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WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK
This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week comes from a couple of weeks ago when I got to spend a few minutes inside one of the warehouses at Louisville’s historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery…until that day, Diageo had never allowed the public inside the warehouses, but this one is now open as part of the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller. 

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week comes from a couple of weeks ago when I got to spend a few minutes inside one of the warehouses at Louisville’s historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery…until that day, Diageo had never allowed the public inside the warehouses, but this one is now open as part of the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller. 

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 498: SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

With all of the issues being raised over whisky labeling in the US and a new lawsuit challenging claims on Templeton Rye’s labels, we’ll hear this week from an attorney who’s become an expert in the US regulatory process as both a lawyer and distillery owner. David DeFazio is one of the co-founders of Wyoming Whiskey, and has been through the TTB’s maze of red tape on several occasions. He’ll explain the process and the potential pitfalls on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, we’ll have more on the class-action lawsuit targeting Templeton Rye, Brown-Forman will invest $30 million in a new downtown Louisville distillery for Old Forester, and Scotch whisky exports fell during the first half of 2014. We’ll also have the latest on new whiskies from around the world, and here’s a riddle to this week’s tasting notes: think of a deer lost in space.

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WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK
This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week features Charlie Downs, the head distiller at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville. He’s worked for 38 years at Heaven Hill’s distilleries in Bardstown and Louisville, and is now running the micro distillery tucked away inside the visitor attraction on Main Street downtown. We’ll see more of Charlie on an upcoming episode of WhiskyCast HD.

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week features Charlie Downs, the head distiller at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville. He’s worked for 38 years at Heaven Hill’s distilleries in Bardstown and Louisville, and is now running the micro distillery tucked away inside the visitor attraction on Main Street downtown. We’ll see more of Charlie on an upcoming episode of WhiskyCast HD.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 497: SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

It’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival week, and there’s a lot of news coming out of Bourbon Country these days. Thousands of Bourbon lovers descended on Bardstown and the Louisville area for the annual festival, which comes as Diageo opened the new Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Louisville’s historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery to the public for the first time, the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame welcomed a new member, and much more. In the news, Diageo and The Explorers Club have settled their legal differences, while the next hearing in the Balcones Distilling dispute has been delayed until October 7. We’ll also get reaction to this week’s decision by Scottish voters to stick with the United Kingdom…for now. 

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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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WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK
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. 

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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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WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK
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. 

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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!