759 EpisodesProduced by CaskStrength Media

The cask-strength twice-weekly podcast on whiskies from around the world, including Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, and Canadian whiskies. Listen for the latest whisky news, interviews, tasting notes, and much more!

episodes iconAll Episodes

Irish Whiskey on the Comeback Trail

March 18th, 2019


Irish Whiskey's resurgence is only now beginning to make up for decades of obscurity over the last century, but with 23 active distilleries in Ireland now, things are looking brighter than ever. In fact, there are …

Whisky Knows No Gender...Why Don't Some Men Get That?

March 10th, 2019


Women are making whiskies, running whisky companies, and teaching people how to enjoy whiskies all over the world. So...why do many men still treat women as second-class citizens at whisky tastings, bars, and whenever …

Living the Whiskey Life in Cascade Hollow

March 4th, 2019


Nicole Austin made her mark on the American craft distilling movement at Brooklyn's Kings County Distillery, then spent some time in Ireland working …

Bourbon...Not Just for the Boys Any More!

February 25th, 2019


There's a long tradition of fathers and sons in whisky distilling, but Kentucky's Jeptha Creed Distillery is one of the few distilleries where mother and daughter run the show. Joyce Nethery is the head distiller at the …

Amazon: Now Delivering Whisky Videos

February 18th, 2019


Amazon delivers almost everything...even whisky in some places. Now, Amazon Prime Video is delivering content for whisky lovers. We'll talk with the …

Whiskey on the Water: Jefferson's Journey

February 11th, 2019


Long before highways crossed North America, flatboats with barrels of whiskey were a common sight along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers bound for New Orleans and beyond to satisfy the thirst of early consumers. …

It's Allta 'Bout the Yeast

February 4th, 2019


Glenmorangie unveiled its 10th Private Edition release this week in London, and we were there as Allta marked a new style of single malt for …

A Breakup in the Irish Whiskey Business

January 27th, 2019



Even when things appear to be going well, there are sometimes undercurrents of trouble behind the scenes. That played out in Ireland this week …

British Columbia's Whisky Controversy Enters Year Two

January 21st, 2019


In our second of two episodes from this week's Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, British Columbia, we'll talk with Eric and Allura Fergie of Fets …

On the Road at the 2019 Victoria Whisky Festival

January 19th, 2019


This is the first of our two episodes from the 14th annual Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, British Columbia. One of the highlights of the …

Your Tax Dollars...Not at Work!

January 14th, 2019


The partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government is now the longest on record, and it is having an impact on the whisky business. Two whisky makers have whiskies ready to release in the U.S., but Jim Hough of Liberty …

Think You Know Bourbon? Here's a Chance to Prove It!

January 6th, 2019



There are plenty of competitions to find the best whiskies, but what about competitions to find the best whisky tasters? Those are few and far between, but The Big Blind Bourbon Taste-Off will give whisky lovers a …

About to Buy a Rare Whisky? It Could Be a Fake!

December 30th, 2018


2018 may go down in whisky history as the "Year of the Collector" as whisky collecting became popular not only among connoisseurs, but with investors …

Talking Whiskey with the British Bourbon Society

December 23rd, 2018


One sign of the Bourbon boom worldwide can be found in Great Britain, where the British Bourbon Society was founded in 2016 by six whisky lovers. As 2018 comes to a close, the Society's membership now stands at 2,000 …

Reviving the Historic Chicken Cock Whiskey Brand

December 17th, 2018


While some entrepreneurs are trying to cash in on the Bourbon boom by starting new whiskey brands, others are looking to history for heritage brands that built a history but faded away over the years. That's the …

Irish Whiskey's Ups & Downs in 2018

December 9th, 2018


Irish Whiskey continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the whisky business around the world, but Ireland's distilleries on both sides of the border have had their share of ups and downs this year. Walsh …

WhiskyFest Hits New York City

December 7th, 2018


Whisky Advocate's annual WhiskyFest took over the Marriott Marquis in New York City's Times Square Tuesday night, and we'll have some of the highlights along with the sadness. There was a pall in one corner the ballroom …

Whiskey & Music with Three Chord Bourbon's Neil Giraldo

December 2nd, 2018


Neil Giraldo is one of music's "hit makers." As a musician and producer, he's worked with some of rock music's legendary performers to create the soundtrack to our lives since the late 70's. While he's not the first …

The Power(s) of Irish Whiskey Lore

November 26th, 2018


Ireland's Power family dominated the Irish Whiskey industry almost from the day innkeeper James Power started making whiskey behind his inn on Dublin's Thomas Street in 1791 until his descendants merged their company …

Pour Me a Spot of Whiskey!

November 18th, 2018


Back on the road again, and this episode comes from the New Brunswick Spirits Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick! We'll have highlights from the festival, which is now in its 23rd year, and on WhiskyCast In-Depth, …

Celebrating 13 Years of WhiskyCast!

November 12th, 2018


This episode marks our 13th anniversary of the very first WhiskyCast episode on November 12, 2005, and we're celebrating with an old friend! Ian …

Farewell To a Whisky Maker

November 4th, 2018


This time around, we're on the road in Kilkenny, Ireland, but with heavy hearts. The whisky world lost one of its leaders Thursday night with the …

To Whisky...and Beyond!

November 2nd, 2018



This time around, we're blasting off with the crew of the USS Starward! OK, we're talking with David Vitale, the founder of Australia's Starward Distillery, and his whiskies have a certain Space Age look to them. …

Legends & Luxury in the Whisky World

October 29th, 2018


Many whisky lovers consider the "water of life" to be a regular part of their lives, but there's no arguing that whiskies are becoming as much of a …

Just Call Him "Mr. Bourbon"

October 25th, 2018



Kentucky's Four Roses Bourbon is marking its 130th anniversary this year, and while Al Young hasn't been there the whole time...he comes closer …

A Critical Time for the Scotch Whisky Industry

October 22nd, 2018


You might think this would be a great time to be in the Scotch Whisky business, right? This week, the Scotch Whisky Association released a new report …

On the Road at The Great American Whiskey Fair

October 19th, 2018


This time around, we're in Columbia, South Carolina for The Great American Whiskey Fair. We'll talk with local distillers creating unique whiskies …

Back Home on Whiskey Row After 99 Years

October 15th, 2018



Old Forester released its final edition in the Whiskey Row series of limited-edition Bourbons this week, and the 1910 Old Fine Whiskey honors the brand's return to its historical home. Brown-Forman's $45 million Old …

Bourbon & Cuisine in Louisville’s Butchertown

October 12th, 2018


Louisville's Butchertown got its name from the stockyards and meat processing plants that dominated the neighborhood a century or more ago. Today, it's a thriving, trendy neighborhood that's home to the Butchertown …

The Godfather of Rye Whiskey

October 7th, 2018



The largest single distiller of Rye Whiskey isn't in Kentucky, but just along the other side of the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For nearly …

Creating a More Diverse Whisky Community (WhiskyCast Episode 729: September 30, 2018)

October 1st, 2018



Let's be honest for a moment. Look around the crowd at most whisky events, and if you're being honest with yourself, you'll notice that there's usually a pretty obvious lack of diversity in the room. Samara Rivers is …

Her Whisky Love Becomes a Career (WhiskyCast Episode 728: September 27, 2018)

September 28th, 2018



In 2016, Holly Seidewand started a journey that would change her life by traveling to Scotland to learn more about whisky. That journey later took …

On the Road at Louisville's Bourbon & Beyond (WhiskyCast Episode 727: September 23, 2018)

September 23rd, 2018


Severe weather forced Louisville's annual Bourbon & Beyond music, food, and whiskey festival to end a day earlier than planned, but the heavy rains didn't dampen spirits on Saturday. We'll have highlights from the …

Unlocking the Gates at Kentucky's Castle & Key Distillery (WhiskyCast Episode 726: September 20, 2018)

September 20th, 2018


In 1972, the gates were locked for what many thought would be the final time at Kentucky's historic Old Taylor Distillery near Frankfort. Wednesday, …

The Speed Art Museum's "Art of Bourbon" Auction (WhiskyCast Episode 725: September 16, 2018)

September 16th, 2018


Bourbon & Beyond gets underway this Friday night in Louisville with a charity Bourbon auction to benefit the Speed Art Museum. The whiskies going …

Go West, Whisky Investor...Westward, That Is (WhiskyCast Episode 724: September 13, 2018)

September 13th, 2018


Portland's Westward American Single Malt from House Spirits is the latest prize in the spree of acquisitions and investments by major spirits brands in emerging brands. House Spirits announced Wednesday that Diageo's …

The High Plains and the Highlands Come Together (WhiskyCast Episode 723: September 9, 2018)

September 10th, 2018


Like most romances, Wyoming Whiskey and Edrington had plenty of potential partners trolling around. Neither one needed a partner, until they found …

Virginia: A Place for Whiskey Lovers (WhiskyCast Episode 722: September 2, 2018)

September 2nd, 2018


Virginia's distilling history dates back to at least 1620, and while many whiskey lovers know about George Washington's Distillery at Mount Vernon, it's just one of the state's 70 distilleries making everything from rum …

Bourbon Keeps Him Busy...Really! (WhiskyCast Episode 721: August 26, 2018)

August 26th, 2018


If Fred Minnick had any more balls in the air right now, the circus would be calling him with a job offer as a juggler. He's launching the new …

Doubling Distilleries on the Isle of Arran (WhiskyCast Episode 720: August 19, 2018)

August 19th, 2018


It's been a hot, dry summer in Scotland, and Euan Mitchell isn't complaining a bit. The managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers is overseeing construction of a second distillery at Lagg on the island's southern …

Whiskey on the Willamette (WhiskyCast Episode 719: August 12, 2018)

August 12th, 2018


This week, we'll visit House Spirits Distillery - part of Portland's "Distillery Row" along the eastern banks of the Willamette River. House Spirits is the home of Westward American Single Malt Whiskey, and head …

Jeff Arnett: 10 Years as Master Distiller at Jack Daniel's (WhiskyCast Episode 718: August 5, 2018)

August 5th, 2018


Jeff Arnett became the Master Distiller for Jack Daniel's in 2008, joining a small club of distillers that began with Jack Daniel and Nathan "Nearest" Green in 1866. In his first decade on the job, he's created more new …

Building a Showcase for Bourbon History (WhiskyCast Episode 717: August 2, 2018)

August 3rd, 2018


Construction workers are racing the clock to complete work at Louisville's Frazier History Museum by the end of this month, when the new "Spirit of Kentucky" Bourbon history exhibit and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail …

Trade Disputes Lead to a "Whisky Summit" in Louisville (WhiskyCast Episode 716: July 29, 2018)

July 30th, 2018


Global trade has helped the whisky industry expand massively over the last two decades. With the ongoing trade dispute between the US and its key trading partners threatening that growth, the world's nine major whisky …

On the Road at Tales of the Cocktail (WhiskyCast Episode 715: July 22, 2018)

July 22nd, 2018


This time around, we're in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, the annual gathering of bartenders and drinks industry leaders for a week of education and entertainment. Think of this year's version as Tales 2.0, …

Bringing Distilling Back to Lexington's Distillery District (WhiskyCast Episode 714: July 15, 2018)

July 16th, 2018


The James E. Pepper Distillery dominated the western edge of downtown Lexington, Kentucky for decades until it closed in 1958, and what was at one time the country's largest Bourbon distillery became a rundown eyesore. …

Parker's Heritage Collection Takes a Twist (WhiskyCast Episode 713: July 12, 2018)

July 13th, 2018


Heaven Hill has unveiled the 2018 edition of Parker's Heritage Collection whiskey. It's a Bourbon finished in Orange Curaçao liqueur barrels, and …

A New Riff on Distilling (WhiskyCast Episode 712: July 8, 2018)

July 8th, 2018


Ken Lewis has accomplished a lot of things in his life, from climbing Alaska's Denali to owning one of Kentucky's largest chains of liquor stores. …

The Great Islay Swim (WhiskyCast Episode 711: July 1, 2018)

July 1st, 2018


The rough, cold waters off Scotland's Isle of Islay are a challenge for even the best sailors, and one might think it madness to try and swim around …

Beetles and Bourbon Rickhouses Don't Mix (WhiskyCast Episode 710: June 28, 2018)

June 29th, 2018


While the cause of last Friday's warehouse collapse at Kentucky's Barton 1792 Distillery is still not known, the whiskey industry has known for years …

45 Is Old...For a Bourbon! (WhiskyCast Episode 709: June 24, 2018)

June 25th, 2018



If you're young, you might think 45 is old. If you're older, you might think 45 is still pretty young. But when you're talking about tasting a …

Growing a Whisky Business in Glasgow (WhiskyCast Episode 708: June 21, 2018)

June 21st, 2018


The Glasgow Distillery Company won't release its first 1770 Glasgow single malt whisky until later this year, but the four-year-old company is …

Speed Rack: Women Shaking Cocktails for a Cause (WhiskyCast Episode 707: June 17, 2017)

June 17th, 2018


There are plenty of cocktail competitions for bartenders, but Speed Rack was one of the first to highlight women working behind the bar. Lynette Marrero and Ivy Mix founded Speed Rack in 2012 to not only empower women …

A Double Whammy for US Whisky Distillers (WhiskyCast Episode 706: June 14, 2018)

June 15th, 2018



Tax cuts that took effect at the start of 2018 encouraged many US whisky distillers to expand their facilities. Now, they're caught in the middle of the trade war between the United States and its trading partners in …

The First American Single Malt Whiskey? (WhiskyCast Episode 705: June 10, 2018)

June 11th, 2018


Historians aren't sure who distilled the first Scotch-style single malt whiskey in the United States, but Oregon's Clear Creek Distillery has a …

Whisky By the Generations (WhiskyCast Episode 704: June 7, 2018)

June 7th, 2018


With Father's Day coming up, we'll meet a Scottish woman following her father into the whiskey business. That's right...whiskey. Jennifer Nickerson …

A Whisky Trade War on the Horizon? (WhiskyCast Episode 703: June 3, 2018)

June 3rd, 2018



Canada and the European Union are planning retaliatory tariffs on imports of Bourbon and other American whiskies after this week's move by the Trump Administration to impose tariffs on their steel and aluminum exports …

Becoming a Bourbon Badass (WhiskyCast Episode 702: May 31, 2018)

June 1st, 2018


Bourbon scares some people away...at first. Often, those who approach Bourbon gingerly develop a true passion for it, and become what Linda Ruffenach refers to as a "Bourbon Badass." Linda founded the Whisky Chicks four …

Port Charlotte and Islay's "Middle Child Syndrome" (WhiskyCast Episode 701: May 27, 2018)

May 27th, 2018


Bruichladdich's Port Charlotte single malt lies in between the distillery's namesake unpeated whiskies and its Octomore heavily peated malts, and Bruichladdich CEO Douglas Taylor admits the range has suffered from …

The Macallan's Whisky Cathedral Opens in Scotland (WhiskyCast Episode 700: May 24, 2018)

May 24th, 2018



Edrington first announced plans for The Macallan's new distillery in 2012, but the planning process on what may be one of the longest distillery projects on record started well before that, and construction work alone …

Memories of an Irish Whiskey Legend (WhiskyCast Episode 699: May 20, 2018)

May 20th, 2018


Irish Whiskey lost one of its longtime champions this past week with the passing of John Clement Ryan. He was the 7th - and final generation of Dublin's Power family to work in the Irish Whiskey business, and while he …

30 Years of the Scotch Whisky Experience (WhiskyCast Episode 698: May 17, 2018)

May 17th, 2018


In May of 1988, the Scotch Whisky Experience opened its doors on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, next to Edinburgh Castle. Over the last 30 years, millions of whisky lovers have made the hike to the top of the Royal Mile to …

A Big Boost for Scotch Whisky Tourism (May 13, 2018)

May 13th, 2018



Scotland's distilleries have been investing millions of pounds over the last several years to upgrade their visitor experiences as more tourists come to Scotland specifically to learn more about whisky. Now, Diageo is …

The Way of Whisky (WhiskyCast Episode 696: May 10, 2018)

May 10th, 2018


Dave Broom has been one of Japanese whisky's most passionate observers for many years, and his latest book "The Way of Whisky" delves into Japan's …

Sip, Sip, Sippin' On Heaven's Door (WhiskyCast Episode 695: May 6, 2018)

May 6th, 2018



Bob Dylan is known for many things, but slapping his name onto a product to make a quick buck is definitely not one of them. In fact, the new Heaven's Door line of whiskies marks the first time the legendary singer …

Challenging Scotch Whisky's Norms at Eden Mill (WhiskyCast Episode 694: May 3, 2018)

May 3rd, 2018


The area around St. Andrews was home to Scotch Whisky's Haig family and their Seggie Distillery, but after it closed in 1850, the whisky industry …

A Big Bourbon Weekend in Mississippi (WhiskyCast Episode 693: April 29, 2018)

April 29th, 2018


Oxford, Mississippi is known for many things, but Bourbon isn't usually the first thing you think of. Chef John Currence and his friends might just convince you otherwise, though. They've turned their annual fundraising …

On the Road - And at the Pub in Dublin (WhiskyCast Episode 692: April 26, 2018)

April 26th, 2018


This time around, we’re on the road in Dublin for the launch of the first cask-strength Jameson Irish Whiskey, the new Jameson Bow Street 18. It’s also the first Jameson expression in many years with a direct link to …

Introducing The Pope to Pappy (WhiskyCast Episode 691: April 22, 2018)

April 22nd, 2018



The Bible says "The Lord works in mysterious ways." As proof, we have the story this week of Father Jim Sichko, a Kentucky-based Catholic priest …

Billy Walker's Back in the Whisky Business with The GlenAllachie (WhiskyCast Episode 690: April 19, 2018)

April 19th, 2018


Billy Walker could have walked away from the Scotch Whisky business last year after he and his partners sold the BenRiach, GlenDronach, and …

Craft Whisky: Optimism and a Reality Check (WhiskyCast Episode 689: April 15, 2018)

April 15th, 2018



Every distillery opens as a dream, with the backers hoping to become the next Heaven Hill, Wild Turkey, or one of countless other mainstays of the whisky business. During Friday night's American Whiskey Convention in …

Taking Time Out of the Whisky Bottle (WhiskyCast Episode 688: April 8, 2018)

April 8th, 2018



Whisky makers have tried for decades to come up with ways of making young whiskies taste like older ones, but whisky purists will argue that there …

Whisky is Too Important to be Taken Seriously (WhiskyCast Episode 687: April 1, 2018)

April 1st, 2018


Scotland's Douglas Laing and Co. is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018, and for many of those years, the Laing family has taken a light-hearted approach to Scotch Whisky - at least, when it comes to what's on the …

Wandering the Wonderful World of Whisky (WhiskyCast Episode 686: March 25, 2018)

March 25th, 2018


Rachel Barrie is known on Twitter as @TheLadyBlender, and she's just winding up her first year as the master blender for Brown-Forman's BenRiach, GlenDronach, and Glenglassaugh distilleries in Scotland. Over the years, …

Waiting for Waterford's Whiskey (WhiskyCast Episode 685: March 18, 2018)

March 18th, 2018


It's St. Patrick's Day weekend, and while we cover Irish Whiskey all year-round, it's worth paying special attention to the fastest-growing segment of the whisky business this week. Waterford Distillery has been quietly …

A Whisky Weekend in Waco (WhiskyCast Episode 684: March 11, 2018)

March 11th, 2018



This week, we're on the road in Waco, Texas for the inaugural RyeFest at Balcones Distilling, where they're releasing their first-ever Rye whisky after 10 years of making almost every other kind of whisky under the …

Betting on Irish Whiskey's Future (WhiskyCast Episode 683: March 4, 2018)

March 4th, 2018


Irish Whiskey has been the fastest-growing segments of the global whiskey market for the last several years, and for many Irish entrepreneurs, it's a long-awaited return to the glory days of Irish Whiskey. We'll talk …

Preparing for Whisky's Next Generation (WhiskyCast Episode 682: February 25, 2018)

February 25th, 2018



Distillers like to say they're not making whisky for themselves, but laying it down for future generations. Part of that process is identifying the young distillers who may be asked to take over for them one day, and …

Celebrating 5 Years at The Dead Rabbit (WhiskyCast Episode 681: February 18, 2018)

February 18th, 2018


Five years ago, Irish expats Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon bet their futures on opening an Irish pub in New York City's Financial District. Since …

Whisky and Chocolate: A Divine Combination (WhiskyCast Episode 680: February 11, 2018)

February 11th, 2018


With apologies to the legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns, "whisky and chocolate gang tegither!" Good whiskies and fine chocolates actually share …

Making Whisky with MGP's Gordon Working (WhiskyCast Episode 679: February 4, 2018)

February 5th, 2018



When someone wants to start a new whisky brand, but doesn't own a distillery, chances are they'll turn to Gordon Working and his team at the MGP Ingredients Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Over the years and …

A Whisky Dream Realized (WhiskyCast Episode 678: January 28, 2018)

January 29th, 2018



Three years ago, we introduced you to Graeme Macaloney, a Scottish-Canadian pharmaceutical engineer with a dream of making his own single malt …

On the Road at the Victoria Whisky Festival (WhiskyCast Episode 677: January 21, 2018)

January 22nd, 2018



This week, we're in Victoria, British Columbia for the 13th annual Victoria Whisky Festival - just as the Canadian province's liquor regulators …

There's Whisky History Behind That Wall! (WhiskyCast Episode 676: January 14, 2018)

January 14th, 2018


You never know what might be found behind the walls or under the floors of old houses and other buildings, especially those built during the …

Nearest Green's Legacy Gets a New Home (WhiskyCast Episode 675: January 7, 2018)

January 7th, 2018


Last November, Fawn Weaver told us about her mission to spread the story of Nathan "Nearest" Green, the former slave who became Jack Daniel's first …

A Peek Inside the Irish Whiskey Archive (WhiskyCast Episode 674: December 31, 2017)

January 1st, 2018



Much of whisky's early history is documented only in tales, with few written records that have survived the centuries. In some cases, though, the documents exist that can help fill in the gaps in those legends. …

Meet "The Gatekeeper of the Grains" (WhiskyCast Episode 673: December 24, 2017)

December 24th, 2017


Distilleries need tons of grain to make their whiskies, and the responsibility for making sure that grain meets quality control standards falls on …

New Tricks for an Old Elk (WhiskyCast Episode 672: December 17, 2017)

December 17th, 2017



Greg Metze spent years making whisky near the banks of the Ohio River, but he never really got the recognition he deserved because his distillery was on the northern side of the river in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. After …

