Barrel proof stories straight from the source.
In this interview, Chad Cadden (Whiskey Network Co-Founder) and Mark Pruett (Whiskey Network Writer) sit down with Scott Ian to discuss all things whiskey. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite whiskey, bourbon, or scotch and enjoy the ride. To view the video of our interview, click here.
Scott Ian connects to our virtual meeting and we take a breath to recognize the gravity of the moment. It’s actually him… with his trademark facial hair and infectious grin. He is a very casual and approachable person for a man who is: a founding member and lyricist for Anthrax (one of the “Big 4” metal bands), author, a spoken word performer, television star, and a member of several other notable bands (Motor Sister, Stormtroopers of Death, The Damned Things, Pearl, and Mr. Bungle). In his career, he has sold over 10 million records.
Best of all, he is a whiskey enthusiast.
“Photo by Cristina Arrigoni”
That One Night With Lemmy…
It’s an obvious place to start, talking about his journey into whiskey. Though, his path is not quite what you’d expect from a legendary thrash metal rhythm guitarist. Like many of us, it begins in his teenage years. However, he takes a much longer and, arguably tougher, path to achieve his current level of whiskey knowledge and experience. At the same time, there aren’t many people on the planet who can say that they were able to learn from two different legends.
His early misadventures played a role in giving him the focus and presence of mind to guide Anthrax down the path of success. Even with the stature of his own band, he’s still a fan like many of us. It’s not hard to understand why he treasures the memory of having a drink with one of his heroes, even if it did end the way that it did.
Chad Cadden - So let me start off by, some people say rap metal should never mix, but we know your stance on that. Whiskey and music go hand in hand. Tell us a little bit about your journey into whiskey.
Scott Ian - My journey into whiskey. Well, it definitely wasn't the normal path of finding out about booze. Like most kids, I certainly experimented when I was a youngster, whether it was trying to get older kids to buy us beer, or stuff like that. My journey was a different one because on my 18th birthday (back in 1981), the drinking age in New York was 18, and obviously I drank already before that. I had a fake I.D., and we would sneak into the McSorley's Ale house when I was 16. But I got so sick drinking cheap vodka when I was around 18 years old that I didn't drink hardly anything (not even a beer) for years after that. It was kind of good timing for me because it was the formative years of the band, which started in the summer of ‘81. All those early years of Anthrax, I was sober because the smell of any type of alcohol would turn my stomach. It wasn't until years later that I even slowly started getting back on the horse, and then I'd be able to drink beer again. In my late 20s or early 30s, I got introduced to drinking good wine, and whiskey even later. I didn't start drinking whiskey until I was 33 years old, because of another bad experience. But anyway, in ‘85 I was in London and I bumped into Lemmy in a bar, and he was my hero. I was wearing a Motorhead sweatshirt when I walked into this bar and there's Lemmy, and I finally got up the nerve to go talk to him. This is at the point in my life where I wasn't drinking; I was sober. I walked up and offered to buy Lemmy a drink and he said to me, ‘No, you're in my town, I'll buy you a drink.’ I didn't know how to answer the question ‘What are you having?’ I didn't know even what to say. I made the mistake of saying, ‘I'll have what you're having.’
He was drinking Jack and Coke, and I had never even had a Jack and Coke, or a whiskey at that point. I drank a Jack and Coke with Lem and it went down real easy, it was super sugary and sweet, like a Jack and Coke tastes, but I didn't know that at the time. Then I started having a conversation with Lemmy, my hero, and he drinks Jack and Cokes like water, so I just kept having another one, and another one, and another one until the next thing I knew, I was being dragged out of bed by my manager the next morning because we had to get on a plane to Munich for the next stop on our promo tour. I felt like I'd been run over by a truck. My manager had to fill me in on how I had run out of the bar and he ran out to see what was wrong with me. He thought maybe I was just going to be sick but I was diving into piles of garbage on the street and landing on concrete, and it was full on alcohol poisoning. So again, no more whiskey for me, for many years. It took me 12 years to have another whiskey, and that was when we toured with Pantera in ‘97. Dimebag Darrell taught me how to drink. I can honestly say I actually learned how to even just be a social drinker when I turned 33 years old. Drinking came much later in life for me, which I think is a very good thing.
