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Distell's Andy Watts noses a whisky during the New Brunswick Spirits Festival on November 17, 2017. Photo ©2017, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.This time around, we’re on location at the New Brunswick Spirits Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick…and if you think we get around a lot, spare some sympathy for Distell’s Andy Watts. He spent 38 hours traveling to Fredericton from his base in South Africa, where he oversees production and quality control for Distell’s whisky distilleries in South Africa and Scotland. Earlier this year, Andy stepped aside from his longtime role as distillery manager for Distell’s James Sedgwick Distillery to take up his new position…and spend a lot more time traveling around the world. We’ll catch up with him on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth.

In the news, police in Paris are trying to find the burglars who stole nearly $800,000 in rare whiskies during a break-in at La Maison du Whisky. Scotch Whisky producers lost their 5-year-long legal battle to stop the Scottish government from implementing minimum pricing for alcohol sales, and the government in Edinburgh has given the backers of a new malt distillery in Inverclyde more than a million dollars in grant funding. We’ll also have details on a couple of rare Canadian whiskies that have some Canadians hip-checking each other in the aisles at retailers, along with the latest Irish Oak-finished whiskey from Midleton Distillery and much, much more…on this special episode from New Brunswick!

 


WhiskyCast pioneered the genre of whisky-focused podcasts, and we’re starting our 13th year of podcasting! The very first episode of WhiskyCast hit the web on November 12, 2005, and since then, we’ve produced hundreds of hours of original audio and video content for whisky lovers like you around the world. Our community spans at least 150 different countries, 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


Whisky Photo of the Week

Nature takes its toll on whisky barrels over the years. While the interaction between spirit and wood can gradually erode a barrel from the inside, humidity takes its toll on the steel hoops holding the barrel together. At some point, perhaps during a barrel's second or third filling, nature might just win as the rust-weakened hoop snaps.

Nature takes its toll on whisky barrels over the years. While the interaction between spirit and wood can gradually erode a barrel from the inside, humidity takes its toll on the steel hoops holding the barrel together. At some point, perhaps during a barrel’s second or third filling, nature might just win as the rust-weakened hoop snaps.

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