Women in Whiskey, Sisters in Suds (WhiskyCast Episode 671: December 10, 2017)

December 10th, 2017


This week, the New York Times marked the anniversary of the end of Prohibition with a special event at one of America's few women-owned distilleries, Republic Restoratives in Washington, DC. "Women in Whiskey, Sisters …

Snowflakes in the Forecast ... and Whiskey Lovers in Line (WhiskyCast Episode 670: December 3, 2017)

December 4th, 2017


Colorado's ski resorts wish they had lift lines as long as the one that stretched down Kalamath Street in Denver Saturday morning, when hundreds of …

Wick's Whisky Wizard: Pulteney's Malcolm Waring (WhiskyCast Episode 669: November 26, 2017)

November 26th, 2017


Pulteney Distillery manager Malcolm Waring wasn't born in Wick, Scotland, but there's no place he'd rather be three decades after getting his first …

A Spirited Time in New Brunswick (WhiskyCast Episode 668: November 19, 2017)

November 19th, 2017


This time around, we're on location at the New Brunswick Spirits Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick...and if you think we get around a lot, spare some sympathy for Distell's Andy Watts. He spent 38 hours traveling …

12 Years of Whisky Podcasts...and We're Still Here! (WhiskyCast Episode 667: November 12, 2017)

November 12th, 2017



The very first episode of WhiskyCast was on November 12, 2005, and twelve years later, we've been around long enough to have an age statement! Back …

The Tale of "Uncle Nearest" and a Whiskey Legacy (WhiskyCast Episode 666: November 5, 2017)

November 6th, 2017



In 2015, Brown-Forman acknowledged what had been an open secret around Lynchburg, Tennessee for generations - that Jack Daniel's distilling mentor …

Ten Years of Making Whiskey at Mount Vernon (WhiskyCast Episode 665: October 29, 2017)

October 29th, 2017


Distillers from around the United States gathered at Virginia's Mount Vernon this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the restoration of George Washington's Distillery at his historic estate, and of course, they …

Babysitting the Whisky Barrels (WhiskyCast Episode 664: October 22, 2017)

October 22nd, 2017



Managing a whisky warehouse is sort of like running a day care center...but a lot quieter. Corby's Donald Campbell is responsible for 1.3 million barrels of maturing whisky at the Hiram Walker Distillery's warehouse …

Silent Scotch Whisky Stills Coming Back to Life (WhiskyCast Episode 663: October 15, 2017)

October 17th, 2017



Christmas came a couple of months early for some Scotch Whisky lovers with word that the iconic Port Ellen, Brora, and Rosebank distilleries will be reopened over the next couple of years. Diageo will invest $46 …

Whisky, Whiskey...We've Got It All This Week! (WhiskyCast Episode 662: October 8, 2017)

October 7th, 2017


This week, we're in Ireland for the annual release of Midleton Very Rare from Irish Distillers. There's something different about the 2017 edition, …

Live at The Whisky Show in London (WhiskyCast Episode 661: October 1, 2017

October 1st, 2017


This week, we're in London for the annual Whisky Show at Old Billingsgate on the banks of the River Thames! We'll catch up with a lot of friends from around the world, including Whyte & Mackay's Richard Paterson as …

There’s No Whisky Without the Barrels (WhiskyCast Episode 660: September 24, 2017)

September 25th, 2017


It's often said that wood is responsible for most of a whisky's flavor, and if that's the case, then the people who make the barrels for maturing whisky have a major impact on the whiskies we drink. Independent Stave …

On the Road in Bourbon Country (WhiskyCast Episode 659: September 17, 2017)

September 18th, 2017


This week, we're on the road at the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky! We'll have highlights from the festival throughout this week's show, including the presentation of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall …

Making Sense(s) of Whisky (WhiskyCast Episode 658: September 10, 2017)

September 11th, 2017



Flavor, aroma, and taste. We all know what they mean...or do we? Gerry Nichols isn't so sure. He's a veteran judge in beer and coffee competitions, …

Whisky With a Place (WhiskyCast Episode 657: September 3, 2017)

September 3rd, 2017


The concept of terroir is frequently discussed among wine lovers, but the whisky world has been more reluctant to discuss whether the place where a whisky is made or matured contributes to its final flavor. That's …

A Cask-Strength Celestial Spectacle (WhiskyCast Episode 656: August 27, 2017)

August 28th, 2017


Around 6,000 people combined last Monday's total solar eclipse with whiskey - watching the celestial spectacle from the fields around MB Roland …

The World's Hottest Whisky? (WhiskyCast Episode 655: August 20, 2017)

August 20th, 2017



Since our first visit to Taiwan's King Car Distillery in 2011, its Kavalan single malts have arguably become some of the most-acclaimed whiskies in …

Distilling Returns to the Birthplace of Scotch Whisky (WhiskyCast Episode 654: August 13, 2017)

August 12th, 2017


Lindores Abbey has a unique place in Scottish history. In 1494, the abbey's Friar John Cor was responsible for the oldest known written reference to …

Celebrating the World's Whiskies in Dublin (WhiskyCast Episode 653: August 6, 2017)

August 6th, 2017


Whiskies are celebrated at festivals all over the world these days, but there's no place quite like Ireland when it comes to whisk(e)y. The inaugural Dublin Whiskey Festival kicks off this coming weekend with six days …

All in the Whiskey Family (WhiskyCast Episode 652: July 30, 2017)

July 30th, 2017


The Likarish family opened Ironroot Republic Distillery in Denison, Texas in 2013. Brothers Jonathan and Robert Likarish handle the distilling, while their mother Marcia serves as distillery manager. Even though they've …

Tales of a Retired Whisky Maker (WhiskyCast Episode 651: July 23, 2017)

July 23rd, 2017


Jim Boyko's career took him from the old Seagram's distillery in Waterloo, Ontario to the Canadian prairie in Gimli, Manitoba, and eventually around …

I Spy a Bourbon (WhiskyCast Episode 650: July 16, 2017)

July 16th, 2017


We've seen whisky and movie tie-ins before, but Old Forester's new Statesman Bourbon is a bit different. It's featured in the upcoming movie …

The Best Way to Combine Whisky and the Solar Eclipse (WhiskyCast Episode 649: July 9, 2017)

July 9th, 2017


If you're looking for an excuse to take off from work and watch the total solar eclipse that will cross North America on August 21, there's no better …

Glencairn's Whisky Glasses Shatter Expectations (WhiskyCast Episode 648: July 2, 2017)

July 2nd, 2017


When Raymond Davidson and his sons started marketing the Glencairn Whisky Glass in 2001, they thought the target audience was whisky blenders and industry professionals, and never imagined much consumer demand. Last …

Celebrating Canada's 150th Anniversary Whisky-Style (Episode 647: June 25, 2017)

June 25th, 2017


July 1 is Canada Day, and this year it's even more of a holiday than usual. Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary this Saturday, and Hiram Walker …

A Tale of Texas Whiskey at Balcones (WhiskyCast Episode 646: June 18, 2017)

June 18th, 2017


Last year, Balcones Distilling left behind its original distillery - hand-built in an old welding shop underneath the 17th Street bridge in Waco, …

Straight Shooting with Bulleit Bourbon Founder Tom Bulleit (WhiskyCast Episode 645: June 11, 2017)

June 11th, 2017


Tom Bulleit wasn't born into the Bourbon business, but even as a successful Kentucky lawyer, he knew there was something calling him to whiskey. He …

Boom Days for Bourbon (WhiskyCast Episode 644: June 4, 2017)

June 4th, 2017


Bourbon's growing global profile is at its highest in decades, and that's good news in Kentucky. Even though Bourbon can be made anywhere in the US, Kentucky's distillers still supply more than 90% of the world's …

Does The Nose Know For Sure? (Episode 643: May 28, 2017)

May 28th, 2017


You may be able to tell different styles of whiskies apart by nosing them - when you know what you're nosing to begin with. When it comes to telling Bourbons and Rye whiskies apart in a blind nosing session, Dr. Jacob …

A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole (Episode 642: May 21, 2017)

May 21st, 2017


What would you think of someone who gives up a successful career to make Bourbon for a living? If you said they should seek professional help, Dr. …

Malting Barley the Old School Way (WhiskyCast Episode 641: May 14, 2017)

May 14th, 2017


Most Scotch Whisky distilleries source their malted barley from large commercial maltsters today, but a handful of distilleries still maintain their …

Making Whisky with Passion in Denmark (Episode 640: May 7, 2017)

May 7th, 2017


Denmark is known for its beers and aquavit, but is starting to develop a reputation for whiskies as well with distilleries like Braunstein and Stauning winning awards for their rye and single malt whiskies. Nyborg …

Viking Soul & Whisky in Denmark (Episode 639: April 30, 2017)

April 29th, 2017


This week, we're in Copenhagen, Denmark for the launch of Highland Park's new Valkyrie single malt and new packaging for its core range that doubles …

WhiskyCast Episode 638: April 23, 2017

April 23rd, 2017


The end of April has grain farmers in North America and Europe poised to get into the fields and start planting this year's crops - and some of that grain will eventually wind up as whisky. Historically, many farmers …

WhiskyCast Episode 637: April 16, 2017

April 16th, 2017


This week, we'll talk with two people who have turned their passion for whisky into careers. Tracie Franklin is one of the newest brand ambassadors for Glenfiddich, but worked her way up through the ranks for many years …

WhiskyCast Episode 636: April 9, 2017

April 9th, 2017


Scotland's Bladnoch Distillery celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, but the Lowlands distillery almost never made it to that milestone. When Bladnoch owner David Prior bought the distillery out of administration …

WhiskyCast Episode 635: April 2, 2017

April 2nd, 2017


There will be music, food, and of course, plenty of whisky on hand during the Spirit of Speyside Festival coming up at the end of this month in Scotland. Ticket sales have already set a new record for this year's …

WhiskyCast Episode 634: March 26, 2017

March 26th, 2017


This week's American Whiskey Convention at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park featured an air of generational change. At one end, legendary master distiller Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey with 63 years of distilling …

WhiskyCast Episode 633: March 19, 2017

March 19th, 2017


For years, whisky connoisseurs whispered about a mysterious Irish whiskey called Green Spot and begged friends traveling to Ireland to track down a bottle for them. While Green Spot nearly disappeared from the market …

WhiskyCast Episode 632: March 12, 2017

March 12th, 2017


Whisky was historically thought of as a "man's drink" - but today, not only are more women drinking whisky, but women make up around 40% of the Scotch Whisky industry's work force. Diageo's Maureen Robinson is one of …

WhiskyCast Episode 631: March 5, 2017

March 5th, 2017


Mickey Heads grew up about three miles from Islay's Ardbeg Distillery, but the third-generation whisky maker never thought he'd wind up as the manager at Ardbeg. This week, he's celebrating his tenth anniversary as …

WhiskyCast Episode 630: February 26, 2017

February 26th, 2017


This week, we're in Ireland for the debut of the new Method And Madness range of Irish Whiskies from Irish Distillers. The name comes from the …

WhiskyCast Episode 629: February 19, 2017

February 19th, 2017


Camden, New Jersey has a long manufacturing heritage dating back decades, but the city's glory days ended decades ago - leaving behind empty buildings, crime, and many other problems. James Yoakum is one of the …

WhiskyCast Episode 628: February 12, 2017

February 12th, 2017


This week, we'll be talking about money and politics along with whisky, and of course, there are connections between all three. With the world's …

WhiskyCast Episode 627: February 5, 2017

February 5th, 2017


It's hard for some people to retire. Jim McEwan says he was pacing around his home on Islay "like a tiger" after retiring from Bruichladdich a year and a half ago...so when Stewart Laing offered him the chance to help …

WhiskyCast Episode 626: January 29, 2017

January 29th, 2017


Marcio Ramos started his whisky journey as a bartender in his hometown of Lisbon, Portugal...but thought he'd left the whisky business behind when he moved to Canada a couple of years ago. That didn't last long, as he …

WhiskyCast Episode 625: January 22, 2017

January 22nd, 2017


This week, we're on location at the Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia! We'll discuss a new range of premium Canadian whiskies coming this …

WhiskyCast Episode 624: January 15, 2017

January 15th, 2017


This week, we'll tell you about two upcoming opportunities to taste rare whiskies in Scotland and Kentucky. David Faughn and Brian Shemwell will have …

WhiskyCast Episode 623: January 8, 2017

January 8th, 2017


The controversy over Beam Suntory's sudden decision to change its plans for a Booker's Bourbon price hike during the New Year's holiday weekend left …

WhiskyCast Episode 622: January 1, 2017

January 1st, 2017


Blending is part art and part science, and unless you're drinking a single cask whisky, every dram you try has been tweaked by the nose of an experienced blender. Nancy Fraley describes herself as a "ghost blender," but …

WhiskyCast Episode 621: December 25, 2016

December 25th, 2016


The founders of Baltimore's Sagamore Spirits could have chosen to buy a distillery anywhere they wanted to, but they wanted to help revive …

WhiskyCast Episode 620: December 18, 2016

December 18th, 2016


What do oysters have to do with making whisky? You might not think there's much in common, but Glenmorangie is working with Scotland's Heriot-Watt …

WhiskyCast Episode 619: December 11, 2016

December 11th, 2016


A couple of weeks ago, we credited San Francisco's Anchor Distilling with being the birthplace of the American craft distilling movement in 1993. While Anchor was one of the early pioneers, the real birthplace was just …

WhiskyCast Episode 618: December 3, 2016

December 4th, 2016


Earlier this year, we reported on the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's changes in the US, with marketing and promotion for the global whisky club and independent bottler changing from the Shayne family, which founded the US …

WhiskyCast Episode 617: November 27, 2016

November 28th, 2016


What we think of today as the boom in craft distilling started 20 years ago this year, when San Francisco brewer Fritz Maytag bottled the first batch of Old Potrero Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey at Anchor Brewing in …

WhiskyCast Episode 616: November 20, 2016

November 20th, 2016


Bourbon's history is as murky as a fermenter full of mash, and questions about the origins of Bourbon have led to more than a few arguments over the …

WhiskyCast Episode 615: November 12, 2016

November 14th, 2016


This week, we're celebrating the 11th anniversary of WhiskyCast with a potpourri of sorts, as we catch up with people from all over the world of whisky. We'll hear from Beam Suntory CEO Matt Shattock on his hopes for …

WhiskyCast Episode 614: November 6, 2016

November 6th, 2016


This Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the fire that destroyed Heaven Hill's distillery and 90,000 barrels of whiskey in Bardstown, Kentucky. Not a single employee lost their job after the fire, even though it took …

WhiskyCast Episode 613: October 29, 2016

October 30th, 2016


Distillery managers come and go at Lagavulin, but Iain McArthur is a fixture at the legendary Islay distillery. McArthur's something of a legend …

WhiskyCast Episode 612: October 23, 2016

October 24th, 2016


Lagavulin Distillery is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, and the Islay distillery hasn't changed all that much over the years - at least …

WhiskyCast Episode 611: October 16, 2016

October 16th, 2016


Charles Maclean is arguably one of the most prolific Scotch whisky writers around, and his years of research and writing have given him a unique …

WhiskyCast Episode 610: October 9, 2016

October 9th, 2016


Japanese whiskies have become harder to find as worldwide demand grows for them, but books about them are even harder to find. Longtime whisky writer Dominic Roskrow has been studying Japanese whisky for his latest …

WhiskyCast Episode 609: October 2, 2016

October 2nd, 2016


Transparency in Scotch Whisky isn't a new issue, and it's one that's likely to last a lot longer now that John Glaser of Compass Box is giving up his campaign to change the laws limiting what whisky makers can disclose …

WhiskyCast Episode 608: September 25, 2016

September 25th, 2016


We're at a unique point in whisky history when it's not unusual to see people celebrating 40, 45, or even 50 years of working in whisky and still have a lot left to contribute. For Duncan Taylor chairman Euan Shand, …

WhiskyCast Episode 607: September 17, 2016

September 18th, 2016


This week, Ardbeg unveiled its first single malt with an age statement since the original debut of the 10-year-old edition many years ago. The Ardbeg …

WhiskyCast Episode 606: September 11, 2016

September 11th, 2016


Eddie Russell has been working in the shadow of his father, Wild Turkey's legendary master distiller Jimmy Russell, for the last 35 years. Now, Eddie's taking on more of the responsibility for developing new Wild Turkey …

WhiskyCast Episode 605: September 4, 2016

September 4th, 2016


This week, we'll visit the Sherry capital of the world...Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. The sherry casks that many whisky makers depend on come from Jerez, and we'll tour one of the city's cooperages - or to use the …

WhiskyCast Episode 604: August 28, 2016

August 28th, 2016


This week, we're in Sweden visiting Box Distillery for a follow-up to our 2014 visit, and Box is making some big changes six years after it opened in …

WhiskyCast Episode 603: August 21, 2016

August 21st, 2016


After years of working with supermodels and high-strung art directors in New York City, Michael Myers lives a much simpler - and more rewarding life …

WhiskyCast Episode 602: August 14, 2016

August 14th, 2016


Diageo has faced criticism on social media for its decision to shut down the long-running Masters of Whisky program, a US-based education program aimed primarily at bars and restaurants along with whisky festivals. The …

WhiskyCast Episode 601: August 7, 2016

August 7th, 2016


We've packed this week's WhiskyCast full of cask-strength conversation from around the world! Texas distillers Amanda and Nick Swift will explain why …

WhiskyCast Episode 600: July 31, 2016

July 31st, 2016


Philadelphia has a long history of whisky distilling dating back to Colonial days, and craft distillers are reviving some of that history that died …

WhiskyCast Episode 599: July 24, 2016

July 24th, 2016


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is not only an independent bottler of Scotch whiskies, but also the world's largest whisky club - and it's looking to grow under new ownership. The SMWS has worked out a major change with …

WhiskyCast Episode 598: July 17, 2016

July 17th, 2016


There are lots of whiskies to choose from, and there's a story behind each one. This time around, we'll talk with the entrepreneurs behind two vastly different whiskies: Florian Passera's Vicomte French single malt and …

WhiskyCast Episode 597: July 10, 2016

July 10th, 2016


The push by distillers for US Government recognition of an "American Single Malt Whisky" definition would also have an impact on single malt whiskies …

WhiskyCast Episode 596: July 3, 2016

July 4th, 2016


Single malt whiskies have been sold in the US for decades, but technically, there's no official definition for "single malt" in the federal …

WhiskyCast Episode 595: June 25, 2016

June 26th, 2016


Willie Cochrane retired last month after 39 years at Jura Distillery, and spent the last 11 of them as the manager of the Isle of Jura's largest business (and only distillery) before turning over the keys to his …

WhiskyCast Episode 594: June 18, 2016

June 19th, 2016


Moving is one of those things that no one really enjoys...let alone when one has to move hundreds of rare whisky samples to a new home. Whyte & Mackay's Richard Paterson faced that challenge recently when the …

WhiskyCast Episode 593: June 12, 2016

June 12th, 2016


Many factors go into the decision to give a whisky brand a shakeup, and we'll look at the factors behind two major facelifts announced in the last few weeks. Both Glen Grant and Jameson unveiled major changes to their …

WhiskyCast Episode 592: June 4, 2016

June 5th, 2016


Penderyn is the only whisky distillery in Wales, but may soon spin off a second distillery under its name in nearby Swansea. Local leaders want a second Penderyn Distillery as part of their revitalization plan for a …

WhiskyCast Episode 591: May 28, 2016

May 29th, 2016


This weekend usually marks the beginning of summer, and many people will be heading for the beach - either for real or in their dreams. The entrepreneurs behind the new Beach Whiskey have those people in mind...people …

WhiskyCast Episode 590: May 22, 2016

May 23rd, 2016


One of Scotland's newest distilleries opened its doors for the first time to visitors this week, though opportunities to visit InchDairnie Distillery in Fife will be few and far between. The state-of-the-art distillery …

WhiskyCast Episode 589: May 14, 2016

May 15th, 2016


Booker Noe passed away in 2004, but some of the whiskey he laid down shortly before his death is adding a new chapter to his legacy. This past week, Booker's son Fred filled the first bottle of Booker's Rye, an …

WhiskyCast Episode 588: May 7, 2016

May 8th, 2016


Jonathan Drew wants to take his success in the cigar business and expand into the spirits industry, and he plans to do it with the same unique style …

WhiskyCast Episode 587: April 30, 2016

May 1st, 2016


The other night, one of the whiskey bars in Louisville held a "Jim Rutledge Tribute Night" to honor the retired Four Roses master distiller. Less than 24 hours later, Jim announced his plans to come out of retirement …

WhiskyCast Episode 586: April 23, 2016

April 25th, 2016


Paul Hletlko is one of the leaders in North America's craft distilling movement, and the founder of FEW Spirits is in the middle of a distillery …

WhiskyCast Episode 585: April 17, 2016

April 17th, 2016


Japan's Hombo Shizu has been making whiskies off and on since 1949, and the company's whisky heritage claims a critical link to Masataka Taketsuru, the "father of Japanese whisky." Now, Hombo Shizu's Mars whiskies are …

WhiskyCast Episode 584: April 10, 2016

April 10th, 2016


The Whisky Sponge has been puncturing egos and tweaking the Scotch Whisky industry with impunity - and relative anonymity - for nearly three years, but on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth, the Sponge publicly reveals his …

WhiskyCast Episode 583: April 3, 2016

April 3rd, 2016


A lot of trends come out of Portland, Oregon...and while the craft distilling movement didn't originate there, Portland's House Spirits helped jump-start the industry when Christian Krogstad started making gin, aquavit, …

WhiskyCast Episode 582: March 26, 2016

March 27th, 2016


You'll see a lot of businesses with the "& Son" as part of the name, but rarely do we see businesses with "& Daughter" - let alone "& Daughters." The Last Drop doesn't have that in its name, but it has …

WhiskyCast Episode 581: March 19, 2016

March 20th, 2016


After two years of victories for Pacific Rim whiskies, a single malt Scotch is back on top of the World Whiskies Awards. Old Pulteney's 1989 Vintage …

WhiskyCast Episode 580: March 12, 2016

March 13th, 2016


There was once a time when Ireland's single pot still whiskies were among the world's most popular drams, but a combination of changing tastes, …

WhiskyCast Episode 579: March 5, 2016

March 6th, 2016


Adam Hannett has a tough job, though he wouldn't trade places with anyone for the world! He took over for the legendary Jim McEwan as head distiller …

