While we’re all raising our glasses to honor the health care workers, first responders, and other essential workers risking their lives during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Uncle Nearest Tennessee Whiskey founder Fawn Weaver is doing something else to help them. For the last couple of months, she’s been spending thousands of dollars to buy much-needed N95 respirator masks on the open market at highly inflated prices – and giving them away to those essential workers around the United States. Shipping those masks has kept all of her workers employed, and she’s also hiring new employees that have been laid off by other companies. She’ll explain her reasoning on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, major whisky companies are projecting sharp sales declines worldwide because of the pandemic, while more events are being pushed back until later this year or cancelled outright. We’ll have the details, and we’ll also pay tribute to a longtime friend we lost this week.

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