Irish whiskies on a bar shelf in Dublin. Photo ©2022, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Has Irish Whiskey’s Renaissance Started Yet? (October 23, 2022)

Much has been made of the boom in Irish whiskey over the last decade, but one industry veteran says that boom is only the foundation for greater growth in the future. Walsh Whiskey Company founder Bernard Walsh believes the industry still has some growing pains to go through before the “renaissance” really begins, and he’ll share his views with us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’re in Dublin this week for a series of distillery visits sponsored by the Irish whiskey Association and Tourism Ireland, and we’ll also have a crypt keeper’s story to share on Behind the Label.

 

Lagavulin distillery as seen from Lagavulin Bay. File photo ©2022, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Single Malts Need Blenders, Too (October 16, 2022)

Unless you’re drinking a single cask bottling, every whisky you drink has been prepared by a team of blenders. That goes for single malts, too, and Stewart Morrison is the blender behind Lagavulin’s latest release: the Offerman Edition Charred Oak. Morrison teamed up with actor and Lagavulin lover Nick Offerman to create the third release in the Offerman Edition series, and he’ll join us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Islay’s distilleries may soon run short of peated malt supplies to meet the island’s growing demand, while U.S. whisky exports are rising following the removal of European and UK tariffs.


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Amrut's Ashok Chokalingam and Raj Sabharwal of Glass Revolution Imports joined us on the October 14 webcast.

Amrut’s Ashok Chokalingam and Raj Sabharwal of Glass Revolution Imports joined us on the October 14 webcast.

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Our very first episode of WhiskyCast dropped on November 12, 2005, and thanks for joining us each week in our 17th year as the world’s longest-running whisky podcast series!

Each week, veteran journalist Mark Gillespie brings you the latest whisky news, in-depth interviews, tasting notes, and much more. Each podcast features brand-new content, and unless there’s a special occasion, we don’t do “best of” shows.

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Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

Why is Gregg Glass of Whyte & Mackay dressed like a tree? To promote the Fettercairn Scottish Oak program at The Whisky Show in London (no dogs allowed)!

Why is Gregg Glass of Whyte & Mackay dressed like a tree? To promote the Fettercairn Scottish Oak program at The Whisky Show in London (no dogs allowed)!