WhiskyCast features cask strength conversation each week, with the latest news on whiskies from around the world, whisky events, Mark Gillespie’s tasting notes, and the “WhiskyCast In-Depth” segment.
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The end of April has grain farmers in North America and Europe poised to get into the fields and start planting this year’s crops – and some of that grain will eventually wind up as whisky. Historically, many farmers distilled some of their grain into whiskey – both to prevent it from spoiling and to create something that could be sold or bartered. While those days are many decades in the past, a number of farmers have jumped back into distilling as a way to cultivate more profits than they get from selling grain to commodities brokers. We’ll meet the farmers behind the Whiskey Acres Distilling Company in Illinois and Far North Spirits in Minnesota on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, one of the pioneers in craft distilling has been sold, as William Grant & Sons acquired New York’s Tuthilltown Spirits this week. Tuthilltown co-founder Ralph Erenzo and Grant’s Jonathan Yusen join us to explain a deal seven years in the making. We’ll also try to answer a listener’s question about whether it’s safe to drink Bourbon from vintage ceramic decanters because of the possibility of lead contamination.
WhiskyCast pioneered the genre of whisky-focused podcasts, and we’re still going strong in our 12th year! The very first episode of WhiskyCast hit the web on November 12, 2005, and since then, we’ve produced hundreds of hours of original audio and video content for whisky lovers like you around the world. Our community spans at least 150 different countries, 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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Whisky Photo of the Week
This week, we’re featuring another video clip. This is the kiln at Highland Park Distillery on Orkney, where they use local peat from the Hobbister Moor to add an extra bit of flavor to their malted barley. This week’s WhiskyCast will come from Copenhagen, where Highland Park is adding something else to its range of whiskies. To get the details, though…you’ll have to listen this weekend!