Chris Ratcliff

Auction Houses Bid for Whisky Collectors’ Business

With more people looking at rare whiskies as investments, more of the world’s top auction houses are adding spirits experts...

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Buying Whisky by the Barrel…or the Bottle (Episode 847: November 29, 2020)

It’s never been easier to buy an entire cask of whisky…at least in theory. While more distilleries are offering the...

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Ending the Whisky Trade War (Episode 845: November 15, 2020)

There’s a lot of political turmoil these days, and European Union leaders threw gasoline on the fire with this week’s...

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20 Years As a Whisky Maverick (Episode 841: October 18, 2020)

John Glaser and his team at Compass Box Whisky Company are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. While Glaser has...

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The English Whisky Scene (Episode 840: October 11, 2020)

England’s modern whisky scene only goes back to 2006, when the English Whisky Company started distilling at St. George’s Distillery...

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Whisky and White Oak: A Match Made in Heaven (Episode 834: August 30, 2020)

There are hundreds, if not thousands of species of trees around the world. Why is White Oak – whether from...

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A Spanish Cooper Answers the Demand for Sherry Casks (Episode 813: April 5, 2020)

Spain’s tonelerias supply the Sherry-seasoned casks that help give some whiskies their unique character, but those casks are increasingly in...

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The Godfather of Australian Whisky (Episode 799: December 29, 2019)

There was no Australian Whisky industry to speak of in 1992 when Bill Lark persuaded the government to give him...

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Virginia: A Place for Whiskey Lovers (Episode 722: September 2, 2018)

Virginia’s distilling history dates back to at least 1620, and while many whiskey lovers know about George Washington’s Distillery at...

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Episode 578: February 28, 2016

There’s been a lot of attention paid recently to women working in the whisky industry, but when Allisa Henley was promoted...

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