The Distilleries of Great Britain & Ireland by James Eadie Ltd. Photo ©2022, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

A Whisky History for a New Generation (September 26, 2022)

Until now, Alfred Barnard’s classic book “The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom” was the benchmark guide for whisky historians. Now, a collection of 120 distillery profiles first published between 1922 and 1929 has been published in a Barnard-esque book by James Eadie Ltd. The Distilleries of Great Britain & Ireland is a worthy sequel to Barnard’s original book and fills a critical need for whisky history from the early 20th century. We’ll talk with Eadie’s Leon Kuebler and writer Tom Bruce-Gardyne, who compiled the profiles and wrote the introduction, on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the UK’s new Chancellor is freezing whisky excise duties as part of a pledge to cut taxes, and a Virginia ABC employee has pleaded guilty to charges of leaking information on rare bourbon allocations at state run liquor stores. We’ll also hear some critical feedback following our interview with Phil Steger of Brother Justus Distilling two weeks ago on Your Voice.


(L-R) Brigitte Gordon, Ethos Foundation, Richard Forsyth OBE, Forsyths Ltd., Alan Winchester, Christopher Bently, Bently Foundation lay the foundation stone for the Cabrach Distillery. Photo courtesy The Cabrach Trust.

Reviving The Cabrach With a Distillery (September 18, 2022)

The Cabrach region of Scotland’s Highlands has a distilling history that goes back centuries, but The Cabrach has been left behind as other parts of Scotland developed. Now, The Cabrach Trust hopes to create jobs and infrastructure for the region with a single malt distillery, with the profits from its whisky going to fund affordable housing and other projects. We’ll talk with the Trust’s CEO, Jonathan Christie, and longtime distiller Alan Winchester, who’s working as an advisor on the distillery, on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, we’ll hear from Stoli Group CEO Damian McKinney as work begins on the Kentucky Owl Park distillery development in Kentucky. We’ll also have details on the induction of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 and much, much more.

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Dewar's Master Blender Stephanie Macleod joined us on Friday night's webcast.

Dewar’s Master Blender Stephanie Macleod joined us on Friday night’s webcast.

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Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

I love to photograph old rickhouses like this one in Kentucky. The barn-like design fits in with the surrounding farmland, and the fall colors make it even more beautiful.

I love to photograph old rickhouses like this one in Kentucky. The barn-like design fits in with the surrounding farmland, and the fall colors make it even more beautiful.