Ardnamurchan manager Graeme Bowie (center) fills the distillery's first cask with Gordon MacKenzie (L) and Mark Armin Giesler (R). Photo courtesy Adelphi Distillery Ltd.  Scotland’s newest distillery has opened on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula along the western coast, and the first casks of spirit were filled on Thursday at Adelphi’s Ardnamurchan Distillery. Veteran whisky maker Graeme Bowie left Balblair Distillery last year to oversee construction of the distillery and serve as its first manager, and he’ll join us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Diageo reported a sharp downturn in sales during the last fiscal year, and the drinks giant’s shares are on a Barclays watch list for possible effects from next month’s Scottish independence referendum. We’ll have the details on a New York craft distiller that’s now maturing its whiskies in casks made from locally grown trees, new whiskies from Arran and Elijah Craig, and a truce in the Bourbon Feud between the mayors of Louisville and Bardstown.

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