Spirits of Whisk(e)y explores the wide world of whiskey through its many colorful personalities—from high-profile makers, blenders, and ambassadors to out-of-the-way innovators and remote pioneers. Join Kerry & Philip each week as they showcase the people and elements that give the water of life its spirit.
Check out our latest swag bag giveaway compliments of our guest, Donal O'Gallachoir of Glendalough Distillery in Ireland. Enter to win by filling out the entry form at the top of the page or by clicking on the button below. GOOD LUCK!
Our podcast guest is Kaitlyn Tsai, winner of the 2021 Icons of Whisky World Whisky －Brand Ambassador of the Year award. She also holds a communication degree from one of Taiwan's most prestigious universities. She brings to her passion for whisky some high-level film industry experience, having worked closely with one of Taiwan's most revered documentary directors, the late Po-lin Chi, on his masterpiece series: "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above."
In this episode we will taste though three of Kavalan's expressions including the award winning Vinho Barrique.
Our podcast guest are Aista Philips, Laura Davies and Stephen Davies of Penderyn Distillery. Penderyn makes award-winning whiskies and spirits at their distillery on the foothills of the Beacons National Park in Wales, UK. The distillery underwent a massive expansion in 2013/2014. In addition to the new stills they also installed a mash tun so their barley wash is now made on the premises. The reputation of Penderyn Distillery is growing worldwide. They have won a large number of international awards and now export around the globe, including new markets like China, Australia, Taiwan, and the US.
Our podcast guest is Dave Beck, creator of a new board game called DISTILLED. Dave is a practicing 3D digital and new media artist and designer, living in Wisconsin. He is the recipient of the 2010 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Award, given by the National Science Foundation. Beck's artwork has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, National Geographic, the journal Science, and the book GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames. The Kickstarter for DISTILLED begins July 6, 2021.
Our podcast guest is Matthew Cordiner. As a local to Speyside with over 12 years’ experience in the whisky industry, Matthew brings with him an abundance of industry knowledge. Having resided in the village of Craigellachie pretty much all his life, his first real experience with whisky was on a school trip to the local cooperage. Growing up in Scotch territory, whisky was a common conversation, as many friends, family and neighbours worked in the industry. He is the ambassador for Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff and Royal Brackla.
Our podcast guest is Rhonda Kallman. Rhonda founded Boston Harbor Distillery in 2012 to make whole-grain whiskey and other inventive spirits. She is considered one of America’s craft beverage industry thought leaders and as the pioneering woman in the beer industry, was able to lead the way for other women to earn the respect and credibility they deserve. After a decades-long career at the forefront of the U.S. craft beer movement, she founded Boston Harbor Distillery to produce her first love, whiskey in her beloved city of Boston.
Fionnán O’Connor is an independent whiskey writer living in Dublin. His A Glass Apart was published in October 2015 and hailed by newspapers across the country as the definitive guide to Irish pot still whiskey. He has served as a consultant and lecturer for distilleries across Ireland, chairs the cask selection committee of the Irish Whiskey Society, worked as an independent bar staff educator, and represented Irish whiskey before the European Union. In 2018 he was awarded a full time PhD grant by the Irish Research Council to investigate the potential of lost historical mash bills in driving innovation in contemporary Irish distilling. He continues to contribute articles to books and magazines across the industry.
Louise established J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey in 2015, on her family farm in Co. Clare. Louise spent the previous 20 years working for Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Moet Hennessy. She returned to her family farm in County Clare, Ireland to resurrect the lost art of Whiskey Bonding which ceased to exist in the 1930s due to the collapse of the Irish Whiskey Industry. She is Ireland’s ONLY modern whiskey Bonder maturing and blending whiskey just a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. Louise has brought back the J.J. Corry brand named after a Whiskey Bonder in Kilrush, County Clare Ireland, just a few miles down the road from her family’s farm. The story of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey is a story of a woman determined to bring back the lost art of Irish Whiskey Bonding.
Beginning in March 2021, Spirits of Whisk(e)y is offering access to its new VIP Content page to loyal listeners and whiskey lovers who want more. And when it comes to whiskey, who doesn't want more?!
The VIP Lounge opens with The Malting Floor, a new series filled with fantastic audio footage that ended up on the cutting room floor—or in our case, the malting floor. Grand Opening episodes include a chat with Nicole Austin about sour mash, charcoal mellowing, the George Dickel apprentice program, and the hidden meaning behind the numbers 1, 8, and 12. Also available to members is our talk with Fawn Weaver about how she became her own undercover boss, how her ladies-who-lunch date turned into an adventure with private investigators, and death row—and we learn the true identities of Chick and Rabbit. Plus deleted content from episode 35 with WhiskyCast's Mark Gillespie also makes its debut on The Malting Floor.
But wait, there's more! The grand opening of our VIP Lounge will also feature new videos of related content, in our Telly Award winning section, Kindred Spirits. The content includes Kerry's first ever taste of whiskey wash (which we talked about with Laphroaig's Simon Brooking way back on Episode one), a lost interview from 2015 when Kerry interviewed Jill Kuehler (interviewed with distiller Molly Troupe in Episode 8) when she was planning Portland's first female owned and operated distillery, Freeland Spirits. There is also a sample of Chef Louise Leonard's Cheese Blintzes with Sour Cherry Flambé from Episode 16, and A Tour of the Royal Oak Distillery with Woody Kane (from episode 38). This is just the beginning. We have lots more extra content in store for members of the VIP Lounge.
For as little as 99 cents per month, you can have access to videos related to topics discussed on past podcasts, as well as our new series, The Malting Floor. At $4.99 per month, you'll enjoy access to our new web series, Tales From the Still and other spinoffs currently in development. And with a premium contribution of $9.99 per month, you’ll get all of this before it’s available to anyone else!
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Join us this St. Patrick's Day in our new VIP Lounge with webcast guests Jonathan Pogash, aka The Cocktail Guru, "Startender" Pam Wiznitzer, and Kelly Abbott of Unleashed Coffee Co. as we talk about the history of the classic Irish Coffee and how to make it. In addition Pam will show us how to make her Irish Coffee inspired cocktail, The Blind Abbot and Kelly will show us some of her favorite coffee brewing techniques. This webisode can only be seen in our VIP Lounge so sign up and become a member today. How do you become a VIP? It's easy! Become a supporter on our Anchor page and select the right contribution level for you. Once you’ve submitted your payment information, create your VIP Access account at our VIP access page in the navigation bar above.
The Water of Life is a look at the craftsmen, chemists, and renegades who saved scotch whisky and started a creative revolution in Scotland.
The feature documentary focuses on the efforts of Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier at Bruichladdich but it also gives in-depth portraits of other key innovators who embraced the past, invented the future… or both. For tickets and show times click here:
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