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Justin Jesser from Whiskey Decision PART 2

In part 2 of this conversation, Gavin and Justin Jesser discussed whiskey collecting and the industry’s authenticity challenges. They delved into topics like the evolving consumer base, conducting blind tastings, and educating others about unique finds. Gavin shared insights on his experiences with whiskey collecting, aiming to provide value through relationships with brands while staying true to his principles. Insights focused on identifying valuable bottles, savoring unique flavors, and creating memorable moments while investing wisely. The discussion extended to social media presence for authentic sharing of knowledge about whiskies and promoting quality products over marketing gimmicks. Both expressed dedication to enhancing whiskey appreciation globally through genuine insights rather than trend-following. The meeting concluded warmly with mutual appreciation for contributions to the industry, emphasizing the importance of real connections in fostering a deep-rooted passion for whiskey. Their exchange showcased a blend of investment savvy, passion for spirits, and fostering genuine connections through shared appreciation for fine whiskies.

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Justin Jesser from Whiskey Decision PART 1

The distilled essence of a passion-filled, part 1 of 2, discussion between Gavin and Justin Jesser of Whiskey Decision, crackles throughout their latest deep-dive into the intricate world of whiskey. Akin to the spirit they cherish, their conversation distills key themes of market trends, the authenticity in whiskey influence, and the pursuit of a legacy in the whiskey industry. Justin Jesser and Gavin discuss various topics like whiskey investments, auction strategies, and personal brand preferences. Gavin shared experiences in finding valuable whiskies and collecting rare bottles, emphasizing the importance of caution in navigating the market to avoid overpaying. Justin highlighted building personal connections through whiskey tastings for deeper conversations beyond business matters.

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Zachary Miller: From Whiskey Enthusiast to Whiskey Librarian

In this episode of the Rolex Whiskey Passion project, host Gavin welcomes guest Zachary Miller, also known as the Whiskey Librarian. Zachary shares his journey into the world of whiskey, from growing up around the South Sound Whiskey Society to becoming the Whiskey Librarian and a railroad engineer. He discusses his love for whiskey and the importance of education and exposure in the industry. Zachary also talks about his Instagram page and the value of tasting notes and bottle photography. Don’t miss this engaging conversation about the artistry and passion behind whiskey.

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Jamie Ritchie Discusses the Whiskey Market and Blockbar’s Impact

Jamie Ritchie, former Sotheby’s executive and current member of BlockBar, joins Gavin on this episode of the Rolex Whiskey Passion Project. They discuss the evolution of the spirits market, the rise of independent bottlers, and the importance of authenticity and provenance in the whiskey industry. Jamie shares his experiences in the world of whiskey, including his visit to Macallan and his involvement in the Middleton Very Rare auction. They also touch on the changing dynamics of whiskey consumption among millennials and Gen Z. Don’t miss this fascinating conversation about the future of whiskey and the innovative approach of BlockBar.

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The Rise and Fall of Vintage Whiskey: Exploring the…

In this engaging episode of the Rolex Whiskey Passion Project, host Gavin welcomes Aaron Goldfarb, a seasoned journalist and author who has recently published a noteworthy book on vintage spirits. Listeners are taken on a journey through Aaron’s personal and professional whiskey encounters, revealing how his experiences have shaped his understanding and appreciation for this timeless beverage. The conversation kicks off with Aaron recounting his earliest memories of whiskey and how his palate evolved while attending college in upstate New York during the bourbon renaissance. Drawing from his firsthand experiences in New York City’s burgeoning cocktail scene of the early 2000s, Aaron offers an insightful glimpse into the industry’s emerging trends of the time, including his tasting encounters with craft beer, bourbon, and beyond.

