Simon Brooking

A New Riff on Bourbon (Episode 712: July 8, 2018)

Ken Lewis has accomplished a lot of things in his life, from climbing Alaska’s Denali to owning one of Kentucky’s...

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The Great Islay Swim (Episode 711: July 1, 2018)

The rough, cold waters off Scotland’s Isle of Islay are a challenge for even the best sailors, and one might...

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The First American Single Malt Whiskey? (Episode 705: June 10, 2018)

Historians aren’t sure who distilled the first Scotch-style single malt whiskey in the United States, but Oregon’s Clear Creek Distillery...

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Ardbeg’s Native Ileach Mickey Heads (Episode 631: March 5, 2017)

Mickey Heads grew up about three miles from Islay’s Ardbeg Distillery, but the third-generation whisky maker never thought he’d wind...

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Episode 581: March 19, 2016

After two years of victories for Pacific Rim whiskies, a single malt Scotch is back on top of the World...

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Heaven Hill Named World Distiller of the Year in Icons of Whisky Awards

March 18, 2016 – After winning the American round as “Distiller of the Year” last fall, Heaven Hill Distillers was...

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Episode 572: January 17, 2016

One of the most-discussed topics at this weekend’s Victoria Whisky Festival was a National Post feature on whisky questioning the...

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Episode 556: October 4, 2015

Earlier this year, Japan’s Nikka Whisky announced plans to replace many of its age-statement single malts with new no-age-statement versions....

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Episode 541: June 27, 2015

Just as whisky brands need to change things up once in a while to remain fresh, so do whisky festivals....

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Episode 501: October 11, 2014

This week, we’ll look at the growth of craft distilling through the eyes of veteran drinks writer James Rodewald and...

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