This time around, we’re blasting off with the crew of the USS Starward! OK, we’re talking with David Vitale, the founder of Australia’s Starward Distillery, and his whiskies have a certain Space Age look to them. Vitale founded his distillery in a former Quantas hangar at Melbourne’s airport, so the flight analogy’s not that far off, either. You’ll hear that conversation during WhiskyCast In-Depth, and in the news, Britain’s Chancellor gave the Scotch Whisky industry a pleasant surprise during Monday’s Budget Address in Parliament by extending the current freeze on whisky and spirits taxes. We’ll have that story and much more, including an update on a Hockey Hall of Fame member’s second career in the whisky business.

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