WhiskyCast Episode 578: February 28, 2016

February 28th, 2016


There's been a lot of attention paid recently to women working in the whisky industry, but when Allisa Henley was promoted to Head Distiller at Tennessee's George Dickel Distillery last March, she just took over for …

WhiskyCast Episode 577: February 20, 2016

February 21st, 2016


Chip Tate is about to get back into the whisky business, about 15 months after his acrimonious departure from Balcones Distilling, the Texas …

WhiskyCast Episode 576: February 14, 2016

February 14th, 2016


With oil prices in the doldrums, stocks sagging, and other forms of investments losing value, a number of investors are turning to rare whiskies as a …

WhiskyCast Episode 575: February 6, 2016

February 7th, 2016


One of the Southern Hemisphere's biggest whisky festivals is coming up later this month, and DramFest 2016 caps off a busy few weeks for Michael …

WhiskyCast Episode 574: January 30, 2016

January 31st, 2016


The debate over age statements on whiskies shows no sign of going away, but how does a brand decide to remove the age statement from its whiskey? …

WhiskyCast Episode 573: January 23, 2016

January 24th, 2016


Drew Mayville's 36 years in the whisky business include stints as the final master blender at Seagram's and as Sazerac's master blender for Buffalo Trace and its other whiskies, as well as the Pappy Van Winkle whiskies. …

WhiskyCast Episode 572: January 17, 2016

January 18th, 2016


One of the most-discussed topics at this weekend's Victoria Whisky Festival was a National Post feature on whisky questioning the future of vintage whiskies, and whether the whisky boom has already reached its peak. One …

WhiskyCast Episode 571: January 15, 2016

January 16th, 2016


This week, we're on location with the first of two episodes from the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, British Columbia. For the last several …

WhiskyCast Episode 570: January 9, 2016

January 10th, 2016


America has a love-hate relationship with alcohol, and it's fair to say that drinking has changed the course of American history - for better and for …

WhiskyCast Episode 569: January 2, 2016

January 3rd, 2016


David Stewart will need new business cards soon, though the longtime master blender at William Grant & Sons is far too modest to ask for them. That's because he'll soon be able to add the initials "MBE" to his name, …

WhiskyCast Episode 568: December 26, 2015

December 27th, 2015


There are a lot of issues facing the world of whisky and spirits these days, and we'll discuss many of them on this week's WhiskyCast. During the recent New Brunswick Spirits Festival in Canada, WhiskyCast's Mark …

WhiskyCast Episode 567: December 19, 2015

December 20th, 2015


This week, we'll look at the business behind the whiskies we drink - and investors hope to profit from. More investors are looking seriously at the whisky business...they're not just looking to invest in rare bottles, …

WhiskyCast Episode 566: December 13, 2015

December 13th, 2015


This week, we'll give you a glimpse at something rarely seen...the very first still run at a new distillery. This week, the stills at Ireland's Waterford Distillery came to life - 24 years after they were last used at …

WhiskyCast Episode 565: December 5, 2015

December 6th, 2015


Every once in a while, you might want to step outside of your comfort zone and try something besides whisky. A WhiskyCast listener asked for suggestions along those lines after hearing our October episode about …

WhiskyCast Episode 564: November 29, 2015

November 30th, 2015


This week, we'll be talking about whisky and education. Not teaching people how to drink whisky, but how to make it! There aren't many university-level programs in distilling, but the University of Kentucky has now …

WhiskyCast Episode 563: November 21, 2015

November 22nd, 2015


This week, we're at Canada's oldest whisky festival...the New Brunswick Spirits Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The festival is celebrating …

WhiskyCast Episode 562: November 14, 2015

November 15th, 2015


As we begin the 11th year of WhiskyCast, we're taking a look back this week to catch up with some of the friends we've made over the last ten years...people who are now making their own way in the whisky world. We'll …

WhiskyCast Episode 561: November 7, 2015

November 8th, 2015


Scotland's Glenturret Distillery celebrated its 240th anniversary this week by gathering 240 people at The Famous Grouse Experience for a toast, and by announcing the debut of the distillery's first range of single …

WhiskyCast Episode 560: October 31, 2015

November 1st, 2015


Popular, yet controversial in many ways, WhistlePig Farm's distillery has finally opened after a series of lengthy delays and disputes. Founder Raj …

WhiskyCast Episode 559: October 24, 2015

October 25th, 2015


Andy Cant has been a Scotch Whisky nomad for nearly four decades, working at distilleries and maltings all over Scotland. He's done everything from …

WhiskyCast Episode 558: October 17, 2015

October 18th, 2015


George Washington's Scottish distiller never made single malt whisky at Mount Vernon in the 18th Century, but Scottish distillers John Campbell, Bill Lumsden, and Andy Cant did in the spring of 2012. They returned to …

WhiskyCast Episode 557: October 10, 2015

October 11th, 2015


It's rare that we talk about spirits other than whiskies on WhiskyCast, but with many people complaining that rising prices for single malts are forcing them to seek alternatives, it's a good time to take another look …

WhiskyCast Episode 556: October 4, 2015

October 5th, 2015


Earlier this year, Japan's Nikka Whisky announced plans to replace many of its age-statement single malts with new no-age-statement versions. The …

WhiskyCast Episode 555: September 25, 2015

September 28th, 2015


In this special bonus episode from Whisky Live Paris, we'll have more highlights from one of Europe's top whisky festivals. We'll look at the recent controversy over a legal definition of France's Breton Whisky, and …

WhiskyCast Episode 554: September 26, 2015

September 26th, 2015


This time around, we're in Paris for the first of two episodes this weekend from Whisky Live Paris! Each year, Whisky Live Paris draws whisky fans and whisky makers from all over the world, and this year, that includes …

WhiskyCast Episode 553: September 19, 2015

September 20th, 2015


Sam Mead is a fifth-generation rancher, but never had any interest in distilling...until he came back home to work at Wyoming Whiskey, the distillery his parents founded in 2006. He started at the bottom milling grain, …

WhiskyCast Episode 552: September 12, 2015

September 13th, 2015


The Glenrothes was one of the first Scotch Whisky distilleries to label its single malts with wine-style vintages instead of age statements. While the Berry Bros. & Rudd-owned brand remains committed to vintages, …

WhiskyCast Episode 551: September 5, 2015

September 6th, 2015


Louisville isn't just famous for Bourbon...it's also becoming a popular city for culinary connoisseurs, and the foodies are flocking to Chef John …

WhiskyCast Episode 550: August 29, 2015

August 30th, 2015


Kieran Folliard is a native son of Ireland, but calls Minnesota his home now. While running a group of Irish pubs in Minneapolis, he and his staff …

WhiskyCast Episode 549: August 22, 2015

August 23rd, 2015


Many American craft distillers produce single malt whiskies, but Seattle's Westland Distillery is one of the few that only produces single malts. The distillery in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood also produces one of the …

WhiskyCast Episode 548: August 17, 2015

August 18th, 2015


The "Bourbon Boom" has led to a corresponding boom in the publishing industry, with almost as many new Bourbon books as there are Bourbons on the market. Fred Minnick's second whisky book, "Bourbon Curious" not only …

WhiskyCast Episode 547: August 8, 2015

August 9th, 2015


This week, we're on location at the M.B. Roland Distillery in Pembroke, Kentucky for a special benefit to raise money for the Lifting Spirits - Jay …

WhiskyCast Episode 546: August 1, 2015

August 2nd, 2015


Scotland's Bladnoch Distillery will be 200 years old in 2017, but for more than a year, it was fair to question whether one of the oldest Lowlands …

WhiskyCast Episode 545: July 25, 2015

July 26th, 2015


The history of Bourbon is filled with enough myths to make a dozen Disney movies, enough crimes for years of True Detective, and enough mysteries to …

WhiskyCast Episode 544: July 19, 2015

July 19th, 2015


Bourbon has a unique place in American history, but as with other elements of American history...many of the stories of Bourbon are based more on myth and legend than actual facts, and the truth often gets lost over …

WhiskyCast Episode 543: July 11, 2015

July 12th, 2015


There are dozens of stakeholders in the Scotch Whisky industry, and while they do work together on a few key fronts, their competitive nature makes …

WhiskyCast Episode 542: July 4, 2015

July 4th, 2015


Jim Rutledge gets most of the credit for reviving Four Roses Bourbon in the US over the last decade after years of neglect by the brand's previous owners, who shipped the distillery's high-quality Bourbon to export …

WhiskyCast Episode 541: June 27, 2015

June 28th, 2015


Just as whisky brands need to change things up once in a while to remain fresh, so do whisky festivals. Tickets have gone on sale for this September's Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and while most of the changes this year …

WhiskyCast Episode 540: June 20, 2015

June 21st, 2015


It's Father's Day weekend, and we have two stories to share on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. Euan Henderson didn't want to work in the whisky …

WhiskyCast Episode 539: June 13, 2015

June 14th, 2015


Dave Schmier and Michael Kandar started Bardstown Barrel Selections five years ago to bottle some casks of good whiskey they'd come across from MGP-I in Indiana, but their Redemption Rye business took off. In this case, …

WhiskyCast Episode 538: June 6, 2015

June 7th, 2015


This week, we're looking at the end of an experiment nearly 14 years in the making...Buffalo Trace's Single Oak Project. The attempt to create …

WhiskyCast Episode 537: May 30, 2015

May 31st, 2015


Irish Whiskey once dominated the world, but several factors combined to nearly wipe the country's distillers out over time. While it's now the fastest-growing segment of the whisky industry, Ireland's distillers only …

WhiskyCast Episode 536: May 23, 2015

May 24th, 2015


Gordon & MacPhail reopened Benromach Distillery in Speyside in 1998 after 15 years of inactivity, and Keith Cruickshank has been there since the stills were fired up. After two years as a stillman, he was promoted …

WhiskyCast Episode 535: May 16, 2015

May 17th, 2015


The labels on whisky bottles often give us more than just the legal description of what's inside the bottle. Good ones convey the character and heritage of the spirit...perhaps even a sense of what it tastes like. …

WhiskyCast Episode 534: May 9, 2015

May 10th, 2015


This episode wraps up our special coverage of the Spirit of Speyside Festival in Scotland, and we'll hear from soccer's Michael Owen. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is working with Speyside Distillery …

WhiskyCast Episode 533: May 2, 2015

May 3rd, 2015


Lots of people try to pair whiskies with foods, but pairing whiskies with music? That's the challenge Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison took on when they curated the "Sound of Aberlour" tastings for this year's Spirit of …

WhiskyCast Episode 532: May 1, 2015

May 2nd, 2015


We're kicking off this weekend's special coverage of the Spirit of Speyside Festival in Scotland this time around! Thousands of people from around the world are in Speyside this weekend, and you'll hear some of them …

WhiskyCast Episode 531: April 25, 2015

April 26th, 2015


It's been a busy week in the whisky world, and there's a lot to talk about on this episode. We'll have the latest on Friday's explosion at the Silver Trail Distillery in Hardin, Kentucky that left distillers Jay Rogers …

WhiskyCast Episode 530: April 18, 2015

April 19th, 2015


If distilleries have ghosts, the ones haunting the former Old Taylor Distillery in Kentucky finally have some people to scare. After nearly 43 years, the historic distillery is being restored with plans to begin …

WhiskyCast Episode 529: April 11, 2015

April 12th, 2015


This week, we're on location at the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky for the annual Maker's Mark Handcraft Festival and the running of the Maker's 46 Mile at Lexington's Keeneland Race Course. Friday also …

WhiskyCast Episode 528: April 4, 2015

April 5th, 2015


Bacardi took a step into the Bourbon business this week with its acquisition of Angel's Share Brands, the parent company of Angel's Envy Bourbon and the Louisville Distilling Company's distillery under construction in …

WhiskyCast Episode 527: March 28, 2015

March 29th, 2015


Suntory Holdings CEO Takeshi Niinami is one of Japan's leading business executives. He's the first CEO from outside the founding Torii family, and is …

WhiskyCast Episode 526: March 21, 2015

March 22nd, 2015


US President Barack Obama visited a whisky maker for the first time this week during his trip to Cleveland for a speech to the City Club of Cleveland. He visited the small business incubator that's home to Tom Lix's …

WhiskyCast Episode 525: March 14, 2015

March 15th, 2015


Anthony Bourdain is many things...a chef, author, journalist, and media personality. At heart, though, he's a hedonist seeking pleasure from everything he encounters - including whisky. The host of CNN's "Anthony …

WhiskyCast Episode 524: March 7, 2015

March 8th, 2015


Lawyers are circling around the whisky industry, much like sharks around a shipwreck. At least five different US distillers and bottlers have been hit with class-action lawsuits since last September accusing them of …

WhiskyCast Episode 523: February 28, 2015

March 1st, 2015


Lots to talk about this week, with news from all over the world! Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan joins us on WhiskyCast In-Depth to talk about the world's …

WhiskyCast Episode 522: February 21, 2015

February 22nd, 2015


For the second straight year, a Texas whiskey has won Best in Show honors at the American Craft Spirits Association competition. San Antonio's Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling .36 Single Barrel Straight Bourbon …

WhiskyCast Episode 521: February 14, 2015

February 15th, 2015


It's Valentine's Day, and who better to explain his passion for making whisky than Rifino Valentine of Valentine Distilling. His Woodward Ltd. Bourbon is named after Detroit's legendary Woodward Avenue, which runs just …

WhiskyCast Episode 520: February 7, 2015

February 8th, 2015


Ian MacMillan has been overseeing the whiskies from Deanston, Tobermory, and Bunnahabhain for years...but Cognac casks were one thing he hadn't experimented much with until the opportunity presented itself several years …

WhiskyCast Episode 519: January 31, 2015

February 1st, 2015


Graeme Macaloney gave up a secure career in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue his dream of making whisky, and the Scottish expat is getting closer to realizing his dream. He's hoping to begin construction on the …

WhiskyCast Episode 518: January 24, 2015

January 25th, 2015


Kentucky's Four Roses Distillery announced this week that supply problems will prevent this spring's release of the annual Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon. In his first interview on the subject, master …

WhiskyCast Episode 517: January 18, 2015

January 19th, 2015


In the second of our two episodes from this weekend’s Victoria Whisky Festival, we'll catch up on more of the week's news - including more details on …

WhiskyCast Episode 516: January 17, 2015

January 18th, 2015


We're on the road for the first time in 2015 this weekend, with the first of two episodes from the 10th annual Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, …

WhiskyCast Episode 515: January 10, 2015

January 11th, 2015


On New Year's Day, David Perkins and his team at Utah's High West Distillery fired up the still at their new distillery for the first time. High West has been making whiskey since 2009 at its historic distillery and …

WhiskyCast Episode 514: January 3, 2015

January 4th, 2015


Irish whiskey will take another step in 2015 with the first exports of Yellow Spot to the US market, still the strongest market in the world for Irish whiskey sales. While Yellow Spot is produced by Irish Distillers at …

WhiskyCast Episode 513: December 28, 2014

December 28th, 2014


As we close out 2014, we'll hear from the man some might call "The Whisky Whisperer" for his ability to coax young distilleries into producing spirit that's mature after just a few years. Dr. Jim Swan's client list …

Episode 512: December 20, 2014

December 21st, 2014


Each year, the Malt Maniacs honor some of the world's best whiskies with the Malt Maniacs Awards. This year, for the first time, the overall winner didn't come from Scotland or Japan..but from Taiwan's King Car …

WhiskyCast Episode 511: December 13, 2014

December 14th, 2014


Amrut got whisky lovers used to the idea of single malt whiskies from India, and now, Paul John is challenging Amrut's standing as the leader in …

WhiskyCast Episode 510: December 8, 2014

December 8th, 2014


As we reported on our last episode, Balcones Distilling founder Chip Tate has accepted a buyout agreement from the majority owners of the Waco, Texas distillery. Tate will not return to the distillery he built in 2009, …

WhiskyCast Episode 509: December 6, 2014

December 7th, 2014


In the first of this week's two episodes of WhiskyCast, we'll travel to Sweden to look at two of the country's whisky distilleries. Mackmyra is …

WhiskyCast Episode 508: November 29, 2014

November 30th, 2014


Irish Whiskey has been leading the global growth in whisky sales for the last several years, posting double-digit gains every year. That growth is being reflected in the number of new distilleries under construction or …

WhiskyCast Episode 507: November 22, 2014

November 23rd, 2014


Dewar's has focused on its Blended Scotch whiskies for generations, with the limited exception in recent years of single malts from Aberfeldy. However, a team within Dewar's has been working quietly for the last six …

WhiskyCast Episode 506: November 15, 2014

November 16th, 2014


Stuart Harvey has been the master blender for Inver House for nearly 11 years, and he's living proof that you don't have to be born into the industry to become a master blender. He started out making beer, but made the …

WhiskyCast Episode 505: November 8, 2014

November 9th, 2014


This episode marks the end of our 9th year, and we'll hear from two of the more outspoken voices in the whisky world on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. Simon and Phil Thompson run the family-owned Dornoch Castle Hotel …

WhiskyCast Episode 504: November 1, 2014

November 2nd, 2014


The battle between Scotland's illicit distillers and the excisemen known as "gaugers" is the stuff of which legends, books, and now, a movie have been made. Filmmaker Mike Dziennik's "Peat Reek" will be shown this …

WhiskyCast Episode 503: October 25, 2014

October 26th, 2014


This week's episode comes from Whiskey Live Dublin, and we'll be focusing on Irish whiskies this time around with some of the winners from Thursday night's Irish Whiskey Awards ceremony at Kilbeggan Distillery. We'll …

WhiskyCast Episode 502: October 18, 2014

October 19th, 2014


Finland has a love-hate relationship with whisky. Finns love it, and the Finnish government hates it. Distilled spirits advertising is banned, and …

WhiskyCast Episode 501: October 11, 2014

October 12th, 2014


This week, we'll look at the growth of craft distilling through the eyes of Darek Bell and James Rodewald. Bell is one of the co-founders of Corsair Artisan Distillery, and has just published his second book. "Fire …

WhiskyCast Episode 500: October 6, 2014

October 6th, 2014


This is a special episode of WhiskyCast - not only is it the 500th episode, but it's the second of two episodes this weekend from The Whisky Show in London! We're packing a lot into this episode, with news on new …

WhiskyCast Episode 499: October 4, 2014

October 4th, 2014


This is the first of two episodes this weekend from The Whisky Show in London, and we'll be looking at some of the new whiskies that made their debut …

WhiskyCast Episode 498: September 26, 2014

September 27th, 2014


With all of the issues being raised over whisky labeling in the US and a new lawsuit challenging claims on Templeton Rye's labels, we'll hear this …

WhiskyCast Episode 497: September 21, 2014

September 21st, 2014


It's Kentucky Bourbon Festival week, and there's a lot of news coming out of Bourbon Country these days. Thousands of Bourbon lovers descended on Bardstown and the Louisville area for the annual festival, which comes as …

WhiskyCast Episode 496: September 12, 2014

September 13th, 2014


Templeton Rye has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as critics go after so-called "sourced whisky" producers for what they claim are violations …

WhiskyCast Episode 495: September 7, 2014

September 8th, 2014


When you've worked at the same place for 60 years, it's hard for your colleagues to keep a secret from you. Wild Turkey and the Kentucky Distillers …

WhiskyCast Episode 494: August 30, 2014

August 30th, 2014


Steve Gertman of California's Ascendant Spirits produces Breaker Bourbon, and his brand is one of those targeted by a Chicago-based law firm that specializes in class-action lawsuits, and is "investigating" claims by …

WhiskyCast Episode 493: August 22, 2014

August 23rd, 2014


This week, we'll wrap up our conversation with Bourbon Hall of Fame member Chuck Cowdery, author of the new book "Bourbon: Strange" and get his views on more of the controversies facing the whisky industry. Diageo broke …

WhiskyCast Episode 492: August 16, 2014

August 17th, 2014


Chuck Cowdery is regarded as one of the top Bourbon writers around, and is one of the few writers to be inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame for his work. His latest book is "Bourbon: Strange", and Chuck …

WhiskyCast Episode 491: August 8, 2014

August 9th, 2014


Stuart Nickerson has kept a low profile since leaving Glenglassaugh Distillery following its sale last year, but he has several new projects coming …

WhiskyCast Episode 490: August 1, 2014

August 2nd, 2014


Scotland's newest distillery has opened on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula along the western coast, and the first casks of spirit were filled on Thursday …

WhiskyCast Episode 489: July 25, 2014

July 26th, 2014


Tasmania's distillers have been making some unusual and incredible whiskies in recent years, but many of them are flying under the radar of whisky lovers. Belgrove Distillery is one of those underrated distilleries, but …

WhiskyCast Episode 488: July 18, 2014

July 19th, 2014


Celebrity-branded spirits are a big trend these days, and the whisky world is no exception. Last week, we reported on the lawsuit filed by John Wayne's heirs against Duke University seeking to protect the family's …

WhiskyCast Episode 487: July 11, 2014

July 12th, 2014


Glenmorangie's Dr. Bill Lumsden wanted to push the envelope 16 years ago when he got his hands on some French Oak barriques from an undisclosed …

WhiskyCast Episode 486: July 4, 2014

July 5th, 2014


Corn farmers have a saying "knee high by the Fourth of July" to gauge whether their crop will be a good one, and we'll look at the grains that go …

WhiskyCast Episode 485: June 27, 2014

June 28th, 2014


Michael Urquhart is retiring from Gordon & MacPhail in September, but the leader of the family-owned business calls it a natural "changing of the guard." However, his successor is the first person from outside the …

WhiskyCast Episode 484: June 20, 2014

June 21st, 2014


Distilling is serious business, and safety is paramount. Brianna Bailey of The Oklahoman can testify to that...she was an eyewitness to an explosion inside Twister Distillery in Moore, Oklahoma on Friday, June 13. …

WhiskyCast Episode 483: June 13, 2014

June 14th, 2014


David Blackmore spends most of his year on the road as the brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, and was in Taipei for Ardbeg Day 2014 in what he describes as one of his most interesting road trips yet. He'll …

WhiskyCast Episode 482: June 6, 2014

June 7th, 2014


Humans have been drinking alcohol for centuries, but there are still many things we don't understand about it...basic things like the chemistry …

WhiskyCast Episode 481: May 31, 2014

May 30th, 2014


Tokyo's whisky bars are legendary, but so hard to find that they're often compared to Prohibition-era speakeasies. Hidetsugo Ueno owns Bar High Five in Tokyo's Ginza district, and shares his stories of Tokyo bar life …

