As governments start to relax lockdown restrictions in the fight against the Covid-19 virus, some distilleries are slowly starting to welcome the public back. While tours and tastings are still widely banned, Ireland’s Teeling Whiskey Company opened the doors to its distillery shop and cafe this week, and we’ll talk with Stephen Teeling about the decision and what it means to be able to get out of the house again.

Meanwhile, at least four Kentucky distilleries have also opened their gift shops along with others in states with looser public health restrictions. However, Scotland’s Glenfarclas Distillery will keep its visitors center in Speyside shuttered for the rest of 2020 to protect the health of distillery workers after one of its bottling hall workers died from the virus. We’ll also have details on two whisky auctions to support those affected by the virus, along with the week’s tasting notes, your comments, and much more!

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