WhiskyCast Episodes

WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 18th year, each weekly podcast brings you the latest in whisky news, along with the latest events, tasting notes, comments from other listeners, and the weekly “In-Depth” segment features interviews with the people who help make whisky the “water of life”.


Una’s Story (Episode 806: February 16, 2020)

This week on WhiskyCast, we’re sharing a special story of strength. Not the kind of strength one can build in the gym, but the inner strength that comes from within. Una Green is the West Coast brand ambassador for the Dewar’s single malts, and a year ago last week, she received the kind of news no one ever wants to hear from a doctor – a diagnosis of breast cancer. That inner strength – and the support from her friends and co-workers – helped her manage the pain of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and all of the side effects. Now cancer-free, she’s preparing to return to work after spending this week in Denver for the latest round of Speed Rack’s ninth season. Una took part in the national bartending competition for women a couple of years ago, and has made it her goal to help support Speed Rack and its mission of raising money for breast cancer programs. We’ll talk with her on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth.

In the news, the Trump Administration is holding firm on single malt Scotch Whisky tariffs for now while trade talks continue with the European Union. There’s new data showing just how much the U.S. and EU tariffs have cost whisky makers on both sides of the Atlantic, while Kentucky saw a record-breaking number of Bourbon tourists in 2019. We’ll also take a look at just how the bottling strength of a whisky can affect its flavor on Behind the Label.

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