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    Bill Friel, retired master distiller of Barton

    Friday afternoon my wife & I had the pleasure of having Bill and Jo Friel as our guests. This was an evening to remember. We started it off with a few drinks at my "Tenforward Bar" and then we had some of my famous "barbecue sauce" (homemade) on some wings and pork ribs and then got down to some serious tasting. It didn't take me very long to realize how little I knew. Bill explained things to me that I was unaware of regarding the chemicals that produce some of those awesome flavors and which also produce some of the same flavors we don't like. It is not very often you get to set down with a friend, who just happens to be a master distiller. Our conversation lasted well past the 1 AM mark- Lordy we sure talked and drank a lot. I will try to sort all this out and make additional postings as my head is still spinning-not from the bourbon-but by the knowledge I was given. I will look forward to seeing them at the bourbon festival as once again Bill will be the emcee at the barrel rolling contest. What a history lesson I received!!!!!!!!I wish I would have taken notes.

    Cheers,
    Marvin

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    Re: Bill Friel, retired master distiller of Barton

    What a great idea! ...I know a few distiller friends myself...I'm gonna ask them to come visit me and some of the SB.com friends during the festival for a sit and talk session...Hell, all they can say is no...


    I think the GAZEBO will be a good place to do it... Soooooooooooo cross your fingers that I will get this done ...I will get back with ya on the details...

    Bettye Jo

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    Re: Bill Friel, retired master distiller of Barton

    Marvin,

    This sounds like a very enjoyable, interesting, and informative, evening. I'll look forward to reading more about the other topics that you learned from this get together. Thanks for sharing!

    Bob

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    Re: Bill Friel, retired master distiller of Barton

    Bettye Jo,

    That is a great idea and tell everyone at Heaven Hill congratulations on their "double gold", but I was most impressed with the "silver" for the 18 YO Elijah Craig. You don't suppose they made a mistake, do you? And got the Elijah Craig mixed up!!!!

    Cheers,
    Marvin

 

 

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