Come for the Whiskey, Stay for the Shit Show
Meet the Swig & Ramble
Footloose and fancy free, Julia Menn has jaunted the world round several times, along the way coming into contact with elephants, cultures, spectacular vistas, eye-opening experiences, and one particularly feisty seal (she’ll tell you about it some time, once she’s over the trauma). Oh, and she also fell in love with wine and whisky! Certified Whisky Ambassador, Gin Ambassador, and WSET L3 Wine pin holder (with sights to L4 and eventually…dun dun DUNNNN!!! Master of Wine!), she’s obviously passionate about wine, spirits, and basically everything alcohol related! From New York to New Zealand to a podcast with two blokes on the opposite coast, it’s always a pleasure swigging and rambling about the good stuff. Slainté!
In 2012, Justin Koury sat down and decided to launch a podcast called Wizard of Whiskey. His journey into whiskey started many years earlier when he fell in love with peated scotch and bourbon around the same time. He was a chef and consultant in Chicago; originally from Memphis, he loves food, whiskey, wine, and lives in California.
Mindy is the Editor-in-Chief of a whiskey magazine, though she can frequently be found with a gin neat or an over-hopped IPA in hand. Having dived headfirst into the spirits industry at 22, she quickly realized that whisk(e)y is meant to be drank and shared with friends, not stored on a shelf and stared at. Gravitating more towards Scotch than anything else, her favorite distilleries are The Balvenie and Bruichladdich. She hopes to make the trip overseas one day, a solid month in Scotland sounds right up her alley. Mindy’s hobbies include long distance shooting, art, cooking, and of course a good glass of whisk(e)y!
Mark Pruett is a lover of adventure, music, and whiskey. He is a writer who connects great stories and interesting people, especially as they relate to whisky. Pruett is also a frequent contributor to The Whiskey Network Magazine (monthly) and the WBSE Barrel Report (weekly), which are whiskey centric publications from the creators of the largest whiskey on Facebook, “Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Enthusiasts.” His interviewees have included well-known people from the world of music, television, and hospitality.
Pruett’s approach to life is “seek experiences at every moment possible.” When not tasting or writing about whiskey, he can be found riding his motorcycle on a forgotten back road and listening to the stories of people he meets along the way.