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Whisky Advocate named George Dickel Bottled in Bond as its "Whiskey of the Year" this week. Dickel master distiller Nicole Austin picked the whiskey, and her predecessor, Allisa Henley, was on hand to congratulate her at WhiskyFest New York on Tuesday night.

Winner, Winner…Whiskey Dinner! (Episode 796: December 8, 2019)

Nicole Austin can be excused for walking on Cloud 9 the other night at Whisky Advocate’s WhiskyFest in New York City. The George Dickel master distiller had just received the magazine’s Whiskey of the Year award for her George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whiskey the day before. We’ll have her reaction and other highlights from the evening on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the threat of U.S. tariffs on more European whiskies is back. Trump Administration officials are looking at raising the tariffs already in effect on single malts from Scotland and Northern Ireland, while Congress has less than a month to extend the tax break small-scale distillers have been pushing for over the last two years.

 

The Organic Architects rendering of Dartmoor Distillery in England. Image courtesy Organic Architects.

Designing Distilleries for Scotch Whisky’s Next Century (Episode 795: December 1, 2019)

There’s an old saying that “form follows function.” It’s the idea that a building’s design should fit its intended purpose, and over the years, that’s been the way whisky distilleries were designed by architects like Charles Doig – who developed the pagoda-like chimney vents that are a sure clue you’re looking at a distillery in the distance. There’s a boom in distillery construction around Scotland, and architects are taking cues from the past while designing contemporary distilleries that could be around for the next 100 years or longer. Gareth Roberts is one of those architects, with credits that include Ardnamurchan, Lindores Abbey, and Dartmoor distilleries. We’ll talk with him on WhiskyCast In-Depth.

In the news, we’ll have the details on this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition-winning whiskies, along with the rest of the week’s whisky news. We’ll also share some of the things you’re most thankful for during the holidays and answer some of your whisky questions on Behind the Label.


When BBC News needed someone to explain the impact of the new U.S. 25% tariff on imports of single malt whiskies from Scotland and Northern Ireland, they called on WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie. You’ll find complete coverage of the tariff in our news section and on the podcast, and here’s the segment Mark did with the BBC.


WhiskyCast has been around longer than any other whisky-focused podcast, and we’re now in our 15th year of podcasts! We bring you the latest whisky news each week, along with 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 nearly 2,700 tasting notes for whiskies from around the world and our calendar of upcoming whisky festivals and tastings.

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Slainte!

The WhiskyCast Team


Whisky Photo of the Week

This may look like a vintage bottle, but Charles and Andy Nelson replicated their family's historic label design for their Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey. We'll have tasting notes for it on this week's WhiskyCast!

This may look like a vintage bottle, but Charles and Andy Nelson replicated their family’s historic label design for their Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey. We’ll have tasting notes for it on this week’s WhiskyCast!