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”. You can listen to episodes here or subscribe with iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

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Episode 411: February 9, 2013

Midleton Distillery Master Distiller Barry Crockett.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 retire next month after 47 years at Midleton. We’ll catch up with Barry on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Maker’s Mark makes the first major change in its whisky in five decades to meet demand, the Distilled Spirits Council releases 2012 economic data on whisky sales, and there are new whiskies ranging from a case full of Bourbons to single casks.


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Episode 410: February 2, 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 managed to do until construction began last fall. The distillery went into production this week when manager Shane Fraser hammered in the bung on the first barrel of Wolfburn, which has a history that dates back to 1821. Shane joins us for this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll have sad news from Heaven Hill as Parker Beam is diagnosed with ALS, and word of new whiskies from An Cnoc, Master of Malt, and The Balvenie.


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Episode 409: January 26, 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 whisky in college to traveling the world promoting it two and a half years later during WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, there’s word that the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville may be reopening after 22 years in mothballs, another proposed Scotch distillery gets government assistance, and there are new whiskies from Glenfiddich and The Balvenie.


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Episode 408: January 20, 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 Tullibardine, Springbank, and Duncan Taylor, along with word on expansion plans for Benromach and a new program for Scotch Malt Whisky Society members in the U.S. In the news, Shackleton’s whisky has been returned to Antarctica for reburial in the ice at Cape Royds, and we’ll answer a listener question about the two types of mash tuns in use at most distilleries.


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Episode 407: January 18, 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 presentation of the annual Canadian Whisky Awards, and we’ll hear from founder Davin de Kergommeaux and the distiller behind the 2012 Canadian Whisky of the Year, Forty Creek’s John Hall. We’ll also get an update on the progress of British Columbia’s largest whisky distillery from Shelter Point owner Patrick Evans, and update the week’s news in the first of two episodes from Victoria this weekend!


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Episode 406: January 12, 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 make Kingsbarns work…except money. William Wemyss wanted to build a distillery in the area where his family has lived for centuries. Now, Wemyss Malts has acquired Kingsbarns, and Doug Clement might just wind up as the distillery manager when it opens in 2014. In the news, Indian regulators are raising issues with Diageo’s acquisition of United Spirits, whiskies, designer, and celebrity chefs join forces, and a Detroit bartender wins Woodford Reserve’s annual Manhattan cocktail competition.


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Episode 405: January 5, 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 that, with news that he’s being honored by Queen Elizabeth as a Member of the Order of the British Empire. The honor’s not only for his work at Tomatin, but his work in the community of Tomatin as well. Douglas tells us what it was like to open that letter on this week’s episode.


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Episode 404: December 28, 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 to raise money for their projects using Kickstarter.com. It’s a light week news-wide because of the holidays, but there’s word that Shackleton’s whisky is about to be returned to Antarctica, Penderyn’s planning an expansion, and a new report on Scotch Whisky’s economic impact.


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