Jan Beckers of Douglas Laing & Co. meets with whisky lovers during the Victoria Whisky Festival on January 18, 2014. Photo ©2014 by Mark Gillespie. 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 nights away from home, while pouring more drams than some full-time bartenders. We’ll hear some of their tales from the road — good and bad — during this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, US whiskey exports hit a new high during 2013, while Irish whiskey exports could double by 2020. We’ll hear from supporters and critics of the UK’s new Scotch Whisky certification program, and this week’s tasting notes include four vintage Bourbons.


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