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The Old Ingledew Bourbon set to go on the auction block at Skinner's next month. Images courtesy Skinner Inc.

Is This the World’s Oldest Known Whisky? (Episode 869: May 3, 2021)

Skinner’s Joe Hyman is used to seeing bottles of pre-Prohibition whiskies, and even some going back to before the Civil War. That’s what he thought he was looking at when a South Carolina family decided to auction a bottle of Old Ingledew Bourbon that had been in its family for the last three generations. While the story was interesting, carbon dating testing came back with something even more unusual…the whisky had likely been distilled between 1760 and 1803! Joe Hyman joins us with more of the story on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, we’ll have the real numbers on what Conor McGregor and his partners made for selling their Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey brand, and it’s nowhere near the $600 million various media reports are claiming. We’ll also hear a tribute to Scotch Whisky from Prince Charles and much more!

 

Skagit Valley barley being malted in one of the drums at Skagit Valley Maltings. Photo ©2020, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Barley: Not Just a “Commodity” for Distillers (Episode 868: April 26, 2021)

In our last episode, we looked at how different types of Rye produce different flavors in whisky. While that’s relatively new understanding for Rye, it’s been common practice for generations among distillers to search out the latest, greatest Barley strains available for making single malts. However, most of those strains are selected not by distillers, but by maltsters looking for yield per acre and not necessarily flavor per dram. Seattle’s Westland Distillery has been working with Barley mavericks in Washington’s Skagit Valley to explore strains that don’t exist in the “commodity system” for several years, and master distiller Matt Hofmann joins us with the story behind Colere, their upcoming single malt series that focuses on those unique strains of Barley. We’ll also have the week’s whisky news, including a management shakeup on Islay that caught the island by surprise.


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Our latest webcast featured Moa Nilsson, the "SwedishWhiskyGirl," The Scotsman's Rosalind Erskine, and Kurt Maitland, author of the new book "The Infused Cocktail Handbook."

Our latest webcast featured Moa Nilsson, the “SwedishWhiskyGirl,” The Scotsman’s Rosalind Erskine, and Kurt Maitland, author of the new book “The Infused Cocktail Handbook.”

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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. Our winning club for May is the Cask Chasers club based in Havre de Grace, Maryland…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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Slainte!

The WhiskyCast Team


Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

Gable Erenzo (shown at right with Chip Tate in this 2013 photo) was one of the driving forces in the growth of craft distilling, first at Tuthilltown Spirits and later at his own Gardiner Liquid Mercantile distillery. He died last Monday at the age of 41. We send our condolences to his wife Cathy and his entire family, along with his many friends in the whiskey industry.

Gable Erenzo (shown at right with Chip Tate in this 2013 photo) was one of the driving forces in the growth of craft distilling, first at Tuthilltown Spirits and later at his own Gardiner Liquid Mercantile distillery. He died last Monday at the age of 41. We send our condolences to his wife Cathy and his entire family, along with his many friends in the whiskey industry.