It’s been a busy week in the whisky world, and there’s a lot to talk about on this episode. We’ll have the latest on Friday’s explosion at the Silver Trail Distillery in Hardin, Kentucky that left distillers Jay Rogers and Kyle Rogers critically burned, along with the outpouring of support for them following the accident. Nine people were indicted in the theft of thousands of dollars worth of Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey Bourbon in Kentucky, but there’s a viral campaign seeking a pardon…for the whiskey. Finally, Bruichladdich’s Jim McEwan suddenly announced his plan to retire in July after 52 years in the whisky business…so he really can spend more time with his family. We’ll have all that, plus more of the week’s news and tasting notes for one of Jim McEwan’s favorite whiskies along with two single malts from 1975.

Links: Bruichladdich | Silver Trail Distillery | Kentucky Distillers Association | Old Rip Van Winkle | Franklin County Sheriff’s Department | The Bourbon Babe Blog | Kentucky Bourbon Festival | Evan Williams | Laphroaig | Kilchoman | Master of Malt | Wilson & Morgan | anCnoc