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A bottle in the Far North Spirits Seed Vault Series of experimental Rye whiskies. Photo ©2021, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Rye is Rye, Right? Not So Fast… (Episode 867: April 19, 2021)

Whisky lovers can probably name at least a few varieties of barley commonly used to make single malts, but rye? Rye doesn’t get the same respect for its diversity, even though it’s been around for hundreds of years. Mike Swanson of Minnesota’s Far North Spirits has led a team of researchers looking into the flavors different strains of rye have when they’re distilled into whisky. That study has just been released, and he’ll discuss the findings with us on WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll also compare some of the whiskies from that study, cover the week’s whisky news, and much more!


The interior of Bourbons Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo courtesy Bourbons Bistro.

An Anniversary Celebration…One Year Late (Episode 866: April 12, 2021)

Bourbons Bistro had everything ready to go for its 15th anniversary dinner in April…of 2020. Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Louisville landmark to cancel its plans, and there were times when it looked like the bistro might suffer the same fate as many other bars and restaurants that went out of business over the past year. Jason Brauner and his team made it, though, and will celebrate with a 16th anniversary dinner on April 21.  We’ll talk with Jason about the events of the past year – and the 15 years before it – on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, we now know more about Jeff Arnett’s future plans after leaving Jack Daniel’s ahead of a formal announcement next week, while Diageo plans a pricey release of rare Brora whiskies next month to celebrate the distillery’s reopening. We’ll also have details on two charity projects from the Bourbon world and much more on this week’s WhiskyCast!

Join us every Friday at 5:00pm New York time (21:00 GMT) for our live #HappyHour webcast. This week, our guest will be William Grant & Sons malt master Brian Kinsman. You can also watch all of our previous webcasts on the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, our Facebook page, Twitter, and Twitch.

Four Roses master distiller Brent Elliott joined us on this week's #HappyHourLive webcast! If you missed the webcast, the on-demand replay is available on the WhiskyCast YouTube channel.

Four Roses master distiller Brent Elliott joined us on Friday night’s #HappyHourLive webcast.

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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 has 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. April’s winning club is the Bourbon Honey Hole club of Houston, Texas…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.

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

Years ago, almost every distillery in Scotland had a malting floor like this one. Now, only a handful of distilleries have their own floor maltings like this one at Highland Park Distillery on Orkney. Photo ©2021, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Years ago, almost every distillery in Scotland had a malting floor like this one. Now, only a handful of distilleries have their own floor maltings like this one at Highland Park Distillery on Orkney.