WhiskyCast Episode 467: February 23, 2014

Alwynne Gwilt couldn’t stand whisky…hated it, in fact. That is, until a former boss in London dragged the Canadian expat to a media tasting. It’s not quite the same transformation Peter Parker had following his encounter with a radioactive spider, but that evening turned Alwynne into “Miss Whisky”. Now, she’s on her own blogging, freelance writing, and leading whisky tastings…and joins us for this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Diageo plans to open Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville to the public, but there are still no official plans to restart production…yet. Beam loses a preliminary battle in its legal fight over Irish whiskey supplies, Teeling Whiskey gets more distribution in Latin America, and The Glenrothes uncovers a single cask from 1969.

WhiskyCast Episode 466: February 15, 2014

There have been many more questions than answers about Diageo’s new Orphan Barrel range of whiskies…until now. Diageo’s Ewan Morgan answers our questions about the origins of Old Blowhard and Barterhouse Bourbons, hints at the next release in series, and explains what distilleries often mean when they talk about “discovering” old casks of whisky in a warehouse. In the news, Whyte & Mackay is officially up for sale now, a Houston bar may be the only one in the world with a bottle of Glenmorangie 1963, and they’re preparing for DramFest 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand – three years after a massive earthquake devastated the city.

WhiskyCast Episode 465: February 8, 2014

Whisky’s brand ambassadors roam the world, racking up tens or hundreds of thousands of frequent flier miles every year and spending up to half their nights away from home, while pouring more drams than some full-time bartenders. We’ll hear some of their tales from the road — good and bad — during this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, US whiskey exports hit a new high during 2013, while Irish whiskey exports could double by 2020. We’ll hear from supporters and critics of the UK’s new Scotch Whisky certification program, and this week’s tasting notes include four vintage Bourbons.

WhiskyCast Episode 464: February 1, 2014

Kilchoman became Islay’s newest distillery in 2005, about the same time Jean Donnay started making whisky at Glann ar Mor on France’s Brittany Coast. Fast forward 10 years to 2015, when Donnay is scheduled to open his new distillery on Islay’s Gartbreck Farm and claim the title of Islay’s youngest distillery. Gartbreck received planning permission this week, and construction is expected to begin this May. Jean Donnay joins us on WhiskyCast In-Depth to discuss his longtime dream of distilling on Islay and his plans for Gartbreck Farm. In the news, the TSA relaxes its rules on carrying duty-free whiskies on board flights for international passengers, Dublin officials give Teeling Whiskey the green light to start construction on its new distillery, and the Kentucky Bourbon Affair’s “golden tickets” sold out in little more than a week.

WhiskyCast Episode 463: January 25, 2014

Colin Scott is celebrating two anniversaries — his 40th anniversary in the whisky business and 25th anniversary as the Master Blender for Chivas Regal and Royal Salute whiskies. His latest release is a tribute to Royal Salute’s ties to the world of professional polo, and Colin took his inspiration for the blend from working with his family’s polo ponies. He’ll discuss his blends and working with whiskies that were just being distilled when he started his career on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Suntory denies reports that it’s bidding for Whyte & Mackay and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail sets a new visitor record. We’ll also have reaction to a moment in this week’s WhiskyCast HD interview that caught Richard Paterson off guard, along with tasting notes for the Dalmore expression he created with Chef Daniel Boulud.

Quick Fire Whisky Tasting Notes #35

Arran 17 Year Old



Nose: A big
wedge of homemade pear and almond tart, a steamed syrup sponge pudding, Waitrose
Madagascan vanilla custard, orange peel, lime zest, toffee apples, candy floss,
Rowse set organic honey, Fry’s Turkish delight, wood spice, sweet oak, ground cinnamon,
anise and a blink and you’ll miss it kick-ette of clove oil.


Palate: Poached
pears, Thorntons orange

Wemyss Tweet Tasting III

Continuing our hugely successful string of Tweet Tastings,
we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that for our 44th event on May
15th, we’ll be exploring another wave of wondrous whisky wares from

Full details to follow soon, but if you fancy sampling some
of their latest single cask and blended offerings, register your interest by
emailing your name, daytime delivery address and

Whisky Insiders Interview – Jan Beckers

Douglas Laing & Co

Global Malt Ambassador


How long have you been working in the
whisky industry?
I started my professional Whisky life as a summer guide at Glenfiddich Distillery
in Dufftown in 1998. It was an excellent stepping stone and it is impressive to
see how many of my former colleagues managed to continue in the world of



Normal Service Shall Resume Shortly

Having been taken ill early last week with meningitis we’re
now pleased to say that Steve is now back home and well and truly on the road
to recovery. It will be a couple of weeks yet before things start to return back
to normal, but in the meantime we would like to say a huge thanks for all the
emails and get well messages, which have all helped to provide a huge wealth of
support. Thank you

The Whisky Wire's 4th Birthday Competition

On April 6th we reach the ripe old age of four, and to help
celebrate our 4th Birthday we’d love to share some of our favourite whiskies
that have featured on the website in one way or another over the last four years.


So between now and April 6th we’re giving one lucky follower
the chance of winning a bottle of Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend (one of the finest examples of