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WHISKYCAST HD: NEW LIFE FOR STITZEL-WELLER AS THE BULLEIT FRONTIER WHISKEY EXPERIENCE OPENS

For decades, the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery in the Louisville suburb of Shively has been a mystery for Bourbon lovers. Now, the distillery made famous by Pappy Van Winkle has opened its doors to the public as the home of the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 496: SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Templeton Rye has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as critics go after so-called “sourced whisky” producers for what they claim are violations of a US regulation that requires the disclosure of the “state of distillation” of a whisky if it’s different from the producer’s home state. The Iowa-based company announced two weeks ago that it will change its labeling to disclose that its whisky is distilled in Indiana, while noting that it’s been up front about that fact for years everywhere but on the label. Templeton’s Scott Bush and Keith Kerkhoff will tell us their side of the story on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth.

In the news, Scotch Whisky producers are nervous about the upcoming independence referendum, Kentucky’s Bourbon Hall of Fame will induct one of the industry’s pioneering women, and there are plenty of new whiskies to talk about. This week’s tasting notes include the Four Roses 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch, Maker’s Mark Cask Strength, and the Parker’s Heritage Collection 2014 “Original Batch” Wheat Whiskey.

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This week’s photo takes us inside a Jim Beam Bourbon warehouse in Clermont, Kentucky. It’s part of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse tour at the distillery. 

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This week’s photo takes us inside a Jim Beam Bourbon warehouse in Clermont, Kentucky. It’s part of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse tour at the distillery. 

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 495: SEPTEMBER 7, 2014

When you’ve worked at the same place for 60 years, it’s hard for your colleagues to keep a secret from you. Wild Turkey and the Kentucky Distillers Association managed to keep a secret from Jimmy Russell for months, though. This Wednesday will be his 60th anniversary at the distillery, and last week, the KDA held a luncheon at Wild Turkey to honor Jimmy with only the sixth lifetime honorary membership ever presented by the association in its 130-year history. We’ll hear from the “Buddha of Bourbon” on just how surprised he was, along with the KDA’s Eric Gregory…and Jimmy even gives us advance details on a new release of Wild Turkey Forgiven, too. In the news, there are plenty of new Bourbons on the way, along with several new single malts from Scotland, and we’ll also get some of the reaction to last week’s interview on whisky labeling issues with Steve Gertman of California’s Ascendant Spirits.

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This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week is a portrait. Dr. Jim Beveridge is Diageo’s master blender for Johnnie Walker and many of its single malt whiskies. He sat for this portrait last November at Drummuir Castle in Scotland. 

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This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week is a portrait. Dr. Jim Beveridge is Diageo’s master blender for Johnnie Walker and many of its single malt whiskies. He sat for this portrait last November at Drummuir Castle in Scotland. 

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 494: AUGUST 30, 2014

Steve Gertman of California’s Ascendant Spirits produces Breaker Bourbon, and his brand is one of those targeted by a Chicago-based law firm that specializes in class-action lawsuits, and is “investigating” claims by small-batch whisky brands about the source of their whiskies. Like many small producers, Gertman has been sourcing whiskey from other distillers while the Bourbon he’s making is aging, and he responds to the claims on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth along with criticism he’s received since appearing on WhiskyCast last January. In the news, Templeton Rye is also a target of the law firm’s probe, and has announced that it will change its label to reflect that the whiskey is distilled in Indiana and not Iowa. We’ll also have reaction from other targets of the probe as well, along with the reaction of Charbay’s Marko Karakasevic to last weekend’s Napa Valley earthquake and much more!

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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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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.