Bourbon: Strange by Charles K. Cowdery. Image courtesy Made & Bottled in Kentucky. Chuck Cowdery is regarded as one of the top Bourbon writers around, and is one of the few writers to be inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame for his work. His latest book is “Bourbon: Strange”, and Chuck debunks some of the mythology surrounding Bourbon while sharing some stories as well. He’ll join us this week on WhiskyCast In-Depth for part one of a two-part interview, with the rest on next week’s episode.

In the news, Russia is now going after Jack Daniel’s as the trade war with the West gets uglier, and we’ll have the latest on new whiskies and new distilleries. Also, The Balvenie is kicking off its 2014 Rare Craft Collection tour this weekend on California’s Monterey Peninsula, and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will tell us how he selected the items for this year’s collection. He’ll also tell us about his private tasting session with The Balvenie’s David Stewart, and why you won’t see him driving the brand’s vintage Morgan sports car any time soon.

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