Scottish rock band Celtica performs during Whisky Live New York on April 9, 2014. Photo ©2014 by Mark Gillespie. Craft distillers took center stage during Whisky Live New York on Wednesday evening, and we’ll hear from several of them on this week’s episode. Chip Tate of Balcones and Mike Reppucci of Sons of Liberty both won World Whiskies Awards last month for their whiskies, while Daric Schlesselman of Brooklyn’s Van Brunt Stillhouse was making his Whisky Live debut with a four-grain American whiskey and a single malt. There’s also plenty of news this week, as David Beckham takes some flak for teaming up with Diageo and Simon Fuller on the Haig Club single grain Scotch, the Scotch Whisky Association reports flat export numbers for 2013 and expresses concerns over Scotland’s independence referendum, and Kentucky’s Bourbon distillers help Gov. Steve Beshear pay off his NCAA basketball wager with Connecticut’s governor.

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