The upstairs bar at The Dead Rabbit in New York City. File photo ©2023, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

A Milestone for The Dead Rabbit (February 5, 2023)

It’s hard to believe, but the iconic New York City pub The Dead Rabbit is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. In that time, it’s built a reputation as one of the world’s best cocktail bars. We’ll talk with co-founder and managing partner Jack McGarry about the first ten years and what the future holds for The Dead Rabbit – including expansion to Austin, New Orleans, and other cities. On Your Voice, listeners like you tell us what makes a pub great, and in our Behind the Label segment, we’ll answer a question about the difference between a peaty whisky and a smoky one.

 

Bottles of craft whiskey lined up at Republic Restoratives Distillery in Washington, DC December 7, 2017. Photo ©2017, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

What’s Authentic? (January 29, 2023)

Distillers like to claim the “authentic” label for their whiskies, but how does one define “authenticity” in whisky? Is a “grain to glass” whisky more authentic than one that’s mass-produced? Stanford business professor Glenn Carroll and Tulane business professor Cameron Verhaal teamed up to study just what whisky drinkers consider to be authentic, and they join us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth to discuss their findings. In the news, Irish Whiskey tourism rebounded strongly during 2022 with a 425% gain over the pandemic-affected year of 2021. Diageo shares took a plunge on softness in U.S. Scotch Whisky sales, and a small North Carolina distillery hopes to send barrels of whiskey where no barrels have gone before.


Our Friday #HappyHourLive webcasts will return soon! 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.

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 3,400 tasting notes for whiskies from around the world and our calendar of upcoming whisky festivals and tastings.

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The WhiskyCast Team


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.