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A Nest Full of New Redbreasts (Episode 788: October 13, 2019)

The United States is the largest market for Irish Whiskey worldwide, but until now, one of Ireland’s legendary whiskeys had never released a special edition just for the American market. Now, a handful of retailers in Massachusetts and California will be getting their own bottlings of Redbreast, Four small batch bottlings will be available in Massachusetts, while eight California retailers will get them – and all twelve retailers will likely be besieged by calls from people around the U.S. hoping to snag a bottle. Master Blender Billy Leighton and apprentice David McCabe unveiled the new whiskies the other night in Boston, and you’ll hear our conversation on WhiskyCast In-Depth.

In the news, the Trump Administration’s 25% tariff on imports of single malts from Scotland and Northern Ireland is scheduled to go into effect Friday, and Scotch Whisky industry leaders fear it could do “irreparable damage” to the whisky industry. We’ll have complete coverage of the tariff and its potential impacts, and you’ll hear from Wales’ leading distiller – Penderyn’s Stephen Davies isn’t quite sure how U.S. Customs agents will respond when his current shipment of Welsh single malts reaches port after the tariff takes effect. We’ll also have details on new whiskies from Bruichladdich, Teeling, The Macallan, and more!

 

Tariffs, Tide Pods, and a Bootlegger’s Troubled Life (Episode 787: October 6, 2019)

George Remus could never have conceived of the idea of edible “whisky capsules,” but if he had, the “King of the Bootleggers” would have figured out a way to make money from it. Remus made – and lost – a fortune during Prohibition, spent time in prison, shot his second wife to death, and managed to successfully convince a jury to acquit him by reason of insanity. This real-life Gatsby is the subject of author Karen Abbott’s new book, “The Ghosts of Eden Park,” and it may well be the definitive telling of the George Remus story. Karen Abbott joins us on WhiskyCast In-Depth, and we’ll also have tasting notes for one of the modern Bourbons named for Remus.

There’s a lot to talk about in the news, as the U.S. plans to impose a 25% tariff on imports of single malt whiskies from Scotland and Northern Ireland later this month as part of a 15-year-long trade dispute with Europe. We’ll have reaction from both sides of the Atlantic and explain just what’s being targeted, what’s not…and why. We’ll also have details on the week’s new whiskies and get to the bottom of the story behind The Glenlivet’s controversial “whisky capsules” unveiled at London Cocktail Week.

Editor’s note: This episode includes content that may not be suitable for all audiences. 


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.


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Whisky Photo of the Week

The days of water-driven mills are largely a thing of the past at many distilleries, but the old water wheel and mill at Ireland's Kilbeggan (formerly Locke's) Distillery was restored several years ago to working order. This view from inside the mill room is our Whisky Photo of the Week.

The days of water-driven mills are largely a thing of the past at many distilleries, but the old water wheel and mill at Ireland’s Kilbeggan (formerly Locke’s) Distillery was restored several years ago to working order. This view from inside the mill room is our Whisky Photo of the Week.