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Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger as seen in Netflix's "Heist." Image courtesy Netflix.

PappyGate Hits the Screen in Netflix’s “Heist” (Episode 883: July 26, 2021)

Nearly four years after Toby Curtsinger was released from prison after serving just 30 days of a 15-year sentence, he’s telling his side of the “PappyGate” saga. Curtsinger, his wife Julie, and eight other people were indicted in connection with the thefts of thousands of dollars’ worth of whiskey from Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries, but Toby Curtsinger was the only one who served any time in prison. He’s always maintained that he wasn’t responsible for the 2013 theft of nearly 200 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle whiskies, and his story is part of the Netflix documentary series “Heist.” We’ll talk with “Heist” director Nick Frew on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, tickets for this year’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival are sold out, but some Bardstown residents don’t see that as a good thing. Whisky events in Europe are starting to require attendees to show proof of Covid vaccination or negative tests, and the push for sustainability has whisky makers looking to the forests.

 

Vintage Scotch Whisky bottles at the Dornoch Castle Hotel bar. File photo ©2021, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Building a New Whisky Legacy in Dornoch (Episode 881: July 19, 2021)

The Scottish town of Dornoch has a lot of history, and the Thompson brothers are adding a new chapter to the town’s legacy. Their family owns the historic Dornoch Castle Hotel, and after managing the hotel and its world-class whisky bar for several years, Phil and Simon Thompson decided to open their own distillery near the hotel four years ago. They’ve only bottled one cask of their own whisky so far as a thank-you for supporters who helped crowdfund the project, and have also started their own range of independent bottlings to keep the business going while their own whisky continues to mature. That’s also given them a unique perspective of the whisky industry as connoisseurs, whisky makers, and bar owners…and not everything they’ve seen in recent years makes them happy. We’ll talk with the brothers on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the relaxation of some pandemic-related health restrictions could open up more whisky travel and event opportunities soon, and we’ll have the details on the week’s new whiskies. We’ll also have a tribute to one of the great distillers of his day and tasting notes for a rare whisky sample that slipped through the cracks years ago!


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Bob Baxter of Yukon Spirits/Two Brewers Whisky and Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros. in Denver joined us on Friday night's live webcast. We'll have an audio version available soon.

Bob Baxter of Yukon Spirits/Two Brewers Whisky and Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros. in Denver joined us on Friday night’s live webcast, and the audio version is available now. 

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Whisky Magazine's 2021 Icons of Whisky "Communicator of the year" logo. Image courtesy Paragraph Publishing.We’re humbled and proud that Whisky Magazine named WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie as “Communicator of the Year” in the 2021 Icons of Whisky Awards! That follows the February announcement that Mark won the award in the U.S. regional competition. It’s only the second year that this award has been presented on the global level, and thanks to all of you for listening along with our sponsors. Without your support over the years, this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks!


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. Congratulations to July’s winner, the Cotswold Dram Busters in England!

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 continue 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.

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The WhiskyCast Team


Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

You might start sweating just by looking at this photo! We'll be talking with Jack Daniel's historian Nelson Eddy on the next WhiskyCast, and I shot this photo during my visit this week. Several times each week, they set a bonfire that produces the sugar maple charcoal used in their charcoal mellowing process. Photo ©2021, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

You might start sweating just by looking at this photo! We’ll be talking with Jack Daniel’s historian Nelson Eddy on the next WhiskyCast, and I shot this photo during my visit this week. Several times each week, they set a bonfire that produces the sugar maple charcoal used in their charcoal mellowing process.