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A vintage stencil used for labeling barrels at the Knockdhu (anCnoc) Distillery in Scotland. File photo ©2019, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Knockin’ Around with Knockdhu’s Gordon Bruce (Episode 764: April 21, 2019)

The farming village of Knockdhu has 29 residents, 17 dogs, a bunch of sheep and cattle…and one distillery. Gordon Bruce has called Knockdhu home since 2006 as the manager of Knockdhu Distillery, the home of Inver House’s anCnoc single malt Scotch Whisky. We first met Gordon in 2011 during a tour of the distillery, and caught up with him again at the recent Wonderful World of Whisky Show in Cornwall, Ontario – one of his rare trips away from that tiny farming village in Aberdeenshire. You’ll hear our conversation on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the University of Kentucky’s distilling studies program has a Bourbon benefactor after Beam Suntory donated $5 million to establish the James B. Beam Institute for Distilling Studies. Bushmills has received local approval for a $39 million expansion project that will add a second stillhouse and double the distillery’s capacity. We’ll also look at the week’s new whiskies and much more, along with announcing the winner of our latest WhiskyCast competition!

 

WhiskyCast's Mark Gillespie with Martin Duffy(R) and Lew Bryson (front) at the American Whiskey Convention in Philadelphia April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy Angelo Veneziano.

Good Friends and a Dram of Whisky! (Episode 763: April 14, 2019)

Lew Bryson and Martin Duffy take their whisky seriously…but not much else! When they joined us at the recent American Whiskey Convention in Philadelphia, the laughter was a perfect complement to serious whisky discussion about the sources of whisky flavor, the growth of craft distilling, and why our discussion was taking place just feet away from valuable Egyptian artifacts in the University of Pennsylvania Museum. OK, that last part wasn’t so serious, but it did help Lew explain how he came to meet legendary whisky writer Michael Jackson for the first time at the Penn Museum. We’ll also talk with Dick Stoll, the veteran Pennsylvania distiller who made one of the Holy Grails for whiskey lovers…the 16-year-old A.H. Hirsch Reserve Bourbon.

In the news, this was a week that won’t go down in history at The Macallan, while Craigellachie is bringing a 51-year-old single malt to New York City – and pour it for free! Four Roses has completed its $55 million expansion project in Kentucky, and Woodford Reserve’s Chris Morris has to figure out how to get a special barrel down from one of the historic spires at Churchill Downs in time for the Kentucky Derby.

 

Panelists Rick Seback, Bobby Long, Scott Ritenbaugh, and Christian Kahle with WhiskyCast's Mark Gillespie (C) at the HIAS Benefit Tasting on November 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo ©2018/CaskStrength Media.

WhiskyCast Tasting Panel: An Evening With the Pittsburgh Whiskey Friends

When the Pittsburgh Whiskey Friends invited us to come to their city and lead a benefit tasting in honor of the 11 people killed in the October 27, 2018 mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, we didn’t hesitate. This episode was recorded at the tasting on November 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh, with all of the proceeds going to benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in memory of the Tree of Life shooting victims. Dad’s Hat, Powers, Amrut importer Raj Sabharwal, and Liberty Pole Spirits donated the whiskies for the evening, and Christian Kahle won a raffle for one of the spots on our tasting panel. He joined Bobby Long and Scott Ritenbaugh from the Pittsburgh Whiskey Friends and public broadcasting personality Rick Seback to taste the Dad’s Hat Pre-Prohibition Style Pennsylvania Rye, Powers Three Swallow, Amrut Fusion, and Liberty Pole’s Peated Bourbon.

 

 WhiskyCast HD: Catching Up with Forty Creek Whisky Founder John Hall

Forty Creek Whisky founder John K. Hall has kept a low profile since selling his distillery to Campari five years ago. He won dozens of awards for his whiskies at Forty Creek, and turned his startup into one of the best-selling Canadian whiskies around – earning him a place in Canadian Whisky history. Hall returned to the 2019 Victoria Whisky Festival for the first time since the sale to serve as the keynote speaker for the Canadian Whisky Awards dinner. In an exclusive interview with WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie, he shared his thoughts on today’s whisky business and whether he may make a comeback once his non-compete agreement with Campari expires later this year.


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Whisky Photo of the Week

It's a humble thermometer, but when it's part of a copper still, it can be a thing of beauty. This thermometer is used by the three-member distilling team at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville. Photo ©2019, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

It’s a humble thermometer, but when it’s part of a copper still, it can be a thing of beauty. This thermometer is used by the three-member distilling team at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville. 

 

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