WhiskyCast Episode 480: May 24, 2014

May 23rd, 2014


Seiichi Koshimizu has been making whisky at Suntory for 41 years, and became the company's chief blender in 1991. Over the years, he's been responsible for the Hibiki range of blended whiskies, along with the Yamazaki …

WhiskyCast Episode 479: May 17, 2014

May 17th, 2014


The old saying goes "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Dan Garrison's life was full of lemons back in 2003, and he decided to make …

WhiskyCast Episode 478: May 10, 2014

May 11th, 2014


Mark Brown heads up Buffalo Trace and its parent company, Sazerac, and he's known for speaking his mind even when it goes against the rest of the Bourbon industry. These days, he's expressing concerns about an ongoing …

WhiskyCast Episode 477: May 3, 2014

May 4th, 2014


Most distillery startups these days come from entrepreneurs looking for a new challenge in life, and Ken Lewis is no different. His New Riff Distillery in Newport, Kentucky is literally a "new riff" after 38 years of …

WhiskyCast Episode 476: April 26, 2014

April 26th, 2014


Whisky has inspired many musicians over the years, but Copper Dogs is turning that around. Four whisky industry veterans have turned to performing, though Sam Simmons, Cat Spencer, Rob Allanson, and Simon Roser won't be …

WhiskyCast Episode 475: April 19, 2014

April 19th, 2014


Whisky has a place in the kitchen as well as the bar, and Bourbon may well be one of the most versatile spirits chefs can experiment with. It adds a special touch to sauces, desserts, and meat as well as cocktails, and …

WhiskyCast Episode 474: April 11, 2014

April 13th, 2014


Craft distillers took center stage during Whisky Live New York on Wednesday evening, and we'll hear from several of them on this week's episode. Chip Tate of Balcones and Mike Reppucci of Sons of Liberty both won World …

WhiskyCast Episode 473: April 5, 2014

April 6th, 2014


Many of Scotland's historic distilleries have faded into history, to be remembered only by archivists and the occasional whisky lover. While the actual malts from Auchnagie, Stratheden, and others no longer exist -- a …

WhiskyCast Episode 472: March 29, 2014

March 30th, 2014


James Espey has created some of whisky's legendary brands during his career, along with the Keepers of the Quaich, and was named an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II last year for his services to the …

WhiskyCast Episode 471: March 22, 2014

March 23rd, 2014


Dave Broom has written and edited many books on whisky and other spirits, but none quite like his latest book. "Whisky: The Manual" is for whisky drinkers who just want to enjoy a dram without having to know everything …

WhiskyCast Episode 470: March 15, 2014

March 16th, 2014


Bruichladdich expressions come and go...sort of like the waves on Loch Indaal do. Laddie fans are lamenting a decision to pull the Laddie Ten, …

WhiskyCast Episode 469: March 8, 2014

March 9th, 2014


Graham Eunson has seen a lot during his career in the Scotch whisky industry. He shed a tear or two when he was assigned to close Scapa and Glendronach distilleries, burned with pride when Glenglassaugh's stills were …

WhiskyCast Episode 468: March 1, 2014

March 2nd, 2014


Maker's Mark celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and the distillery is about to undergo a $70 million dollar expansion that will increase …

WhiskyCast Episode 467: February 23, 2014

February 23rd, 2014


Alwynne Gwilt couldn't stand whisky...hated it, in fact. That is, until a former boss in London dragged the Canadian expat to a media tasting. It's …

WhiskyCast Episode 466: February 15, 2014

February 16th, 2014


There have been many more questions than answers about Diageo's new Orphan Barrel range of whiskies...until now. Diageo's Ewan Morgan answers our questions about the origins of Old Blowhard and Barterhouse Bourbons, …

WhiskyCast Episode 465: February 8, 2014

February 9th, 2014


Whisky's brand ambassadors roam the world, racking up tens or hundreds of thousands of frequent flier miles every year and spending up to half their …

WhiskyCast Episode 464: February 1, 2014

February 2nd, 2014


Kilchoman became Islay's newest distillery in 2005, about the same time Jean Donnay started making whisky at Glann ar Mor on France's Brittany Coast. …

WhiskyCast Episode 463: January 25, 2014

January 26th, 2014


Colin Scott is celebrating two anniversaries -- his 40th anniversary in the whisky business and 25th anniversary as the Master Blender for Chivas …

WhiskyCast Episode 462: January 19, 2014

January 20th, 2014


More coverage of the Victoria Whisky Festival in this bonus edition of WhiskyCast, with details on new and upcoming releases from Springbank, Duncan Taylor, Tomatin, and Glenfarclas. In the news, Whyte & Mackay's …

WhiskyCast Episode 461: January 17, 2014

January 18th, 2014


This is the first of two episodes from this weekend's Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia, where Canadian whisky was featured on opening …

WhiskyCast Episode 460: January 11, 2014

January 12th, 2014


London and Seattle have a few things in common: reputations for foggy, rainy weather...a vibrant cultural scene...and now, craft distilleries. …

WhiskyCast Episode 459: January 4, 2014

January 5th, 2014


Southern California isn't the place you'd normally think of for a Bourbon to call home, but Steve Gertman picked the wine country of Santa Barbara County to locate his Ascendant Spirits Distillery and produce Breaker …

WhiskyCast Episode 458: December 29, 2013

December 29th, 2013


The classic Irish pub is becoming an endangered species, thanks to a combination of progress and the economy. There are some pubs that still cling to tradition, and the Tap Tavern in Kinsale, County Cork, is a classic …

WhiskyCast Episode 457: December 21, 2013

December 21st, 2013


Think of Belgium and drinks, and beer is usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, Belgians are quite fond of whisky as well, and Etienne Bouillon is trying to satisfy their passion with Belgium's first …

WhiskyCast Episode 456: December 14, 2013

December 14th, 2013


Dewar's was forced to remove an online video promotion from the Internet this week after a social media-fueled protest campaign over the portrayal of women in its "Meet the Baron" video. Canadian whisky blogger Johanne …

WhiskyCast Episode 455: December 8, 2013

December 8th, 2013


The Malt Maniacs announced the results of the 11th annual Malt Maniacs Whisky Awards this week, and a 1973 Karuizawa single cask from Japan ended …

WhiskyCast Episode 454: December 2, 2013

December 2nd, 2013


There's one question Diageo's whisky team has been asked for years -- why can't we have more Mortlach single malt bottlings? The Dufftown distillery has been prized by blenders for decades because its malt whisky adds …

WhiskyCast Episode 453: November 23, 2013

November 23rd, 2013


Gavin Hewitt is stepping down next month after ten years as the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, balancing the needs of member whisky companies with the industry's overall best interests as Scotch …

WhiskyCast Episode 452: November 16, 2013

November 17th, 2013


Dr. Matthew Crow of Diageo is one of Scotch Whisky's up-and-coming blenders. Working under Dr. Jim Beveridge, he helped create Johnnie Walker Double Black and worked with Jim last year on the £120,000 John Walker & …

WhiskyCast Episode 451: November 9, 2013

November 9th, 2013


This week, we'll take a tour of a distillery very few people ever get to visit, Beam's Alberta Distillers facility in Calgary, Alberta. 80% of the …

WhiskyCast Episode 450: November 2, 2013

November 3rd, 2013


This week, we're in Banff, Alberta for a very special Bowmore weekend in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The "Bowmore on the Rockies" weekend featured a dinner with the entire 1964 Bowmore Trilogy series of Black, …

WhiskyCast Episode 449: October 26, 2013

October 27th, 2013


Ireland's Kilbeggan Distillery is said to be the world's oldest whiskey distillery, and it's now being run by what may well be one of the youngest …

WhiskyCast Episode 448: October 19, 2013

October 20th, 2013


The most secure jobs in the whisky business may be the coppersmiths at Forsyth's of Rothes in Scotland, since almost all of the major distillery construction projects underway worldwide are buying their stills from …

WhiskyCast Episode 447: October 12, 2013

October 13th, 2013


With 28 malt whisky distilleries and two grain whisky distilleries in Scotland, Diageo almost always has something going on. Dr. Nick Morgan is head of whisky outreach for the world's largest whisky producer, and we sat …

WhiskyCast Episode 446: October 5, 2013

October 6th, 2013


Baker Beam comes from one of Kentucky's legendary Bourbon families. However, the grand-nephew of Jim Beam and cousin to Booker Noe, Fred Noe, and Parker Beam doesn't often get the spotlight. If his name sounds familiar, …

WhiskyCast Episode 445: September 29, 2013

September 29th, 2013


This week's WhiskyCast comes from Forty Creek Distillery's annual Whisky Weekend in Grimsby, Ontario. Forty Creek's John Hall makes his whisky differently from any other distiller, and we'll deconstruct Forty Creek …

WhiskyCast Episode 444: September 22, 2013

September 23rd, 2013


In the second of two episodes from this weekend's Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, we'll hear from the newest members of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Fred Noe is the 7th generation member of the Beam family …

WhiskyCast Episode 443: September 21, 2013

September 21st, 2013


Parker Beam surprised everyone the other night at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. He wasn't expected to attend the Kentucky Distillers Association's All-Star Sampler event with master distillers from all of …

WhiskyCast Episode 442: September 15, 2013

September 16th, 2013


Ger Buckley is the fifth-generation cooper at Ireland's Midleton Distillery, but had no one to pass the torch to. In fact, there hadn't been an apprentice cooper at any Irish distillery for nearly four decades...but Ger …

WhiskyCast Episode 441: September 7, 2013

September 7th, 2013


There was a changing of the guard at Ireland's Midleton Distillery this week, in addition to the housewarming party for Midleton's massive distillery expansion. Brian Nation officially replaced Barry Crockett as Master …

WhiskyCast Episode 440: August 31, 2013

August 31st, 2013


Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbons may well be some of the hardest whiskies to find, and hundreds of people call the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery office in Louisville every year begging to get just one bottle. …

WhiskyCast Episode 439: August 25, 2013

August 25th, 2013


When Kentucky was still a wilderness in Colonial days, Pennsylvania was a hotbed of whiskey distilling. Back then, the Keystone State was known for …

WhiskyCast Episode 438: August 18, 2013

August 18th, 2013


Utah's High West Distillery & Saloon crams a craft distillery and high-end restaurant into two historic buildings in the ski resort's downtown area. James Dumas, a James Beard Award-nominated chef  and partner in …

WhiskyCast Episode 437: August 12, 2013

August 13th, 2013


Last December, Wyoming Whiskey made its debut with thousands of whiskey lovers descending on the tiny town of Kirby, Wyoming. Kirby's quiet again, but the state's namesake Bourbon is still selling as fast as the …

WhiskyCast Episode 436: August 3, 2013

August 3rd, 2013


Keith Batt never dreamed of distilling whisky when he and his family bought the Nant Estate in Tasmania, but the farm had lots of barley and lots of …

WhiskyCast Episode 435: July 27, 2013

July 28th, 2013


Ask a Scot about Ben Nevis, and you're more likely to hear about the highest peak in Scotland than the whisky of the same name. However, the Ben Nevis Distillery in Fort William is making a name of its own these days, …

WhiskyCast Episode 434: July 20, 2013

July 21st, 2013


The whisky world lost one of the legends this week with the passing of Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee. Not only was he …

WhiskyCast Episode 433: July 13, 2013

July 14th, 2013


What goes into reviving a distillery that's been closed for 14 years? That was the question from WhiskyCast listener Scott Mansfield after Chivas Brothers reopened Glen Keith Distillery in Scotland last month,  and we …

WhiskyCast Episode 432: July 6, 2013

July 7th, 2013


Duncan Taylor's Euan Shand is in the middle of what he calls the company's busiest year in its 75-year history. He's just started work on the distillery he's wanted to build in Huntly for several years, is in the middle …

WhiskyCast Episode 431: June 29, 2013

June 29th, 2013


Women are changing whisky history every day as distillery managers, master blenders, and some entrepreneurs are even creating their own brands. Earlier this month, we heard about the history of women in whisky from …

WhiskyCast Episode 430: June 23, 2013

June 23rd, 2013


Here's a challenge: Pick the whiskies for a wedding party, with an emphasis on quality over quantity, and you're spending a lot of someone else's money. Which whiskies do you pick, and where do you start? Rich Howard's …

WhiskyCast Episode 429: June 16, 2013

June 16th, 2013


When Beam acquired Ireland's Cooley Whiskey at the end of 2011, Cooley Managing Director Jack Teeling had the chance to stay on at the company his …

WhiskyCast Episode 428: June 8, 2013

June 9th, 2013


Joshua Hatton and Jason Johnston-Yellin started out as whisky bloggers, and are now bottling their own whiskies for a unique audience. Single Cask Nation and the Jewish Whisky Company are on the leading edge of a …

WhiskyCast Episode 427: June 1, 2013

June 1st, 2013


Stories are what give whisky its unique place in the drinks world, and this week, we'll hear from two authors of new books on the stories and history of whisky. Gavin Smith's "Stillhouse Stories &  Tunroom Tales" …

WhiskyCast Episode 426: May 25, 2013

May 26th, 2013


The annual Islay Festival of Malt & Music gets underway this weekend, and they'll be celebrating more than just whisky on Islay this week. Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan, a native Ileach, is celebrating his 50th …

WhiskyCast Episode 425: May 19, 2013

May 19th, 2013


Gordon & MacPhail has released thousands of single cask bottlings over the years, including the two oldest whiskies ever bottled: 70-year-old …

WhiskyCast Episode 424: May 12, 2013

May 13th, 2013


One of the fun things about WhiskyCast has been the opportunity to watch dreams come true, and that's the case with this week's episode. Back in 2006, we first met Barry Stein and Barry Bernstein as they were just …

WhiskyCast Episode 423: May 4, 2013

May 4th, 2013


Family-owned businesses often face obstacles that other companies don't, and the whisky business is no exception. This week, Fred and Stewart Laing …

WhiskyCast Episode 422: April 28, 2013

April 28th, 2013


When Ireland's distillers joined forces in 1966 to merge their struggling distilleries into one company, they placed their bet on Jameson as their principal export brand. Powers became the leading whiskey in Ireland, …

WhiskyCast Episode 421: April 20, 2013

April 20th, 2013


The English Whisky Company has been distilling since 2006, and while it may not be able to claim the title of "England's only whisky distillery" for …

WhiskyCast Episode 420: April 14, 2013

April 14th, 2013


When Magnus Eunson set up his illegal still on Orkney in 1798, the gaugers in the village of Kirkwall were a safe distance away. Graham Manson manages Highland Park now, and Kirkwall has grown up around the distillery. …

WhiskyCast Episode 419: April 6, 2013

April 6th, 2013


Scotch Whisky exports account for 80% of all Scottish food and drink exports each year, along with about 25% of all UK food and drink exports. The Scotch Whisky Association released its final 2012 export report this …

WhiskyCast Episode 418: March 30, 2013

March 30th, 2013


Cutty Sark is marking two anniversaries within a week or so: the brand's 90's anniversary on March 23 and the third anniversary of its acquisition by the Edrington Group April 1. It's a legendary brand that lost its way …

WhiskyCast Episode 417: March 23, 2013

March 24th, 2013


This week's episode required 35 hours of flying and 17,000 miles of round-trip travel, but it was well worth it to visit Amrut's distillery in Bangalore, India. We'll catch up with Amrut's Rick Jagdale to discuss a …

WhiskyCast Episode 416: March 16, 2013

March 17th, 2013


This week's episode comes from Frankfurt, Germany...during a layover on my trip to visit the Amrut Distillery in Bangalore, India. However, we're focusing on a rare  breed of whisky this week...the Peated American …

WhiskyCast Episode 415: March 10, 2013

March 10th, 2013


Buffalo Trace's Single Oak Project is at the halfway point, with 96 of the 192 single cask bottlings released and the remainder to be parceled out every three months for the next two years. We'll get a progress report …

WhiskyCast Episode 414: March 2, 2013

March 2nd, 2013


Whisky has historically been thought of as a “man’s drink”, but thankfully, that’s changing. Not only are more women drinking whisky now than ever, …

WhiskyCast Episode 413: February 24, 2013

February 25th, 2013


Chip Tate of Balcones Distillery in Texas is winning even more awards for his whiskies, with two gold medals in the inaugural Spirits of the Americas …

WhiskyCast Episode 412: February 16, 2013

February 16th, 2013


So, you have an iconic brand, but not enough supply to meet growing global demand...so you make one change in the product to increase supply, and all hell breaks loose! That's the situation Rob Samuels of Maker's Mark …

WhiskyCast Episode 411: February 9, 2013

February 10th, 2013


It's been a big week for Barry Crockett. Midleton Distillery's Master Distiller was named this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner by The Whisky Advocate, and just a couple of days later, announced his plans to …

WhiskyCast Episode 410: February 2, 2013

February 2nd, 2013


It's hard to keep things quiet in the close-knit Scotch Whisky industry, but that's exactly what the owners of the new Wolfburn Distillery in Thurso …

WhiskyCast Episode 409: January 26, 2013

January 26th, 2013


Georgina Bell is part of a new generation of whisky connoisseurs, and is already making her place in the whisky industry as an ambassador for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. She'll explain how one goes from studying …

WhiskyCast Episode 408: January 20, 2013

January 21st, 2013


Time for our second episode of the weekend with highlights from this weekend's Victoria Whisky Festival! We'll get the latest on new whiskies from …

WhiskyCast Episode 407: January 18, 2013

January 19th, 2013


It's time for one of the world's top whisky festivals...the Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia. The festival kicked off with the …

WhiskyCast Episode 406: January 12, 2013

January 13th, 2013


Dreamers abound in the whisky business. In the case of the Kingsbarns Distillery project planned near St. Andrews in Scotland, two dreamers had to join forces to achieve their goal. Doug Clement had everything needed to …

WhiskyCast Episode 405: January 5, 2013

January 6th, 2013


Most of us spend a lifetime working in the shadows, wondering if anyone notices. Then, one day, a letter comes in the mail with news that you're being honored for that work. Douglas Campbell of Tomatin got a letter like …

WhiskyCast Episode 404: December 28, 2012

December 29th, 2012


There are plenty of ideas for entrepreneurs seeking a place in the world of whisky, but as always, getting the funding is the hard part. This week, we'll hear about some entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of the Web …

WhiskyCast Episode 403: December 22, 2012

December 22nd, 2012


Bruichladdich's $90 million acquisition by Remy Cointreau was one of the biggest whisky stories of the year, and CEO Simon Coughlin joins us for this week's "In-Depth" segment to discuss what's changed...and what hasn't …

WhiskyCast Episode 402: December 15, 2012

December 15th, 2012


John McDougall's years of experience as a distillery manager in all five of Scotland's whisky regions have made him a sought-after consultant for new …

WhiskyCast Episode 401: December 8, 2012

December 9th, 2012


For the 10th year, the Malt Maniacs are honoring some of the world's best whiskies with the Malt Maniacs Awards. Maniacs Keith Wood of Germany and Krishna Nukala of India join us to discuss this year's competition, …

WhiskyCast Episode 400: December 1, 2012

December 2nd, 2012


We're marking one milestone with another...this week's episode was recorded on location in Kirby, Wyoming, the home of Wyoming's first legal whiskey since Prohibition. Wyoming Whiskey made its official debut today at …

WhiskyCast Episode 399: November 24, 2012

November 24th, 2012


Most whisky lovers dream of making their own whiskies, but that's easier said than done, since building a distillery takes a lot of time and even …

WhiskyCast Episode 398: November 17, 2012

November 17th, 2012


Edwin Foote started his distilling career in the old Henry McKenna Distillery, and wound up as the Master Distiller at the legendary Stitzel-Weller …

WhiskyCast Episode 397: November 10, 2012

November 11th, 2012


Kentucky is synonymous with Bourbon, but few places maintain the history of Bourbon in the Bluegrass State like the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History in Bardstown. Mary Ellyn Hamilton is the museum's curator, and …

WhiskyCast Episode 396: November 3, 2012

November 4th, 2012


This week, we promise a politics-free episode! We'll look at the history and future of India's Amrut Distillery with third-generation Amrut executive …

WhiskyCast Episode 395: October 27, 2012

October 27th, 2012


Lots to talk about this week, with new whiskies and a new version of a very old whisky. Whyte & Mackay is producing a new release of MacKinlay's …

WhiskyCast Episode 394: October 20, 2012

October 21st, 2012


The pre-holiday rush of new whiskies is in full swing, and we'll sit down with Iain MacCallum of Morrison Bowmore to taste and talk about new single …

WhiskyCast Episode 393: October 13, 2012

October 13th, 2012


Italians are known for their wine, but one Italian firm helped pioneer the concept of single cask whiskies. Silvano Samaroli started bottling his own …

WhiskyCast Episode 392: October 6, 2012

October 6th, 2012


Jack Daniel's has operated with one simple whiskey recipe for 100 years...until now. The distillery started quietly working on a rye whiskey recipe a couple of years ago, and has now unveiled what's being called "Jack …

WhiskyCast Episode 391: September 29, 2012

September 29th, 2012


This week's episode looks at a controversial whisky tasting/competition recently held in Michigan. The "Midwest Whisky Olympics" at Journeyman Distillery has been criticized because it was organized by Greg Ramsay of …

WhiskyCast Episode 390: September 22, 2012

September 22nd, 2012


This week, we're catching up with old friends and on new whiskies. After two full weeks on the road, there was much more to talk about than what …

WhiskyCast Episode 389: September 16, 2012

September 17th, 2012


Bonus coverage in this special episode from the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, with highlights from the Bourbon Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the legendary I.W. Bernheim, the World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay, …

WhiskyCast Episode 388: September 15, 2012

September 15th, 2012


This weekend, I'm in Bardstown for the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival. There's a legitimate claim that this could be the world's largest whisky …

WhiskyCast Episode 387: September 9, 2012

September 9th, 2012


More from Whisky Live Paris in this special episode...we'll hear from David Roussier of France's Distillerie Warenghem, which marks its 25th anniversary this year. Ann Miller of Aberlour tells us about the latest …

WhiskyCast Episode 386: September 8, 2012

September 9th, 2012


This is the first of two episodes from Whisky Live Paris, and there's a lot to cover this weekend. We'll hear from The Balvenie's Malt Master, David Stewart, on his 50th anniversary single malt, along with the latest on …

WhiskyCast Episode 385: September 1, 2012

September 1st, 2012


Emerging markets have been responsible for most of the growth in whisky sales worldwide, and Billy Walker of BenRiach and GlenDronach joins us this week to discuss the growing world of whisky. In the news, new whiskies …

