Mark Gillespie

Changes Coming to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Episode 783: September 9, 2019)

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival gets underway next week in Bardstown, and while the annual event still draws whiskey lovers from...

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Australian Whiskies and the “Roo Flu” (Episode 782: September 1, 2019)

We’re back after spending eight days in Australia and a week in bed fighting the “Roo Flu” virus, and there’s...

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Whiskies From a Land Down Under (Episode 781: August 19, 2019)

This time around, we’re in Australia as Tasmania’s distillers wrap up the third annual Tasmanian Whisky Week. It’s been 27...

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Heaven Hill Expands Into Canada with $266 Million Black Velvet Acquisition

August 13, 2019 – Heaven Hill Brands has agreed to acquire Black Velvet, the #2 selling Canadian Whisky brand, from...

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The Back Stories Behind Picking Private Barrels (Episode 780: August 11, 2019)

“Private Selection” bottlings are the rage today, and it almost seems like an arms race as bars and retailers try...

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The Uncle Nearest Story: A Timeless Lesson for Modern Times (Episode 779: August 4, 2019)

If the story of Nathan “Nearest” Green and Jack Daniel was made into a movie, critics might describe it as...

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Clock Ticking on Extension of Tax Break for Craft Distillers

August 1, 2o19 – Four months and 29 days may seem like a long time for most of us, but...

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Distillers on the Hill (Episode 778: July 28, 2019)

It takes a lot to drag distillers away from their stills, but when the stakes are as high as the...

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Whisky’s Man in the Middle (Episode 777: July 21, 2019)

Raj Sabharwal doesn’t make whiskies, but his role is critical in making sure you get to drink them. He’s one...

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Maker’s Mark: Bucking Trends for 60 Years (Episode 776: July 14, 2019)

60 years ago, Bill and Marge Samuels dipped the first bottles of Maker’s Mark Bourbon in Loretto, Kentucky. They left...

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