WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 17th year, each weekly podcast brings you the latest in whisky news, along with the latest events, tasting notes, comments from other listeners, and the weekly “In-Depth” segment features interviews with the people who help make whisky the “water of life”.

The Secret to Enjoying a Whisky: Follow Your Nose (Episode 958: June 26, 2022)

How do our noses help us enjoy whisky? Turns out the nose has a major role to play in our enjoyment of whisky, food, and life in general. The average nose has around 400 receptors that process aromas, and they’re far more sensitive than our tongues are. Dr. Paul Wise is a sensory researcher at Philadelphia’s Monell Chemical Senses Center, and his work focuses on how the nose and our other senses process chemical inputs present in our daily life. He’ll take us deep inside the nose for a unique WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, building a distillery on Islay wasn’t enough for Elixir Distillers, which has now purchased Speyside’s Tormore Distillery from Chivas Brothers. We’ll hear from Elixir’s Sukhinder Singh on his future plans for Tormore. We’ll also have details on Sazerac’s expansion in Ireland with the purchase of Lough Gill Distillery and the rest of the week’s whisky news.

Links: Monell Chemical Senses Center | Elixir Distillers | Sazerac | Wyoming Whiskey | Yellowstone Bourbon | Redbreast | Rabbit Hole | Catoctin Creek | The Lakes Distillery | Macaloney’s Island Distillery | Brother’s Bond Bourbon

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Celebrating Sazerac Cocktail Week (Episode 957: June 19, 2022)

The Sazerac is one of whisky’s oldest cocktails, and it’s also the official cocktail of New Orleans. They’re celebrating the history of the Sazerac all this week in New Orleans with Sazerac Cocktail Week, and we’ll visit the home of the Sazerac on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. Sazerac House is a free cocktail museum with its own microdistillery producing small amounts of Sazerac Rum and Peychaud’s Bitters, and we’ll talk with Matt Ray, the head of visitor experiences, about the history of the cocktail and much more. In the news, Scotch Whisky distillers could be affected by a strike targeting one of Scotland’s largest glassmakers, Old Forester’s Jackie Zykan is leaving for a new opportunity, and there’s a new resource available for planning distillery trips.

Links: Sazerac House | Unite | Old Forester | Destination Distillery | Kentucky Bourbon Affair | Irish Whiskey Association | Kings County Distillery | Stauning Whisky

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Winner, Winner, Whisky Dinner! (Episode 956: June 14, 2022)

Catoctin Creek’s Scott and Becky Harris were honored with the Dave Pickerell Memorial Craft Member of the Year Award during last Thursday’s Distilled Spirits Council awards luncheon in New Orleans. The Harrises have been leaders in the craft distilling movement for more than a decade, and are perfectly placed to explain the issues many small-scale distillers face in today’s crowded marketplace. We’ll talk with them on WhiskyCast In-Depth and check in with Nicole Austin of George Dickel on Behind the Label. She was honored with the Emerging Leader of the Year Award, days after shocking a few purists by releasing a 15-year-old underproof spirit under the Cascade Moon label. In the news, a TTB proposal on American Single Malts could be just days away, and we’ll hear from TTB Deputy Administrator David Wulf.

Links: Catoctin Creek | Tax & Trade Bureau | Heaven Hill | Angel’s Envy | The IWSR | Diageo | Irish Distillers | Distilled Spirits Council | Saint Liberty Whiskey | Gold Spot | Cascade Moon

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A Day on the Barley Farm (Episode 954: June 5, 2022)

More than 100 Irish farmers grow barley exclusively for Waterford Distillery, but Trevor Harris is one of a handful using biodynamic techniques on his farm. Biodynamics takes organic farming to the extreme, using naturally-based soil supplements instead of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We’ll visit Trevor Harris’s farm and the distillery on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, U.S. regulators are taking a second look at bottle size standards, and that could open the door to 500ml whiskies in the future. We’ll look at addition and subtraction when it comes to whisky’s maturation equation on Behind the Label and much more.

Links: Waterford Whisky | Tax & Trade Bureau | Gordon & MacPhail | Lark Distillery Pontville | Company Distilling | Heaven Hill | Whiskey Del Bac | Starward Whisky | Virginia Distillery Company 

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Happy Hour Live with Greg Swartz and Ian Logan (Episode 953: June 1, 2022)

This week’s webcast features guests Greg Swartz and Ian Logan. Greg’s Scotch Whisky film “The Water of Life” is headed for PBS stations around the U.S. this month, and Ian is the senior director of whisky for Duncan Taylor & Company with a lifetime of experience in the Scotch Whisky industry. We’ll also have part of Mark’s interview for this week’s WhiskyCast episode with country music superstar Brad Paisley, too.

