This week on In the Drink, Joe Campanale is joined by Trey Zoeller, the founder and Master Blender of McLain & Kyne, Ltd., producer of the Jefferson’s portfolio of bourbons. Founded in 1997, McLain & Kyne Ltd. develops, produces and markets the Jefferson’s family of “very small batch” Kentucky straight bourbons and ryes. McLain & Kyne currently produces 8 lines of very small batch bourbons and whiskies including Jefferson’s, Jefferson’s Reserve, Jefferson’s Presidential Select and Jefferson’s Rye, Jefferson’s Presidential Select Rye, Jefferson’s Ocean, Jefferson’s Chef’s Collaboration and has a number of experiments in the works. M&K portfolio is distributed in 50 states and 9 countries. Trey purchases aged bourbon in barrels, ages it and finally marries “very small batches” to deliver a unique, yet consistent flavor profile for each of his whiskies. Trey also founded the Phoenix Global Group, LLC in 2003 to introduce Pink and Vegas energy drinks, Pink 2-0 “Water for Women”, Pinque Chardonnay. He also partnered with a Kentucky brewery to produce Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout.Trey is the father of twins and enjoys playing polo, squash and coaching his son’s lacrosse team. In his free time, he goes hunting and fishing. Trey received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 1990. This program was brought to you by Michter’s.
“Growing up in Louisville you’re surrounded by bourbon – it’s a way of life. If you go to my Grandma’s house, you’re not asked what you want to drink – you’re asked how you take your bourbon.” [1:45]
–Trey Zoeller on In the Drink