When asked about his preferences for brands or flavor profiles, he is quick to point out that he doesn’t put a lot of limits on what he tastes and enjoys. It’s obvious that he’s tasted his fair share of whiskey and keeps it simple by following what tastes good. Over many years, he has put together a collection of favorites, with some notable bottles just waiting for the right occasion to be opened and shared. However, he’s still exploring new bottles, and has recently gravitated towards rye.
For a man of his resources, he is remarkably grounded and sensible about whiskey. It’s refreshing to hear him talk about the simple pleasure of enjoying it.
CC – Now that you've gotten into whiskey a little bit, or a lot, do you have any particular brands or distilleries that you favor?
SI – It just depends on the mood or what I have in the house. I go to the liquor store and that’s like going to Toys ‘R Us when I was a kid. All the bottles, the labels, and all the colors. I've got my regulars. When I first got into it with Darryl, his famous drink was the Black Tooth Grin, which was generally a shot of Crown with a hint of Coke. Again, really easy to drink. I quickly realized my palate was not into the sweet and sugary stuff. I figured there's got to be better whiskey out there. This was in the '90s, and that's when I got into Maker's Mark, as I think a lot of people did in the '90s when Maker’s kind of blew up. I would just drink straight Maker’s. That became my go to then, and even still now, once in a while because it still brings me back. It's still exactly the same. I just tried that Maker's 46 recently, and it took me back. These days, I would say Hillrock, because they make a great product, besides the fact that we're in business with them, and I've become great friends with the owners.
CC – They do. Tim does a great job up there.
SI – Their rye has certainly become my go-to of late, but I'm a fan of lots of rye. Right now, I’ve got a bunch of Barrell bourbon downstairs. Also, I've got some just for cocktails; but Hillrock rye I'm not making cocktails with - I’m drinking that straight. Stuff on that level. I just got this bottle of 9-year-old Barrell bourbon, which was delicious, and their 4-year-old rye which was amazing. Then, I've got this other Barrell Dovetail.
CC – Dovetail, that's a real good one.
SI – I just have a feeling that's going to be great, I haven't cracked that one yet. For cocktails, I use Four Roses Small Batch, Michter's (but not the fancy stuff, just general Michter's bourbon), or something like that. I just got my hands on a bottle of Unpretentious High Rye (they were nice enough to send it to me) from the distillery French Lick. I got to taste back in December. I'm friends with Fred Minnick; he sent me a little taster bottle of it, and it was so damn good. Then the guy that owns the distillery, French Lick, I guess he's a fan, and he sent me his last bottle of the stuff. I'm afraid to open it now because I don't want to finish it.
CC – I was able to try that about 2 months ago. A friend of mine who's traveling the country in a van stopped over with it and that was really a tasty whiskey.
SI – Yeah, it's so good. I'm totally drawing a blank right now on what else I have downstairs. I'm looking behind you to see what I recognize (Chad and Mark have bottles in the background).
CC – I only keep a few bottles out. Like the bowling pin bottle, that's a 1968 Jim Beam. It’s so good. What do l I got back here? I got my private barrel of Jack Daniels barrel proof, which is a very delicious selection. Just picked up the Woodford Reserve 17-year-old limited release.
SI – Oh nice. I love just regular plain old Woodford; it's great.
CC – Woodford does some great stuff.
SI – Just great, you can't go wrong. Back in the early 2000s, I used to go to this place called Vendome Liquors which was near where I lived. My regular bourbon was Blanton's because they would have it in there for fifty bucks.
MP – Good luck today finding it that way.
SI – I would also go buy bottles of Pappy, and they would have it in there. I've still got one bottle of 20-year-old Pappy from the early 2000’s and it might be my unicorn bottle. I bought it back then for $130.
CC – Right. Those unicorn bottles are fun to chase. I've been drinking whiskey a long time and we all have those special bottles. If I could find another bottle of E.H. Taylor Seasoned Wood, I might give one of my kids away. I'm not sure, I got six of them so I could spare one. It is a fantastic whiskey. It wasn't reviewed super great, but for my palate it was. It sounds like you're a fan of wheated whiskeys. I'm a big wheated fan myself.
SI – I am, but I've probably drank way more rye in the last 2 years than I have bourbon.
“Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews”
Anthrax, Whiskey, and Hillrock Estate Distillery Partnership
The band has partnered with three different distilleries to release five different bottles of bourbon. The first was “Indians” in partnership with Jefferson’s Bourbon. The second release was “The Devil You Know” with Knob Creek. Releases three, four, and five have all been in partnership with Hillrock Estate Distillery and named “The Healer”, “Evil Twin 1”, and “Evil Twin 2”, respectively. Not many bands reach the milestone of a 40th anniversary, and Anthrax is deserving of something incredibly special to commemorate the moment.
Scott is eager to grow his partnership with Hillrock. There are opportunities soon for some exciting new releases between these partners. In addition, he is planning on growing his whiskey cred by delving into the process of making it. Some folks like to vacation on a beach, but Scott Ian wants to roll up his sleeves and make whiskey. His dedication and work ethic shine through here. If he sets his mind to something, it’s going to happen.
CC – You have done five barrel selections from what we've seen. You did a Jefferson’s, a Knob Creek, and 3 Hillrocks. I definitely see the rye influence. Do you have any more coming out of the woodwork?
SI – Not yet, but the 40th anniversary of the band is in July, so...
CC – Congratulations on that.
SI – Thank you. We did talk to Hillrock about doing something. So, those discussions are ongoing, but I'm sure it's going to happen. We just haven't really talked about what the juice in the bottle is going to be. Maybe they have something extra special that I don't know about. I was there in November, so I know they are sitting on some stuff.
I have my own personal barrel of rye there that needs to be dumped, by the end April at the latest. They don't want it to go any longer than that; maybe that will be the 40th anniversary juice. It's something I tasted out of the barrel and fell in love with. I tasted it again a couple of months later, and I felt like it had gotten even better. Unfortunately, there was no way for me to deal with it at the end of last year.
CC – I do a lot of barrel picks myself for our whiskey group. When I'm in the process of going to do a barrel pick, like our recent Sagamore barrel pick (a great rye whiskey), I always go to their standard bottles and kind of re-familiarize myself with it. Then, when I approach the pick, I try to find something in one of the barrels that kind of just really stands up and pops, and that profiles a feature of it. How do you go about your barrel picks?
SI – Just whatever tastes good.
CC – Tastes good? Yeah. Simple is best sometimes.
SI – I don't claim to have any great knowledge of whiskey. I just like the taste of it, and to have the opportunity to have met the Hillrock people and become friends with them is great. We've stayed at the distillery a couple of times, myself and my family, and it’s special. Just to have the opportunity to go in the rickhouse, use the thief, and take the whiskey out of the barrel is such an amazing experience for me. I had never done that before this last year. It's still all new to me, and it's just such a great experience. All that being said, certainly when you go from barrel to barrel and you're tasting, obviously I do taste different things.
When we were choosing these last two releases that we did, I had tasted eight barrels and all were good. But I had definitely narrowed it down to two ryes and I couldn't choose one. So, then that's when they said, ‘Well, why not… let's do two?’ I said, ‘Let's do two!’ So that's what Evil Twin 1 and Evil Twin 2 were. They did have distinctly different upfront characters, where one was more had this maple thing and the other one had this more of a spice thing. They're both great, but they were just different.
MP – Yeah. We have Evil Twin 2, right Chad?
CC – Yes, Evil Twin 2.
SI – That was the one where I felt like it really had this maple thing going on that I hadn't tasted before in a Hillrock whiskey, and I was very excited about it. I've gone through quite a few bottles of that since October, when I first got some. It's such an exciting and cool thing to get to be a part of because I'm going to go back to New York probably in May or June for the summer. I'm going to actually get up a bunch of mornings at 7am and work with them in the distillery. I want to work with the guys there and really learn it. I’ve seen it, and I obviously have an understanding of how booze is made; however, to be a part of it and go through every step of the way for a week, it's something I'm super excited about trying.
CC – I’d definitely be excited about that. It's such a cool process from getting the grain from the field to all the processes in between to the bottle. I find that industry to be very remarkable and enjoyable to learn about. Going back to you talking about the rickhouses, that's one of my favorite things. I’m going to be down in Kentucky in March because we’re doing a bottle of 1792. When you drive up to those rickhouses and that aroma, the angel share, comes at you and then you're getting the grains and the corns, and it’s just sensory overload.
SI – Yeah. It's so good. You know, at Hillrock they do a single malt, and they do it old school, like old school Scotland. They've got the malthouse and it's all on the floor. And then they dry and push it through this thing in the floor and then that goes down to where it gets the peat smoke. It's the smell of that in the small house with the peat smoke and everything; I could just live in there.
