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Dickel Sings a New Tune…the Bourbon Blues (Episode 876: June 21, 2021)
Is Tennessee Whiskey Bourbon? That argument has divided whisky lovers for years, but Nicole Austin says it is. She’s the head distiller and general manager at Diageo’s Cascade Hollow Distillery, the home of George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey. To prove her point, she created the new Dickel Bourbon, and she’ll make her case on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Uncle Nearest opens up the latest phase of its new distillery in Tennessee, complete with artifacts from the original distillery Nathan “Nearest” Green and Jack Daniel ran following the Civil War. There’s a cease-fire on one front in the trade war between Europe and the United States, and that means the end of U.S. tariffs on single malts from Scotland and Northern Ireland. We’ll also have details on an upcoming extra-old whisky from Scotland, and on Behind the Label, we’ll look at the difference altitude makes when you’re making whiskey.
Editor’s note: During the Behind the Label segment, we credited Breckenridge Distillery in Colorado as being the “world’s highest” distillery. After the episode went live, we found out that is no longer the case. Snitching Lady Distillery in Fairplay, Colorado is at 9,953 feet above sea level, compared to 9,600 feet for Breckenridge. Thanks to Lenny Eckstein of Deerhammer Distillery for the tip!
Bringing Transparency to Japanese Whisky (Episode 875: June 14, 2021)
Earlier this year, Japan’s whisky makers agreed on a voluntary definition for “Japanese Whisky” after decades of quietly blending their own whiskies with imported whiskies from Scotland, Canada, and elsewhere. That new definition requires “Japanese Whisky” to actually be fermented, distilled, and matured in Japan, while whiskies blended with imports are now to be labeled as “world blends.” The change has put Japan’s whiskies under increasing scrutiny and demands for transparency, and one American-based upstart launched its whiskies last October with transparency in mind. While Shibui produces “world blends,” it also works with distillers on the island of Okinawa to create single grain Japanese whiskies made from rice. Shibui co-founder Nicholas Pollacchi explains the difference on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. We’ll also talk about Danish Whisky and a Whisky Danish, too…
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