Diageo archive manager Christine McCaffrey holds a 1944 ledger of shares in John Walker & Sons. Photo courtesy Whisky.Auction.

Truffle Hunting for Whisky History (August 14, 2022)

Andrew Welford is described as a “truffle hunter” for whisky history, but his best find to date didn’t sell for a penny. In fact, he donated an original John Walker & Sons shares ledger from 1944 that he found on eBay to Diageo’s corporate archive in Scotland. We’ll talk with him and Isabel Graham-Youll of Whisky.Auction, who helped bring together the book with its new home. In the news, the Kentucky Bourbon Benefit auction to help the state’s flooding victims is underway with bidding already exceeding $250,000. We’ll have that story and much more, including a Major League Baseball team owner’s entry into the whisky business.

 

The shores of Islay's Laggan Bay. File photo ©2022, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Islay Boys, Islay Whisky (August 7, 2022)

Scotland’s Isle of Islay is known for its distilleries, and construction will begin soon on the island’s 12th distillery near the shores of Laggan Bay. The Islay Boys, Donald MacKenzie and Mackay Smith, plan to build the new Laggan Bay Distillery across from Islay’s airport on the site of a former RAF World War II barracks. MacKenzie and Smith also own the island’s lone brewery, and plan to make Islay Ales part of the Laggan Bay development. We’ll catch up with Donald MacKenzie on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Kentucky’s Bourbon community is coming together again to help fellow Kentuckians in need following this month’s floods. We’ll have that story and check in with one distiller affected by the flooding.


Our Friday #HappyHourLive webcasts will return in September. In the meantime, you can watch on-demand replays of our previous webcasts on the WhiskyCast YouTube channel!

Wyoming Whiskey Co-founder David DeFazio joined us on the latest Happy Hour Live webcast. The on-demand replay is available now at the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, and the podcast version will be out later this week.

Wyoming Whiskey Co-founder David DeFazio joined us on the latest Happy Hour Live webcast. The on-demand replay is available now at the WhiskyCast YouTube channel, and the podcast version will be out later this week.

If you have an idea for a guest you’d like to see on one of our webcasts or a way that we can help you learn more about whisky, just use the contact form or catch us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!


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.

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 3,200 tasting notes for whiskies from around the world and our calendar of upcoming whisky festivals and tastings.

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Mark Gillespie’s Whisky Photo of the Week

We talk about the work that goes into making barrels, but think about the bung hammer for a minute. This handmade hammer is used to close up the casks at Waterford Distillery in Ireland, and it gets a lot of work. Photo ©2022, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

We talk about the work that goes into making barrels, but think about the bung hammer for a minute. This handmade hammer is used to close up the casks at Waterford Distillery in Ireland, and it gets a lot of work.