Baldini, The Healer, and Whiskey Superpowers
In the late 1990s, Anthrax was preparing to go on tour with Pantera. At this time, Scott made a decision that changed his relationship with whiskey forever, and for the better. Enter Dimebag Darrell, the second legendary guide on his journey. Again, this is where Scott demonstrates that if he makes up his mind to do something, it’s getting done. In this instance, he met the right mentor to get him out of his comfort zone.
As he recounts this story to us, his mood lifts, and he (again) shows us that trademark grin of his. His enthusiasm for this memory is infectious, and we all felt the triumph in him successfully passing through this whiskey rite of passage. It goes without saying that we collectively honor the memory of Dimebag Darrell and feel his presence in sharing the memory. RIP Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004).
MP – There is a connection between whiskey and experiences. For example, your Lemmy story is a great story. It didn't end well, but there's a connection to whiskey there. This happens throughout our lives.
Do you have any stories or adventures from the road that involve whiskey, outside of what you’ve shared, that would be interesting for us to hear?
SI – Back in ‘97, when we went out on a tour with Pantera and I had told (Dimebag) Darrell that I wanted him to teach me how to drink. I could stand around and nurse a beer all night long, and I was really good at dumping shots on the floor. I made an adult decision at that point in my life where I just figured it was time for me to learn how to do this and not have it end up where if I drink, it always ends up that I have alcohol poisoning and I can never drink again. So, I'm going to learn how to do this properly or that's it; I'll never be a drinker. I figured that, since I'm going out with Pantera, what better group of guys than to learn a trial by fire? One day, I was talking to him and I said, ‘Hey man, I can't wait for the tour. So, I want you to teach me how to drink.’ You know, his nickname for me was ‘Baldini’, and he said ‘What did you say, Baldini?’ Like I said, I wanted him to teach me how to drink, ‘I want to come out and be able to drink with you guys. I want to be able to hang, you know?’ He asked, ‘You understand the door you're opening?’ I understood. It was going to be rough. I told him, ‘But I want you to be Yoda and I'll be Luke.’ He didn't even get that reference, right over his head. I said, ‘I'm in your hands.’
Long story short, yeah, it was rough… The first day of the tour, he walks into the dressing room with a tray of Black Tooth Grins. I never drink before a show, even still now, but he insisted, ‘Just do one, it’ll loosen you up.’ I was afraid I might get too loose. You don’t normally do one, but he let me slide and do just one. And so, I did one and that was fine, but so that was the start. I figured that it was starting pretty easy, no worries. Now, as I was playing the show, he was on stage handing me shots in between songs. That first week of that tour was rough. I will always remember being on his bus that first night and I had already drank more than I ever drank in my life. I had gone into the bathroom on their bus at four o'clock in the morning to throw up. Thank God I was getting it out of me and then I'll go to bed. I came out of the bathroom and he's sitting there waiting for me with a big smile on his face with another shot. I said, ‘Dude, I just got sick. I can't drink another shot. What are you crazy?’ In my mind, that's it. Once you're sick, that's it. You're done. Right? He says, ‘No, Baldini, it just means you got more room.’ I kept thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I'm going to die. Right?’
So, I do another one and that was it. To this day in my life, because I've rarely gotten sick from drinking that much since 1997 because I don't drink like that, that was the hardest shot I've ever done in my life after being so sick. It just burned. Then I felt horrible and I passed out and woke up the next day at like 3 o'clock in the afternoon and he's still awake, hasn't gone to bed, and he's waiting for me with a Coors Light saying, ‘You need to get this in you right away.’
I was thinking, ‘God damn it.’ But I made it through that first week of boot camp. In a weird way, it's a really proud moment because it took about a week to where I would have my own bottle of Crown and it would have ‘Baldini's Bottle’ written on it. He would mark off the levels every time he would pour from it. He was very professional about this. Finally, it got to the point about a week or so in I had finished a bottle of Crown Royal by myself. They were all chanting for me as I did the last shot. It was a very proud and at the same time, ‘Oh, my God, what am I doing…’ moment. I just drank a bottle of whiskey! When I came home from that tour, after 6 or 7 weeks, I had a new superpower. Not only had I like graduated boot camp, but I became a professional halfway through. My friends at home had no idea what had happened, they knew me as a guy who would nurse a beer all night. Now, I could come home and drink whiskey all night long. No problem how many. So, I just I started messing with my friends big time. Three of us would go out to a bar and I'd order twenty Irish Car Bombs and my friends are asking me, ‘Are more people coming?’ I'd say, ‘No, why?’ and they would say, ‘Well, that's a lot of Guinness and a lot of Jameson.’ My answer was, ‘What's the problem?’