WhiskyCast Episode 384: August 25, 2012

August 25th, 2012


Par Caldenby caught the whisky bug at an early age, but built a career as a lawyer in Sweden. The whisky bug first inspired him to write the book "Enjoying Malt Whisky" in 2006, and later to build his own distillery on …

WhiskyCast Episode 383: August 18, 2012

August 17th, 2012


You have questions about whisky, and this week, we have some of the answers. It's the annual Question and Answer episode of WhiskyCast, and whisky experts will answer some of the many questions that have come in from …

WhiskyCast Episode 382: August 11, 2012

August 10th, 2012


Canadians Barry Bernstein and Barry Stein have made whisky their second careers. After starting out as Canada's first independent Scotch Whisky bottlers with Premium Bottlers whiskies, they've moved into the distilling …

WhiskyCast Episode 381: August 4, 2012

August 4th, 2012


Kirsteen Campbell has tried to keep a low profile since she was named Master Blender for Cutty Sark two years ago. However, it's hard to stay out of the spotlight when your whiskies are winning major awards. This week …

WhiskyCast Episode 380: July 28, 2012

July 27th, 2012


What's the most intense environment one could age a whisky in? A Kentucky rickhouse with 100-degree temperature swings and high humidity...maybe. How …

WhiskyCast Episode 379: July 21, 2012

July 21st, 2012


Ian MacMillan manages three distilleries for Burn Stewart, each with their own unique personality. We'll talk with Ian about Bunnahabhain on Islay, …

WhiskyCast Episode 378: July 14, 2012

July 14th, 2012


You've probably never heard of the James Sedgwick Distillery, but South Africa's first whisky distillery has been producing some award-winning …

WhiskyCast Episode 377: July 7, 2012

July 7th, 2012


Each year, F. Paul Pacult takes all of the spirits he tastes during the year for the Spirit Journal and distills them down into the SJ 140, his list …

WhiskyCast Episode 376: July 1, 2012

July 3rd, 2012


Ken Loach's new film "The Angel's Share" focuses on an attempt to steal rare bottles of Malt Mill single malt Scotch. The actual Malt Mill distillery …

WhiskyCast Episode 375: June 24, 2012

June 24th, 2012


Crown Royal master blender Andrew Mackay didn't have to look far when it came time to create a successor to the original Crown Royal XR, which used …

WhiskyCast Episode 374: June 17, 2012

June 17th, 2012


Whisky lovers tend to be passionate about other things as well. For Mark Dermul of Belgium, it's whisky and "Star Wars". Mark and his friends …

WhiskyCast Episode 373: June 10, 2012

June 10th, 2012


How do you spend a billion and a half dollars? Believe it or not, it's hard to spend that much money. Diageo's Dr. Nick Morgan and his colleagues are …

WhiskyCast Episode 372: June 3, 2012

June 3rd, 2012


Ian Buxton's 2010 book "101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die" was a hit with whisky lovers around the world. Now, Ian has compiled a new list of "101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die", and his new book is on the way …

WhiskyCast Episode 371: May 28, 2012

May 27th, 2012


This week's episode was recorded on location at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the day before the 2012 Indianapolis 500. The Speedway holds a lot …

WhiskyCast Episode 370: May 20, 2012

May 20th, 2012


1964 was an iconic year at Scotland's Bowmore Distillery, though that fact wouldn't be known for decades. The casks laid down that year produced the …

WhiskyCast Episode 369: May 13, 2012

May 13th, 2012


Japanese whiskies have won numerous awards in whisky competitions over the last decade, yet many whisky lovers have yet to try them. Until now, very few whiskies have been exported outside Japan, and even fewer to the …

WhiskyCast Episode 368: May 6, 2012

May 6th, 2012


It's festival week in Speyside, and the Spirit of Speyside Festival has become one of the region's largest events of the year. We'll talk with Festival chairman Jim Royan about this year's event, as well as growing up …

WhiskyCast Episode 367: April 29, 2012

April 29th, 2012


Whisky can be one of the most versatile spirits for chefs as well as cocktail lovers. We'll talk about cooking with whisky for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on this week's episode with Stacy Laabs, one of the authors of …

WhiskyCast Episode 366: April 21, 2012

April 22nd, 2012


Dave Pickerell left Maker's Mark as Master Distiller four years ago, and since then, he's been one of the leaders of the craft distilling movement. …

WhiskyCast Episode 365: April 17, 2012

April 18th, 2012


This week's episode features highlights from Whisky Live New York, including interviews with distillers from two of the city's own craft distilleries. We'll also get the latest on Adelphi's plans for a new distillery on …

WhiskyCast Episode 364: April 8, 2012

April 8th, 2012


If you want evidence of the boom in craft distilling, all you need to do is look at registration numbers for the American Distilling Institute's annual conference each April. This year's event in Louisville had double …

WhiskyCast Episode 363: March 31, 2012

March 31st, 2012


This week's episode is a little different than most WhiskyCast episodes. My father passed away earlier this week, and my family and I have been in Indiana with the rest of our relatives. I considered taking the week …

WhiskyCast Episode 362: March 24, 2012

March 24th, 2012


Four times each year, Woodford Reserve master distiller Chris Morris becomes the headmaster of the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy. His students get a one-day class on the intricacies of Bourbon, from the entire …

WhiskyCast Episode 361: March 17, 2012

March 17th, 2012


It's St. Patrick's Day, and we're in Dublin for the annual Jameson Global Broadcast from the Old Jameson Distillery. Each year, radio stations from around the world broadcast their shows from the distillery, and you'll …

WhiskyCast Episode 360: March 10, 2012

March 11th, 2012


Investment-grade Scotch. The very idea makes many whisky lovers furious...but there are those who see potential profits from their whisky …

WhiskyCast Episode 359: March 4, 2012

March 4th, 2012


Time to shatter some long-cherished myths and legends about Bourbon, and Michael Veach will serve as our myth-buster this week. He's the Bourbon historian at Louisville's Filson Historical Society, and is also a member …

WhiskyCast Episode 358: February 26, 2012

February 26th, 2012


Each year, Glenmorangie releases a special edition finished in fine wine casks. This year's edition is Artein, and takes the flavors of Sassicaia wine casks from Italy's Tenuta San Guido in Tuscany. We'll hear from …

WhiskyCast Episode 357: February 18, 2012

February 18th, 2012


Craft distillers make whisky as much out of passion as a desire to make money, and that gives them the freedom to try different things...just because. Darek Bell is one of the partners in Corsair Artisan Distillery, …

WhiskyCast Episode 356: February 12, 2012

February 12th, 2012


Rob Cederlid of Stockholm isn't your typical Swedish whisky lover. For instance, you're likely to see him in a cowboy hat and boots that are more …

WhiskyCast Episode 355: February 5, 2012

February 5th, 2012


Whisky stories can make you smile, laugh, or even shed a tear once in a while, and we have stories to make you do all three in this episode. Some of whisky's best storytellers share their best family tales, jokes, and …

WhiskyCast Episode 354: January 29, 2012

January 30th, 2012


More from the Victoria Whisky Festival in this week's episode, including updates from Kilchoman, Gordon & MacPhail, Amrut, Edradour and …

WhiskyCast Episode 353: January 22, 2012

January 23rd, 2012


The end of January means many things, but in the whisky world, it means a trip to the Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia. The VWF is one of …

WhiskyCast Episode 352: January 14, 2012

January 14th, 2012


A year ago, the owner of Glasgow's Pot Still Bar, Ken Storrie, passed away. At first, Glasgow whisky lovers were sad...but they quickly became mad after the Pot Still's landlord threw Ken's family and managers out. Now, …

WhiskyCast Episode 351: January 7, 2012

January 7th, 2012


Irish whiskey is enjoyed around the world, but perhaps not with as much passion as in Dublin. Leo Phelan is the president of Dublin's Irish Whiskey Society, and shares some of that passion with us in this week's …

WhiskyCast Episode 350: December 31, 2011

December 31st, 2011


Glen Grant's Dennis Malcolm marked 50 years at the distillery during 2011, and spent Christmas Day on a special mission. On Christmas Day in 1961, he …

WhiskyCast Episode 349: December 24, 2011

December 23rd, 2011


Mike Padlipsky had two loves...software and whisky. He also had one mission...to find what he thought of as the world's best single malt whisky. Sadly, his last act before his death was to find a bottle of that …

WhiskyCast Episode 348: December 17, 2011

December 17th, 2011


This is a big weekend for the eight founders of Sweden's Mackmyra Distillery. Their initial dream of building Sweden's first whisky distillery has …

WhiskyCast Episode 347: December 11, 2011

December 11th, 2011


If you're trying to find a rare whisky, the easiest way to track it down may be through one of the many whisky auctions conducted by galleries like Bonhams and McTear's. Bonhams held its pre-Christmas whisky auction in …

WhiskyCast Episode 346: December 4, 2011

December 4th, 2011


The arrival of December brings with it the annual announcement of the Malt Maniacs Whisky Awards. 171 whiskies from around the world were entered in …

WhiskyCast Episode 345: November 27, 2011

November 27th, 2011


The Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville is holy ground for many bourbon lovers, even though it closed 20 years ago. Stitzel-Weller was the home …

WhiskyCast Episode 344: November 19, 2011

November 20th, 2011


Irish Whiskey has been the fastest-growing segment of the whisky business for the last several years. William Grant & Sons acquired Tullamore Dew …

WhiskyCast Episode 343: November 13, 2011

November 14th, 2011


Whisky Magazine announced its U.S. Icons of Whisky Awards this week in Louisville, and I was on hand for the ceremonies. Four Roses won Distiller of the Year honors for the second year in a row, and Balcones Distillery …

WhiskyCast Episode 342: November 6, 2011

November 6th, 2011


Ichiro Akuto is a maverick among Japanese whisky distillers, creating traditional whiskies with a style that's anything but traditional. When his …

WhiskyCast Episode 341: October 30, 2011

October 30th, 2011


Each autumn, Woodford Reserve releases its Masters Collection whiskey, a variation on one of the five elements of Bourbon defined by Oscar Pepper and …

WhiskyCast Episode 340: October 23, 2011

October 23rd, 2011


Chuck Miller describes himself as "America's First Craft Distiller". He's been making moonshine legally at his Stillhouse Distillery in Culpeper, …

WhiskyCast Episode 339: October 16, 2011

October 16th, 2011


Adelphi's history dates back to 1826 and the old Adelphi Distillery in Glasgow. Descendants of the distillery's owners revived the name as an …

WhiskyCast Episode 338: October 9, 2011

October 9th, 2011


Jim Beveridge is the master blender for Diageo's Johnnie Walker whiskies, which means he's responsible for some of the world's best-selling Scotch whiskies. It also means he doesn't have time to do interviews very …

WhiskyCast Episode 337: October 2, 2011

October 2nd, 2011


Back at home, but with Paris still on my mind, and plenty of news to catch up on! We'll catch up with more news on new releases from Whisky Live Paris, along with the latest headlines. Is United Spirits hot for …

WhiskyCast Episode 336: September 26, 2011

September 26th, 2011


In our final episode from Whisky Live Paris, we'll get updates on the process of exporting Nikka's Japanese whiskies to the U.S. for the first time, along with the latest on new releases from Kilchoman, Compass Box, …

WhiskyCast Episode 335: September 24, 2011

September 24th, 2011


This is the first of two episodes from Whisky Live Paris, and we'll hear from some of the distillers who have traveled from around the world for one of the world's top whisky festivals, including Japan's Ichiro Akuto …

WhiskyCast Episode 334: September 18, 2011

September 18th, 2011


Glasgow has been the heart of Scotland's whisky industry for decades, and while it retains much of its gritty character, there's plenty to make whisky lovers feel welcome. This time around, we'll look at some of …

WhiskyCast Episode 333: September 11, 2011

September 11th, 2011


Bruichladdich celebrates the 10th anniversary of its revival this weekend, and this week's episode comes from the distillery on the shores of Loch Indall on Islay! We'll look at how the distillery came back to life and …

WhiskyCast Episode 332: September 4, 2011

September 4th, 2011


Every September, whiskey lovers start prowling their favorite liquor stores for the arrival of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskies. This …

WhiskyCast Episode 331: August 27, 2011

August 27th, 2011


The Kentucky Bourbon Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary three weeks from now, and we'll discuss this year's Festival and its history with Executive Director Linda Harrison. In the news, Four Roses unveils its 2011 …

WhiskyCast Episode 330: August 21, 2011

August 21st, 2011


One of the world's most unusual whisky festivals is coming up in a few weeks. Maltstock doesn't take place in a hotel or convention center, but at a former Scout camp in the Dutch woods. Maltstock co-founder Bob Wenting …

WhiskyCast Episode 329: August 14, 2011

August 14th, 2011


It's the second weekend of the month, and they're raising dust on the dirt road leading to Atlantic City. Not the one in New Jersey, but the one in Wyoming. For the last 3 years, Bob and Barbara Townsend have been …

WhiskyCast Episode 328: August 7, 2011

August 7th, 2011


40 years ago, Dublin's Bow Street Distillery closed down after nearly 200 years of producing Jameson Irish Whiskey. In 1997, what survived of the old …

WhiskyCast Episode 327: July 31, 2011

July 31st, 2011


As the U.S. faces another debt crisis, this week marks the anniversary of a key event in another U.S. debt crisis...the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. On August 1, 1794, 7,000 Americans gathered at Braddock's Field in …

WhiskyCast Episode 326: July 23, 2011

July 24th, 2011


New Orleans certainly has a cocktail culture, and this weekend, it's the Mecca for cocktail enthusiasts and bartenders from all over the world. Tales …

WhiskyCast Episode 325: July 17, 2011

July 17th, 2011


The Scottish town of Oban celebrated its 200th anniversary this week, and the folks at Oban Distillery fired up a Time Machine to celebrate. They …

WhiskyCast Episode 324: July 9, 2011

July 9th, 2011


As distilleries replace old equipment with new, the old stuff winds up on the scrap heap most of the time. Not so at Knockdhu Distillery in Scotland. …

WhiskyCast Episode 323: July 3, 2011

July 3rd, 2011


It's been a little over four months since a massive earthquake destroyed much of Christchurch, New Zealand and claimed 181 lives. Today, the city is trying to rebuild, despite occasional large aftershocks. One of those …

WhiskyCast Episode 322: June 26, 2011

June 26th, 2011


Since 1869, Wild Turkey Bourbon has been made on Wild Turkey Hill, just east of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Jimmy and Eddie Russell saw a need to expand production to meet growing global demand for bourbon, but no room to …

WhiskyCast Episode 321: June 19, 2011

June 19th, 2011


Pulteney Distillery celebrates its 195th anniversary this year in the North Sea fishing town of Wick, Scotland. It's the home of Old Pulteney single …

WhiskyCast Episode 320: June 12, 2011

June 12th, 2011


It's a busy summer at Balblair Distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Not only are they making whisky, but the distillery is also a movie set this week, the site of a wedding next month, and two days after the …

WhiskyCast Episode 319: June 4, 2011

June 4th, 2011


In the last episode, I mentioned the Balcones Brimstone blue corn whiskey from Balcones Distillery in Waco, Texas...and how the corn was smoked over Texas scrub oak. Turns out I was wrong, and there's an even more …

WhiskyCast Episode 318: May 29, 2011

May 29th, 2011


Chuck Cowdery was writing about Bourbon back in the days when few people were paying attention to America's Native Spirit, and his work has earned him a spot in the Bourbon Hall of Fame. The author of "Straight Bourbon" …

WhiskyCast Episode 317: May 22, 2011

May 22nd, 2011


This is a big weekend on Islay, and not only because it's the first weekend of the Islay Festival of Malt & Music. Bruichladdich is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its 2001 revival this weekend, and we'll look …

WhiskyCast Episode 316: May 15, 2011

May 15th, 2011


The Powers family distilled whiskey for seven generations and two centuries on John's Lane in Dublin, and John Ryan is the seventh and final generation to carry on his family's tradition. While the Powers Distillery …

WhiskyCast Episode 315: May 8, 2011

May 8th, 2011


Irish whiskies once ruled the world, and Dublin was the center of Ireland's whisky industry. There are no distilleries left in Dublin, but there's …

WhiskyCast Episode 314: May 1, 2011

May 1st, 2011


You've heard of single cask whiskies, but Buffalo Trace is taking the idea to an extreme with its Single Oak Project. There are 192 different bottles in the range, using wood from 96 different trees...and all of the …

WhiskyCast Episode 313: April 24, 2011

April 24th, 2011


Charles MacLean is one of the world's top whisky writers, and is marking 30 years of writing about the water of life this year. We'll hear from this Master of the Quaich about how he developed his love for whisky and …

WhiskyCast Episode 312: April 17, 2011

April 17th, 2011


The last time we heard from Japanese whisky blogger and Malt Maniac Chris Bunting, he was in the middle of writing a book on Japan's drinking …

WhiskyCast Episode 311: April 10, 2011

April 10th, 2011


Belgium is known for its outstanding beers, but the country has three languages, three different cultures, and one sub-culture that unites them...a …

WhiskyCast Episode 310: April 3, 2011

April 4th, 2011


This week's episode features one of the most mysterious single malt whiskies in the world. Taiwan's Kavalan whisky has received awards in worldwide competitions, even though the King Car Distillery has only been …

WhiskyCast Episode 309: March 26, 2011

March 26th, 2011


Five generations of the William Grant family have been making Grant's Scotch whiskies, and we'll look at the entire Grant's range with Ludo DuCroq in this episode. In the news, Decanter #1 of Gordon & MacPhail's …

WhiskyCast Episode 308: March 20, 2011

March 20th, 2011


More from Edinburgh on this edition, with a look at some of the key places whisky lovers seek out on a visit to Scotland's capital. We'll check out Royal Mile Whiskies, The Scotch Whisky Experience, and one of …

WhiskyCast Episode 307: March 13, 2011

March 13th, 2011

1940 was a crucial moment in world history, as World War II was breaking out in Europe. That February, Gordon & MacPhail arranged to have 15 casks filled with new make spirit at The Glenlivet in Speyside. 70 years …

WhiskyCast Episode 306: March 5, 2011

March 5th, 2011


David Perkins has been getting a lot of attention for his High West whiskies. Malt Advocate just named him its Industry Pioneer of the Year, and two …

WhiskyCast Episode 305: February 26, 2011

February 27th, 2011


Brown-Forman's cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky has an impact on whiskies all over the world. The cooperage makes all of the barrels for Jack Daniel's, Woodford Reserve, and Brown-Forman's other whiskies...and of …

WhiskyCast Episode 304: February 19, 2011

February 19th, 2011


Still in Indiana, but that's giving me a chance to catch up with old friends. Matt Colglazier writes the American Craft Spirits blog, and also …

WhiskyCast Episode 303: February 13, 2011

February 13th, 2011


This week's episode comes from Edinburgh...no, not THAT Edinburgh. I'm actually in Edinburgh, Indiana on family business, but talked with Alistair …

WhiskyCast Episode 302: February 6, 2011

February 6th, 2011


Jim Murray isn't one to hold his tongue when he doesn't like something, and the man behind the Whisky Bible shares some of the things that are …

WhiskyCast Episode 301: January 30, 2011

January 30th, 2011


Canadian whiskies seldom gets their fair share of credit, since many whisky drinkers perceive them as something best mixed into a cocktail. While that's certainly an acceptable way to drink them, there are many Canadian …

WhiskyCast Episode 300: January 23, 2011

January 24th, 2011


Plenty of highlights at this year's Victoria Whisky Festival, and we'll have all of the details in this episode recorded on location in Victoria, …

WhiskyCast Episode 299: January 22, 2011

January 22nd, 2011


This is the first live webcast of WhiskyCast, on location at the Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia. Our tasting panel and nosers from the …

WhiskyCast Episode 298: January 16, 2011

January 16th, 2011


Your boss wants you to take on a massive project...restoring a distillery that was abandoned for more than 20 years. Dave Scheurich of Brown-Forman …

WhiskyCast Episode 297: January 9, 2011

January 9th, 2011


Whisky lovers take their passion into all sorts of areas. Shai Gilboa decided to look into the history of a fairly obscure blended Scotch whisky …

WhiskyCast Episode 296: January 2, 2011

January 2nd, 2011


We'll start off the New Year with a rare interview with Tim Morrison, managing director of A. Dewar Rattray and the son of Morrison Bowmore founder Stanley Morrison. Tim's career in the whisky business spans the …

WhiskyCast Episode 295: December 27, 2010

December 27th, 2010


In the final episode of 2010, we'll take a look back at some of the year's more memorable moments. In the news, Tuthilltown Spirits founder Ralph Erenzo is hospitalized in critical condition after a car accident, …

WhiskyCast Episode 294: December 19, 2010

December 19th, 2010


Dominic Roskow took on a tough challenge for his latest book - identifying the world's 750 best whiskies. We'll hear from the author of "The World's Best Whiskies: 750 Essential Drams from Tennessee to Tokyo" in this …

WhiskyCast Episode 293: December 12, 2010

December 12th, 2010


Canadian whisky has been celebrating a renaissance of sorts, with shows like "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire" renewing interest in these often-overlooked whiskies. Davin de Kergommeaux is the publisher of …

WhiskyCast Episode 292: December 5, 2010

December 5th, 2010


Each year, a dedicated group of maniacal whisky lovers takes on the challenge of tasting and judging the world's best whiskies. The Malt Maniacs Awards is one of the world's toughest whisky competitions, and the 2010 …

WhiskyCast Episode 291: November 27, 2010

November 27th, 2010


The last time we heard from Jim McEwan, he was leading a toast at the end of his master class at Bruichladdich during Feis Ile in May. Jim's been a busy man since then, but he agreed to sit down for a few minutes and …

WhiskyCast Episode 290: November 20, 2010

November 21st, 2010


Whisky truly is the "water of life", and as many as 60,000 people will benefit from the sale of one very special bottle of whisky this past week. …

WhiskyCast Episode 289: November 14, 2010

November 14th, 2010


Malt Advocate held its annual WhiskyFest New York this past week, and the microdistilling community was out in force. Some of the most creative experiments in distilling are being done at American microdistilleries, …

WhiskyCast Episode 288: November 7, 2010

November 7th, 2010


This episode marks a milestone...the fifth anniversary of the first WhiskyCast episode. Veteran bartender and author of "Bartending for Dummies" Ray …

WhiskyCast Episode 287: October 31, 2010

October 31st, 2010


Serge Valentin takes whisky seriously...but not much else. His WhiskyFun.com website is among the world's most popular whisky web sites, with tasting …

