The cover of F. Paul Pacult's "Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon." Photo ©2021, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon: The History of Buffalo Trace (October 14, 2021)

Today’s Buffalo Trace Distillery started out 164 years ago when Daniel Swigert started making whiskey on the banks of the Kentucky River. His distillery didn’t really have a name back then, and the site’s had many names over the years as part of its history…one that includes legendary names like Taylor, Stagg, Blanton, and Lee. F. Paul Pacult’s latest book, “Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon” dives deeply into that history, and he joins us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, tariff talks between the U.S. and the European Union are coming down to the deadline again, and that has Bourbon makers nervous. Distillers in Ireland are proposing to update the legal standards for Irish Whiskey, and the world’s oldest whisky goes on the auction block.

 

The Royal Salute Couture Collection Richard Quinn Edition. Image courtesy Royal Salute.

Designing a Bespoke Whisky…for a Bespoke Design (October 4, 2021)

Master Blender Sandy Hyslop usually creates his whiskies and lets someone else worry about the packaging, but for the debut of the Royal Salute Couture Collection, he had the challenge of creating a 21-year-old whisky to match designer Richard Quinn’s bespoke decanter. We’ll discuss that challenge and the craft of whisky blending on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, longtime Laphroaig manager John Campbell is stepping down, while the Heaven Hill strike in Kentucky is now in its third week. We’ll have those stories, along with the latest whisky news and a bit of advice: watch out for desk chairs…they can have a mind of their own!


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Springbank's Ranald Watson and Findlay Ross joined us Friday night with a lot of news from Campbeltown, including confirmation of plans for the company's third distillery in Campbeltown! The on-demand replay is available now at the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, and the #podcast version will be available later this week!

Springbank’s Ranald Watson and Findlay Ross joined us on our latest webcast with a lot of news from Campbeltown, including confirmation of plans for the company’s third distillery in Campbeltown! The on-demand replay is available now at the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, along with the podcast version wherever you get your podcasts!

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Our very first episode of WhiskyCast dropped on November 12, 2005, and thanks for joining us each week as we close in on our 16th anniversary 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.

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Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

Pot stills are beautiful with their rounded curves, but there's something to be said for the beauty of a column still in its industrial design, such as this Vendome-built still at Nevada's Frey Ranch. Photo ©2021, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Pot stills are beautiful with their rounded curves, but there’s something to be said for the beauty of a column still in its industrial design, such as this Vendome-built still at Nevada’s Frey Ranch.