Links: “The Water of Life” on PBS | Duncan Taylor & Co. | American Highway Reserve

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On the American Highway with Brad Paisley (Episode 952: May 29, 2022)

Brad Paisley has entertained millions of people with his music over the years. Deep down, though…he’s a whiskey geek just like the rest of us. From “dusty bottle” searches on his concert tours to hauling around a trailer full of whiskey for his American Highway Reserve Bourbon, he’s learned to enjoy a dram over the years. He’ll talk music and whiskey with us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth, and we’ll have tasting notes for the Route 2 edition of American Highway Reserve, too. In the news, the world’s largest bottle of whisky fell short of setting another world record at an auction this week, while a documentary film on Scotch Whisky is heading for PBS stations in June. We’ll also talk with another whisky-inspired artist on Behind the Label…one who was inspired to create a piece of whisky furniture.

Links: Brad Paisley | American Highway Reserve | “The Water of Life” on PBS | Waterford Whisky | Writers’ Tears | Wyoming Whiskey | Johnnie Walker | Duncan Taylor & Co. | The Carpathian Single Malt | Milam & Greene | Larceny Bourbon

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Back to the Island (Episode 951: May 23, 2022)

Whisky lovers are making the pilgrimage to Islay for the first time in two years as the Islay Festival of Malt and Music gets underway later this week. There have been a lot of changes at the island’s distilleries since the last in-person festival in 2019. For instance, it’ll be the first Fèis on the island for Julieann Fernandez as master blender at Bunnahabhain Distillery. She’ll join us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, police are still searching for two suspects in the Glenfarclas Distillery break-in, while a Canadian distillery is rebranding as part of a settlement with the Scotch Whisky Association.

Links: Bunnahabhain | Glenfarclas | Macaloney’s Island Distillery | Redbreast | Hardin’s Creek | Lexington Herald-Leader | M&H Distillery | Jack Daniel’s | Jim Beam

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Happy Hour Live with Angus MacRaild (Episode 950: May 18, 2022)

The “Whisky Sponge,” Angus MacRaild, joined us on the latest Happy Hour Live webcast. Not only is he known for his outspoken blog on the Scotch Whisky world, but he’s also become an independent bottler as well as a collector. We’ll discuss his views on the world of whisky, his disdain for NFT’s, and answer some of your questions, too.

Links: The Whisky Sponge | Decadent Drinks

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Lexie Phillips Leads by Example at Jack Daniel’s (Episode 949: May 15, 2022)

Lexie Phillips grew up around Lynchburg, Tennessee watching generations of her relatives go to work at the Jack Daniel Distillery. Now, she’s leading the family – and the distillery team as Assistant Distiller alongside Master Distiller Chris Fletcher. She’s been in the role for a little more than a year, and has become a role model for other women working at the distillery. We’ll meet Lexie Phillips on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, thieves strike at Glenfarclas Distillery’s visitors center, while another generation of Beams gets the title of Master Distiller and millions of dollars in whiskies go on the auction block. We’ll have those stories and much more on this week’s WhiskyCast!

Links: Jack Daniel’s | Glenfarclas | Jim Beam | Sotheby’s | Bonhams | The Dalmore | New York Distilling Co. | Liberty Pole Spirits | American Highway Reserve | Westland Distillery | Westward Whiskey | The Lakes Distillery | Douglas Laing & Co. | Speyburn | Lost Lantern Whiskey | Huber’s Starlight Distillery | Hotel Tango Distillery | Hard Truth Distilling | Bonhams Hong Kong Auction

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Happy Hour Live with Ernie Button, Kyle Swartz, and Nino Kilgore-Marchetti (Episode 948: May 12, 2022)

Photographer Ernie Button’s new book, “The Art of Whisky,” was published this week, and he joined us on last Friday night’s #HappyHourLive webcast along with whisky writers Kyle Swartz of Beverage Dynamics and The Whiskey Wash’s Nino Kilgore-Marchetti. You can catch our live webcasts on Friday nights at 5:00pm New York time on the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, our Facebook page, Twitter, and Twitch.

Links: “The Art of Whisky” on Amazon | Beverage Dynamics | The Whiskey Wash

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