WhiskyCast Episode 286: October 24, 2010

October 24th, 2010


Ever wondered why the U.S. requires whisky to be sold in 750ml bottles, while most of the rest of the world sells 700ml bottles? We'll get the …

WhiskyCast Episode 285: October 17, 2010

October 17th, 2010


Compass Box marks 10 years in the whisky business this week, and John Glaser is celebrating with retrospective tastings in New York and Edinburgh. We'll have highlights of the New York tasting on this week's episode. In …

WhiskyCast Episode 284: October 10, 2010

October 10th, 2010


Every master has an apprentice learning the tricks of the trade and preparing to fill the master's shoes one day. Brian Kinsman served as David Stewart's protege at William Grant & Sons, and has now taken on David's …

WhiskyCast Episode 283: October 3, 2010

October 3rd, 2010


No journalist has ever been allowed inside the Chivas Brothers blending lab in Kilmalid, Scotland...which means whisky lovers have never gotten a look inside...until now. Master Blender Sandy Hyslop directs the …

WhiskyCast Episode 282: September 27, 2010

September 27th, 2010


This is the third and final episode from Whisky Live Paris, where I was honored to be a judge in the Nikka Perfect Serve competition for bartenders from 10 European countries. We'll also hear from David Robertson of …

WhiskyCast Episode 281: September 26, 2010

September 26th, 2010


More coverage from Whisky Live Paris on this special episode of WhiskyCast! We'll hear from Anthony Wills of Kilchoman, John MacDonald of Balblair, author Dave Broom, Bill Lumsden of Glenmorangie, Ann Miller of …

WhiskyCast Episode 280: September 25, 2010

September 25th, 2010


I'm on the road this weekend at Whisky Live Paris, and it's a weekend full of new whiskies to taste! We'll hear from Thierry Benitah of La Maison du …

WhiskyCast Episode 279: September 19, 2010

September 19th, 2010


Ireland's Midleton Distillery features 5 pot stills, eight column stills, and literally dozens of possibilities for making Irish whiskey. It's home …

WhiskyCast Episode 278: September 12, 2010

September 12th, 2010


This week's episode comes from the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, Scotland, which has been completely renovated to provide state of the art whisky education for both consumers and professionals. We'll hear from …

WhiskyCast Episode 277: September 5, 2010

September 5th, 2010


Women are discovering whisky and other brown spirits at record levels, and dispelling the old myth that whisky is a "man's drink." Meghan Leary is …

WhiskyCast Episode 276: August 29, 2010

August 29th, 2010


The Whisky Guild held its annual "Whisky on the Hudson" tasting and dinner cruise in New York City the other night, with more than 900 people on hand to taste dozens of whiskies. I'll have some of the highlights on this …

WhiskyCast Episode 275: August 22, 2010

August 22nd, 2010


Ever have one of those conversations that seems like just a few minutes, until you look at the clock and realize it's gone on for a long time? That sums up my chat this week with Robin Blackadder, the "nom du whisky" …

WhiskyCast Episode 274: August 15, 2010

August 15th, 2010


There's no doubting that Kentucky makes great bourbons, but a single malt? That hasn't happened since 1919...until now. Dr. Pearse Lyons is the CEO of Alltech, which makes yeasts and animal feed supplements in Kentucky. …

WhiskyCast Episode 273: August 8, 2010

August 8th, 2010


"Hammer Head" sounds like the name for a Caribbean rum, not a whisky. In this case, it's not a shark reference, but the name of a long-forgotten Czech single malt whisky just being released. Tony Roberts of Stock …

WhiskyCast Episode 272: August 1, 2010

August 1st, 2010


Heather Greene works two jobs...as a singer and as one of the U.S. brand ambassadors for Glenfiddich. It's the second job that has made her a fixture at whisky festivals and helped her win Whisky Magazine's Icons of …

WhiskyCast Episode 271: July 25, 2010

July 25th, 2010


I met up with Richard Paterson of Whyte & Mackay at Boston's Federal Wine & Spirits just as the news came from New Zealand that scientists will thaw out one of the cases of whisky found at Sir Ernest …

WhiskyCast Episode 270: July 18, 2010

July 18th, 2010


Laphroaig's stillhouse is a popular part of tours at the distillery, and the stillman you're most likely to meet is Allan Hyslop. Allan's been a …

WhiskyCast Episode 269: July 11, 2010

July 11th, 2010


Tommy Smith worked at Strathisla Distillery in Speyside for 27 years before taking "early retirement." He's put in another eight years since then guiding visitors around the distillery and telling tales of the days when …

WhiskyCast Episode 268: July 4, 2010

July 4th, 2010


George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon is a unique part of American history, and for the first time since Washington's distillery burned down in 1814, whiskey distilled at Mount Vernon went on sale this week. Just …

WhiskyCast Episode 267: June 27, 2010

June 27th, 2010


Dave Pickerell has been keeping a low profile since leaving Maker's Mark in April of 2008. Turns out he was doing research into rye and …

WhiskyCast Episode 266: June 20, 2010

June 20th, 2010


Glenfiddich will be releasing just 50 bottles of its 50-year-old single malt a year for the next 10 years, and opened one of the first 5 U.S. bottles …

WhiskyCast Episode 265: June 13, 2010

June 13th, 2010


Time for another trip inside the blending lab, and Iain McCallum of Morrison Bowmore is our host. He'll take us through some old Auchentoshans and …

WhiskyCast Episode 264: June 4, 2010

June 4th, 2010


The Glenlivet is the world's #2 selling single malt, and is taking aim at the top spot with a new distillery expansion. Chivas Brothers celebrated …

WhiskyCast Episode 263: May 30, 2010

May 30th, 2010


The Port Ellen Maltings supplies malt for many of Islay's distilleries, and I'll wrap up the special series of Feis Ile episodes from Islay with a rare tour inside the Maltings led by native Ileach manager Graham …

WhiskyCast Episode 262: May 29, 2010

May 29th, 2010


Ardbeg has the final distillery day of the annual Islay Festival of Malt & Music, and even though there wasn't a full-size roller coaster on …

WhiskyCast Episode 261: May 28, 2010

May 28th, 2010


The road to Bunnahabhain Distillery is four miles long, and full of twists and turns. The views are stunning, though...and the whisky's pretty good, …

WhiskyCast Episode 260: May 27, 2010

May 28th, 2010


This is the second of Thursday's two episodes from the Islay Festival of Malt & Music, recorded on location at Isle of Jura Distillery on the island of Jura. It's easy to find the distillery...just get off the …

WhiskyCast Episode 259: May 27, 2010

May 27th, 2010


This is the first of two episodes today from the Islay Festival of Malt & Music. Kilchoman is Islay's first new distillery in more than 120 years, and even though it just released its first single malt a few months …

WhiskyCast Episode 258: May 26, 2010

May 26th, 2010


Bowmore is Islay's oldest distillery, and the second oldest in all of Scotland. It's at the heart of Islay's largest town, and plays a major role on …

WhiskyCast Episode 257: May 25, 2010

May 25th, 2010


Laphroaig is one of those whiskies that you're either going to love or loathe...with no middle ground. Today is Laphroaig's day at the Islay Festival of Malt and Music, and this episode was recorded at the distillery on …

WhiskyCast Episode 256: May 24, 2010

May 24th, 2010


Caol Ila Distillery may have the most beautiful setting of any of Islay's distilleries. It sits on the Sound of Islay directly across from the Paps …

WhiskyCast Episode 255: May 23, 2010

May 24th, 2010


Day two of the Islay Festival of Malt and Music is Bruichladdich's turn to shine, and the sun was shining once again as Ileachs and whisky lovers from all over the world gathered at the distillery. Distillery manager …

WhiskyCast Episode 254: May 22, 2010

May 22nd, 2010


Here we go...with the first of many episodes from the Islay Festival of Malt and Music. It's opening day, and Lagavulin traditionally is the first …

WhiskyCast Episode 253: May 16, 2010

May 16th, 2010


Annabel Meikle does double duty...serving as a sensory whisky expert and educator for Glenmorangie and also serving as a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's tasting panel. We'll discuss everything from training …

WhiskyCast Episode 252: May 9, 2010

May 10th, 2010


Dennis Hendry is one of the true characters of the whisky business. He manages the visitors center and leads tours at Aberlour, and is regarded as one of the top distillery tour guides in Scotland. You'll hear why in …

WhiskyCast Episode 251: May 3, 2010

May 3rd, 2010


There's a locked door at the Glenrothes Distillery, which normally is not open to visitors. The sign above the door reads "I.S." -- and stands for "Inner Sanctum." Ronnie Cox has the key to that door, and his inner …

WhiskyCast Episode 250: April 25, 2010

April 25th, 2010


Back from Scotland, and plenty to talk about. This episode features highlights from the World Whiskies Conference in Glasgow, as well as a rare interview with retired Suntory master blender Dr. Koichi Inatomi. In the …

WhiskyCast Episode 249: April 19, 2009

April 19th, 2010


I had a great experience today, and decided it warranted a special mid-week episode recorded on board a First ScotRail train from Aberdeen to Glasgow. Michael Urquhart gave me a private tour of the Gordon & MacPhail …

WhiskyCast Episode 248: April 17, 2009

April 17th, 2010


This episode comes from the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie, Scotland...the heart of Speyside! We'll hear from Highlander co-owner Duncan Elphick and the manager of the Highlander's world-class whisky bar, Tatsu …

WhiskyCast Episode 247: April 12, 2010

April 12th, 2010


The whisky business is in good shape despite the global recession. That's the view of Sir Gavin Hewitt, CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association. I sat down with Sir Gavin during his visit to New York for Whisky Live and a …

WhiskyCast Episode 246: April 4, 2010

April 4th, 2010


It's the start of the festival season in Scotland, which saw gains in tourism last year despite the global recession. Scottish Minister of Culture …

WhiskyCast Episode 245: March 28, 2010

March 29th, 2010


We know it by many names...White Lightning and Corn Liquor to name a couple. Moonshine whiskey has been a part of American culture for generations, …

WhiskyCast Episode 244: March 21, 2010

March 21st, 2010


For some reason, I always wind up doing a show on Irish whiskies around St. Patrick's Day. Irish whiskies have the fastest-growing sales in many markets, and we'll get some ideas why from Abigeal Hendron of Michael …

WhiskyCast Episode 243: March 14, 2010

March 14th, 2010


Michael Jackson passed away in 2007, leaving behind a legacy of excellence in whisky writing that includes his classic "Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch." Now, an updated edition of his guide is …

WhiskyCast Episode 242: March 7, 2010

March 7th, 2010


This week's episode includes highlights from the Whisky Guild's annual Whisky Classic event in Morristown, New Jersey. Ardbeg's Rollercoaster made …

WhiskyCast Episode 241: February 28, 2010

February 28th, 2010


France is known more for wine and cognac than whisky, but Jean Donnay hopes to change that perception. Jean's Glann ar Mor Distillery on the Brittany Coast is already receiving high marks for its whisky, and was a …

WhiskyCast Episode 240: February 21, 2010

February 21st, 2010


We've seen an explosion in the number of whisky bloggers over the past year, and one of the most popular is Ralfy Mitchell of Ralfy.com. His whisky …

WhiskyCast Episode 239: February 14, 2010

February 14th, 2010


English farmers send barley north to Scotland, and sooner or later, the Scots send it back as whisky. The Nelstrop family has been growing barley for …

WhiskyCast Episode 238: February 7, 2010

February 7th, 2010


Call it beginner's luck if you want, but Peter Hart's first batch of single malt spirit received rave reviews at the recent Victoria Whisky …

WhiskyCast Episode 237: January 30, 2010

January 31st, 2010


As I reported in the last episode, Maker's Mark is working on a new bourbon. This time around, Master Distiller Kevin Smith sits down with me to taste "Profile 51", which will be released this summer. That's the …

WhiskyCast Episode 236: January 23, 2010

January 24th, 2010


This time around, I'm on location at the Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia, and I'm joined by a panel of whisky experts to discuss some of …

WhiskyCast Episode 235: January 16, 2010

January 17th, 2010


Dewar's is one of Scotland's iconic whiskies, thanks to the efforts of generations of the Dewar family. Ian Buxton has just released a new book, "The Enduring Legacy of Dewar's", in cooperation with Dewar's owner …

WhiskyCast Episode 234: January 10, 2010

January 10th, 2010


China may well become the world's largest whisky market over the next decade, and Ian Chang is hoping his Kavalan single malt becomes the choice of Chinese whisky lovers. Kavalan is the first single malt whisky …

WhiskyCast Episode 233: January 3, 2010

January 3rd, 2010


The last decade could well be remembered for the emergence of Japanese single malt whiskies on the world stage. We'll discuss the malts from the Land …

WhiskyCast Episode 232: December 27, 2009

December 27th, 2009


We'll close out 2009 with a look at bourbon and beer. Devin Zell of Bourbon Drinker.com loves both. He'll share his dual passions with us in this episode, including how he and his friends aged a beer for 9 months in a …

WhiskyCast Episode 231: December 20, 2009

December 20th, 2009


Distilleries have ghosts and secrets, as well as memories that live within those who work the stills, the malting floors, and the warehouses. Ian …

WhiskyCast Episode 230: December 12, 2009

December 13th, 2009


Having a holiday party this season? Master mixologist Dale DeGroff gives us some tips on cocktails and entertaining in this episode. In the news, …

WhiskyCast Episode 229: December 6, 2009

December 6th, 2009

Tasting and scoring around 200 different whiskies over the course of a few weeks is tough work, but the Malt Maniacs make this sacrifice every …

WhiskyCast Episode 228: November 28, 2009

November 28th, 2009


The Scotch Whisky industry is operating under new rules for the first time in 20 years. A complete re-write of the Scotch Whisky Law went into effect …

WhiskyCast Episode 227: November 22, 2009

November 22nd, 2009


McKinlay's Rare Old Scotch Whisky was one of the many brands destined to be part of the history books...until two cases of McKinlay's were discovered in 2006 beneath a hut used by Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic …

WhiskyCast Episode 226: November 14, 2009

November 15th, 2009


The whisky world gathers every November for Malt Advocate's WhiskyFest in New York. The 12th annual edition featured new whiskies and longtime favorites. We'll cover the entire show in this episode, including Lifetime …

WhiskyCast Episode 225: November 8, 2009

November 8th, 2009


America is in the forefront of a global micro-distilling boom, with more than 200 licensed artisanal distilleries. 42 of them are producing whisky, and many have received guidance from Bill Owens of the American …

WhiskyCast Episode 224: October 31, 2009

October 30th, 2009


Whisky is a treat for many of us, but the trick is finding the right one (obligatory Halloween reference). Keith Law is one of the master blenders for Diageo, and suggests that a blended Scotch may be the way to go for …

WhiskyCast Episode 223: October 25, 2009

October 25th, 2009


This week, I'm on the road at Proof on Main in Louisville! Heaven Hill is celebrating Parker Beam's 50th anniversary as a distiller this weekend, and you'll share in the fun as we hear from Parker and some of his many …

WhiskyCast Episode 222: October 17, 2009

October 18th, 2009


Time for the annual question and answer episode, as experts answer your questions about whisky. This year's panel includes Dr. Bill Lumsden of Glenmorangie, Chris Morris of Woodford Reserve, and Diageo master blender …

WhiskyCast Episode 221: October 10, 2009

October 10th, 2009


Jim Murray's 2010 Whisky Bible is out, and let the second-guessing begin. Jim's annual guide to the world's whiskies generates controversy every year, and he'll answer his critics and discuss his choices for the year's …

WhiskyCast Episode 220: October 3, 2009

October 4th, 2009


Johnnie Walker sells more Scotch whisky than anyone in the world, and Diageo is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Johnnie Walker Black Label in 2009. Andrew Ford is a member of the team of master blenders that …

WhiskyCast Episode 219: September 26, 2009

September 26th, 2009


A double feature this week...the latest issue of Malt Advocate is out. John Hansell will give us a preview, and we'll also talk about next month's WhiskyFest in San Francisco. Mikael Mossvall of Mackmyra will give us an …

WhiskyCast Episode 218: September 19, 2009

September 19th, 2009


The Macallan folks like to do things big...like the new $15,000 Macallan Lalique expression: 57-year-old Macallan in a Lalique decanter! Ken Grier is …

WhiskyCast Episode 217: September 12, 2009

September 13th, 2009


This time around, we'll have highlights from the Whisky Guild's "Whisky on the Hudson" cruise, including the US debuts of the Balvenie Madeira Cask, …

WhiskyCast Episode 216: September 6, 2009

September 6th, 2009


For the first time, Diageo is releasing single cask bottlings from all 27 of its malt distilleries in Scotland. Diageo's master of malt, Dr. Nick Morgan, explains how the Manager's Choice malts were selected, and also …

WhiskyCast Episode 215: August 28, 2009

August 28th, 2009


A bit of Irish distilling history is being brought back to life this weekend, if only for one day. Commercial shipping along Ireland's Grand Canal ended 50 years ago this year...shortly after the closing of the Locke's …

WhiskyCast Episode 214: August 22, 2009

August 22nd, 2009


Last time around, I mentioned the Laing Brothers and their vatting of casks from Laphroaig and Macallan to create the "Double Barrel." It was so intriguing that I decided to get Stewart Laing on the phone to explain …

WhiskyCast Episode 213: August 15, 2009

August 16th, 2009


Today marks the birthday of a legend in the bourbon business. Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee turns 90 today, and his friends marked the milestone with a party at the distillery. I had the chance to …

WhiskyCast Episode 212: August 9, 2009

August 9th, 2009


This time around, we'll focus on two upcoming whisky festivals in Europe. Maltstock will bring together whisky clubs and individuals from around Europe for a weekend in the Netherlands, and Teun van Wel will tell us how …

WhiskyCast Episode 211: August 2, 2009

August 2nd, 2009


If you've never had a chance to attend a master class with Whyte & MacKay's Richard Paterson, you're missing out on an education...and a great time. In this week's episode, you'll get to listen in as the master …

WhiskyCast Episode 210: July 25, 2009

July 26th, 2009


It's been a busy year at GlenDronach and BenRiach distilleries...the investor group led by Billy Walker added GlenDronach to their portfolio less …

WhiskyCast Episode 209: July 18, 2009

July 18th, 2009


On the road in Michigan this week, but had the chance to sneak across the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario...where Canadian Club has been produced for 151 years at the Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery in the …

WhiskyCast Episode 208: July 12, 2009

July 12th, 2009


Glenfiddich is the world's most popular single malt Scotch, and Hans-Henrik Hansen knows more about Glenfiddich's history than almost anyone. In …

WhiskyCast Episode 207: July 4, 2009

July 4th, 2009


It may be a summer holiday weekend in the U.S., but it's the middle of winter in Australia. The inaugural Whisky Live Sydney will be held the week of …

WhiskyCast Episode 206: June 28, 2009

June 28th, 2009


Jim Murray's 2009 Whisky Bible named a hard-to-find rye whiskey as the Best Rye Whiskey in the World Under 10 Years Old. That whiskey is Templeton Rye, produced illegally for generations by farmers in Templeton, Iowa -- …

WhiskyCast Episode 205: June 21, 2009

June 21st, 2009


John Ramsay has turned over the duties of Master Blender for The Glenrothes and the Edrington Group's other whiskies to Gordon Motion after 43 years in the whisky business. He'll share his insights with us in this …

WhiskyCast Episode 204: June 14, 2009

June 14th, 2009


Kate Hopkins's new book "99 Drams of Whiskey: The Accidental Hedonist's Quest for the Perfect Shot and the History of the Drink" is getting a lot of attention from whisky lovers...and with good reason. She's been …

WhiskyCast Episode 203: June 7, 2009

June 7th, 2009


Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace usually comes out with something unusual every summer when he unleashes his latest Experimental Collection releases …

WhiskyCast Episode 202: May 30, 2009

May 30th, 2009


It's hard enough just to keep track of whiskies, but F. Paul Pacult does just that...and rums, tequilas, gins...you name it. Paul names his top …

WhiskyCast Episode 201: May 24, 2009

May 24th, 2009


It's festival week on Islay, and thousands of people are on the island for this year's Islay Festival of Malt & Music. The festival is more than just a celebration of the island's 8 distilleries...it celebrates a …

WhiskyCast Episode 200: May 16, 2009

May 16th, 2009


It's a milestone episode of WhiskyCast, and we'll hear from veteran whisky writer and Malt Maniac Dave Broom of Whisky Magazine in this week's episode. In the news, there's a controversy developing over whisky tastings …

WhiskyCast Episode 199: May 10, 2009

May 11th, 2009


It's another road trip for WhiskyCast...this time to the Spirit of Toronto festival! The festival is in its fifth year, and better than ever. We'll …

WhiskyCast Episode 198: May 3, 2009

May 3rd, 2009


The judges at
Whisky Magazine gave Highland Park's 21-year-old Scotch the title of World's
Best Singe Malt in this year's World Whisky Awards, and …

WhiskyCast Episode 197: April 26, 2009

April 26th, 2009


Last week, Scotland...this week, Kentucky! We'll look at plenty of vacation options in and around Louisville in the heart of Bourbon Country. Stacey Yates of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau's Bourbon …

WhiskyCast Episode 196: April 19, 2009

April 20th, 2009


We're getting into the start of the vacation season, and there are plenty of whisky-related places to see in Scotland. Chris Conway heads up the tourism initiative Scotland Whisky, and will give us a few highlights in …

WhiskyCast Episode 195: April 11, 209

April 11th, 2009


Colin Scott has been the Master Blender at Chivas Brothers for years, overseeing the consistency of Chivas Regal Scotch. He's also created the Chivas …

WhiskyCast Episode 194: April 4, 2009

April 5th, 2009


This has been a busy week for whisky lovers, with three major festivals in the past week. This week's episode features special coverage from Whisky Live New York, including interviews with Duncan Taylor's Euan Shand, …

WhiskyCast Episode 193: March 28, 2009

March 28th, 2009


55 years ago, Jimmy Russell got a job at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky...and it was the best hire the distillery ever made. He's been the Master Distiller since 1967, and has no plans to retire …

WhiskyCast Episode 192: March 22, 2009

March 22nd, 2009


It's been about a year and a half since we lost Michael Jackson, and his friends are honoring the best whisky and beer writer of all time with a new …

WhiskyCast Episode 191: March 15, 2009

March 15th, 2009


It wouldn't be March without a look at Irish whiskies, and Heidi Donelon gives us a look at the history of Irish distilling. Her new Ireland Whiskey …

