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A Bourbon barrel being charred at the Old Forester Distillery's on-site cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo ©2020, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Old Forester Bourbon Celebrates 150 Years (Episode 842: October 25, 2020)

Very few Bourbon brands can claim much of a pre-Prohibition heritage, but Brown-Forman’s Old Forester can. George Garvin Brown created Old Forester in 1870 in the same way many of today’s whiskey entrepreneurs got started – by buying bulk whiskey from several distilleries and blending them together to create his own unique flavor. His great-great grandson Campbell Brown is the managing director of Old Forester today, and joins us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll also have the week’s whisky news, tasting notes, and on Behind the Label, we’ll look at the best whisky advertising money can’t buy…because it’s literally on the money!


Compass Box Whisky founder John Glaser pours a dram from one of the glass demijohns used for holding samples in the Compass Box blending lab in London. File photo ©2020, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

20 Years As a Whisky Maverick (Episode 841: October 18, 2020)

John Glaser and his team at Compass Box Whisky Company are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. While Glaser has had his disagreements with the Scotch Whisky establishment over the years, he’s gone from being a rebel to being one of the industry’s most respected whisky makers. He’ll join us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth to discuss the last 20 years of challenging hidebound traditions and what the future holds. In the news, The Macallan now has the distinction of having bottled the world’s oldest single malt whisky with a new 78-year-old bottling that’s part of the new Red Collection. We’ll have that story and the rest of the week’s whisky news, including details on the latest Midleton Very Rare release and an even rarer trophy bottling for this year’s NBA champions.

Our live webcasts return next Friday night (10/30) with the #HappyHour webcast! In the meantime, you can catch our final #WhiskyWednesday webcast with Tom Mooney of Westward Whiskey in Portland and Gordon Dundas of Ian Macleod Distillers in Scotland on the WhiskyCast YouTube channel.

Tom Mooney of Westward Whiskey and Gordon Dundas of Ian Macleod Distillers were our guests on the final #WhiskyWednesday webcast October 21, 2020. Our webcasts will continue on Friday nights starting October 30.

If you have an idea for a guest you’d like to see on one of our webcasts or a way that we can help you learn more about whisky, just use the contact form or catch us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!

The Spirited Award for Best Broadcast, Podcast, or Online Video Series. Image courtesy Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. We are humbled and proud to have won the 2020 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for “Best Broadcast, Podcast, or Online Series.” The award was announced September 21 during the kickoff of this year’s virtual Tales conference, and while the award was given for overall excellence, the episode we submitted for judging was our show this past February with Dewar’s Malts brand ambassador Una Green as she was preparing to return to work after beating breast cancer. We want to thank Una again for trusting us to share her story with you. We’d also like to congratulate our colleagues at Difford’s Guide, Happy Hour History, and The Speakeasy on being named finalists, and encourage you to give their podcasts a listen!

A WhiskyCast GlenCairn glass in the hand.

Each month, we honor a whisky club as our Whisky Club of the Month, and the club receives two dozen WhiskyCast Glencairn glasses to use at their club tastings thanks to our friends at Glencairn Crystal. Congratulations to October’s winning club, the Kansas City Whiskey Club!

If you’re in a whisky club and would like to nominate your club, just use the contact form to get in touch with us and tell us about your club. If your club has a web site or is active on social media, we’ll also be glad to add a link on our directory of Whisky Clubs around the world so other whisky lovers can find you. You only need to nominate your club once, since we carry over entries from month to month.

WhiskyCast is the world’s longest-running whisky podcast, and thanks for joining us as we celebrate our 15th anniversary in November!

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.

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.

Please explore the website. We’ve collected all of our past episodes here, and post the latest whisky news as it happens – often several days before the next episode of WhiskyCast. All of our web content is free, including Mark’s database of more than 2,900 tasting notes for whiskies from around the world and our calendar of upcoming whisky festivals and tastings.

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The WhiskyCast Team

Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

Technology plays a role in today's barrel cooperages, but making barrels still relies on tried-and-true carpentry, such as the dowel pins that hold barrel heads together without any adhesives.

Technology plays a role in today’s barrel cooperages, but making barrels still relies on tried-and-true carpentry, such as the dowel pins that hold barrel heads together without any adhesives.