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Episode 51 - Steve Lipp, whisky entrepreneur

We talk to whisky entrepreneur Steve Lipp, the man behind everything from Alexander Murray, to Costco's Kirkland whisky and also banana flavor bourbon sensation Howler Head.He tells us about how near-death experiences took him from the oil business to the whisky trade, why he named his brand after his great uncle and how a drowning fisherman helped Lagavulin 16 become his favorite whisky.He talks about banana bourbon - and his partnership with UFC owner Dana White, his beer/whisky partnership with Firestone Walker and what next for Costco whiskys.And why he wants to share a Lagavulin 16 with Sean Connery at the Pittodrie House Hotel.

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Episode 46 - Andy Serling, horse handicapper

We talk to the Sage of Saratoga, leading horse handicapper Andy Serling.He tells us how horse racing has grown during the pandemic, what makes the sport so special and how legal sports betting is inevitable in America.He talks about falling in love with his home track of Saratoga, how race tracks without crowds are "sad" and how a horse's name impacts its odds.Andy describes how much research he does on each race why he backs his picks with money and his hopes for big crowds after Corona.And why he wants to share a Blanton's bourbon  with Philip Roth at Saratoga.

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Episode 45 - Ruaridh Jackson, ex-rugby player and Glenturret whisky

We talk to former Glasgow Warrior and Scotland rugby player Ruiradh Jackson.We talk about retiring early due to Covid and transitioning to a career in whisky and gin.He tells us about the re-launch of Glenturret, Scotland's oldest working distillery, describes his frustration at the recent closures of the Scottish hospitality industry and the importance of alcohol for a winter in Scotland.Ruaridh describes the highs and lows of his rugby career, mental health in sport and learning to drink whisky to unwind after games.He tells us about his Garden Shed Gin business, ignoring criticism on Twitter and why he wants to share a Balvenie 14 with Bob Marley on a Scottish beach.

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Episode 42 - David Laird, luxury whisky specialist

We talk to David Laird, newly appointed Luxury Portfolio Specialist for William Grant.He explains why people spend thousands on good whisky, why sales are up so much during the pandemic and why even the most expensive whisky is made to be drunk.Over Balvenie and Glenfiddich 21 we discuss high-end whisky packaging, a $1k cocktail and the importance of drinking the best whiskys sitting down and with as few other people as possible.He also talks about running a bar in Memphis, his brief professional soccer career and wanting to share a dram with his family.