WhiskyCast Episode 190: March 7, 2009

March 7th, 2009


This week's episode features special coverage from the Whisky Classic festival in Morristown, New Jersey. We'll hear from Wild Turkey Master …

WhiskyCast Episode 189: February 28, 2009

February 28th, 2009


This is Whisky Live London weekend, and one of the highlights is the annual Icons of Whisky Awards. Whisky Magazine editor Rob Allanson gives us the overall winners, as well as the winners for the world category …

WhiskyCast Episode 188: February 22, 2009

February 22nd, 2009


Mike Nicolson spent 36 years working at some of Scotland's leading distilleries before retiring to British Columbia a few years ago. He's managed …

WhiskyCast Episode 187: February 16, 2009

February 16th, 2009


This week...the winner of the "Pick the Interview" poll on the WhiskyCast Facebook page! We'll hear from Fred Laing of Douglas Laing & Co. about …

WhiskyCast Episode 186: February 8, 2009

February 8th, 2009


A double feature this time around! If you've ever wanted to make your own whisky, the folks at New York's Tuthilltown Spirits are willing to teach …

WhiskyCast Episode 185: February 1, 2009

February 1st, 2009


Marcel Van Gils has been collecting Laphroaig expressions since 1997, and the Dutch dentist has what is likely the world's largest collection of …

WhiskyCast Episode 184: January 26, 2009

January 26th, 2009


Bonus coverage
from the Victoria Whisky Festival, as the local Scottish community gathered to
celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. We'll hear from
Euan Mitchell of Isle of Arran, the only …

WhiskyCast Episode 183: January 25, 2009

January 25th, 2009


This week, WhiskyCast is in British Columbia for the Victoria Whisky Festival! It may be the only whisky festival with ticket scalpers because of the …

WhiskyCast Episode 182: January 19, 2009

January 19th, 2009


The Spirit of Speyside Festival is still a few months away, but it's not too soon to start making your travel plans. In fact, tickets for the Festival events go on sale starting today! We'll get a preview of the biggest …

WhiskyCast Episode 181: January 10, 2009

January 10th, 2009


Glen Grant has been producing whisky along the River Spey since 1840, and in that time, there have been only eight distillery managers. Dennis …

WhiskyCast Episode 180: January 3, 2009

January 3rd, 2009


Many of the microdistillers producing whisky got their inspiration from the craft brewing boom of the last 15 years, and more craft brewers are being inspired to use whisky barrels to age their beers. Greg Hall of …

WhiskyCast Episode 179: December 27, 2008

December 26th, 2008


Marko Karakasevic is the latest in a long family line of distillers, and like many other sons who go into the family business, his goal is to out-do his father. Marko's taking an unusual tack with whisky at his family's …

WhiskyCast Episode 178: December 20, 2008

December 20th, 2008

A double feature this time around: William Wemyss shares his family's Scottish heritage with a line of single cask and blended malts named to describe what the whiskies inside taste like. We'll also start a two-part …

WhiskyCast Episode 177: December 14, 2008

December 14th, 2008


Time for another visit to the library...Ian Buxton joins us with details on the newest release in the Classic Expressions series of vintage whisky books. "Truths About Whiskey" dates back to 1878, and was produced by 4 …

WhiskyCast Episode 176: December 7, 2008

December 7th, 2008


Orkney's Scapa
Distillery has been relatively quiet since it was acquired by the Chivas
Brothers unit of Pernod Ricard in 2005, but that's about to change. Scapa is
releasing its first new bottling since the Chivas …

WhiskyCast Episode 175: November 30, 2008

November 30th, 2008


It's time to announce the winners of the 2008 Malt Maniacs Awards, and Serge Valentin will join us with this year's selections from his home in France! In the news, the U.K. flip-flops on a whisky tax increase, we'll …

WhiskyCast Episode 174: November 23, 2008

November 23rd, 2008


Willie Tait has been a fixture at Whyte and Mackay for 34 years, and is most known for his work at Isle of Jura Distillery. He's the third of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winners at the Malt Advocate Magazine …

WhiskyCast Episode 173: November 16, 2008

November 16th, 2008


Malt Advocate Magazine handed out its annual awards at this week's WhiskyFest New York, and you'll hear from some of this year's winners in this episode, including Jim Rutledge of Distillery of the Year Winner Four …

WhiskyCast Episode 172: November 9, 2008

November 9th, 2008


Robert Hicks
tried to retire a couple of years ago as the Master Blender at Teacher's,
Laphroaig, and Ardmore...but he's busier than ever these days. 2009 will mark
his 45th year in the whisky business, and he'll share …

WhiskyCast Episode 171: November 2, 2008

November 2nd, 2008


We'll go inside the laboratory this time around, and our guides are the lead chemist at Buffalo Trace, Truman Cox, and one of the leaders of the distillery's tasting panel, Dendress Ennis. Buffalo Trace was just honored …

WhiskyCast Episode 170: October 26, 2008

October 26th, 2008


Balblair Distillery sits on the Dornoch Firth in Edderton, and it's been getting a lot of attention these days. Distillery manager John MacDonald was instrumental in helping re-launch the Balblair range from age-dated …

WhiskyCast Episode 169: October 18, 2008

October 18th, 2008


Many of us think of ourselves as whisky collectors, but Giuseppe Begnoni is in a league of his own. Begnoni is regarded as one of the
world's leading …

WhiskyCast Episode 168: October 12, 2008

October 12th, 2008


Glenmorangie's Dr. Bill Lumsden is regarded as one of the leading innovators in the whisky business. He's credited with creating an industry-leading wood management program and developing the distillery's series of …

WhiskyCast Episode 167: October 5, 2008

October 5th, 2008


Bourbon's big, baby! So big that we've crammed four of Kentucky's best distilleries into one big episode of WhiskyCast. We'll get the first look at …

WhiskyCast Episode 166: September 27, 2008

September 28th, 2008


This week, WhiskyCast is in Lebanon, Kentucky for the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival. This year's festival honors Independent Stave's Kentucky Cooperage, the local cooperage that supplies barrels for every one …

WhiskyCast Episode 165: September 22, 2008

September 22nd, 2008


Here's a
special bonus episode from Whisky Live Paris...on location at one of the world's
great bars. Hemingway drank at Harry's, Parisians drink at Harry's...and now,
WhiskyCast goes to Harry's New York Bar. Thierry …

WhiskyCast Episode 164: September 21, 2008

September 22nd, 2008


Time now for part two of WhiskyCast's special coverage of Whisky Live Paris!
We'll get an update on Islay's newest distillery, Kilchoman...where the
first spirit reaches legal age later this year, and the new boss at

WhiskyCast Episode 163: September 20, 2008

September 21st, 2008


It's Whisky Live weekend in Paris, and this is Part 1 of special coverage of
an amazing weekend! We'll find out why the French are so passionate about
whisky, and not just drinking it, but distilling it as well! …

WhiskyCast Episode 162: September 14, 2008

September 14th, 2008


Canadian Club celebrates its 150th anniversary starting this month, and we'll discuss the distillery's history with long-time ambassador brand …

WhiskyCast Episode 161: September 6, 2008

September 6th, 2008


We're just a week or so away from a week that may make Derby Week look almost boring in Louisville...the combination of Ryder Cup week and Kentucky Bourbon Festival Week! Knob Creek Whiskey Professor and Louisville …

WhiskyCast Episode 160: August 30, 2008

August 30th, 2008


Three years ago this weekend, New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast were in ruins after Hurricane Katrina. It's only been in the last couple of …

WhiskyCast Episode 159: August 24, 2008

August 24th, 2008


Unless you work in the whisky industry, you've probably never heard of James Espey or Tom Jago. However, I'll bet that you've had one of the whisky brands they've been responsible for creating over their decades in the …

WhiskyCast Episode 158: August 17, 2008

August 17th, 2008


A double feature with two (actually, three) great whiskies to talk about this week! Glenlivet's breaking the age barrier with its first 25-year-old …

WhiskyCast Episode 157: August 10, 2008

August 10th, 2008


When the
temperature's approaching 90 (32), sometimes a cold beer just sounds better than
a glass of whisky. Northing wrong with that....especially …

WhiskyCast Episode 156: August 3, 2008

August 3rd, 2008


Night and Day, Positive and Negative, Black and White. There are opposites all around us, which means that if there is a Black Bowmore, there must be a White Bowmore. There is...it's the fraternal twin to the legendary …

WhiskyCast Episode 155: July 27, 2008

July 27th, 2008


It may be seen
as a sacrilege in Scotland, but imagine a single malt whisky from India that can
compete with the best of Scotland's malts in many ways. That's the case with
Amrut's single malts, which draw their water …

WhiskyCast Episode 154: July 20, 2008

July 20th, 2008


Almost every
whisky lover has dreamed of getting the call from a distillery to serve on an
exclusive tasting panel to select a special release. Jimmy Bradley got that
call...and the owner/chef of two New York City …

WhiskyCast Episode 153: July 13, 2008

July 13th, 2008


It's not too soon to start making travel plans for the fall whisky festival
season, and Malt Advocate's WhiskyFest San Francisco on October 10th is shaping
up to be something really special. Editor and Publisher John …

WhiskyCast Episode 152:: July 6, 2008

July 6th, 2008


Last fall, I mentioned The Balvenie's search for a brand ambassador to represent the single malt in the US. Now, the lucky person has been chosen, and you'll meet the new "Balvenie Guy" in this week's episode. Sam …

WhiskyCast Episode 151: June 29, 2008

June 29th, 2008


Box produces some of the more unusual whiskies on the market, and John
Glaser gives us the details on two new limited releases coming out later
this year. In the news, the official word from Springbank on …

WhiskyCast Episode 150: June 22, 2008

June 22nd, 2008


If you're looking for buddy trip ideas, a distillery school might be just the thing. Fellow Malt Maniac Lawrence Graham just finished up a buddy trip …

WhiskyCast Episode 149: June 16, 2008

June 16th, 2008


What distillery produces so many different expressions of whisky that one
could probably drink a different one each day for a month with no repeats?

WhiskyCast Episode 148: June 8, 2008

June 8th, 2008


The best single malts in the world come from Scotland, right? Not any more, and the winner of Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Award as the world's …

WhiskyCast Episode 147: June 1, 2008

June 1st, 2008


While it's the start of summer in Scotland, it's the start of a winter of whisky in Australia. Later this month, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's …

WhiskyCast Episode 146: May 25, 2008

May 25th, 2008


It's festival week on Islay, and we'll hear about the plans for this week's Islay Festival of Malt and Music from Laphroaig's John Campbell, Ardbeg's Michael Heads, and Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich. Every distillery on …

WhiskyCast Episode 145: May 18, 2008

May 18th, 2008


One of the world's great whisky bars sits in between a stationery store and a restaurant in Toronto's Beaches neighborhood. Ian Innes has owned The Feathers since 1981, and his selection of single malts is amazing. …

WhiskyCast Episode 144: May 10, 2008

May 11th, 2008


the road again, and back in one of my favorite cities...Toronto. This time
around, it's for the Spirit of Toronto Festival. We'll have some of the
highlights, including the first public tasting of Highland Park's …

WhiskyCast Episode 143: May 4, 2007

May 4th, 2008


Good things take time, and after 109 years, Ardmore is finally being released as a single malt. Until now, all of the Aberdeenshire distillery's output has been used for blending, but after Beam Global acquired Ardmore …

WhiskyCast Episode 142: April 27, 2008

April 27th, 2008


This is Kentucky Derby week in Louisville, and that makes it a perfectly good time to focus on bourbon. We'll hear from Ron Givens, author of the new book "Bourbon at its Best." Ron's book covers everything from bourbon …

WhiskyCast Episode 141: April 20, 2008

April 20th, 2008


Running a distillery is a tough job...but Ian MacMillan runs three. Oh, he serves as the master blender, too. Ian's in charge of Burn Stewart's three distilleries: Bunnahabhain, Deanston, and Tobermory...and he is also …

WhiskyCast Episode 140: April 12, 2008

April 13th, 2008


Time for a road trip...this time to the spiritual home of Bourbon...Kentucky. This week's episode comes from DeSha's Restaurant and Bar in Lexington, which tied for top honors as Best Whisky Bar in the World in Whisky …

WhiskyCast Episode 139: April 6, 2008

April 6th, 2008


It's been a busy week for whisky festivals from coast to coast in the US, with events in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. In this episode, we'll get some of the highlights from Whisky Live New York. Ronnie Cox of …

WhiskyCast Episode 138: March 30, 2008

March 30th, 2008


In the last episode, I mentioned the growing controversy over proposed UK legislation that would set specific labeling standards for Scotch Whisky, …

WhiskyCast Episode 137: March 23, 2008

March 23rd, 2008


Inver House was recently named Distiller of the Year in Whisky Magazine's annual Icons of Whisky Awards for its work in re-launching the Balblair …

WhiskyCast Episode 136: March 16, 2008

March 16th, 2008


In Part 2 of
our series on Irish Whiskeys, we'll hear from Bushmills master distiller Colum
Egan. Colum was under pressure to come up with a special …

WhiskyCast Episode 135: March 9, 2008

March 9th, 2008


With St. Patrick's Day just around the horizon, it's time for Part 1 of a 2-part series on Irish whiskies, In this episode, we'll hear from the Master of Whiskey Science at Irish Distillers' Middleton Distillery, David …

WhiskyCast Episode 134: March 2, 2008

March 2nd, 2008


Dominic Roskrow is the former editor of Whisky Magazine, and he's written a new book on whiskies from around the world. "From Confused to Connoisseur" is designed for the novice, and includes distillery details, tasting …

WhiskyCast Episode 133: February 24, 2008

February 24th, 2008


There's a new generation of whisky makers coming into their own, and we'll hear from one of them in this episode. Iain McCallum told us about the …

WhiskyCast Episode 132: February 17, 2008

February 17th, 2008


The new issue of Malt Advocate magazine is out, and the cover story focuses on cask ownership programs. We'll talk with writer Jonny McCormick, who has a cask of his own aging at Bruichladdich. In the news, you'll be …

WhiskyCast Episode 131: February 10, 2008

February 10th, 2008


The Black Bowmore is one of Islay's legendary whiskies, and sells for thousands of dollars...when you can find it. Now, Bowmore is releasing a new …

WhiskyCast Episode 130: February 3, 2008

February 3rd, 2008


With Valentine's Day almost here, thoughts of chocolate will certainly
be on the minds of some whisky lovers...whether it's for themselves or
for that …

WhiskyCast Episode 129: January 27, 2008

January 27th, 2008


There's always at least two sides to a story, and in the case of the "Mutter Bowmore" controversy, there are many more. This time around, we'll get the third side of the story behind the bottle of Bowmore said to be …

WhiskyCast Episode 128: January 20, 2008

January 20th, 2008


It's time to celebrate Burns Night this week! Whisky lovers around the
world will honor the bard of Scotland, the legendary Robert Burns, on
the 249th anniversary of his birth January 25th. In what's becoming an
annual …

WhiskyCast Episode 127: January 13, 2008

January 13th, 2008


This time around, we'll get the other side of the debate over the rare
Bowmore that sold for more than $50,000 at McTear's in Glasgow last
month, …

WhiskyCast Episode 126: January 6, 2008

January 6th, 2008


The debate over whisky auctions and the
provenance of some of the whiskies sold at those auctions continues
with the saga of a Bowmore said to have …

WhiskyCast Episode 125: December 29, 2007

December 30th, 2007


We'll close out the year with a look at a man fulfilling almost
every guy's dream. Keith Wood is a transplanted Englishman in the heart
of Munich, …

WhiskyCast Episode 124: December 23, 2007

December 23rd, 2007


Jim McEwan and the guys at Bruichladdich don't really care what the
rest of the whisky industry thinks of them. They do care greatly what
whisky drinkers think, though...and the passion they share for great
whisky leads …

WhiskyCast Episode 123: December 16, 2007

December 16th, 2007


Single malt scotches and Japan's single malts are a world apart in
geography, and some might say the same applies to taste as well. This time around, we'll hear from the man behind Suntory's award-winning Yamazaki single …

WhiskyCast Episode 122: December 9, 2007

December 9th, 2007


You may want to introduce your non-whisky drinking friends to the water of life during the holidays, but sometimes it takes a little
something extra …

WhiskyCast Episode 121: December 2, 2007

December 2nd, 2007


The results are in from this year's Malt
Maniacs Whisky Awards, and we'll get a rundown on the top award-winners
from Malt Maniac Davin de Kergommeaux …

WhiskyCast Episode 120: November 25, 2007

November 25th, 2007


Last month, Malt Advocate Magazine honored David Stewart of William
Grant & Sons with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 45 years in
the whisky business. Stewart is the Malt Master for Grant's, and is
responsible for …

WhiskyCast Episode 119: November 18, 2007

November 18th, 2007


Only one distillery can claim to have the world's best selling whiskey,
and it's not in Scotland or Kentucky. Jack Daniels in Lynchburg,
Tennessee sells more than 10 million cases of its Black Label whiskey
every …

WhiskyCast Episode 118: November 11, 2007

November 11th, 2007


John Hall of Canada's Kittling Ridge Distillery makes his whiskies the
hard way, distilling and maturing his grains separately, then blending
them years later to make Forty Creek Canadian Whiskey. He's won
numerous awards …

WhiskyCast Episode 117: November 3, 2007

November 3rd, 2007


On the road again...this time at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the
Maker's Mark "When in Rome Weekend". Nearly 1500 Maker's Mark
Ambassadors descended on Caesars for the distillery's first major event
outside Kentucky, …

WhiskyCast Episode 116: October 31, 2007

October 31st, 2007


This is a special episode of WhiskyCast with highlights from Tuesday
night's Malt Advocate WhiskyFest in New York City. It's the 10th
anniversary of WhiskyFest New York, and we'll hear from the winners of
this year's Malt …

WhiskyCast Episode 115: October 29, 2007

October 30th, 2007


What's a $700 whisky like? When it's a special
edition of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, expect it to be something unique
(and have a pretty good story behind it). We'll find out more about the
new King George V edition of …

WhiskyCast Episode 114: October 21, 2007

October 23rd, 2007


Willie Nelson made "On the Road Again" famous, and it's time to hit the
road for a series of special episodes. Thie time around, it's Whisky
Live in Toronto, and while technical problems kept me from recording
the show …

WhiskyCast Episode 113: October 14, 2007

October 14th, 2007


It's a good time to be in the whisky business. Scotch whisky exports
are growing by 4 percent a year, and added up to $5 billion last year
worldwide. We'll talk with Scotch Whisky Association chief executive
Gavin Hewitt …

WhiskyCast Episode 112: October 7, 2007

October 7th, 2007


Jim Murray's Whisky Bible is almost required reading for serious whisky
lovers, and the 2008 edition of the Bible is on its way to booksellers
now. We'll get a preview from Jim in this episode, along with his
thoughts on …

WhiskyCast Episode 111: September 30, 2007

September 30th, 2007


Ever wondered whether the CEO's of whisky companies get any special
perks? In this week's episode, we'll get the answer from Tom Flocco,
CEO of Beam Global Spirits & Wine. On a more serious note, we'll
find out how the …

WhiskyCast Episode 110: September 23, 2007

September 23rd, 2007


For the first time, we'll talk about something other than whiskies
on WhiskyCast! There's a new trend toward single-estate Cognacs and
Armagnacs from France that compare very favorably with many single
malts...and can …

WhiskyCast Episode 109: September 16, 2007

September 16th, 2007


The Beams are the First Family of Bourbon, and
the torch has officially been passed at Jim Beam. Each bottle has
pictures of the six generations of Beam family members who have led the
distillery. This week, a new label …

WhiskyCast Episode 108: September 9, 2007

September 9th, 2007


George Washington...founding father of the United States, and a man who
knew how to capitalize on an opportunity. When he heard that merchants
near his …

WhiskyCast Episode 107: September 2, 2007

September 2nd, 2007


The world of whisky lost its greatest ambassador this week. Through his
books, Michael Jackson gave us a vocabulary, and set words to our
passion for …

WhiskyCast Episode 106: August 26, 2007

August 26th, 2007


The Famous Grouse is Scotland's #1 blended Scotch, but the newest
version of the Grouse won't be available there. The Black Grouse is a
new blend that takes the best of the Grouse and adds in a touch of
Islay for a …

WhiskyCast Episode 105: August 19, 2007

August 19th, 2007


The rumors of change at Glenmorangie are true, and we'll get the
details on the new Extra Matured range from Glenmorangie whisky maker
and blender Rachel Barrie. In the news, Heaven Hill announced the
details for a new …

WhiskyCast Episode 104: August 12, 2007

August 11th, 2007


It's time for the first question and answer episode of WhiskyCast, as
we'll get answers to your e-mailed questions from John Glaser of
Compass Box, John Hansell of Malt Advocate magazine, and Steve Fox of
Preiss Imports. …

WhiskyCast Episode 103: August 5, 2007

August 5th, 2007


Nick Morgan of Diageo has the job most of us would love...next to running a distillery of our own. As Global Marketing Director for Diageo's premium …

WhiskyCast Episode 102: July 29, 2007

July 28th, 2007


The Grant family bought Speyside's Glenfarclas distillery in 1865, and
six generations of Grants have worked at the distillery since then.
George Grant …

WhiskyCast Episode 101: July 22, 2007

July 22nd, 2007


Iain Henderson's CV includes everything from sailing the seas as an
engineer on oil tankers to managing the stills at Laphroaig, Bladnoch,
and Edradour (among others). His latest venture, though, has created
some …

WhiskyCast Episode 100: July 15, 2007

July 15th, 2007


It's a milestone episode for WhiskyCast, and to mark the occasion, I've
selected a few of my favorite moments from the first 99 episodes.
You'll hear …

WhiskyCast Episode 99: July 8, 2007

July 8th, 2007


There's no shortage of Scotch whiskies with wine finishes, but until now, finished Bourbons have been just an academic idea. Chris Morris of Woodford Reserve worked with his corporate siblings at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards …

WhiskyCast Episode 98: July 1, 2007

July 1st, 2007


Last September, Ian Buxton gave us a preview of his "Classic
Expressions" series of vintage whisky books, lovingly re-printed under
the guidance of Ian and publisher Neil Wilson. Back then, Ian was
looking for founding …

WhiskyCast Episode 97: June 24, 2007

June 24th, 2007



John Glaser of Compass Box is one of the whisky industry's leading innovators, and in this episode of WhiskyCast, we'll find out what he's working on in his blending laboratory. There's also new spirits legislation in …

