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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.

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    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 223 Ratings

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.

    A Debut Whisky for Ardnahoe

    A Debut Whisky for Ardnahoe

    Islay’s Ardnahoe Distillery has released its first single malt since the distillery opened in 2019, and we’ll talk about the journey with Scott Laing of Hunter Laing & Co. on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, longtime Glen Grant master distiller Dennis Malcolm is retiring after 63 years in the whisky business, while Oregon officials have decided not to prosecute six former state liquor regulators for diverting stocks of Pappy Van Winkle whiskies for their personal use.

    • 35 min
    The Latest Drops from The Last Drop

    The Latest Drops from The Last Drop

    James Espey and Tom Jago founded The Last Drop 15 years ago with a goal of finding casks of rare whiskies and other spirits and bottling them. Since then, the company has been sold to Sazerac and Tom’s daughter Rebecca is now in charge, but the goal remains the same: finding those unicorn whiskies that may have fallen through the cracks…or just don’t fit into someone else’s plans. We’ll talk with Rebecca Jago about The Last Drop’s 2024 Collection and the difficulty of sourcing those rare casks in today’s market on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, labor problems hit Heaven Hill and Whyte & Mackay, while a longtime Highland distillery manager has retired.

    • 43 min
    From One Nation to Another

    From One Nation to Another

    O’Shaughnessy Distilling master distiller Brian Nation arrived in Minneapolis nearly three years ago after leaving Ireland’s Midleton Distillery, and it’s been an interesting transition. We’ll catch up with Brian and learn about the new Keeper’s Heart 21-year-old Irish single malt coming later this summer on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Beam Suntory has changed its name to Suntory Global Spirits, while Buffalo Trace takes a look at global expansion with its first home place in London. 

    • 34 min
    2XO: A Second Act for Dixon Dedman

    2XO: A Second Act for Dixon Dedman

    Dixon Dedman’s family history in the whisky business goes back more than a century. 2XO (for Two Times Oak) is his second act in the Bourbon business after reviving the family’s Kentucky Owl Bourbon brand in 2014. Dedman has just released the latest edition in 2XO’s Icons Series, the Kiawah Blend, named for his family’s favorite vacation spot, Kiawah island in South Carolina. He’ll join us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, we’ll have quarterly reports from Pernod Ricard and Remy Cointreau, along with details on “The Badonkadonk” and the week’s other new whiskies.

    • 36 min
    A Green Fuel Source for Distillers?

    A Green Fuel Source for Distillers?

    Beam Suntory has successfully tested the use of green hydrogen as a fuel source for directly-firing stills, and is part of a pilot project to create a hydrogen conversion unit that could be deployed at remote distilleries. We’ll learn more about the potential of hydrogen as a fuel source for distillers on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Laphroaig is looking for a new manager, while R&B Distillers has received planning approval for a new distillery in Campbeltown, Scotland and Dr. Bill Lumsden of Glenmorangie makes a surprising admission about this year’s Ardbeg Day release. 

    • 43 min
    A Sleeping Giant Awakens at Port Ellen

    A Sleeping Giant Awakens at Port Ellen

    For 41 years, the Port Ellen Distillery on Scotland’s Isle of Islay sat silent. Last month, a multi-million dollar restoration of the distillery was completed when the first spirit flowed at Port Ellen since 1983. While it’ll be years before we see new bottlings of Port Ellen, the distillery will be open to Islay visitors from around the world. Diageo’s Ewan Gunn was on hand when that first spirit flowed. He’s been part of the revival since it was announced in 2017, and joins us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, The Demeter Collection auction raised £49,000 for the Our Whisky Foundation, while William Grant & Sons is expanding its Blended Scotch portfolio with a new range of whiskies. 

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
223 Ratings

223 Ratings

James Hostuttler ,

Great podcast!

I have learned so much from this podcast that has helped me on my whiskey journey. I truly enjoy the social whiskey cast as well , great community that are very helpful.

jdublifter ,

Where’s Marianne?

Great podcast. I was hoping to hear Marianne come the podcast. I had to look at their ig account only to find that she’s no longer there. How sad that you didn’t mention her since she was there from the beginning and came on “Neat” showcasing Kentucky bourbon. What gives?

Pwbnyc ,

Can only listen at 1.5x speed otherwise awful

If you are a whiskey nut, this is a must listen. Mark is not particularly likeable and his jokes are horrible but he does being a lot of important news. The reviews on products that advertise for him is such a red flag. Most real journalists would find a way to be unbiased… but maybe in this new world, journalists are all biased? He inserts politics way too much as well. I’m glad he stopped the2x a week format. Was not added value. Must be listened at 1.5x speed. Update: there are other podcasts that do news so this is no longer a must read. The 1,000 episode was a waste of time clip show. Maybe time to retire. From the speed of talking, sounds like Mark probably had lost a step or two.

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