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A cask of Amrut Single Malt Whisky maturing at the distillery in Bangalore, India. Photo ©2019, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

India’s Single Malt Whisky Pioneers…15 Years Later (Episode 792: November 10, 2019)

15 years ago, two Indian entrepreneurs took a few bottles of their single malt whisky to Glasgow, just to see if it would stand up to blind tastings by Scotch Whisky lovers. Rick Jagdale and Ashok Chokalingam survived those initial taste tests, and today, Amrut single malt whiskies can be found all over the world. Now, they’re in charge of Amrut’s future…Rick Jagdale as managing director and Ashok Chokalingam as the distillery manager. We’ll talk with Ashok on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth, and we’ll also have highlights from this weekend’s George Washington Whisky Festival at Virginia’s Mount Vernon – where most of this episode was recorded. In the news, whisky and politics are still intertwined as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pleaded with U.S. President Donald Trump to remove the new 25% import tariff on single malt whiskies from Scotland and Northern Ireland. We’re also celebrating WhiskyCast’s 14th anniversary this week as Mark gets the tables turned on him!

 

A glass of Scotch Whisky. Photo ©2019, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Terroir in Whisky: Terrific Concept or Terrible Myth? (Episode 791: November 3, 2019)

Want to start an argument among whisky lovers? Just ask whether there’s “terroir” in whisky. Terroir is the French term for a “sense of place” where the local environment plays a role in developing specific flavors. It’s a well-known concept among farmers, and winemakers have been claiming a place for terroir for years. However, terroir is still a point of contention among whisky makers, with critics making the argument that grain suppliers use so many different farms that there’s no way to have terroir in whisky – short of isolating the grain from individual farms as Waterford, Kilchoman, and Bruichladdich have done.

During the Julio’s Liquors Whisk(e)y Road Show this weekend in Westborough, Massachusetts, the topic of terroir came up during a panel of American Single Malt distillers. You’ll hear their debate on WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll also announce November’s Whisky Club of the Month, hear from some of you on the single malt whisky tariff, and dig deeply into Tennessee’s Lincoln County Process on Behind the Label.


When BBC News needed someone to explain the impact of the new U.S. 25% tariff on imports of single malt whiskies from Scotland and Northern Ireland, they called on WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie. You’ll find complete coverage of the tariff in our news section and on the podcast, and here’s the segment Mark did with the BBC.


WhiskyCast has been around longer than any other whisky-focused podcast, and we’re starting our 15th year of podcasts! We bring you the latest whisky news each week, along with in-depth interviews, tasting notes, and much more. Each podcast features brand-new content, and unless there’s a special occasion, we don’t do “best of” shows.

If you’re just discovering us for the first time, here’s a bit of our own story. WhiskyCast pioneered the genre of whisky-focused podcasts back in 2005, when most people had never heard of podcasting! Since then, we’ve produced hundreds of hours of original – and free – audio and video content for whisky lovers like you around the world. Our community spans the globe, and we’ve done stories on whiskies made in the far north of Scandinavia all the way to the tips of South Africa and Australia – and everywhere in between. We’ve met many of you at whisky festivals and while visiting distilleries, and hope to meet many more of you over time.

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Slainte!

The WhiskyCast Team


Whisky Photo of the Week

<em>Mackey Tasmanian Single Malt is distilled on the historic Shene Estate in Australia, and this bottle resting on the window sill of one of the estate's historic buildings is our Whisky Photo of the Week.

Mackey Tasmanian Single Malt is distilled on the historic Shene Estate in Australia, and this bottle resting on the window sill of one of the estate’s historic buildings is our Whisky Photo of the Week.