According to the great Ron Swanson, "Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets". This entire week of half hour intern would make Ron proud as it's all about the #1 non-clear alcohol in the world, whiskey. Whiskey is such a great liquor to learn about as it is incredibly steeped in history, tradition, and lore. Today's guest is the perfect instructor as he has surrounded himself with the stuff in both his personal and professional life, and knows whiskey better than most people could hope to in a lifetime. This is part 1 where Josh answers all kinds of questions and gives us a foundation of knowledge about whiskey.
2:20 – What is whiskey?
4:00 – How to make it.
5:00 – The many names of whiskey.
9:00 – Single malt vs. blended.
12:00 – The history of blending whiskey.
14:30 – Labeling.
17:00 – Age statements on whiskey.
20:00 – The variations in whiskey barrels.
21:30 – The use of barrels for alcohol.
22:55 – Whiskey evaporating out of the barrel.
24:40 – How Josh got into whiskey at a young age.
26:00 – First whiskey tasting experiences.
28:30 – A whiskey for everyone.
30:00 – Experimentation in whiskey.
33:00 – The barrel’s influence on the end product.
36:00 – Whiskey recommendations for beginners.
39:40 – Following along with the tasting.