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Episode 518: January 24, 2015

Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge leads a tasting at the distillery in September of 2012. Photo ©2012 by Mark Gillespie.Kentucky’s Four Roses Distillery announced this week that supply problems will prevent this spring’s release of the annual Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon. In his first interview on the subject, master distiller Jim Rutledge explains why dropping the limited-edition release will make more single barrel bottlings available to consumers, along with the prospects for bringing back the annual release in the future. In the news, Scotch Whisky producers are preparing for a fight with Westminster over taxes, we have more details on last weekend’s Sunday Herald report about water usage violations at some Scottish distilleries, US regulators are cracking down on vague age statements, and there are new whiskies to talk about from Woodford Reserve and Glenmorangie. Finally, tasters at an event planned for Valentine’s Day in London may really detect a note of sweat in their whiskies…

Links: Four Roses | Scotch Whisky Association | Sunday Herald | Tax & Trade Bureau | Woodford Reserve | Glenmorangie | London Distillery Company | Bompas & Parr | Kilbeggan | Classic Malts | The Macallan