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Interview: Master Distiller Tom Nichol on His Drink of Choice

As his collaboration with J. Rieger & Co. rolls out, the retired master distiller sits down in our studios for a reflection on life, love, and — wait for it — gin

Tom Nichol at J. Rieger & Co. working on the new batch of gin.
Master Distiller Tom Nichol (left), alongside head distiller Nathan Perry (center) and Andy Rieger (right) at J. Rieger & Co. working on a new batch of gin in the East Bottoms. (John McGrath | KCPT)
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It’s a story that made headlines: Retired master distiller for Diageo, owner of Tanqueray gin and other spirits, gets back in the game for one more batch. The special distillery ? Kansas City’s history-rich J. Rieger & Co. The distiller? Tom Nichol. The liquor? Gin, of course.  But his gin, his way.

Finally, the much-discussed gin has arrived, and Nichol came to the KCPT studios for an interview with The Bridge’s Jon Hart.

— Video by contributor Brad Austin. Edited by Multimedia Producer John McGrath.

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