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Lots to talk about this week, with news from all over the world! Bruichladdich’s Jim McEwan joins us on WhiskyCast In-Depth to talk about the world’s peatiest whisky ever — his Octomore 6.3 with a phenol level of 258ppm! We’ll also hear about new whiskies from Tomatin, Duncan Taylor, Midleton, and Whistlepig, along with the latest on Teeling Whiskey’s new Dublin distillery that could be ready to make whiskey by St. Patrick’s Day, and we’ll look at the Bourbon boom with Beam Suntory’s chief of marketing and sales for Whiskies and Cognacs, Chris Bauder.
Links: Bruichladdich | Highlander Inn | World Whiskies Awards | Balcones Distilling | Sons of Liberty Distilling | Scotch Whisky Association | Brenne | Cù Bòcan | Black Bull | WhistlePig | Teeling Whiskey | Single Pot Stills of Midleton | Beam Suntory | Johnnie Walker | Gordon & MacPhail
For the second straight year, a Texas whiskey has won Best in Show honors at the American Craft Spirits Association competition. San Antonio’s Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling .36 Single Barrel Straight Bourbon beat a field of whiskies and other spirits from around the US. Ranger Creek co-founder Mark McDavid joins us this week on WhiskyCast In-Depth to share the story behind that whiskey and the distillery. In the news, a California law firm is challenging Beam Suntory on two fronts now over claims that Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark are “hand-made”, a distilling prodigy is leaving Brown-Forman for the craft distilling world, and doctors don’t want us to confuse the “Bourbon Virus” with the “Whisky Bug”.
Links: Ranger Creek | Jim Beam | Kazerouni Law Group | Maker’s Mark | Fred Minnick’s Blog | Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame | The Macallan | Duncan Taylor | Highland Park | BenRiach | GlenDronach | Teeling Whiskey Company | Glendalough | Coppersea Distilling | Teerenpeli | Baltimore Business Journal | US Centers for Disease Control | Old Forester | Zuidam Distillers | The Whisky Exchange |
It’s Valentine’s Day, and who better to explain his passion for making whisky than Rifino Valentine of Valentine Distilling. His Woodward Ltd. Bourbon is named after Detroit’s legendary Woodward Avenue, which runs just a couple of blocks away from his distillery in the suburb of Ferndale, Michigan. Valentine is preparing to move from his original site to a brand-new facility in Ferndale, and is part of a craft distilling boom in the Detroit area. We’ll talk with Rifino Valentine and his head distiller, Justin Aden, on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. There are plenty of new whiskies to talk about this week, and we’ll also have more tasting notes from the #28DramsIn28Days project.
Links: Valentine Distilling | Jim Beam | Old Grand-Dad | Booker’s | Diageo | Heaven Hill | Johnnie Walker | Wemyss Malts | Kentucky Bourbon Affair | The Glenlivet | Scotch Whisky Association | Westland Distillery
Ian MacMillan has been overseeing the whiskies from Deanston, Tobermory, and Bunnahabhain for years…but Cognac cask finishes were one thing he hadn’t experimented much with until the opportunity presented itself several years ago. The result is the new Deanston 18 Cognac Matured single malt that’s being released in the US this month. We’ll discuss Cognac casks with Ian on WhiskyCast In-Depth, along with his other single malts and his new take on the Black Bottle blend. In the news, there’s word that The Glenlivet may be replacing its flagship 12-year-old expression with the no-age-statement Founder’s Reserve in some markets, old stills from Islay will be getting a new life in Ireland, and whisky sales keep growing in the US. We’ll also kick off the #28DramsIn28Days series of tasting notes, too.
Links: Deanston | Bunnahabhain | The Glenlivet | Words of Whisky | Angel’s Envy | Templeton Rye | Distilled Spirits Council of the US | Bruichladdich | The Whisky Exchange | Single Pot Still Whiskies of Ireland | The Glenrothes | Kilbeggan | Single Oak Project | Maker’s Mark | Huffington Post | Woodford Reserve | Classic Malts
Graeme Macaloney gave up a secure career in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue his dream of making whisky, and the Scottish expat is getting closer to realizing his dream. He’s hoping to begin construction on the Victoria Caledonian Distillery in Victoria, British Columbia soon, and has already brought on Dr. Jim Swan and former Diageo distillery manager Mike Nicolson as consultants. Graeme explains why he and his family mortgaged their future (and their house) on his dream on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth.
In the news, Wild Turkey’s Eddie Russell joins us to discuss his promotion to Master Distiller alongside his father, the legendary Jimmy Russell. We’ll also look at whisky economics in Scotland, where a new report estimates the industry’s economic impact at £5 billion annually. There’s word on new whiskies from anCnoc and GlenDronach, and this week’s tasting notes include whiskies from Kentucky, Texas, Scotland, and France!
Links: Victoria Caledonian Distillery | Wild Turkey | Kentucky Bourbon Trail | Scotch Whisky Association | Icons of Whisky Awards | Diageo | anCnoc | GlenDronach | The Green Welly Stop | Spirit of Speyside Festival | Ranger Creek | G. Rozelieures
Kentucky’s Four Roses Distillery announced this week that supply problems will prevent this spring’s release of the annual Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon. In his first interview on the subject, master distiller Jim Rutledge explains why dropping the limited-edition release will make more single barrel bottlings available to consumers, along with the prospects for bringing back the annual release in the future. In the news, Scotch Whisky producers are preparing for a fight with Westminster over taxes, we have more details on last weekend’s Sunday Herald report about water usage violations at some Scottish distilleries, US regulators are cracking down on vague age statements, and there are new whiskies to talk about from Woodford Reserve and Glenmorangie. Finally, tasters at an event planned for Valentine’s Day in London may really detect a note of sweat in their whiskies…
Links: Four Roses | Scotch Whisky Association | Sunday Herald | Tax & Trade Bureau | Woodford Reserve | Glenmorangie | London Distillery Company | Bompas & Parr | Kilbeggan | Classic Malts | The Macallan
In the second of our two episodes from this weekend’s Victoria Whisky Festival, we’ll catch up on more of the week’s news – including more details on the $50,000 bottle of The Balvenie 50 stolen in a Montreal robbery Thursday and a Scottish newspaper report that several distilleries are in hot water with environmental protection officials over using too much water. We’ll get the latest on new whiskies from Springbank, the revival of a historic blended Scotch brand, and Corby’s Dr. Don Livermore clears up more misconceptions about Canadian Whisky.
Links: Victoria Whisky Festival | Wiser’s | The Balvenie | Sunday Herald | Whyte & Mackay | Gordon & MacPhail | Tullibardine | Highland Queen | Victoria Spirits | Springbank
We’re on the road for the first time in 2015 this weekend, with the first of two episodes from the 10th annual Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, British Columbia. The weekend kicked off with the annual Canadian Whisky Awards presentation Thursday night at the Hotel Grand Pacific, including a special Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Forty Creek founder John Hall. We’ll hear from John and Canadian Whisky Awards founder Davin de Kergommeaux on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Montreal police are looking for a robber with very expensive taste in whisky following a holdup Thursday at the SAQ’s flagship store in Montreal, Collingwood Rye takes Canadian Whisky of the Year honors, and Beam Suntory plans to export Alberta Premium for the first time.
Links: Victoria Whisky Festival | Canadian Whisky Awards | Forty Creek | Canadian Club | Corby | Alberta Premium | Collingwood | Crown Royal | Jim Beam | Douglas Laing & Co. | Glenmorangie | Glenglassaugh