Join us for live webcasts each Wednesday and Friday at 5:00pm New York time (21:00 GMT), and if you can’t watch the webcasts live, you can always catch the replays here!
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
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
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
Mathew and Julie Cooper built Fannys Bay Distillery next to their home in Tasmania, and their small-scale whiskies are just now becoming available in the United States. The Coopers joined us on our latest #HappyHourLive webcast along with Holly Seidewand of First Fill Spirits and Her Whisky Love, who persuaded them to export their whiskies for the first time. We’ll also get the first look at two new bottled in bond whiskies from Jack Daniel’s that arrived via The Whisky Fairy just before showtime.
Links: Fannys Bay Distillery | Discovery Bottles
Australian whiskies did extremely well at last week’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and Melbourne’s Starward Whisky led the way with 12 Double Gold and 3 Gold medals. That’s the most of any whisky brand in the entire competition. Starward founder David Vitale joined us on the last #HappyHourLive webcast to talk about not only his whiskies, but the success of the entire Australian whisky category.
Links: Starward Whisky
Chocolate may well be on your mind heading into Easter weekend, and we’ll look at how well whiskies pair with artisan chocolates with Scotland-based whisky and chocolate educator Rachel McCormack on this week’s webcast! Here’s a hint: not all types of chocolate pair equally well with whiskies. For instance, we found that smoky whiskies work better with lighter chocolates than with dark, rich ones. Catch our live webcasts every Friday at 5:00pm New York time on the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, our Facebook page, Twitter, and Twitch.
Links: Cocoa Runners
Women have had a long – and under-appreciated – role in brewing and distilling for generations. Beer and spirits writer Tara Nurin explored that history in her book “A Woman’s Place Is In the Brewhouse,” and joined us in-studio to discuss some of that history over a beer and a dram.
Links: Tara Nurin’s web site
Our latest Happy Hour Live webcast features OurWhisky.com co-founder Becky Paskin just after she unveiled the Our Whisky Foundation to increase diversity within the whisky world. We’re also joined by first-time guest cocktail and spirits writer Camper English and Scott Brunow from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the Scotch Test Dummies for a wide-ranging conversation covering everything from medicinal cocktails to the latest SMWS releases and more. We’ll start this episode off with breaking news, though…as the United States and Great Britain have cleared the way for the end of the UK’s tariffs on Bourbon and other American whiskies by resolving their dispute over steel and aluminum exports. The 25% tariff has cost US whisky makers millions of dollars in lost export sales while raising prices for UK whisky lovers over the last four years.
Links: Our Whisky Foundation | OurWhisky.com | Alcademics | Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Longtime whiskey writer and podcaster Fred Minnick joined us the other night on the Happy Hour Live webcast to talk about everything from Kentucky Bourbon and the legislative process to his ties to the music industry, and took some of your whisky questions, too. You can catch our live webcasts every Friday at 5:00pm New York time on the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, our Facebook page, Twitter, and Twitch.
This week, our Happy Hour Live webcast focused on sustainability in the whisky industry. After all, we want to be able to enjoy a dram with our grandchildren when they’re adults years from now, right? Shanna Farrell’s new book “A Good Spirit” looks at distillers taking sustainability seriously, while Susannah Skiver Barton’s latest article for VinePair covers the growing shortage of new whiskey barrels for craft distillers. You can watch our live webcasts every Friday night at 5:00pm on the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, our Facebook page, Twitter, and Twitch.
Links: VinePair | “A Good Drink”