England’s modern whisky scene only goes back to 2006, when the English Whisky Company started distilling at St. George’s Distillery in Norfolk. Since then, it’s grown by leaps and bounds, and the first-ever English Whisky Festival will take place this coming weekend online featuring 13 different distilleries. We’ll look at not only the growth of England’s whisky scene, but how Covid-19 has affected whisky bars and distillery tourism as Chris Ratcliff makes his debut on WhiskyCast as a contributor. In the news, surges in Covid-19 cases are forcing a return to restrictions on pub life around Europe, while bars in Texas can start reopening this week. Jack Daniel’s has named its new master distiller – one with a link to the distillery’s heritage. We’ll also have a story about the legendary Booker Noe on Behind the Label and much more!

Links: English Whisky Festival | Birmingham Whisky Club | The Lakes Distillery | Jack Daniel’s | Cascade Moon | Orphan Barrel | WhistlePig Rye | Teeling Whiskey Company | anCnoc | Nikka | The GlenAllachie | The Balvenie | The Glenrothes | Old Rip Van Winkle | Woodford Reserve | Milam & Greene | Stranahan’s