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The Whiskey Renaissance: A Conversation with Zach Johnston of…

Whiskey has carved its own path through the ages, transforming from a spirit enjoyed by select few to a universal symbol of sophistication, tradition, and innovation. In a rich conversation with Zach Johnston, the Drinks Editor for UPROXX Life, we unearth the layers that define whiskey’s past, present, and potential. Johnston’s narrative unveils personal tales, industry evolution, and the beating heart of whiskey culture. Whiskey’s modern rebirth isn’t merely about the liquid itself; it’s a story of rediscovery—a journey back to its roots in craftsmanship and regional heritage. As Johnston recalls, “…there’s so much room and so much space to do stuff where your imagination is the only limit.” Gone are the days when whiskey was a one-note song; today’s tune is a complex symphony appealing to a broader audience.

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From Humble Beginnings to Whiskey Aficionado With Devin Velardi

Whiskey has long seduced the palates of enthusiasts around the globe, offering a depth of flavor and a richness of tradition that few other spirits can match. In an engaging dialogue with whiskey aficionado Devin Velardi, we delve deep into the heart of whiskey culture and its burgeoning avenues. The conversation touches on Velardi’s personal whiskey experiences, the development of the American Single Malt, and meaningful encounters in the industry. Whiskey’s allure isn’t beholden to any single factor, but rather a culmination of experiences that progress from youthful trials to mature appreciation. Devin Velardi recounts an early encounter with whiskey that was less than inviting—a 1978 or 1980 bottle of Johnny Walker Red Label—but it was this initial bracing taste that paved the way for his nuanced understanding and passion for whiskey in later years.

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Whiskey Investing: Current Market Status and Future Trends

Gavin offers some more sound advice on whisky investments and refers to a recent Forbes article The article states The current state of the secondary whisky market is characterized by uncertainty, presenting opportunities for discerning investors. To navigate this landscape in 2024, potential investors are advised to heed three key considerations. Firstly, it is crucial to recognize that whisky, like any investment, carries inherent risks with values subject to fluctuations. Prudent investors should only commit funds that they can afford to lose. Secondly, the practice of buying bottles for quick resale, known as flipping, has become increasingly precarious. The market is expected to experience a decline in both volume and value in 2024. Factors contributing to this decline include a surplus of sellers, a diminished pool of buyers due to reduced disposable income, and heightened awareness of tax implications associated with flipped bottles. Thirdly, the recommendation is to adopt a long-term investment approach. While some may experience quick financial gains, sustained success in the whisky investment realm often stems from strategic purchasing and a commitment to holding assets for an extended period.

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Bourbon Enthusiast, Jonny Lieberman, Talks About Love for Whiskey…

In the latest enthralling episode of the Rolex Whiskey Passion project, we delve into the spirited world of whiskey aficionados with our guest, Jonny Lieberman. A versatile individual whose love for bourbon is as profound as his expertise in cars, Jonny takes us on a journey through his personal whiskey discoveries and the transformative experiences that shaped his palate. From a revelatory tasting of a 16-year-old Hirsch at a brewers’ conference to stumbling upon the legendary Black Maple Hill bourbon, Jonny shares foundational moments that propelled him into the ever-evolving universe of whiskey collecting. The conversation meanders through the halcyon days when rare whiskies like Pappy Van Winkle sat on shelves at attainable prices, offering a nostalgic glimpse into a past era of bourbon hunting.

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Whiskey Enthusiast Opens Specialized Bottle Shop in Washington

The world of whiskey and luxury spirits doesn’t just revolve around the enjoyment of complex flavors and rare finds—it’s an intricate dance of passion, business savvy, and community building. In today’s episode with Glen McCallum, co-owner of McCallum and Sons Whiskey Co., we delve into the intricacies of running a whiskey specialty store, the journey from passion to profession, and the importance of creating a community around a beloved spirit. Whiskey aficionados often dream about turning their passion into a vocation. Glen’s journey from being an army officer to a whiskey boutique co-owner is a case study of channeling one’s enthusiasm into entrepreneurship. One pivotal experience, a visit to a whiskey boutique in Dublin, painted a vivid picture of what a specialized retail store could offer: an array of selections, expert knowledge, and an impressive presentation that turns buying spirits into an experience.