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A Solution to Japan’s Whisky Conundrum (Episode 859: February 21, 2021)
Japan’s whiskies have been getting more attention on the world stage. While some “Japanese Whiskies” are rightly winning awards in major competitions, others with the same label are often Scotch or Canadian whiskies imported into Japan – where there’s no legal definition for what is a “Japanese Whisky” and what isn’t. Now, Japan’s whisky makers are stepping in where the government has so far failed to act, creating an industry-wide definition requiring that whiskies labeled as “Japanese Whisky” must actually be distilled in Japan. We’ll discuss the new standards with Makiyo Masa of Dekantā, one of the largest online retailers specializing in Japanese whiskies. In the news, Texas distillers are trying to thaw out after winter weather left many of them without utilities for the last week, while Brown-Forman plans to invest $95 million to expand its flagship distillery in Louisville. We’ll have details on the week’s new whiskies and look at the latest scientific research on terroir in whisky.
Another New Distillery for Islay (Episode 858: February 14, 2021)
Scotland’s legendary whisky island is getting yet another new distillery. Local officials have approved the plans for the new Elixir Distillers project just east of Port Ellen, making it the third new distillery to be built on Islay in the last five years and the 11th overall. Elixir Distillers co-founder Sukhinder Singh has been trying to get the project past the planning stage for nearly three years, and gives us his first interview on the distillery in this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll also have reaction from one of the Islay groups that fought against the distillery over its potential impact on the island.
In the news, an Australian distiller is in critical condition following a fire at a Tasmanian distillery this past week. We’ll also have the latest Scotch Whisky export data that shows a really rough year for the industry with a double whammy from the Covid-19 pandemic and U.S. import tariffs, the week’s new whiskies, and why the cocktail of choice for some distillers might just be an “enzyme cocktail.”
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Thanks to the folks at Whisky Magazine for naming Mark Gillespie as “Communicator of the Year” in the 2021 USA Icons of Whisky Awards! It’s the first time that award has been presented in the U.S. regional competition, and we’d like to congratulate our colleagues who won in other regions: David Ligoff (Australia), Moa Nilsson (Scotland), Barry Chandler (Ireland), and Billy Abbott (Rest of the World). The global winner will be selected from the finalists and announced in late March. We’re proud to be among the finalists, and best of luck to our colleagues!
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. Our winning club for February is Club 101 of Hudson, Quebec…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 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.
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