CC – Drink up boys.
MP – Scott, you changed. What happened?
SI – My friends didn’t want to hang out with me anymore. I had a really good run doing that with the guys in Pantera, but that ended in ’97 or ’98. I quickly realized I didn't need to drink at that level because, first off, I'm not an alcoholic (lucky for me), because I could just not drink, too. I quickly tapered that off and then just became a normal guy who could go to dinner and share a bottle of wine with his wife or have a drink. I could pour a glass of whiskey, have a drink, and watch a TV show, enjoy it, and go to bed. I could drink casually because I actually enjoy the taste of it.
MP – That's the origin of why you called the bottle The Healer, right?
SI – Yes, that came from Darrell. His line was that it would cure what ails you no matter what it was. Whether you were hung over, had the flu, or whatever, the hair of the dog would cure you. I'm sure that if Darrell was still with us, he would have found the right concoction of alcohol and a sugary mixture that would have cured the Coronavirus.
MP – Definitely. Rest in peace, Dimebag.
Whiskey Experiences and Celebrations
Scott is quick to make the connection between celebrating milestones in life and sharing great whiskey with friends and family. He is very deliberate about certain choices he makes, especially if they pertain to whiskey and major milestones. At this point, he demonstrates his versatility across whiskey and into other spirits. In addition, he is very sensible about his choices, and he’s not interested in spending a large amount of money on a single bottle.
There are several key milestones on his radar over the next few years. He has plans for those and will make them happen. Though, he’s not too concerned about rituals or celebrating in a specific way. He is perfectly content being surrounded by the people he loves, great whiskey, and letting the rest happen as it should.
MP – Do you have a whiskey ritual when you finish an important project?
SI – Yes, there have been many causes to celebrate in my lifetime, and drinks have been drunk. Though, I can’t say I have a specific ritual or anything like that. Right now, I'm looking forward to cracking something open on July 18th for our (Anthrax) 40th anniversary, or I might go buy something. See, that's the thing. I have a couple of really nice bottles; the Pappy, a 25 year old Macallan, and a 30 year old Talisker. There are a few others I have that I can’t recall. I don't want to open some of them because then I won't have them anymore. In that case, I might just buy something. I'm not going to buy a 40-year-old bottle of whiskey, that would, these days, be way too expensive. Maybe a 40-year-old vintage of cognac, Armagnac, or a vintage Port. It would be something appropriate to commemorate the 40th anniversary. I've got a bottle of Graham's 1977 Port downstairs that I've been holding on to, but that's something that's to celebrate 43 or 44. It could be buy a really nice bottle of whiskey, but not in a crazy price range. I'm not going to go spend ten grand on a bottle of whiskey. I just think I'd rather spend that money somewhere else.
MP – Sure. Oh, I'm with you. That's the same thing for me. I have a milestone for me that's coming up, and I'm going to go and buy a bottle. I’ll connect the taste and the moment to that bottle. You're looking to connect to a monumental occasion… the 40th anniversary of the band.
Hopefully, there's an opportunity later in the year, if you're so inclined, to come back and talk to us about that? I think that would be an incredible moment to share with you, to talk about how that's connected to whiskey. Of course, if you’re on more solid ground, we would love to hear more about what the next release is.
SI – Yeah. I'm already planning my 60th, which is three years away still. My birthday is New Year's Eve, so over the years, my wife and I have put together a group of people and go somewhere on the planet for that week between Christmas and New Year's. We've been all over the place, and for the bigger birthdays. Since my 60th is a few years away, and we should be traveling by then, we are planning. My best friend lives in Glasgow, and I'm thinking for my 60th birthday doing something where we stay in a castle in Scotland somewhere. All I could picture is it's going to be a big place with a giant fireplace, and lots of old whiskey. I picture myself freezing cold outside. I’ve just started planting seeds for that.
CC – Stewart Buchanan comes to mind. He's the global brand ambassador for GlenDronach. He’d be a good person to put you in contact with.
