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Episode 448: October 19, 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 Forsyth’s. We got word of two more new distilleries this week…the Morrison family’s Glasgow Whisky Distillery to be built on the Queen’s Dock along the River Clyde and Bernard Walsh’s new distillery in County Carlow, Ireland. Tim Morrison and Bernard Walsh join us to discuss their plans on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the search is on for the “Pappy Pilferer”, two whisky auctions this week raised tens of thousands of dollars for charities, and if you’re feeling a cold coming on, this week’s tasting notes may have just the answer.

Links: A.D. Rattray | The Irishman | Old Rip Van Winkle | Buffalo Trace | Bonhams | Worshipful Company of Distillers | The Balvenie | Glenfiddich | Glenmorangie | anCnoc | Johnnie Walker | Speyburn

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Episode 447: October 12, 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 down in New York City this week with drams of Talisker Storm to discuss the malt’s U.S. debut, this year’s special releases, and more for this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth segment. In the news, plans for another malt distillery in Scotland are getting clearer, Arran releases its Millennium Casks, and WhistlePig unleashes The Boss Hog. We’ll also hear WhiskyCast listeners venting their frustrations (and singing their praises) in this week’s Your Voice.

Links: Classic Malts | Diageo | Business Standard | Kyndal | United Spirits | Office of Fair Trading | William Grant & Sons | Arran | High West | WhistlePig Rye | Sia | BrenneThe Bon Accord | The Brandy Library | Parker Beam’s Promise of Hope Fund | Talisker | Kilchoman

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Episode 446: October 5, 2013

Baker Beam (L) and Fred Noe, September 20, 2013 in Bardstown, KY. Image © 2013 by Mark Gillespie. 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, it’s because he’s the namesake for Baker’s Bourbon from Beam’s Small Batch Collection, and that makes him one of the few living distillers with a Bourbon that bears his name. He’ll share his history in distilling and memories of working with Booker Noe on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the U.S. government shutdown is affecting whisky makers, but plenty of new whiskies beat Washington’s budget clock in time to hit the market this week.

Links: Baker’s | Redemption Rye | 59Parks.com | Templeton Rye | Berkshire Mountain Distillers | Talisker | Kavalan | Blue Hanger | Julio’s Liquors | Still Waters Distillery | Glenfiddich | Jack Daniel’s | The CollegianCù Bòcan

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Episode 445: September 29, 2013

John Hall signs a bottle of Forty Creek Heart of Gold Canadian Whisky at the distillery on September 28, 2013. Image © 2013 by Mark Gillespie. 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 Barrel Select on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth during a Whisky Weekend tasting session with John, Davin de Kergommeaux, and Johanne McInnis. In the news, a WhiskyCast exclusive — Diageo’s supply of whiskey for Bulleit Bourbon from Four Roses will be cut off next spring, and that could force Diageo to make a decision on the future of the long-closed Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville.

Links: Forty Creek | Maker’s Mark | Four Roses | Bulleit | Redbreast | Hankey Bannister | Kilchoman | The Glenlivet | Douglas Laing | Old Rip Van Winkle 

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Episode 444: September 22, 2013

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame 2013 inductees Tom Blincoe (L) and Fred Noe. Image ©2013 by Mark Gillespie. 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 at Jim Beam, and Tom Blincoe’s Buzick Construction has been responsible for most of the state’s major distillery construction projects over the last several decades. In the news, Whisky Magazine announces the winners of this year’s U.S. Icons of Whisky Awards, Jimmy Russell explains just what happened when his team made a mistake that led to Wild Turkey’s new Forgiven, and Mike Veach tells us about the Filson Historical Society’s Bourbon Challenge next month.

Links: Kentucky Bourbon FestivalJim Beam | Buzick Construction | Whisky Magazine | Wild Turkey | Ranger Creek | Glenmorangie | Old Pogue | Limestone Branch | Town Branch | Filson Historical Society | Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History | Heaven Hill |  James E. Pepper | Corsair Artisan Distillery | Buffalo Trace

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Episode 443: September 21, 2013

Parker Beam, Heaven Hill Master Distiller and the winner of Whisky Magazine's U.S. Distillery Manager of the Year Icons of Whisky Award for 2014, signs autographs during the Kentucky Distillers Association All-Star Sampler event at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, September 18, 2013. Photo ©2013 by Mark Gillespie.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 the KDA member distilleries, but he came and spent the entire evening signing bottles and meeting Bourbon lovers. We’ll hear from Parker about his battle with ALS on the first of this weekend’s two episodes from the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

Links: Parker Beam’s Promise of Hope Fund | Heaven Hill | Kentucky Bourbon Festival | Kentucky Distillers Association | Bourbon Country | Angel’s Envy | Woodford Reserve | Tullibardine | A. Smith Bowman | Scotch Whisky Association | Whyte & Mackay | Old Forester

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Episode 442: September 15, 2013

Ger Buckley, Midleton Distillery's 5th generation cooper, demonstrates the breaking down of a barrel during The Housewarming celebration at Midleton September 4, 2013. Image ©2013 by Mark Gillespie. 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 was able to convince Irish Distillers that the tradition needed to be kept alive for another generation. 21-year-old Killian O’Mahony has just signed on for a four-year apprenticeship…he and Ger join us for this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, we pay tribute to the late Lincoln Henderson, Buffalo Trace plans to keep honoring the late Elmer T. Lee, and the latest on this year’s Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. This week’s tasting notes include Wild Turkey’s new Forgiven…an accidental blend of Rye and Bourbon.

Links: Irish Distillers | Angel’s Envy | Buffalo Trace | Bruichladdich | Tullamore Dew | Bowmore | Glen Moray | The Whisky Exchange | Early Times | Writers Tears | Wild Turkey

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Episode 441: September 7, 2013

Midleton Distillery's new Garden Stillhouse in Midleton, Ireland. Image © 2013 by Mark GillespieThere 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 Distiller for Ireland’s largest distillery, and it’s the first time in almost 70 years that a Crockett family member won’t be at the distillery. We’ll meet the man charged with carrying on the legacy of names like Jameson, Power, and Crockett on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth, and get the details on the distillery expansion in our news update. There’s also word on this year’s special releases from Diageo, and Fred Laing tells us about the new Douglas Laing’s Old Particular range of single cask bottlings. In this week’s tasting notes, there’s a little-known Irish whiskey from Midleton, Glen Grant’s Five Decades single malt honoring longtime Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm, and a new Dalmore bottling from Single Cask Nation.

Links: Irish Distillers | Diageo | Douglas Laing | Cù Bòcan | English Whisky Company | Wild Turkey | Scotch Whisky Association | Glen Grant | Single Cask Nation

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