Tim Ferriss Show: The Tattooed Heretic of Wine and Whiskey, Richard Betts

Richard Betts (@yobetts) served as the wine director at The Little Nell in Aspen from 2000 to 2008. He also passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Masters Exam on his first attempt, becoming the ninth person in history ever to do so.

In this conversation, Tim goes into fascinating details about drinking, tasting and buying wines, whiskey and mezcal. Did you know it’s spelled “whiskey” when from countries that have “e” in their names (e.g. America) but “whisky” when from countries that don’t have an “e” in their names (e.g. Scotland, Japan)? Now you know.

Last but not least, Richard is the author of a brand-new book, “The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All,” It distills (see what I did there?) a couple of lifetimes worth of study down to 24 pages…then makes them smell good. Definitely check it out. At the very least, it gives you a bunch of rules of thumb (like the whiskey vs. whisky trick), so you can impress your friends and not look like a dumb-ass at the bar. Sweet! Less dumb-ass and more smart-ass is always good. Get ‘er done.

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