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Each week's episode features the latest whisky news, a calendar of upcoming events, and interviews with whisky experts. For more information, links, and a complete archive of past episodes, visit www.whiskycast.com.

WhiskyCast Mark Gillespie

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Each week's episode features the latest whisky news, a calendar of upcoming events, and interviews with whisky experts. For more information, links, and a complete archive of past episodes, visit www.whiskycast.com.

    Jim Beam's Fred Noe: Stuck at Home and Planning a Farewell Tour

    Jim Beam's Fred Noe: Stuck at Home and Planning a Farewell Tour

    Fred Noe became Jim Beam's seventh master distiller in 2007 when his father, the legendary Booker Noe, retired. 13 years later, he's getting closer to the day when he'll hand things over to his son Freddie - but the Covid-19 pandemic delayed his plans for a "farewell tour" with Freddie this year. Instead, Fred's been cooped up at home in Bardstown, Kentucky, wearing a mask when he leaves the house at the insistence of his family and hoping to be able to go on that tour of Australia and Europe next year. In the meantime, he and his team have revived the Beam family's Old Tub Bourbon brand for a limited-edition release celebrating the 225th anniversary of Jacob Boehm's first whiskey, along with a limited-edition 15-year-old Knob Creek Bourbon. We'll catch up with Fred Noe on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the trade war between the U.S. and Europe is heating up again while England prepares to reopen pubs this coming week as parts of the U.S. close bars as the pandemic flares up. We'll have the latest on new whiskies, say goodbye and thanks to a couple of retiring friends, and look at the way whisky barrels are stored on Behind the Label.

    • 55 min
    Rising From the Ashes: Du Nord & Minneapolis

    Rising From the Ashes: Du Nord & Minneapolis

    It would have been easy for Chris and Shanelle Montana to close Du Nord Craft Spirits after arsonists set fire to the distillery's warehouse during riots in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis Police four weeks ago. It would have been even easier after more arsonists set fire to their apartment building the next night. They underestimated the Montanas, who not only plan to rebuild their distillery, but their neighborhood as well - and have already raised more than $560,000 with a GoFundMe campaign to help other minority-owned businesses repair their damage and rebuild. We'll talk with Chris and Shanelle on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Sazerac is expanding its portfolio with the acquisition of Canadian Mist and Collingwood Canadian whiskies, the Canadian Mist Distillery in Ontario, and Early Times from Brown-Forman. As coronavirus fever begins to fade, tariff talk is back in Brussels and Washington, while Beam Suntory is reviving part of the Beam family's legacy as the company celebrates 225 years of making whiskey.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Calls for Change & Diversity in the Whisky Community

    Calls for Change & Diversity in the Whisky Community

    Recent protests over racism and police brutality against African-Americans have led to greater calls for diversity throughout American society, and the whisky industry is no exception. American whiskey’s history with diversity has not been a good one, going all the way back to the pre-Civil War era when many distilleries were run with enslaved labor – including the one owned by George Washington after his presidency. We’ll have details on several initiatives announced this week that focus on improving diversity and inclusion within the whisky industry, including plans for the Nearest Green School of Distilling at Tennessee’s Motlow State Community College that had been in the works for the past year. We’ll also talk with Black Bourbon Society founder Samara Rivers, who has just launched Diversity Distilled – with a goal of helping whisky companies recruit and develop African-American talent. We’ll also have the latest on Covid-19’s impact, including the postponement of this fall’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival and plans to gradually reopen pubs in the UK.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Malting Barley for Future Generations of Whisky Lovers

    Malting Barley for Future Generations of Whisky Lovers

    This week, we'll wrap up our two-part tour of Gladfield Malt in New Zealand, where Gabi and Doug Mitchell have turned the family's barley farm into one of the country's leading malt suppliers. The Mitchells think a lot about the future, one in which they hope to see their three kids take on key roles in the family business. Gabi Mitchell will share that part of their story with us on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, fundraising campaigns for the Minneapolis distillery and its neighbors devastated by fires during the recent protests over police brutality have raised more than half a million dollars so far, while African-American Bourbon lovers are blasting one whiskey brand for posting racist comments online and other brands for staying silent on the issue. We'll also have the latest pandemic-related event news, including a possible change of plans for this September's Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Making the Malt that Makes the Whisky

    Making the Malt that Makes the Whisky

    Malted barley is critical to the making of many whiskies around the world, and this week, we'll take you inside the malting process with a visit to New Zealand's Gladfield Malt. Gabi and Doug Mitchell founded the maltings 16 years ago as an outgrowth of the family's Gladfield Farm, and has become a key supplier of malted barley for the country's growing craft distilling industry. There's so much to learn that we'll be splitting the tour between this episode and next week's WhiskyCast. In the news, a Minneapolis distillery is in ruins after it was torched by rioters during protests against the death of George Floyd while in police custody, and the distillery's founder is vowing not only to rebuild, but will help his neighbors rebuild their businesses. Some distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail are making plans to reopen to the public for tours and tastings next week following coronavirus-related closings, while we'll also have the latest on new whiskies and much more.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Opening the Distillery Doors Slowly

    Opening the Distillery Doors Slowly

    As governments start to relax lockdown restrictions in the fight against the Covid-19 virus, some distilleries are slowly starting to welcome the public back. While tours and tastings are still widely banned, Ireland's Teeling Whiskey Company opened the doors to its distillery shop and cafe this week, and we'll talk with Stephen Teeling about the decision and what it means to be able to get out of the house again. Meanwhile, at least four Kentucky distilleries have also opened their gift shops along with others in states with looser public health restrictions. However, Scotland's Glenfarclas Distillery will keep its visitors center in Speyside shuttered for the rest of 2020 to protect the health of distillery workers after one of its bottling hall workers died from the virus. We'll also have details on two whisky auctions to support those affected by the virus, along with the week's tasting notes and much more!

    • 58 min

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Response to Louis John the 2nd and jfo1229a

Thanks for your comments about WhiskyCast. As the host, I’d like to respond to your comments about “politics” in the show. We keep political views out of the podcast, and only report on politics when it affects whisky (such as the recent trade disputes that led to tariffs being imposed on whiskies by the European Union and the USA).

I challenge you to provide any specifics on where we’ve ever said anything about “what they think you think about women and minorities.” We believe in equality for all, and have never prejudged what anyone in our audience may or may not believe.

As for our coverage of climate change, it’s not based on “hysteria,” but the fact that climate change will affect the whisky industry. As climate change affects the farmers who grow the grain that goes into our whiskies, that’s an important issue to address. Whisky distilling depends on having access to good supplies of water, and that’s a critical resource that’s becoming scarce in many areas.

Whisky requires a long-term view, and if the whisky community doesn’t start discussing the potential impacts of climate change now while there’s time to work on solutions for reducing the impact on our environment, we run the risk of having “solutions” imposed on us by governments in the future. All we are doing is raising the issue and trying to start the discussion, while talking with the people who actually have a stake in this about what they’ve already started doing to try and reduce the environmental impact of whisky production. While I won’t make any assumptions about your political beliefs, I suspect that you would likely be opposed to additional government intervention in this case - as would I.

WhiskyCast has been around since 2005, and over the years, we have always been open to discussing concerns like this. If you’ve listened to the podcast, I give our email address several times in each episode, and respond to every listener who has a concern. I’d invite you to reach out to me and start a discussion…we may not agree in the end, but I’m always willing to listen to different viewpoints.

Thanks for your feedback, and Sláinte!

Mark Gillespie

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