Sun, 31 July 2022
Forty Creek master blender Bill Ashburn celebrated his 35th anniversary in the whisky business this week, and he's one of those blenders content to stay out of the spotlight most of the time. Ashburn and John Hall put Canadian Whisky on a new course in 2000 when they released the Forty Creek Barrel Select and Three Grain whiskies, and Ashburn's whiskies have won countless awards since then. He'll join us on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, we have details on the U.S. government's proposal to create an official definition for American Single Malt whiskies, along with Beam Suntory's plans to invest $400 million to expand production at the Booker Noe Distillery in Kentucky.
Direct download: WhiskyCast_20220731.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT
Sun, 24 July 2022
Alcohol has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, even when the healers of history didn't always know they were distilling alcohol when they made their potions. Some of those potions even sound a lot like today's cocktails, and drinks writer Camper English has been studying the links between alcohol and medicine for his new book Doctors and Distillers. We'll explore some of that history with him this week on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the American Craft Spirits Association has handed out its annual awards, and we'll have the details. We'll also get a preview of this September's Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and on Behind the Label, we'll answer the question "What's in a (distillery) name?"
Direct download: WhiskyCast_20220724.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01pm EDT
Sun, 17 July 2022
Jackie Zykan could have kept the security of her corporate job as the master taster for Brown-Forman's Old Forester whiskies, but she decided the time was right to spread her wings and fly. She's leading the team behind the new Hidden Barn whiskey brand, and their debut Bourbon hits the market this week. She'll explain why she made the move...and why she's nervous about it...on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, local officials have given the green light for Islay's 12th distillery, while two Virginia men are facing felony charges for selling details on the state's allocations of rare Bourbons and a UK retailer has come up with a special whisky to celebrate the departure of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Direct download: WhiskyCast_20220717.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT
Sun, 10 July 2022
We all have our own whisky stories to tell, and author Shelley Sackier is sharing hers in the new book "Make It a Double." She's gone from hating that first sip of whisky to becoming director of distillery education at Virginia's Reservoir Distillery over the years, and the book combines serious whisky knowledge with her own unique sense of humor. She'll tell us what that first dram was and how she learned to love whisky on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, former Old Forester master taster Jackie Zykan has announced her plans for a new whiskey brand, while her former colleagues have released one of her final Old Forester whiskies. We'll also have details on the whopping $19 million dollar price tag for a single cask of Ardbeg!
Direct download: WhiskyCast_20220710.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT
Mon, 4 July 2022
The whisky industry depends on quercus alba, the American White Oak, for hundreds of thousands of whisky barrels each year, and that makes preserving White Oak forests a key priority for those concerned about the industry's future. Climate change and other factors are threatening the long-term sustainability of prime White Oak forests in the Midwest, and the White Oak Initiative is bringing together foresters with those who depend on the viability of the forests. This week on WhiskyCast In-Depth, we'll talk with Brown-Forman's Greg Roshkowski. He's responsible for the company's cooperages and its wood management program, and he's also one of the key players in the White Oak Initiative. We'll also have the week's whisky news and tasting notes for a firecracker of a whiskey from Jack Daniel's - one that should come with a HazMat label!
Direct download: WhiskyCast_20220704.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT