3e9A #6: https://youtu.be/NWLyfz2neck #5: https://youtu.be/VRN42ar0A10 #4: https://youtu.be/KJ7sx1fw_vE #3: https://youtu.be/tdfOAZ7gYnc #2: https://youtu.be/BmhTRl15n6Y #1: https://youtu.be/-JashwP_g1Q ___ Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyE_GJtYr3yowks2iv1o4jg   Become a member: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyE_GJtYr3yowks2iv1o4jg/join _____ Buy Fred's Books https://www.amazon.com/Fred-Minnick/e/B002N1IVXW?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1597668203&sr=1-3-catcorr ---------- Follow Fred https://www.instagram.com/fredminnick/   https://twitter.com/FredMinnick https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyE_GJtYr3yowks2iv1o4jg THE 2013 PRESS RELEASE ON FOUR ROSES 125TH Four Roses Distillery announces the second 2013 limited edition bourbon to mark the brand’s year-long celebration of its 125 years in distilling. The first was a single barrel bourbon released in the spring and the second will be the 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon, to be released this fall. Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge personally chose three of Four Roses’ ten unique bourbon recipes to create the new barrel strength, small batch bourbon. The recipes, each with different flavor characteristics, include an 18-year-old selection of Four Roses’ recipe coded OBSV (featuring delicate fruit, spicy and creamy characteristics), a 13-year-old OBSK (rich in spiciness, full body), and a 13-year-old OESK (spicy, full body).   The bourbon exhibits aromas of creamy vanilla, light oak and cherry cordial, with hints of nutmeg and cocoa. The palate offers flavors of raspberries and apricots, encompassing a long, luxurious vanilla bean and cherry finish. This anniversary bottling offers a taste straight from the barrel when the bourbon is uncut and non-chill filtered. Approximately 8,000 bottles of the Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon are planned for distribution in September to U.S. markets.  “I’m always coming across some really amazing bourbons during the selection process,” said Rutledge.  “And for this special release, I was presented with quite the challenge to make a selection worthy of toasting our 125th year. I’m thrilled to say this bourbon does just that.” Last year’s Limited Edition Small Batch release was named by Whisky Advocate magazine as American Whiskey of the Year.  Four Roses’ 125th Anniversary is highlighted at www.yearofthetoast.com, a website celebrating the milestone anniversary and allowing visitors to view a number of toasts for any occasion, read toasting tips and submit an original toast. One toast will be selected to be featured on next year’s Limited Edition Single Barrel offering, along with the name and hometown of the person who submitted it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 6
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