SI – Yes. I'll let you know if that's what's happening.
Current Projects in the Works
For Anthrax, there is a new album in the works. There is no solid release date, but Scott would prefer to put out the album in an environment where there is more certainty around being able to tour in support of the release. In addition, the new record from Motor Sister is near completion, with more details on the way very soon.
In addition, Scott continues to work with Hillrock on future whiskey releases. There are some exciting things on the horizon, and The Whiskey Network will invite Scott back to discuss these at a future date.
The Mashbill: Whiskey Network Wants to Know Your Recipe
As is tradition, we asked Scott to answer the five questions for The Mashbill.
MP – Okay. What was the last whiskey, bourbon, or scotch that was in your glass?
SI – The Barrell 4 year old rye.
MP – Do you prefer to drink your whiskey out of a specific type of glass?
SI – Just a normal whiskey glass. I've got my everyday ones, and then we got some really fancy Baccarat crystal glasses someone gave me as a gift years ago. I get too nervous drinking out of those. So, my wife had glasses made on my 50th that say, ‘Scott Fucking Ian.’
MP – You can’t say fuck. (laughs)
SI – Those are my everyday ones.
MP – Do you have a unicorn bottle?
SI – My unicorn bottle would be my 20-year-old Pappy’s. I can't imagine what would get me to open it. Unless someone's going to give me another or I can get a really great deal on one, I can't see ever spending the money on buying another one. I've got a lot of friends in the booze and restaurant business and are telling me to sell that and then put it into wine. It is worth a couple of great cases of wine for what I could sell that to you for. I don't want to be bothered. I'm just going to hang on to it and it will stay in the cabinet. It's fine.
MP – I love the fact that you're just a whiskey drinker like all of us. We all think the same thing, and I think that's awesome. That's a great connection.
Next question: I am looking for a gift for a friend. The budget is between $50 and $75. What would you recommend?
SI – Between $50 and $75? Hillrock is just right out of that.
MP – You can say Hillrock.
SI – The Hillrock Solera Bourbon is $90. Of course, I'm going to recommend that. I think that's especially for someone who may not be a big whiskey drinker, because it's super approachable. It tastes amazing. It's just so smooth. That's why our first Hillrock was a bourbon and not the rye. I wanted to go rye first, and when they sent us all the stuff to taste and my wife tasted that Solera, and she thought it was the easiest drinking bourbon she’d ever tried in her life.
MP – Whiskey Network is all about consuming the whiskey.
CC – We're all about sharing whiskey
MP - Okay, final question. What's your favorite toast?
SI – What's my favorite toast? It's got a really gnarly swearword in it…
CC – Go for it.
SI – From what I understand, it's an old Scottish toast, because that's who I learned it from. There is a funny story about this; at my dad's 70th or 75th birthday I got up to say a toast, and I warned the room (it was a big room of relatives) that it might be too offensive. They said to go ahead and say it, so I thought, ‘Well, you asked for it.’
It's a simple one:. Here's to us, and those like us, and all the rest are cunts.
MP – I love it.
SI – I say that toast in front of this whole room of family and relatives. I see my dad gets a big smile on his face and there is silence… crickets. Then, I could see people like whispering to each other like, ‘Oh yeah, you know, he said he's into heavy metal. Rock stars and heavy metal, those musicians are crazy, you know.’ I loved it. It was such a great moment.
CC – That’s awesome.
MP – Well, here's to us, and those who are like us, and the rest are cunts. Cheers.
SI – Cheers.
CC – Cheers.
MP – Scott, thank you for your time. We appreciate you being here to talk whiskey. This was a great time. I really hope that there's an opportunity for you to come back, Scott. You are always welcome here at the Whiskey Network. Thank you.
CC – We really, really appreciate it. All of us who, including those behind the scenes, were so elated to be able to sit down and share a few minutes with you. You are a truly inspirational and really intriguing person.
SI – Thank you, guys. Thank you so much.
As a founding member of one of the 4 biggest metal bands in the universe, Scott has demonstrated his talent and work ethic. At the same time, he is very sensible and down to earth. With whiskey, he is deliberate about his love of it (and even other spirits). In fact, he is willing to invest the time to understand the process of making whiskey to level up his knowledge. He is a bona fide Bourbon Geek.
At the Whiskey Network, we are excited to see what happens next and will be waiting for his next visit to tell us more.