WhiskyCast Episode 96: June 17, 2007

June 17th, 2007


Time to travel down under to Australia, where fall has turned into
winter, and it's whisky season. 15 years ago, Bill and Lyn Lark started
Australia's first malt whisky distillery on a lark (pun intended).
Since then, …

WhiskyCast Episode 95: June 10, 2007

June 10th, 2007


It's a rare road trip for WhiskyCast, with a special episode taped on
location at the Brandy Library in New York City. We'll get an update on
the new …

WhiskyCast Episode 94: June 3, 2007

June 4th, 2007


There's been a lot of talk about India and whisky over the past few
months, and in this episode, we'll get the local perspective on India's
whisky tastes, tariffs, and the Whyte & Mackay deal from India's
only Malt …

WhiskyCast Episode 93: May 27, 2007

May 27th, 2007


There probably isn't a serious whisky lover who hasn't dreamed of having his or her own distillery.
Euan Shand of Duncan Taylor is making his dream come true, with plans
for a new (and carbon-neutral) distillery in …

WhiskyCast Episode 92: May 20, 2007

May 20th, 2007


Evan Cattanach has seen a world of changes since he got his first
distillery job in 1961. Over the years, he worked at Linlithgow,
Glentauchers, Caol …

WhiskyCast Episode 91: May 13, 2007

May 13th, 2007


It's rare that a
whisky is more well-known overseas than in its home country, but that's
the case with Four Roses Bourbon. It was once America's best-selling
bourbon, until Seagram's magnate Samuel Bronfman decided it …

WhiskyCast Episode 90: May 6, 2007

May 6th, 2007


Distillers get all the glory, but there's more to making great whisky
than just running the still. The whisky industry's unsung heroes are
the coopers, …

WhiskyCast Episode 89: April 29, 2007

April 30th, 2007


It's festival week in Speyside, as
whisky lovers descend on the banks of the River Spey for the Spirit of
Speyside Whisky Festival. We'll find out what's new this year from
festival coordinator Ros Lewis. It's also …

WhiskyCast Episode 88: April 22, 2007

April 23rd, 2007


The World Whiskies Conference has ended, with some unusual ideas that may spark some controversy...OK, a lot of controversy. But getting back to …

WhiskyCast Episode 87: April 15, 2007

April 15th, 2007


It's whisky festival season, and that always means new bottlings,
along with unusual whiskies that come out of the woodwork to make their
debut. In this episode, we'll look at more of both, with a new
Ambassador's Cask …

WhiskyCast Episode 86: April 8, 2007

April 8th, 2007


This is one of the biggest weeks for whisky lovers in the United
States, with three major whisky festivals in three different cities
over a 10-day period. Whisky Magazine's Whisky Live New York started
off the fun this …

WhiskyCast Episode 85: April 1, 2007

April 1st, 2007


This is an abbreviated episode of WhiskyCast, as a family emergency
kept me from making it to Mount Vernon for this week's opening of
George Washington's Distillery. Because of that, it's just the
headlines this time …

WhiskyCast Episode 84: March 25, 2007

March 26th, 2007


Jackson gets credit for inspiring the current generation of whisky
writers and journalists with his work, including the "Complete Guide to
Single Malt Scotch" and "Whisky." Now, Michael has disclosed that while
he's …

WhiskyCast Episode 83: March 17, 2007

March 18th, 2007


Irish whiskeys really deserve more than just a taste at St.
Patrick's Day. They're the fastest growing segment of the whisky
business, and we'll hear …

WhiskyCast Episode 82: March 11, 2007

March 11th, 2007


Dr. Jim Swan has been working with distilleries around the world for
years as a consultant, helping to make the whiskies we drink even
better. Jim was …

WhiskyCast Episode 81: March 4, 2007

March 4th, 2007


If you're planning a summer vacation to Scotland, there are plenty of
new places to visit. Many distilleries are sprucing up their visitor
centers as a way to connect with whisky lovers, and we'll get an update
from …

WhiskyCast Episode 80: February 25, 2007

February 25th, 2007


Wonder just how differently casks from the same distillery, produced
and stored under identical conditions, can turn out after years of
maturation? We'll get some insight as we join the tasting panel at
Bayway's World of …

WhiskyCast Episode 79: February 18, 2007

February 18th, 2007


WhiskyCast Episode 78: February 11, 2007

February 12th, 2007


The guys at Bruichladdich have never shied away from a challenge, and their latest goal is to bring whisky distilling back to the nearby town of Port Charlotte on Islay. The town's distillery was turned into a car park …

WhiskyCast Episode 77: January 28, 2007

January 29th, 2007


Plenty of news in this episode: A Nova Scotia distillery wins its battle with the Scotch Whisky Association...for now, India may give in to demands to reduce its stiff tariffs on imported spirits, whisky accounted for …

WhiskyCast Episode 76: January 21, 2007

January 22nd, 2007


Scotland celebrates the 248th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns this week...and the world celebrates with Scotland. Burns Suppers are held all over the world...for just a few people or a few hundred people. We'll …

WhiskyCast Episode 75: January 14, 2007

January 14th, 2007


Jim McEwan is one of whisky's most outspoken ambassadors. As production manager at Bruichladdich, he's been responsible for bringing a silent distillery back to life, and creating some of the more unusual single malts …

WhiskyCast Episode 74: January 7, 2007

January 7th, 2007


Welcome to 2007, and if you're in New York, your assignment is to go to the library. Not the big building with a bunch of books, but the Brandy Library in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood. We'll talk with spirit …

WhiskyCast Episode 73: December 31, 2006

December 31st, 2006


It's the final episode of 2006, and we'll end the year with a profile of one of the newest distillers in the business, and one who's already making her mark on single malts. Gillian Howell is the distiller at the Welsh …

WhiskyCast Episode 72: December 23, 2006

December 23rd, 2006


There are many whisky competitions, but few give the average whisky lover a vote in deciding the winners. Now, the Drammie Awards have changed that, thanks to Kevin Erskine of The Scotch Blog. Erskine created the …

WhiskyCast Episode 71: December 16, 2006

December 16th, 2006


The debate over blended whiskies vs. single malts will never be
decided, but both can be appreciated, much as a music lover can enjoy
both symphonies and jazz. One of the maestros of blended whiskies is
Whyte & …

WhiskyCast Episode 70: December 10, 2006

December 10th, 2006


Many of us would describe ourselves as "malt maniacs", but the title of "Malt Maniac" belongs to 24 serious whisky experts from around the world. …

WhiskyCast Episode 69: December 3, 2006

December 3rd, 2006


The green and white labels may be plain, but the whisky inside the bottles is usually something special. We'll go inside the Scotch Malt Whisky Society with US chapter president Alan Shayne. In the news, one of the …

WhiskyCast Episode 68: November 25, 2006

November 25th, 2006


One of the things I get asked about most often is why WhiskyCast doesn't have more tasting sessions. We'll answer that request in this episode, as …

WhiskyCast Episode 67: November 19, 2006

November 19th, 2006


There are only two living bourbon distillers with whiskies named after them, and you'll hear from one of them in this episode of WhiskyCast. Elmer T. Lee is the Master Distiller Emeritus at Buffalo Trace, and at 87 …

WhiskyCast Episode 66: November 12, 2006

November 13th, 2006


It's the first anniversary for WhiskyCast, and we had a big party in New York Monday night to celebrate. OK, it wasn't really our party...it was Malt Advocate's WhiskyFest New York. Still, we're celebrating the …

WhiskyCast Episode 65: November 5, 2006

November 5th, 2006


It's the weekend before WhiskyFest New York, but there's a lot going on! We'll go back to Toronto to visit a whisky lover's dream...the Summerhill tasting tower, where rare whiskies can be yours to sample. In the news, …

WhiskyCast Episode 64: October 30, 2006

October 30th, 2006


Jim Cryle "retired" this year as Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, but somehow he seems just as busy as ever after 40 years of making Scotch. My conversation with Jim includes everything from his early days in …

WhiskyCast Episode 63: October 22, 2006

October 22nd, 2006


Most of us will never be able to produce our own whisky, but admit it, you'd probably love to be able to bottle your own whisky as an independent bottler. Barry Stein and Barry Bernstein are doing just that, and they're …

WhiskyCast Episode 62: October 14, 2006

October 15th, 2006


WhiskyCast hits the road again...this time around, to Toronto for the first Whisky Live Toronto festival! We'll hear from William Grant and Sons' Ian Millar about a new Grant's blend that combines the best of beer and …

WhiskyCast Episode 61: October 8, 2006

October 8th, 2006


Last time, Sweden...this time, Australia. They're about as far apart as you can get physically, but both countries share a love of whisky. There are …

WhiskyCast Episode 60: October 1, 2006

October 1st, 2006


Sweden is a nation of whisky lovers, with more than 200 whisky clubs. In fact, three of the year's best whisky books have been produced by Swedish whisky lovers. We'll hear from Ingvar Ronde, the editor of the 2007 Malt …

WhiskyCast Episode 59: September 24, 2006

September 24th, 2006


Whisky lovers generally love to collect more than just bottles of their favorite drams, and those who collect whisky books are among the most avid …

WhiskyCast Episode 58: September 18, 2006

September 18th, 2006


There are distillery bottlings, independent bottlings...and then, there are bottlings that you'll only find at one retailer. Whisky specialist retailers are buying casks and having their own exclusive single-cask …

WhiskyCast Episode 57: September 11, 2006

September 11th, 2006


In the last episode, I had hints about changes at Highland Park. Now, we get the complete details, courtesy of Highland Park global controller Jason …

WhiskyCast Episode 56: September 5, 2006

September 4th, 2006


Five years ago, the stills at Islay's Bruichladdich Distillery roared back to life. The spirit produced on May 29, 2001 is now making its way into the market, and Bruichladdich's Mark Reynier will give us the story …

WhiskyCast Episode 55: August 28, 2006

August 27th, 2006


It's not often that The Glenlivet introduces a new single malt, but that's what's happening this week! We'll get an update from The Glenlivet's Andy …

WhiskyCast Episode 54: August 22, 2006

August 21st, 2006


More from the WhiskyCast Book Club in this episode...Misako Udo's passion for whisky has landed her a publishing deal for "The Scottish Whisky Distilleries." Back in February, we talked with Misako, and we'll get an …

WhiskyCast Episode 53: August 13, 2006

August 13th, 2006


Every whisky lover has a special preference...water or no water...ice or no ice...and then there's the glass. We'll look at the choices whisky lovers face in selecting a glass for that special dram. In the news, the …

WhiskyCast Episode 52: August 6, 2006

August 6th, 2006


Last year, 250,000 people visited the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The tour includes a free dram of Scotch, and that's a lot of drams to pour! We'll hear more about the Centre from its …

WhiskyCast Episode 51: July 30, 2006

July 30th, 2006


In part two of our series on whisky tasting for beginners, award-winning whisky writer Dave Broom offers his advice for beginners, as well as some criticism of the whisky industry for failing to better educate …

WhiskyCast Episode 50: July 22, 2006

July 22nd, 2006


It's a milestone for WhiskyCast, and we'll mark the occasion by going back to basics with a lesson on whisky tasting and nosing for beginners. Our guide: whisky writer and Keeper of the Quaich Martine Nouet. In the …

WhiskyCast Episode 49: July 15, 2006

July 15th, 2006


I'll admit to skipping a few classes now and then in college, but then, none of my classes were held in a distillery! Jeff Topping of Wild Scotsman …

WhiskyCast Episode 48: July 8, 2006

July 8th, 2006


There's no arguing that John Glaser of Compass Box is one of the whisky industry's leading innovators, but John's latest creation has been pulled off …

WhiskyCast Episode 47: July 1, 2006

July 1st, 2006


WhiskyCast hits the road again, this time to the luxurious New York Yacht Club. Glasgow is sponsoring one of the ships sailing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which reached New York City on Friday, and the …

WhiskyCast Episode 46: June 28, 2006

June 28th, 2006


Time for a chapter from the WhiskyCast Book Club...back in 1930, a Scotsman going by the name of Aeneas MacDonald wrote the first book on whisky aimed at whisky drinkers. "Whisky" was a groundbreaking book for its time, …

WhiskyCast Episode 45: June 21, 2006

June 21st, 2006


It's the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and many whisky lovers are thinking of their summer vacations. More Scotch distilleries are taking the tourism business seriously, with at least half a dozen …

WhiskyCast Episode 44: June 10, 2006

June 10th, 2006


Whisky and charity often go hand in hand, as whisky lovers raise thousands of dollars for those in need every year. In this episode, we'll hear from …

WhiskyCast Episode 43: June 4, 2006

June 5th, 2006


It's easy to stick to the official distillery bottlings of whiskies, but a visit to specialty shops may pique your curiosity with independent bottlings. Many come from very familiar distilleries, but some bottlings are …

WhiskyCast Episode 42: May 24, 2006

May 24th, 2006


It's time for the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music, and that also means a bit of madness on the island...everything from sheepdog trials to a visit from the Mayor of Islay...the Islay in Peru. We'll get a preview …

WhiskyCast Episode 41: May 21, 2006

May 20th, 2006


New York's a city full of whisky drinkers, but most of them only think of Scotch Whisky. LeNell Smothers is on a one-woman mission to change all …

WhiskyCast Episode 40: May 17, 2006

May 17th, 2006


Japanese whiskies are a mystery to many whisky lovers, and we'll get some insight to these special malts from Suntory consultant Lincoln Henderson, …

WhiskyCast Episode 39: May 10, 2006

May 10th, 2006


Whisky is a passion for distillers, but it's also a science...and good scientists experiment to see what might make a good whisky and what won't. Harlen Wheatley of Kentucky's Buffalo Trace Distillery is a chemical …

WhiskyCast Episode 38: May 4, 2006

May 4th, 2006


Laphroaig has been making whisky for nearly 200 years, but until now, no native of Islay has ever served as the distillery manager there. John Campbell grew up in the shadow of Laphroaig, and now, he's running the …

WhiskyCast Episode 37: April 28, 2006

April 27th, 2006


Canadians take pride in their whisky, but one very special whisky often goes overlooked on store shelves. That's a mistake, though...Alberta Premium was chosen by Jim Murray as his Canadian Whisky of the Year in his …

WhiskyCast Episode 36: April 24, 2006

April 24th, 2006


Jeff Topping traveled from Ohio to Scotland to explore his family's heritage, and wound up as the "Wild Scotsman", producing his own line of independent bottlings. We'll have his story on this episode, along with Jim …

WhiskyCast Episode 35: April 19, 2006

April 18th, 2006


There's only one man living who can claim to have managed distilleries in all five of Scotland's whisky-producing regions, and you'll hear his story on this episode of WhiskyCast. Also, Scottish First Minister Jack …

WhiskyCast Episode 34: April 12, 2006

April 12th, 2006


It's a big weekend in Kentucky, as Maker's Mark celebrates Thoroughbreds & Redheads Weekend. We'll get the details from Master Distiller Dave …

WhiskyCast Episode 33: April 9, 2006

April 9th, 2006


The biggest WhiskyCast yet! Part two of the Jim Murray interview, along with a roundup of new whiskies from the recent Whisky Live New York. We'll …

WhiskyCast Episode 32: April 5, 2006

April 5th, 2006


You may love him...you may hate him...but you've probably got a copy of his Whisky Bible on the shelf. Jim Murray talks about he became the first …

WhiskyCast Episode 31: April 1, 2006

March 31st, 2006


No April Fool's Day jokes in this episode...just cask-strength whisky news! The winners of the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition have …

WhiskyCast Episode 30: March 29, 2006

March 29th, 2006


The numbers are in for 2005, and Scotch distillers had one of the best years on record -- despite sales declines in Europe. We'll get the details, …

WhiskyCast Episode 29: March 21, 2006

March 21st, 2006


Tullibardine Distillery in the Scottish Highlands is making up for lost time after reopening in 2003, and we'll get an update from veteran distillery …

WhiskyCast Episode 28: March 17, 2006

March 16th, 2006


WhiskyCast goes on location to Fitzer's Bar at the Fitzpatrick Hotel on Madison Avenue in New York City...right along the parade route for New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade. We'll look at Irish whiskeys in this …

WhiskyCast Episode 27: March 14, 2006

March 14th, 2006


The title "Best Whisky Bar in the World" is sought by many, earned by few. This year, Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky award went to The Pot Still in Glasgow, and that prompted owner Ken Storrie to buy a round for the …

WhiskyCast Episode 26: March 8, 2006

March 8th, 2006


Time for an update on new whiskies heading for your local bar or retailer, including the 2006 lineup for Diageo's Classic Malts and Rare Malts series and new releases from Bunnahabhain and Compass Box. We'll hear from …

WhiskyCast Episode 25: March 6, 2006

March 6th, 2006


It's a milestone of sorts for WhiskyCast, with 25 episodes now on the web! We'll celebrate independent spirit in this episode. Bruichladdich's Mark Reynier explains just what he and his mates were thinking when they …

WhiskyCast Episode 24: March 2, 2006

March 2nd, 2006


This cask-strength episode spans the globe, from controversies in India to whiskies that are fiery and smoky in Islay. We'll also re-visit an old …

WhiskyCast Episode 23: February 24, 2006

February 23rd, 2006


What's a whisky lover to do when tasting and collecting just aren't enough? How about taking the ultimate distillery tour...where you actually work …

WhiskyCast Episode 22: February 18, 2006

February 17th, 2006


In the last episode, we discussed the controversy in Greece and India over an Athens bar display featuring a Hindu goddess carrying bottles of Southern Comfort. The display infuriated members of the Hindu faith, and …

WhiskyCast Episode 21: February 14, 2006

February 14th, 2006


Whisky inspires passion, and we'll get the proof on this episode of WhiskyCast. Why else would a man release a special single malt to honor his …

WhiskyCast Episode 20: February 9, 2006

February 9th, 2006


The next few weeks will be full of whisky events around the world, and we'll find out more about Whisky Live, the Whiskies of the World Expo, and …

WhiskyCast Episode 19: February 4, 2006

February 4th, 2006


It's Super Bowl weekend in the US, and we'll get some tips for planning the big event from Brown-Forman's CEO -- "Chief Entertaining Officer" Tim Laird. In the news, Heaven Hill reaches a milestone, a Penderyn …

WhiskyCast Episode 18: February 1, 2006

January 31st, 2006


Internet whisky forums are buzzing with rumors about the fate of The Balvenie Founder's Reserve, and we'll have the answer to those rumors directly …

WhiskyCast Episode 17: January 28, 2006

January 28th, 2006


Plenty of new developments to talk about in this episode...new leadership in place at the Scotch Whisky Association, Johnnie Walker honored in an unusual way, Sazerac Rye Whisky returns to New Orleans just in time for …

WhiskyCast Episode 16: January 24, 2006

January 23rd, 2006


It's time to celebrate one of Scotland's legends...the poet Robert Burns. While Burns Night is associated with Scotch Whisky, only one distillery is allowed to use Burns' name and image on its whiskies. We'll talk about …

WhiskyCast Episode 15: January 22, 2006

January 22nd, 2006


We'll span the world in this episode, and hear the story of a Kentucky lawyer who took his great-great-grandfather's whiskey formula and turned it …

WhiskyCast Episode 14: January 18, 2006

January 18th, 2006


Bowmore's new visitors center will open later this year, and one of the key exhibits will be something most distilleries can only dream of: a …

WhiskyCast Episode 13: January 13, 2006

January 14th, 2006


Everyone makes mistakes, and on this episode, we'll look back at the controversy over how I botched the pronounciation of a certain city in the Netherlands, as well as a tongue-in-cheek look at the unique pronunciations …

WhiskyCast Episode 12: January 10, 2006

January 9th, 2006


Feel like a vacation? We'll take a look at planning the perfect whisky vacation with Caroline Dewar of Distillery Destinations. In the news update, …

WhiskyCast Episode 11: January 3, 2006

January 3rd, 2006


It's a new year, and WhiskyCast is back at the bar with a complete roundup of whisky news and a packed event calendar for the first three months of the year. Whisky Magazine editor Dominic Roskrow unveils a big surprise …

WhiskyCast Episode 10: December 23, 2005

December 23rd, 2005


It's the holiday season, and the final WhiskyCast episode for 2005 focuses on the marriage between whisky and food. Forget about wine and …

WhiskyCast Episode 9: December 16, 2005

December 16th, 2005


Issue #52 of Whisky Magazine is out, and we'll get an update from editor Dominic Roskrow on what you'll find inside. Also, it's not too soon to make your travel plans for the spring. Riannon Walsh gives us a preview of …

WhiskyCast Episode 8: December 12, 2005

December 12th, 2005


On December 10th, the Wall Street Journal looked at the controversy over "finishing" whisky, with this question in the headline: "What's in that bottle?" In this episode, we'll look at the debate over finishing whiskies …

WhiskyCast Episode 7: December 8, 2005

December 7th, 2005


Award-winning whiskies dominate this edition of WhiskyCast! We'll hear from Graham Coull of Glen Moray, the home of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2006 …

WhiskyCast Episode 6: December 3, 2005

December 3rd, 2005


Want to invest in a distillery? Would you rather drink a truly Scotch whisky instead...or are you looking for a "best buy". All that, and more...on …

WhiskyCast Episode 5: November 29, 2005

November 29th, 2005


In this episode, Lawrence Graham gives us an update on January's Victoria Whisky Festival. Our news update reports Scottish politicians and the …

WhiskyCast Episode 4: November 23, 2005

November 23rd, 2005


A special episode recorded on location at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, as Malt Advocate publisher John Hansell discusses the winners of this year's Malt Advocate Whisky Awards. In the news, the owner of Glenfiddich and …

WhiskyCast Episode 3: November 19, 2005

November 19th, 2005


Dave "Robbo" Robertson of Jon, Mark, & Robbo's Easy Drinking Whisky Company explains the philosophy behind JMR's line of vatted malt whiskies. Also, an update on the Kurt Busch controversy and Hurricane Katrina's …

WhiskyCast Episode 2: November 15, 2005

November 15th, 2005


Crown Royal dethrones NASCAR's defending champion, Aberlour celebrates Founder's Day, and Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan comes up with a solution for …

WhiskyCast Episode 1: November 12, 2005

November 12th, 2005


An introduction to WhiskyCast, featuring interviews with Parker Beam of Heaven Hill Distilleries and Dr. Jim Swan of Penderyn Distillery. Also...the latest news on two rare Ardbeg releases, Jim Murray's latest edition …

Loading ...

Download the RadioPublic app for
 FREE and never miss an episode.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store