Mentioned the new Irish Whiskey being launched by the punk band The Pogues on this week's show...and wasn't the only one who wondered what the Pogue family in Maysville, Kentucky might think. The Pogues started making Bourbon there back in 1876, and while their Old Pogue Bourbon is sourced from another Kentucky distillery, they have resumed small-scale distilling at the family's original site in Maysville.
I asked Peter Pogue...and instead of going bat-bleep and threatening to call the lawyers...he welcomed his cousins (at least in whiskey...there are no Pogues in The Pogues)...
July 27, 2015 - There aren't any Pogues in The Pogues, the Celtic punk rock band that got its start in London more than 30 years ago. In fact, the band's name is derived from the Gaelic curse "póg ...
Good news for Bladnoch fans! The distillery has been bought out of administration by Australian entrepreneur David Prior, and he's planning a "substantial investment" to bring the Galloway distillery back on line in 12-18 months. While our story has all of the details, here are a few key points:
1: All eight current employees keep their jobs, with more to be added as time goes on.
2: The deal includes all of the distillery's current stocks of aging whisky, but no decision has been made on how or when it'll be used.
3: Former SWA CEO Gavin Hewitt is overseeing the process as a non-executive director until a new managing director is named...he says Prior has more than enough money to make this happen, and they've already identified a new distillery manager/master blender - but will not name that person yet (presumably because that person currently has a job).
4: The visitors center will remain open...Hewitt says that's important to Prior because Bladnoch is one of the few tourism-related sites in the Wigtown area.