An antique "copper dog" used to steal whisky from the cask. Photo ©2015 by Mark Gillespie. We’re kicking off this weekend’s special coverage of the Spirit of Speyside Festival in Scotland this time around! Thousands of people from around the world are in Speyside this weekend, and you’ll hear some of them take part in a blind whisky nosing and tasting competition. With the “PappyGate” arrests fresh in the news, we’ll get a glimpse into the ancient art of whisky thievery with Glenfiddich’s Ian Millar, who has seen plenty of it during his years at distilleries all over the Highlands. There’s plenty of news as well, including an update on the victims of last week’s Silver Trail Distillery explosion in Kentucky and the support fund set up to help them and their families.

Links: Spirit of Speyside Festival | “Lifting Spirits: Jay & Kyle Rogers Support Fund” | Scapa | Diageo | Gordon & MacPhail | Glenfiddich