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WHISKYCAST VIRTUAL TASTINGS: AUGUST 2014

This month, our panel tastes three Rye whiskies. John McCarroll, Tim Quernes, and Mike Parrish taste Knob Creek Rye, Russell’s Reserve Rye, and the Rittenhouse Rye 10-year-old Bottled in Bond from Heaven Hill. We’ll also kick off a new feature on WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings honoring the whisky club of the month.

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WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK
This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week shows a quality control inspector at India’s Amrut Distillery…the bottling line goes past a team of women sitting in front of a large light table, and they look at each bottle before the labels go on to check for pieces of cork or anything else that might have made it into the bottle. Shot it last year during my visit to the distillery in Bangalore. 

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week shows a quality control inspector at India’s Amrut Distillery…the bottling line goes past a team of women sitting in front of a large light table, and they look at each bottle before the labels go on to check for pieces of cork or anything else that might have made it into the bottle. Shot it last year during my visit to the distillery in Bangalore. 

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 493: AUGUST 22, 2014

This week, we’ll wrap up our conversation with Bourbon Hall of Fame member Chuck Cowdery, author of the new book “Bourbon: Strange” and get his views on more of the controversies facing the whisky industry. Diageo broke ground this week for the new Bulleit Bourbon distillery in Kentucky, and Chuck has some harsh words for the way Diageo and its predecessors have handled American whiskey in the past. He’s also upset with what he and other critics see as lax oversight by federal regulators on whisky labeling, and doesn’t hesitate to name names in Part 2 of our WhiskyCast In-Depth interview. In the news, we’ll hear more from Tom Bulleit on the groundbreaking for the new Bulleit distillery and Cara Laing updates us on upcoming new whiskies from Douglas Laing & Co.

Finally, we’ll talk about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the new Whiskey Ice Challenge in honor of Heaven Hill’s Parker Beam, and Parker’s wife Linda passed along a message to everyone supporting the fight against ALS.

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This week’s photo shows one of the prettiest sights a whisky lover will ever see - Bourbon being dumped from the barrel after years of maturation. Shot this during a 2008 visit to Heaven Hill in Bardstown, Kentucky.

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s photo shows one of the prettiest sights a whisky lover will ever see - Bourbon being dumped from the barrel after years of maturation. Shot this during a 2008 visit to Heaven Hill in Bardstown, Kentucky.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 492: AUGUST 16, 2014

Chuck Cowdery is regarded as one of the top Bourbon writers around, and is one of the few writers to be inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame for his work. His latest book is “Bourbon: Strange”, and Chuck debunks some of the mythology surrounding Bourbon while sharing some stories as well. He’ll join us this week on WhiskyCast In-Depth for part one of a two-part interview, with the rest on next week’s episode. In the news, Russia is now going after Jack Daniel’s as the trade war with the West gets uglier, and we’ll have the latest on new whiskies and new distilleries. Also, The Balvenie is kicking off its 2014 Rare Craft Collection tour this weekend on California’s Monterey Peninsula, and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will tell us how he selected the items for this year’s collection. He’ll also tell us about his private tasting session with The Balvenie’s David Stewart, and why you won’t see him driving the brand’s vintage Morgan sports car any time soon.

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This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week is from the King Car Distillery in Taiwan, the home of Kavalan Single Malt Whisky. The stills were built by Forsyths of Rothes in Scotland, and I shot this photo during a 2011 visit to the distillery. 

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week is from the King Car Distillery in Taiwan, the home of Kavalan Single Malt Whisky. The stills were built by Forsyths of Rothes in Scotland, and I shot this photo during a 2011 visit to the distillery. 

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 491: AUGUST 8, 2014

Stuart Nickerson has kept a low profile since leaving Glenglassaugh Distillery following its sale last year, but he has several new projects coming on line in the coming weeks. He’s about to launch the first single cask bottling from his own line of whiskies, and will launch a new gin this coming week as the first product from a new distillery he’s working with on Shetland - with whiskies to come in the future. He’ll discuss both projects with us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Scotch Whisky narrowly avoids Russian economic sanctions in the dispute over Ukraine, while a Kentucky Bourbon gets the boot from Moscow. The Explorers Club won the first round in its battle with Diageo over a Johnnie Walker travel retail collection, and we’ll have tasting notes for a new whisky with a dark origin. 

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The day Wild Turkey dedicated its new distillery in 2011, Olivia Ripy was kind enough to take me over to the original distillery building for a look around. Her family founded the distillery, and she still leads tours to this day. This is the entrance to the old distillery with the “doubler” at left…if you’re not familiar with Bourbon distilleries, a doubler works like a small pot still to take the spirit off the column still and purify it just a bit more. Sadly, the old distillery was torn down a few months later.

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

The day Wild Turkey dedicated its new distillery in 2011, Olivia Ripy was kind enough to take me over to the original distillery building for a look around. Her family founded the distillery, and she still leads tours to this day. This is the entrance to the old distillery with the “doubler” at left…if you’re not familiar with Bourbon distilleries, a doubler works like a small pot still to take the spirit off the column still and purify it just a bit more. Sadly, the old distillery was torn down a few months later.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 490: AUGUST 1, 2014

Scotland’s newest distillery has opened on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula along the western coast, and the first casks of spirit were filled on Thursday at Adelphi’s Ardnamurchan Distillery. Veteran whisky maker Graeme Bowie left Balblair Distillery last year to oversee construction of the distillery and serve as its first manager, and he’ll join us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Diageo reported a sharp downturn in sales during the last fiscal year, and the drinks giant’s shares are on a Barclays watch list for possible effects from next month’s Scottish independence referendum. We’ll have the details on a New York craft distiller that’s now maturing its whiskies in casks made from locally grown trees, new whiskies from Arran and Elijah Craig, and a truce in the Bourbon Feud between the mayors of Louisville and Bardstown.

 

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WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK
This week’s photo shows a part of the distilling process that’s hard to see, since most distilleries cook their mash in closed mash tuns. This photo shows the inside of one of the tuns at Speyburn Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, and I shot it during a visit there in 2011.

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s photo shows a part of the distilling process that’s hard to see, since most distilleries cook their mash in closed mash tuns. This photo shows the inside of one of the tuns at Speyburn Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, and I shot it during a visit there in 2011.