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The GlenAllachie Distillery in Scotland. Image courtesy The GlenAllachie.

A Bright Future for The GlenAllachie (Episode 854: January 17, 2021)

It’s been a little more than three years since Billy Walker and his partners acquired Scotland’s GlenAllachie Distillery from Chivas Brothers. What had previously been single malts destined for blending use are now on store shelves and bars around the world…with Walker’s own unique touch honed by years of making and blending whiskies. Now, the GlenAllachie team is turning to two legacy brands that were part of the distillery deal, McNair’s and White Heather, with plans to make them relevant once again. We’ll talk with Billy Walker on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth.

In the news, whisky industry leaders are hoping the change in U.S. administrations will lead to a removal of tariffs on whiskies and other spirits, along with economic help targeting the nation’s hard-hit bars and restaurants. A Virginia distillery and its founder are facing felony charges after being indicted by a grand jury for allegedly dumping distillery waste water into a stream following a two-year investigation, and on Behind the Label, we’ll solve the mystery of a ghostly “whisky mist.”

 

One of the vintage pot stills at Ireland's Old Midleton Distillery. Photo ©2021, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Distilling Irish Whiskey History (Episode 853: January 10, 2021)

Irish Whiskey makers once dominated the world with their single pot still whiskies, but the collapse of Ireland’s whiskey industry a century ago   closed dozens of distilleries and consigned their unique recipes to history. Irish Whiskey historian Fionnán O’Connor has been working with Boann Distillery in County Meath to produce spirit using many of the recipes he’s uncovered as part of his doctoral degree research at Dublin’s Trinity College. Those recipes will be put to the test in the coming weeks in blind tastings with today’s Irish Whiskey distillers, as Fionnán tells us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll also have the week’s whisky news, tasting notes, and some of your unique ways to describe your favorite whiskies, too!


Join us Fridays at 5:00pm New York time (22:00 GMT) for our live #HappyHour webcast. This week, we’ll mark the inauguration of new U.S. President Joe Biden with a look at America’s first president/distiller as Steve Bashore and Lisa Wicker of George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon join us. You can watch our webcasts on the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, our Facebook page, Twitter, and Periscope!

The "Off Track" podcast team of IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe joined us along with producer Tim Durham on the last #HappyHour webcast to taste some whiskies and talk about motorsports.

The “Off Track” podcast team of IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe joined us along with producer Tim Durham on the last #HappyHour webcast to taste some whiskies and talk about motorsports.

If you have an idea for a guest you’d like to see on one of our webcasts or a way that we can help you learn more about whisky, just use the contact form or catch us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!


A WhiskyCast GlenCairn glass in the hand.

Each month, we honor a whisky club as our Whisky Club of the Month, and the club receives two dozen WhiskyCast Glencairn glasses to use at their club tastings thanks to our friends at Glencairn Crystal. January’s winning club is the Ancient and Mystical Order of the Greater St Cloud Area Scotch Malt Whisky Tasting Society of St. Cloud, Minnesota…congratulations!

If you’re in a whisky club and would like to nominate your club, just use the contact form to get in touch with us and tell us about your club. If your club has a web site or is active on social media, we’ll also be glad to add a link on our directory of Whisky Clubs around the world so other whisky lovers can find you. You only need to nominate your club once, since we carry over entries from month to month.


Our very first episode of WhiskyCast dropped on November 12, 2005, and thanks for joining us each week as we begin our 16th year as the world’s longest-running whisky podcast series!

Each week, veteran journalist Mark Gillespie brings you the latest whisky news, 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.

Please explore the website. We’ve collected all of our past episodes here, and post the latest whisky news as it happens – often several days before the next episode of WhiskyCast. All of our web content is free, including Mark’s database of more than 3,000 tasting notes for whiskies from around the world and our calendar of upcoming whisky festivals and tastings.

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Slainte!

The WhiskyCast Team


Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

Irish Whiskey historian Fionnán O'Connor joked during our interview in last week's podcast about the look on his face when tasting new make spirit at 70% ABV. Here's how he looked during our interview after sipping one. Photo ©2021, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Irish Whiskey historian Fionnán O’Connor joked during our interview in this week’s podcast about the look on his face when tasting new make spirit at 70% ABV. Here’s how he looked during our interview after sipping one.