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WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 18th year, each weekly podcast brings you the latest in whisky news, along with the latest events, tasting notes, comments from other listeners, and the weekly “In-Depth” segment features interviews with the people who help make whisky the “water of life”.


Episode 613: October 29, 2016

Lagavulin's Iain McArthur cutting peat at his family's bog October 18, 2016. Photo ©2016, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.Distillery managers come and go at Lagavulin, but Iain McArthur is a fixture at the legendary Islay distillery. McArthur’s something of a legend himself after 44 years as the warehouseman at Lagavulin and previously at Port Ellen, and the native Ileach followed his father and grandfather into the whisky business. We’ll go peat cutting with Iain at his family’s bog and sit down with him for this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth.

Back in August, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive David Frost told us it would take “a pretty good offer” to lure him back into government service. The offer came, and Frost’s sudden resignation to become a special adviser to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tops our news this week. We’ll also have details on Rémy Cointreau’s latest move in the whisky business, Templeton Rye’s commitment to distilling in Iowa, and a “write-in” ticket that could bring unity to this year’s US presidential race.

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