The cliffs on Islay's Mull of Oa. File photo ©2022, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Back to the Island (May 23, 2022)

Whisky lovers are making the pilgrimage to Islay for the first time in two years as the Islay Festival of Malt and Music gets underway later this week. There have been a lot of changes at the island’s distilleries since the last in-person festival in 2019. For instance, it’ll be the first Fèis on the island for Julieann Fernandez as master blender at Bunnahabhain Distillery. She’ll join us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, police are still searching for two suspects in the Glenfarclas Distillery break-in, while a Canadian distillery is rebranding as part of a settlement with the Scotch Whisky Association.

 

Jack Daniel's Assistant Distiller Lexie Phillips. Image courtesy Jack Daniel's.

Lexie Phillips Leads by Example at Jack Daniel’s (May 15, 2022)

Lexie Phillips grew up around Lynchburg, Tennessee watching generations of her relatives go to work at the Jack Daniel Distillery. Now, she’s leading the family – and the distillery team as Assistant Distiller alongside Master Distiller Chris Fletcher. She’s been in the role for a little more than a year, and has become a role model for other women working at the distillery. We’ll meet Lexie Phillips on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, thieves strike at Glenfarclas Distillery’s visitors center, while another generation of Beams gets the title of Master Distiller and millions of dollars in whiskies go on the auction block. We’ll have those stories and much more on this week’s WhiskyCast!


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Angus "The Whisky Sponge" MacRaild joined us on the latest Happy Hour Live webcast. There won't be a live show this week, but the webcast returns next Friday night, May 27.

Angus “The Whisky Sponge” MacRaild joined us on the latest Happy Hour Live webcast.

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Our very first episode of WhiskyCast dropped on November 12, 2005, and thanks for joining us each week in our 17th 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.

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Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

There's nothing quite like sampling whisky straight from the cask using a valinch, or "whiskey thief." Made this photo this past week at Ireland's Waterford Distillery. Photo ©2022, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

There’s nothing quite like sampling whisky straight from the cask using a valinch, or “whiskey thief.” Made this photo this past week at Ireland’s Waterford Distillery.