This week is the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music, also known as Feis Ile on Islay. While we won't be on Islay for the Feis this week, we've done the next best thing.
Back in 2010, we produced 10 special episodes from Islay and Jura during the nine days of Feis Ile. Those shows have been among our most popular episodes ever, and we've decided to create a special page featuring them along with some of my photos from that week that haven't been published before. If you've never been to Islay for the Feis, here's an idea of what you're missing. If you've been there, it's a chance to rekindle some of your memories!
This holiday weekend episode of WhiskyCast is nothing to sniff at! (Pun intended!) We'll be discussing the science behind nosing whisky with Drexel University food science professor Jacob Lahne. Dr. Lahne and his colleagues have been studying how people nose whiskies, and have found that the average person generally can't tell Bourbons apart from Rye whiskies in blind nosing. In fact, they're more likely to group Bourbons and Ryes by distillery and brand than by their mash bills.
In the news, we'll have the details on Brown-Forman's brush-off of a takeover offer from Constellation Brands and an update on construction at Islay's newest distillery as the annual Islay Festival of Malt & Music gets underway (along with a preliminary rundown of exclusive Feis Ile whiskies).
You may be able to tell different styles of whiskies apart by nosing them – when you know what you’re nosing to begin with. When it comes to telling Bourbons and Rye whiskies apart in a…