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Podcast #8 - Distiller Todd Leopold

This episode, I think, is going to be a big favorite amongst listeners.  Todd is one dynamic character and he loves to geek out about the technical aspects of whiskeymaking, so any amateur distillers out there should listen carefully and take notes!  Another interesting perspective on the craft distilling movement direct from the heart of it.

This episode can be downloaded by clicking here.  Past episodes are archived here and on iTunes .  Or you can always use the flash player below.

-David Driscoll

Reader Comments (9)

This was a great podcast. Todd should know that, while going to trade shows may not increase sales, the time he took to do this podcast will. I plan on picking up some Leopold whiskey and gin this weekend.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I'm sure he'll be pleased to read that. Thanks Mike

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

That was fantastic. They sound like such cool, considerate guys. I've never heard a distiller voice pride in worker safety and the employment they offer their community... amazing.

And I totally respect the marketing philosophy of letting products speak for themselves, but David I was FINALLY glad to hear you tease-out some of that missing-in-action artisanal whisky narrative that I referred to in the comment field of your last podcast. I could just picture that pampered, open-fermented mash slowly building complexity in a wood tonneau before being distilled in rustic copper pots, then softened inside specifically sized barrels that accent the flavor profile of the finished product, rather dominate it and petrify it against 3-foot oak staves for a decade. Also, I agree that the best argument for craft distillers isn't that they're battling the "big guys," but rather that they're interested in sharing gourmet whiskies that the big guys just don't sell.

Oh, and you are soo correct that tastings are a much better marketing choice than K&L branded industry convention bags.

PS: I'd love to hear Ansley Coale on one of these podcasts. He has been in the American craft distilling game for many years and I wonder if he couldn't help dispel this ridiculous spirits-blogosphere fallacy that high quality craft distilling is just a nascent flash-in-the-pan market. Plus he's so passionate and articulate about craft distilled products, in a light-hearted scholarly sort of way.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRN

RN you're too smart for this blog. Ansley Coale will definitely be a guest in the near future. I'm lining up Harlan Wheatly for next week hopefully, so you'll get the Buffalo Trace side of things.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

Wow, you're not messing around! Very cool.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRN

Great interview! I also had not tried any of Leopold's stuff but am now very interested. He has a great attitude and is really engaging.

I agree that Ansley Coale would be great. Also, Dave Perkins from High West is fabulous, very knowledgeable and opinionated about the whiskey making process (and he is distilling his own stuff now as well as bottling).

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersku

Wonderful episode! Wow, so much brilliant content. I will begin my second listen in a few minutes.

In addition to the interviews and conversations you host, I look forward to the bits of music you speak over at the head and tail of each episode (PJ Harvey). Anyways, are you speaking over MF Doom's remix of Nas' Nastrodamus in this episode?

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

What are the concerns with the downstream consequences of what distilleries put into their beloved floor drains ?
Socratic niggling accomplished, perforce I was rapt throughout the interview. I genuinely wish to know far more about esters & oxidation. The distinctions made between column & pot stills raised my grasp. TL gets the laurel from me; a joy listening to a highly trained & long experienced professional discourse on devils in the details of craft. I already know what LB product wii be in my next order. Redwood best be stocked.

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermorlock

I also follow through Google Reader! ctmslw ctmslw - Red Wing 875.

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkfrtnp kfrtnp

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