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A barrel sign for the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, British Columbia. Photo ©2020, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

On the Road at the 2020 Victoria Whisky Festival (Episode 802: January 19, 2020)

This week, we’re in Victoria, British Columbia for one of the world’s best whisky festivals, the 15th annual Victoria Whisky Festival! This year’s event also included the 10th anniversary of the Canadian Whisky Awards, and we’ll hear from some of the top winners along with other highlights from Victoria on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, whisky industry leaders from Scotland and the U.S. spent much of the week in Washington trying to persuade Trump Administration officials to ease off on a trade tariff targeting whisky imports from Scotland and Northern Ireland. We’re already starting to see some of the initial impact from the tariff on Scotch Whisky producers, with word that some smaller companies may be pulling out of one of the world’s largest export markets because of the trade dispute between the U.S. and the European Union. That’s just one of the stories we’ll bring you on this special episode of WhiskyCast from the Victoria Whisky Festival.

 

A corn field near Louisville, Kentucky. Photo @2020, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Climate Change’s Impact on Whisky & Farmers (Episode 801: January 12, 2020)

Over the course of this year, we’ll be looking at the many ways climate change could affect whisky makers – and whisky lovers. Since whisky always starts with the grain, that’s where we’ll start – and grain farmers are clearly seeing the impact of climate change. So-called “100-year floods” are now an annual occurrence for farmers in the U.S. Midwest’s grain belt along the rivers that flow into the Mississippi River, which is already approaching flood stage from Missouri to Louisiana this week. We’ll talk with Dr. Chad Lee of the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, who’s tracking crop and climate change issues affecting whisky makers and the world at large. In the news, this could be a pivotal week for whisky makers hoping to avoid an escalation in the trade dispute between the U.S. and the European Union. We’ll have that story, along with details on the first new whiskies of 2020 and much more.


A WhiskyCast GlenCairn glass in the hand.Congratulations to the Nanaimo Whisky Club in Nanaimo, British Columbia – our Whisky Club of the Month for January! Mike Makarenko emailed us to nominate his club, which holds monthly blind tastings in which the members have to bring their own glasses because the club doesn’t have its own. We’ll be glad to help with that! Each Whisky Club of the Month winner receives two dozen WhiskyCast Glencairn glasses to use at its club tastings thanks to our friends at Glencairn Crystal, and we’ll be sending the gang in Nanaimo their glasses thanks to Mike’s email!

If you’re a member of a whisky club and would like to nominate your club for Whisky Club of the Month honors, just use the contact form on our website to get in touch with us and tell us about your club. You only need to nominate your club once, since we carry over entries from month to month. If your club has a web site or is active on social media, we’ll also be glad to add a link on our directory of Whisky Clubs around the world so other whisky lovers can find you.


WhiskyCast has been around longer than any other whisky-focused podcast, and we’re now in 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.

Please explore the website. We’ve collected all of our past episodes here, and post the latest whisky news as it happens – often several days before the next episode of WhiskyCast. All of our web content is free, including Mark’s database of more than 2,750 tasting notes for whiskies from around the world and our calendar of upcoming whisky festivals and tastings.

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The WhiskyCast Team


Whisky Photo of the Week

Hiram Walker Distillery took top hono(u)rs at the 2020 Canadian Whisky Awards presentation during the Victoria Whisky Festival. Presenter Heather Leary, Canadian Whisky Awards chairman Davin de Kerghommeaux, and Hiram Walker master blender Dr. Don Livermore showed off the awards for Canadian Whisky of the Year, Distillery of the Year, and Blender of the Year following the ceremony. Photo ©2020, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Hiram Walker Distillery took top hono(u)rs at the 2020 Canadian Whisky Awards presentation during the Victoria Whisky Festival. Presenter Heather Leary, Canadian Whisky Awards chairman Davin de Kerghommeaux, and Hiram Walker master blender Dr. Don Livermore showed off the awards for Canadian Whisky of the Year, Distillery of the Year, and Blender of the Year following the ceremony. We have complete coverage from Victoria on this week’s WhiskyCast!