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John Clement Ryan during a 2013 WhiskyCast interview at Ireland's Castlemartyr Resort. Photo ©2018, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Memories of an Irish Whiskey Legend (Episode 699: May 20, 2018)

Irish Whiskey lost one of its longtime champions this past week with the passing of John Clement Ryan. He was the 7th – and final generation of Dublin’s Power family to work in the Irish Whiskey business, and while he never distilled a drop of whiskey himself, he traveled the world for three decades promoting Jameson Irish Whiskey during one of the industry’s bleakest periods. His evangelism and fervor back then contributed to the renaissance we see today as Irish Whiskey sales grow year after year. In 2013, we sat down with John Ryan for an interview that’s never aired before as he shared some of his history and Irish Whiskey’s history with us – you’ll hear that interview on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the million-dollar mark for a single bottle of whisky sold at auction has been broken – twice in one day! We’ll have the details, along with the story of an unusual collaboration among some of Bourbon’s masters for Kentucky charities. We’ll also have your comments, tasting notes, and look at barrel vocabulary on “Behind the Label.”

 

Tourists try a Scotch Whisky during a tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, Scotland. File photo ©2018, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

30 Years of the Scotch Whisky Experience (Episode 698: May 17, 2018)

In May of 1988, the Scotch Whisky Experience opened its doors on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, next to Edinburgh Castle. Over the last 30 years, millions of whisky lovers have made the hike to the top of the Royal Mile to learn more about Scotch Whisky – and sample a dram or two. This month kicks off a year-long anniversary celebration, and we’ll talk with Julie Trevisan Hunter of the Scotch Whisky Experience on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Suntory is disappointing whisky lovers with word that it’ll be dropping the Hakushu 10 and Hibiki 17 whiskies later this year because of supply shortages, while Diageo broke ground this week for a new Bulleit Distillery visitors center in Kentucky. We’ll also have details on the week’s new whiskies and find out how 500 whisky lovers are getting their names on the car Jay Howard is trying to qualify for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500. Finally, we’ll look at a whisky debate that may send shivers down your spine, depending on how you feel about ice in your dram!

 

 WhiskyCast HD: A Craft Distiller’s Last Call

James Yoakum opened Cooper River Distillers in 2014 in the heart of Camden, New Jersey – just wanting to make good whiskies and rum. He and his team did just that, but they learned an important lesson along the way: size matters. They couldn’t make enough whiskey and rum to meet the demand, but they also couldn’t make enough money to expand the distillery. Faced with that dilemma, Yoakum decided to close the distillery with one final Kentucky Derby party on May 5, 2018.


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.

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 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.

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Slainte!

The WhiskyCast Team


Whisky Photo of the Week

If you're heading to Islay and Jura for this year's Islay Festival of Malt & Music and Jura's Tastival, here's hoping the skies don't look like this!

If you’re heading to Islay and Jura for this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music and Jura’s Tastival, here’s hoping the skies don’t look like this! Feis Ile runs from May 25 through June 2, while the Tastival at Isle of Jura Distillery is May 31.

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