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Casks of whisky at Scotland's Daftmill Distillery. Image courtesy Daftmill Distillery.

A Throwback to the Early Days of Scotch Whisky (Episode 793: November 17, 2019)

Scotch whisky history was built on the backs of farmers who worked their fields three seasons of the year and spent the winters turning their grain into whisky. While distilling is a full-time job today for most distillers, Francis Cuthbert does things the old way at Daftmill Distillery in Fife. He and his brother Ian opened the distillery at the family’s Daftmill Farm in December of 2005, but Francis is a full-time farmer and only makes whisky when time allows. They waited 12 years before giving the world a taste of the single malt whisky distilled from their own farm’s barley, and have received rave reviews so far. Now, Daftmill’s single malt is coming to the U.S., and we’ll talk with Francis Cuthbert on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll also have details on a lawsuit over the word “Magnus,” the week’s tasting notes, and on Behind the Label, the back story behind an antique still at George Washington’s Distillery that dates back to Washington’s time!

 

A cask of Amrut Single Malt Whisky maturing at the distillery in Bangalore, India. Photo ©2019, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

India’s Single Malt Whisky Pioneers…15 Years Later (Episode 792: November 10, 2019)

15 years ago, two Indian entrepreneurs took a few bottles of their single malt whisky to Glasgow, just to see if it would stand up to blind tastings by Scotch Whisky lovers. Rick Jagdale and Ashok Chokalingam survived those initial taste tests, and today, Amrut single malt whiskies can be found all over the world. Now, they’re in charge of Amrut’s future…Rick Jagdale as managing director and Ashok Chokalingam as the distillery manager. We’ll talk with Ashok on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth, and we’ll also have highlights from this weekend’s George Washington Whisky Festival at Virginia’s Mount Vernon – where most of this episode was recorded. In the news, whisky and politics are still intertwined as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pleaded with U.S. President Donald Trump to remove the new 25% import tariff on single malt whiskies from Scotland and Northern Ireland. We’re also celebrating WhiskyCast’s 14th anniversary this week as Mark gets the tables turned on him!


When BBC News needed someone to explain the impact of the new U.S. 25% tariff on imports of single malt whiskies from Scotland and Northern Ireland, they called on WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie. You’ll find complete coverage of the tariff in our news section and on the podcast, and here’s the segment Mark did with the BBC.


WhiskyCast has been around longer than any other whisky-focused podcast, and we’re starting our 15th year of podcasts! We bring you the latest whisky news each week, along with 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.

If you’re just discovering us for the first time, here’s a bit of our own story. WhiskyCast pioneered the genre of whisky-focused podcasts back in 2005, when most people had never heard of podcasting! Since then, we’ve produced hundreds of hours of original – and free – audio and video content for whisky lovers like you around the world. Our community spans the globe, and we’ve done stories on whiskies made in the far north of Scandinavia all the way to the tips of South Africa and Australia – and everywhere in between. We’ve met many of you at whisky festivals and while visiting distilleries, and hope to meet many more of you over time.

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Slainte!

The WhiskyCast Team


Whisky Photo of the Week

Rickhouses offer amazing opportunities for photographers, such as this warehouse at Diageo's Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. in Tennessee. Photo ©2019, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Rickhouses offer amazing opportunities for photographers, such as this warehouse at Diageo’s Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. in  Tullahoma, Tennessee.