For this week’s nightcap we sat down with Han Shan, a self-proclaimed whiskey nerd, and the U.S. Ambassador for Hudson Whiskey. Prior to winning “Making the Cut,” Hudson’s campaign for finding their Ambassador, Han traveled the world as an environmental and human rights campaigner, as well as a punk band front man, an occasional film and video producer, painter, photographer, storyteller and bon vivant. Kick back and enjoy the story behind the first whiskey distillery in New York State since prohibition.
For this week’s nightcap interview we sat down with Vince Oleson, the Head Distiller of Widow Jane Whiskey. As great whiskey distillers throughout the world – from Kentucky to Scotland – have long known, it takes sweet water from tough rock to make great whiskey. And, that’s what Widow Jane Heirloom Whiskey, distilled in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, is all about. Widow Jane Whiskey is a true New York City whiskey, evocative of both the rock that created the foundation for this city of skyscrapers and the forward looking, DIY spirit that has made Brooklyn the center of an artisanal food & beverage movement.
For this week’s nightcap interview we stopped by Noorman’s Kil in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to chat with one of the owners, Marcel Simoneau. With a selection of over 400 whiskies, Noorman’s Kil features one of the most impressive collections in New York. Pour yourself a dram and pull up a barstool as we chat with Marcel.
If you’re looking to learn a little about whiskey, there’s no better place to start than at the knee of Todd Richman, National Whiskey Educator for the entire whiskey portfolio at Diageo, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit, Talisker, Lagavulin, and J&B, to name just a few. A renowned whiskey expert, Todd is the kind of guy you want to be stuck on a desert island with, provided he’s bringing the whiskey. If you’re like “less talky, more drinky,” then just jump ahead to Todd’s list of the best whiskey bars in your city.
This week we share a nightcap with a whiskey educator who is responsible for the trade education and advocacy for the entire whiskey portfolio at Diageo (Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit, Talisker, Lagavulin, J&B to name just a few!). Impressive? We’re drooling right now! A cocktail enthusiast and whiskey advocate – Todd is the kind of guy you want to be stuck on a desert island with, provided he’s bringing the whiskey. So pour yourself three fingers of your favorite brown spirit and belly up as we meet Todd Richman.