As we travel the world in search of great whisky and great stories to tell, you’ll find them here on WhiskyCast HD. Our on-demand video segments focus on everything from whisky festivals and special events to historical features and distillery visits. You can watch here or subscribe with iTunes or your favorite podcast app. 

Wine to Whisky: The Sherry Influence

Many of our favorite whiskies can be traced to Spain’s Sherry Triangle, the coastal region where Sherry comes from. We’ll use the launch of Redbreast’s Lustau Edition to look at the influence Sherry casks have on whiskies and visit the Antonio Páez Cooperage in Jerez where Sherry casks are still made largely by hand.

Links: Redbreast |A. Páez Tonelería

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What’s In a Name?

Many of Scotland’s whisky distilleries are named after their towns, such as Aberlour, Bowmore, and Craigellachie. However, The Glenrothes is the exception…it’s distilled in the Speyside town of Rothes, 92 miles north of Glenrothes in Fife. Glenrothes has a new distillery to call its own, and we’ll visit InchDairnie Distillery for a look at its modern way of making classic Scotch Whisky.

Links: InchDairnie Distillery

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Pouring the Perfect Pint of Guinness

This is a “throwback” video to mark the fifth anniversary of the very first WhiskyCast video on March 17, 2011, when former Guinness master brewer Fergal Murray showed us how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness from the tap at the Ulysses Folk House in New York City. This video has been available on YouTube, but was never part of the WhiskyCast HD series until now, and served as the “proof of concept” video that helped us make the decision to invest in new equipment and start producing WhiskyCast HD video segments a few weeks later. To celebrate the fifth anniversary, we went back and re-mastered the original digital files from that day to enhance the audio and video quality, and are re-releasing it now on St. Patrick’s Day 2016.

Links: Guinness | Ulysses Folk House

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The Brian Kinsman Interview

Brian Kinsman became the sixth Master Blender in the history of William Grant & Sons in 2009, following in the footsteps of his mentor, David Stewart. While Stewart continues to oversee The Balvenie’s single malt Scotch whiskies, Kinsman is responsible for Glenfiddich, the Grant’s blended Scotch whiskies, and the rest of the company’s portfolio. He’s been spending a lot of time recently on Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey following the opening of the Tullamore Distillery in late 2014, and that’s where WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie caught up with Kinsman for this interview.

Links: William Grant & Sons

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The First Still Run at Ireland’s Waterford Distillery

It’s rare to watch a whiskey distillery’s stills run for the very first time, but that’s what we’re bringing you in this episode of WhiskyCast HD. Just a year and a week after buying the former Guinness brewery in Waterford, Ireland, Mark Reynier’s Renegade Spirits has fired up the stills at what’s now known as Waterford Distillery. Many of the brewery’s former employees laid off after it closed two years ago have come back to work at the distillery, and 46 area farmers have been contracted to grow barley for use in Waterford’s single malt whiskey, which is expected to go on sale five years from now.

Links: Waterford Distillery

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Making a Whisky Glass: Don’t Try This At Home!

Whisky glasses come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and while most of us have our own personal favorite style of glass, they all start out the same way…white-hot molten glass on the end of a glass blower’s pipe. As part of Auchentoshan’s “Art of Auchentoshan” project, a group of whisky writers was given a chance to hand-blow our own whisky glasses at Brooklyn’s Urban Glass – with supervision!

The Art of Auchentoshan project encourages bartenders with an artistic side to enter their work and have the opportunity to be part of an #ArtofAuchentoshan event in 2016.

Links: Urban Glass | Auchentoshan


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