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How to Make Bourbon Out of 100% Corn with Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distilling Company
Episode 11621st May 2019 • Lush Life • Susan L. Schwartz
00:00:00 00:46:22

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When someone says their bourbon is made with 100% corn - you can’t really believe them can you? You can if it’s our guest today. Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distilling Company wanted to create a spirit that was different, but how do you even start?

I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry.  

Winner of the Best of the South award from Garden and Gun Magazine this year was just one of the many awards that High wire Distilling Co has won since its decision to make bourbon with Jimmy Red, a corn that moonshiner used in the past and came very close to extinction.

It’s really Scott’s tale, to tell so I’ll let him tell it.

Our Cocktail of the Week is the Old Fashioned.


  • 2 oz Jimmy Red Bourbon
  • .25 oz Demerara Simple Syrup
  • 5 dashes Angostura Bitters


Stir in a mixing glass, strain over a large ice cube. Garnish with a lemon twist.

You’ll find the cocktail martini recipe and all the cocktails on, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.

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