As we travel the world in search of great whisky and great stories to tell, you’ll find them here on WhiskyCast HD. Our on-demand video segments focus on everything from whisky festivals and special events to historical features and distillery visits. You can watch here or subscribe with iTunes or your favorite podcast app.
Being a brand ambassador for a major whisky brand sounds like a lot of fun…and it is, but it’s also a job with perks like jet lag, lost luggage, flight delays, and occasionally, a trip to the local police station. Some of the whisky world’s top brand ambassadors shared their tales from the road with us at the 2014 Victoria Whisky Festival in Canada, including Laphroaig’s Simon Brooking, Michael Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail, Iain McCallum of Morrison Bowmore, Kilbeggan’s John Cashman, Ranald Watson of Springbank, Canadian Club’s Tish Harcus, and Peter Wills of Kilchoman. They’ll tell you what it’s like to spend 200+ days on the road each year, along with their favorite airports and airlines…and their least favorite as well!
In Part 1 of Mark Gillespie’s interview during the Victoria Whisky Festival with Whyte & Mackay Master Blender Richard Paterson, the man known as “The Nose” discussed his recent collaboration with Chef Daniel Boulud and his frustration with the current uncertainty over Whyte & Mackay’s future. In Part 2, he answers questions submitted by WhiskyCast listeners on chill-filtering, his eventual successor, and why he throws good whisky out on the carpet…just to clean a glass properly.
Links: Whyte & Mackay
Whyte & Mackay Master Blender Richard Paterson is known as “The Nose”, and travels the world on behalf of The Dalmore, Jura, and Whyte & Mackay’s other Scotch whiskies.
In Part 1 of this interview conducted at the Victoria Whisky Festival on January 17, 2014, he discusses his recent partnership with noted chef Daniel Boulud and the current uncertainty facing Whyte & Mackay following Diageo’s acquisition of a controlling stake in its parent company, India’s United Spirits. As we spoke, the UK’s Office of Fair Trading is considering a Diageo proposal to split up Whyte & Mackay to satisfy the OFT’s concerns over competition in the blended Scotch whisky market. Diageo proposes to keep the Dalmore and Tamnavulin distilleries in Scotland while selling the rest of the company.
Pennsylvania was once the center of American whiskey distilling. John Cooper and Herman Michalik are trying to revive the Keystone State’s rye whiskey heritage with their Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey, distilled in an old woolen mill near the banks of the Delaware River in Bristol, Pennsylvania.
Links: Dad’s Hat
Irish pubs are legendary, but truly original ones are becoming harder and harder to find. The Tap Tavern in Kinsale, County Cork, has been owned by the same family since 1886, and is one of the best examples of a classic Irish “local” around. Mary O’Neill has been in charge since 1974, and started pulling pints of Murphy’s and Guinness at The Tap when she was just a young girl. Today, her son Brian manages most of the pub’s affairs, but Mary is still behind the bar most every day.
Links: The Tap Tavern
Canadian whisky lovers converge on the Forty Creek Distillery in Grimsby, Ontario on the final weekend of September each year. That’s when Forty Creek founder and whisky maker John Hall releases his annual limited edition release. This year, WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie was on hand as John released Forty Creek’s “Heart of Gold” whisky and around 3,000 whisky lovers showed up to claim their bottles. They came from all over Canada and as far away as Texas for the distillery tours, barbecue, tasting sessions, and live music.
Links: Forty Creek