(L-R) Distillers Bryce Parsons, Spike Baker and Scott Germain, Head of the Fort McMurray Firefighters Charities Fund with "The Beast" whisky. Photo courtesy Bearhill.

Promises Made, Promises Kept (December 4, 2022)

Six years ago, the wildfire known as “The Beast” devastated Northern Alberta, forcing the evacuations of 88,000 people in the area around Fort McMurray. At the time, Wood Buffalo Brewing & Distilling had to leave behind a pallet of peated malt to escape the fire, but firefighters managed to save both the distillery and the malt, which had absorbed a lot of smoke from the fire. The distillery pre-sold bottles of “The Beast” whisky made from that malt to raise more than $100,000 for local charities in the months following the fire, and while the distillery later closed its doors, distillers Bryce Parsons and Spike Baker returned to Fort McMurray this weekend to deliver on the promise made six years ago. We’ll catch up with them on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth.

 

A glass of Dunville's Whiskey. Photo ©2022, Mark Gillespie.

Dunville’s: Reviving a Historic Irish Whiskey Brand (November 27, 2022)

During the golden age of Irish Whiskey, Belfast-based Dunville’s was one of the biggest brands on the market. While the brand was almost lost to history, it was revived a decade ago by the family-owned Echlinville Distillery in Northern Ireland. Using vintage sourced whiskies, the Dunville’s brand has been preserved for new generations of Irish Whiskey fans. We’ll talk with Echlinville’s Jarlath Watson about the Dunville’s heritage and building new traditions as the distillery prepares to release its own whiskies starting in 2023.


Our Friday #HappyHourLive webcasts will return after the holidays! Until then, catch on-demand replays at the WhiskyCast YouTube channel..

Lochlea Distillery production manager and Scotch Whisky legend John Campbell joined us on the November 11 webcast!

Lochlea Distillery production manager and Scotch Whisky legend John Campbell joined us on the November 11 webcast!

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Our very first episode of WhiskyCast dropped on November 12, 2005, and thanks for joining us each week as we start our 18th 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.

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Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

The Roe & Co. Distillery in Dublin is an excellent example of repurposing a vintage industrial building into a modern-day distillery.

The Roe & Co. Distillery in Dublin is an excellent example of repurposing a vintage industrial building into a modern-day distillery.