The Cartel Hour
The Cartel Hour
Apr 8, 2020
Cartel Hour by Cask Cartel 12: From Local Grains to Aquavit with Blinking Owl
Play • 1 hr 29 min

On this episode we brought in the folks from Blinking Owl to talk about their entire line of spirits which includes everything from an orange vodka to a barrel aged Aquavit. What I love about Blinking Owl is that they don’t focus on the end spirit itself, rather, they set out to craft the best base spirit they possibly could, all from local California farmers that focus on excellent soil practices. From this base spirit they've developed, it stands to reason that no matter what the end spirit is: craft with great materials, get great results. Their “Barrel Vacationed” Gin got excellent scores and rave reviews from us on Episode 2, so we were excited to taste through the rest of the lineup. Expect to hear from CEO Brian Christenson and Head Distiller Ryan Friesen as we talk everything from supporting local farmers, to barrel practices, to tales of Aquavit from Sweden.


Click on any of the following links to purchase the spirits. Here is a full list of what we drank:


Blinking Owl Vodka

Blinking Owl OC Orange Vodka

Blinking Owl Gin

Blinking Owl Barrel Vacationed Gin

Blinking Owl Aquavit

Blinking Owl Barrel Vacationed Aquavit

Blinking Owl Bourbon

Blinking Owl Rye


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And speaking of those live tastings, for those living in or visiting the Los Angeles area that truly are intrigued, if you’re interested in drinking along with us, we would love to have you to come enjoy an evening at the Infusery to drink through a carefully selected assortment of spirits. We offer custom flights and have a robust library of over 700+ spirits to choose from. And you get to drink with Seth and I, pick our brains, learn a ton, and generally have a blast. Visit for more information.


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Thank you everyone for listening and remember to drink responsibly, and in good company.

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