WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 9th year, each weekly episode brings you the latest in whisky news, along with the latest events, tasting notes, comments from other listeners, and the weekly “In-Depth” segment features interviews with the people who help make whisky the “water of life”.
The Grant family bought Speyside’s Glenfarclas distillery in 1865, and six generations of Grants have worked at the distillery since then. George S. Grant is following the path started by his great-great-great-grandfather, and he’ll lead us through a vertical tasting of four single malts from the family distillery. In the news, profits and losses in the business, Glengoyne gives a nod to its past, Heaven Hill gives Parker Beam a well-deserved honor, and an update on the calendar of events.
Links: Glenfarclas | Glengoyne | Malt Maniacs | Heaven Hill | Maker’s Mark | Kentucky Bourbon Festival
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 controversy in Scotland — he’s helping a single malt distillery in England get off the ground! In the news, Benromach’s organic single malt is on its way to the U.S., Woodford Reserve isn’t the only one experimenting with bourbon and chardonnay barrels, and Diageo submits its plans for a new malt distillery in Roseisle.
Links: English Whisky Company | Benromach | Buffalo Trace | Diageo | The Macallan
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 from Jim McEwan, John MacDougall, Jim Cryle, Jim Murray, Tom Bulleit, and others during this special episode. In the news, the other shoe has dropped in India’s whisky tax war, there are new releases from Whyte & Mackay and Bruichladdich, and the Classic Malts Cruise gets underway in Oban.
Links: The Scotsman | Whyte & Mackay | Bruichladdich | Classic Malts Cruise Photos
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 to create a chardonnay-finished version of Woodford Reserve. We’ll get a preview from Chris, along with a look at next week’s Classic Malts Cruise along the Scottish coast from Diageo’s Nick Morgan. In the news, India has lowered its whisky tariffs, Whyte & Mackay’s managing director leaves, and details on a “double-barrel” Ardbeg.
Links: Woodford Reserve | Scotch Whisky Association | Whyte & Mackay | The Scotsman | Ardbeg | Classic Malts Cruise | Classic Malts
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 subscribers to support the printing of the first two books in the series. Now, “Reminiscenses of a Gauger” by Joseph Pacy and Ian MacDonald’s “Smuggling in the Highlands” are available for a new generation of whisky lovers to enjoy. Ian and Neil have three more classics in the pipeline, and we’ll get an update from Ian in this episode. In the news, Talisker gets a new manager, and the Indian spirits tariff dispute may have a resolution soon.
Links: Classic Expressions | Talisker | Canadian Club | The Scotsman | Glenmorangie
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 Europe that should clarify some of the rules about whisky production, a road race for bourbon-loving runners in Kentucky, and an update on what may really be the Southern Hemisphere’s first peated whisky after all.
Links: Compass Box | Scotch Whisky Association | Buffalo Trace | Royal Mile Whiskies
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, they’ve produced Australia’s first peated single malt whisky, and helped spawn a series of distilleries that have put Australia on the whisky map. In the news, new whiskies from Isle of Jura, Templeton Rye celebrates a “quasquicentennial”, and a lack of rain in Lynchburg, Tennessee has the folks at Jack Daniel’s nervous.
Links: Lark Distillery | Isle of Jura | Templeton Rye | Jack Daniel’s | WhiskyFest | Tasmania Distillery
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 BenRiach series of finished 15-year-old single malts from Steve Fox of Preiss Imports, the US importer for BenRiach. By the way, if you don’t like caramel coloring or chill-filtering, raise a glass in Steve’s honor if you try one of these malts…he’s the guy who convinced BenRiach to drop them. In the news, we’ll hear about a $10,000 Macallan sale and plans for a new distillery in western Scotland.
Links: BenRiach | Preiss Imports | Park Avenue Liquor Shop | The Macallan | Brandy Library
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 Maniac, Krishna Nukala. It’s an interesting discussion, especially as Whyte and Mackay’s new owner, Vijay Mallya, plans to start importing his new whiskies into India later this summer.
Links: Malt Maniacs | Whyte & MacKay | The Scotsman | Bruichladdich | International Taste & Quality Institute | The Balvenie | Four Roses | Wild Scotsman
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 Huntly. We’ll hear about Euan’s plans, along with the winners in Scotch and Irish whiskies at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition and an oil shortage that could bring Islay’s distilleries to a halt…all on this episode of WhiskyCast!
Links: Duncan Taylor | The Scotsman | International Wine & Spirit Competition | Spirit of Toronto