Dr. Jim Swan (L) and King Car Master Blender Ian Chang examine a fermenter in this file photo from March 29, 2011. Photo ©2011 by Mark Gillespie.As we close out 2014, we’ll hear from the man some might call “The Whisky Whisperer” for his ability to coax young distilleries into producing spirit that’s mature after just a few years. Jim Swan, Ph.D.’s client list includes Penderyn, Kilchoman, and Taiwan’s King Car Distillery, which took the top two spots in this year’s Malt Maniacs Awards with Kavalan Solist single malts. He’s also involved with new distilleries in Scotland and England, as well as projects around the world, and will share some of them with us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll have the latest on plans for another expansion at The Glenlivet, along with new whiskies from Bruichladdich and Woodford Reserve, and this week’s tasting notes focus on Tomatin’s Cuatro series of identical single malts finished in four different types of sherry casks.

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