The original notebook kept by Masataka Taketsuru. Image courtesy of Nikka Whisky.

Whisky Lessons from a Century Ago (January 16, 2022)

A century ago, Masataka Taketsuru was using the lessons he learned during his time in Scotland to build Japan’s emerging whisky industry armed with a notebook full of information. While that notebook remains in Nikka Whisky’s archives, it’s now been translated into English for the first time. Ruth Anne Herd and Professor Alan Wolstenholme teamed up for the translation, and there’s a family connection behind the project. Wolstenholme’s grandfather was the manager at Hazelburn Distillery in Campbeltown when Taketsuru was doing his “internship” there, and that’s one of the stories Alan Wolstenholme shares with us in this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll also have the week’s whisky news, including the winners of this year’s Canadian Whisky Awards, tasting notes, and much more!

 

The "sma' still" used in demonstrations at The Glenlivet Distillery is based on the design used by distillers in the 17th and 18th centuries - both legal and illegal. File photo ©2022, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Uncovering Evidence of Scotland’s Whisky History (January 10, 2022)

The excisemen of Scotland’s past never found all of the illegal whisky stills being used around the country, and traces of those illicit distilleries can be found to this day…if one knows where to look. Derek Alexander knows, and he’s on a mission to uncover as much of that history as possible in his role as an archaeologist with the National Trust for Scotland. His search started two decades ago with a project to uncover remains of The Glenlivet’s original distillery, and that project continues to this day as well, as he tells us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the wood was flying at the Kentucky Cooperage on New Year’s Day, but it wasn’t from the coopers…a tornado hit the cooperage with 100mph winds. We’ll have the details on that and the rest of the whisky news for the first week of 2022, along with tasting notes and a debate over whether liquor stores should be jacking up the price of Pappy Van Winkle and other rare whiskies.

 


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Canadian Whisky Awards founder Davin de Kergommeaux and "The Philosophy of Whisky" author Billy Abbott joined us Friday night on our first live webcast of 2022.

Canadian Whisky Awards founder Davin de Kergommeaux and “The Philosophy of Whisky” author Billy Abbott joined us Friday night on our first live webcast of 2022.

 

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Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

More rick houses should have windows like this one at Nevada's Frey Ranch. The sunlight makes the barrels look beautiful. Photo ©2021, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

More rickhouses should have windows like this one at Nevada’s Frey Ranch. The sunlight makes the barrels look beautiful.