WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now completing our 10th year, each weekly episode 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”.
George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon is a unique part of American history, and for the first time since Washington’s distillery burned down in 1814, whiskey distilled at Mount Vernon went on sale this week. Just 471 bottles of rye whiskey using the original Washington recipe sold out within two hours, and this episode includes some of the festivities as well as tasting notes for the whiskey.
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Dave Pickerell has been keeping a low profile since leaving Maker’s Mark in April of 2008. Turns out he was doing research into rye and microdistilling, and discovered a 10-year-old rye that just begged to be bottled. Dave and his partners are now selling WhistlePig Rye Whiskey, with plans to build a distillery on a farm in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Dave explains his new whiskey and his research in this week’s episode. In the news, George Washington’s Rye goes on sale this week, results from the Bonhams auction in New York, and more new whiskies.
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Glenfiddich will be releasing just 50 bottles of its 50-year-old single malt a year for the next 10 years, and opened one of the first 5 U.S. bottles Thursday at New York City’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. We’ll hear from Caspar MacRae of William Grant & Sons, along with a Seattle whisky lover who won a trip to New York to taste the Glenfiddich 50. I’ll have my tasting notes for this one of a kind whisky, too.
Links: Glenfiddich | Bonhams | Malt Advocate | Springbank | Kilbeggan | The Glenrothes | The Chuck Cowdery Blog | Jim Beam | Tullamore Dew | The Tweedale Blend | Pioneer’s Whisky Speakers | Liquor.com
Time for another trip inside the blending lab, and Iain McCallum of Morrison Bowmore is our host. He’ll take us through some old Auchentoshans and Glen Gariochs, along with a special surprise at the end. In the news, William Grant & Sons teams up with one of the top U.S. microdistillers, Glen Breton rubs it in, Glenmorangie’s team of bloggers picks this year’s Vintage Cask, and Glenmorangie says “L’Chaim.”
Links: Morrison Bowmore | Tuthilltown Spirits | William Grant & Sons | Glenora Distillers | Scotch Whisky Association | GlenDronach | Glenfiddich | Glenmorangie
The Glenlivet is the world’s #2 single malt, and is taking aim at the top spot with a new distillery expansion. Chivas Brothers celebrated the $15 million dollar project today with a Royal Salute…literally. Prince Charles was on hand for the dedication, and you’ll get a taste of the festivities on this episode of WhiskyCast recorded on location at The Glenlivet.
Links: The Glenlivet | Bonhams | Woodford Reserve | Glenmorangie
The Port Ellen Maltings supplies malt for many of Islay’s distilleries, and I’ll wrap up the special series of Feis Ile episodes from Islay with a rare tour inside the Maltings led by native Ileach manager Graham Logie. There’s music from Robin Laing and some final thoughts as I wind up coverage of the 25th Islay Festival of Malt & Music.
Links: Malts.com | Islay Festival of Malt & Music
Ardbeg has the final distillery day of the annual Islay Festival of Malt & Music, and even though there wasn’t a full-size roller coaster on hand for the carnival Ardbeg threw, there was a full-proof Rollercoaster — the special bottling marking the 10th anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee. The 2010 version of Supernova made its debut today, and you’ll get tasting notes in this episode, hear from some of the 300-plus people who started lining up last night to get the Ardbeg Feis Ile bottling, and listen as I get up close and personal with some peat.
Links: Ardbeg | Islay Festival of Malt & Music
The road to Bunnahabhain Distillery is four miles long, and full of twists and turns. The views are stunning, though…and the whisky’s pretty good, too. This is Bunnahabhain’s day during the Islay Festival of Malt and Music, and we’ll hear from the new distillery manager, Andrew Brown, along with stillman Robin Morton. There’s music from the Scottish boy band Skerryvore, and much more on this episode from Islay.
Links: Bunnahabhain | Black Bottle | Skerryvore | Queen of the Moorlands | Islay Festival of Malt & Music
This is the second of Thursday’s two episodes from the Islay Festival of Malt & Music, recorded on location at Isle of Jura Distillery on the island of Jura. It’s easy to find the distillery…just get off the ferry, drive down the island’s one road, and stop at the end. There’s a treat waiting for you, as you’ll find in this episode of WhiskyCast!
Links: Isle of Jura | Jura Hotel | Islay Festival of Malt & Music
This is the first of two episodes today from the Islay Festival of Malt & Music. Kilchoman is Islay’s first new distillery in more than 120 years, and even though it just released its first single malt a few months ago, it’s receiving rave reviews from whisky critics. We’ll hear from Kilchoman founder Anthony Wills, Dr. Jim Swan, and some of the dozens of people who lined up for Kilchoman’s first official Feis Ile single malt release.
Links: Kilchoman | Islay Festival of Malt & Music