Episode 507: November 22, 2014

Clouds over Craigellachie Distillery in Scotland. Photo ©2014 by Mark Gillespie.Dewar’s has focused on its Blended Scotch whiskies for generations, with the limited exception in recent years of single malts from Aberfeldy. However, a team within Dewar’s has been working quietly for the last six years to change that focus, and the result is the Last Great Malts series. The new range made its debut earlier this year with redesigned packaging for Aberfeldy, and new whiskies from Craigellachie and Aultmore are just now entering the market. In 2015, we’ll see The Deveron single malts from Macduff Distillery and the first mainstream single malts ever from 212-year-old Royal Brackla. Stephen Marshall led the Dewar’s team behind the Last Great Malts, and opens up about the process behind the new range on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, new distilleries are on line in Scotland and Kentucky, a historic Speyside whisky bar is open after major renovations, and the “Bourbon Summit” may already have a winner.

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Links: The Last Great Malts | Annandale | Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery | Craigellachie Hotel | Monte Carlo Whisky Society | Ballantine’s | Rogue Spirits | Single Oak Project | Buffalo Trace | Diageo | Fred Minnick’s Blog | Saturday Night Live | Woodford Reserve | The Whisky Exchange

Mark Gillespie

I'm the host and executive producer of WhiskyCast.

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