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Buffalo Trace's Freddie Johnson signs autographs after his Bourbon & Beyond appearance September 22, 2018. Photo ©2018, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

On the Road at Louisville’s Bourbon & Beyond (Episode 727: September 23, 2018)

Severe weather forced Louisville’s annual Bourbon & Beyond music, food, and whiskey festival to end a day earlier than planned, but the heavy rains didn’t dampen spirits on Saturday. We’ll have highlights from the festival and talk with one of the newest members of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame on WhiskyCast In-Depth. Freddie Johnson is the third generation of his family to work at what’s now Buffalo Trace Distillery, but their history at the distillery goes back more than 100 years with a legacy that combines family, history, race, and Bourbon. In the news, the Four Roses strike is over after the distillery and its three unions reached a tentative agreement on Friday. We’ll have that story and the rest of the week’s whisky news, and since we’re at a music and whiskey festival, Dave Pickerell will explain the science behind using Metallica’s music to shape their new collaboration.

 

Unlocking the Gates at Kentucky’s Castle & Key Distillery (Episode 726: September 20, 2018)

In 1972, the gates were locked for what many thought would be the final time at Kentucky’s historic Old Taylor Distillery near Frankfort. Wednesday, those gates opened to the public for the first time in nearly half a century at what is now Castle & Key Distillery following a massive four-year-long restoration project to reclaim the distillery and its warehouses, sunken gardens, springhouse, and more from nature’s relentless onslaught. Castle & Key’s Marianne Eaves has been there for almost the entire time, and joins us on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, there’s a big shakeup affecting master distillers at three of Kentucky’s major distilleries, and contract talks will resume Friday in the two-week-old strike by Four Roses workers. We’ll also have the details on a new Irish Whiskey that packs a punch – or at least the fighter-turned-entrepreneur behind it does.

 

Panelists (L-R) Chris Liro, Sean MacCready, Mike Joachim, and Elsie Escobar at the Podcast Movement 2018 conference in Philadelphia. ©2018, CaskStrength Media.

WhiskyCast Tasting Panel: Podcasters Tasting Whiskies? Rye Not!

We’ve assembled a panel of podcasters and a longtime WhiskyCast listener for this Tasting Panel session recorded on location at the Podcast Movement 2018 conference in Philadelphia. Elsie Escobar, Chris Liro, Sean MacCready, and Mike Joachim nosed and tasted a flight of rye whiskies: Heaven Hill’s Pikesville Rye, Beam’s Old Overholt Bottled in Bond Rye, and High West’s 2018 edition of its Yippee Ki-Yay rye.

 

 WhiskyCast HD: Cleaning up Thousands of Bourbon Barrels at Barton 1792 Distillery

On June 22, 2018, half of Warehouse 30 collapsed at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, spilling around 9,000 barrels of whiskey. The rest of the warehouse collapsed on July 4 with another 9,000 barrels. Crews have been working since then to recover as many barrels – and as much Bourbon – as possible. The site is closed to reporters, but Sazerac has released a video and new images showing cleanup work at the warehouse site.


The logo for "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me." Image courtesy NPR/WBEZ.

If you were listening to the June 30, 2018 edition of NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” yes, that was WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie you heard as a contestant during the “Listener Limerick Challenge” segment at the end of the show! We’ve been public radio fans for years, and now, we have to decide which of the show’s hosts and panelists will record Mark’s mobile phone message. If you didn’t get to listen to the show live, we’ve included links here so you can download the podcast version.


WhiskyCast now comes to you twice a week, with a new mid-week episode in addition to our regular weekend podcast! We’ve decided that there’s so much to cover in the world of whisky each week that it makes more sense to bring you two shows each week that fit better into your busy schedule instead of one longer show. There will still be times when we’ll do one episode a week because of travel commitments or holidays, though.

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.

We’re able to do this thanks to the support of our advertisers – both past and present. They advertise on WhiskyCast knowing that they will never have any say over our editorial content, and may even have their ads running next to features on their competitors. They recognize the importance of independent, fact-based journalism devoted to telling the stories of whisky in a creative, yet ethically sound way focused on helping you learn more about whisky.

Slainte!

The WhiskyCast Team


Whisky Photo of the Week

This week's photo features the details in a barrel at Virginia's Reservoir Distillery. Photo ©2018, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

This week’s photo features the details in a whiskey barrel at Virginia’s Reservoir Distillery.

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