For this episode we learn about Bourbon in France with Ashley Donahey, president and founder of Two Worlds Whiskey, a new brand of American whiskey crafted for France. You will learn about what defines Bourbon, its French origins, the differences between French and American palettes and drinking practices when it comes to whiskey, and how she has crafted an American whiskey for a French market.
More about our Ashley Donahey:
After earning her MBA in Luxury Brand Management at INSEEC Business School in Paris and serving as the national brand ambassador in France for a super premium scotch brand with distributor La Maison du Whisky, Ashley launched Two Worlds Whiskey with the aim of sharing the best whiskies her home country has to offer with America’s oldest ally, France.
Prior to her entry into the whiskey industry, Ashley served eight years as a foreign affairs officer in the U.S. Department of State. Ashley covered a variety of issues during her tenure with the State Department, including Israeli-Palestinian issues at the UN, G-7 negotiations, and war crimes affairs. She is an expert in European and Near East affairs, international negotiation, global communications strategy, and whiskey.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Ashley is fluent in French and English, and is a proud Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Rochambeau Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She holds a B.A. in French from the University of Kentucky, an M.A. in French literature from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, an M.A. in European studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and an MBA in luxury brand management for food, wine & spirits from the INSEEC Business School in Paris.
Products, places and people mentioned in the episode Bourbon in France
The Whisky Shop (Paris and can ship to the US)
La Source (Toulouse)
Les Grands Alambics (Chambéry)
Musthave Malts (Netherlands)
Master of Malt (UK)
Cocktail of the Month: Old Fashioned Cocktail
2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
2-3 dashes orange bitters
2-3 dashes chocolate
10ml simple syrup*
Mix all together over a large block of ice in a rocks glass
Big thanks to…
Ashley of Two Worlds Whiskey
World Radio Paris for editing and production
Son Little for the music we use
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If you enjoyed this episode you might also like to listen to our episode on French Whisky.