Episode 478: May 10, 2014

One of the experimental stills at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo ©2008 by Mark Gillespie.Mark Brown heads up Buffalo Trace and its parent company, Sazerac, and he’s known for speaking his mind even when it goes against the rest of the Bourbon industry. These days, he’s expressing concerns about an ongoing shortage of Bourbon that can’t meet today’s demands, let alone the potential demand in years to come. Not only is aged Bourbon in short supply, but the new oak barrels Bourbon producers depend on are also in short supply. Brown says distillers, cooperages, and forest owners need to start working on a strategy for the future. In the news, Whyte & Mackay sells for $724.5 million, Suntory’s moving quickly to get more Japanese whisky into the US market after closing its deal to buy Beam, and a Speyside golf club now has whiskies from every one of the area’s distilleries in its clubhouse.

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Mark Gillespie

I'm the host and executive producer of WhiskyCast.

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  • MDMay 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Mark,while reporting on Suntory’s Hibiki 17 and 21 reaching our shores, you commented “now if we could only get Ichiro’s Whiskies.
    Well, we can but it’s costly.
    Ichiro’s Malt CHICHIBU THE FIRST for USA :
    Binny’s $219.99
    DrinkUpNY $209.99
    On the Hibiki topic, any chance to do a side by side comparison of the bottled 21 and the ceramic 21 ?

    • Mark GillespieMay 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Unfortunately, there wasn’t a chance to do a head to head on the Hibiki 21’s in ceramic and glass. The Chichibu The First is good, but it’s only a baby compared to Ichiro’s older whiskies from Karuizawa, etc.

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