John Schwartz and Kent Jarman are veteran producers of small-lot, world class wines with a cult following. Over the years, it became their ritual after a late night's work to challenge (and reward) their palates with finely-crafted bourbon from all corners of the globe.
Thirsting to learn the tricks of the bourbon trade, the duo journeyed to Kentucky and embarked along the fabled Bourbon Trail, route 127. Rounding a sharp bend, they screeched to a stop only yards away from a classic green '69 Chevy, flipped on its side. A few good samaritans already were working to free the driver.
A whimper drew them to a young Blue Tick Hound cowering in the brush, scratched and bruised from tumbling out of the Chevy. John and Kent called to the group gathered at the truck, "What do we do about the dog?" A somber voice replied, "Better take him, friend..." The hound’s collar read:
Down the trail, John and Kent soon found a home for their budding bourbon project. Whisker became their faithful distillery dog and showed them the tricks of the trade.