The First American Single Malt Whiskey? (Episode 705: June 10, 2018)

Historians aren’t sure who distilled the first Scotch-style single malt whiskey in the United States, but Oregon’s Clear Creek Distillery has a pretty solid claim to the title. Steve McCarthy started making his McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt in 1993, and while Steve McCarthy sold Clear Creek in 2014 and eased into semi-retirement, his influence still guides Clear Creek’s distillers to this day. We’ll talk with Clear Creek’s Jeanine Racht on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the G7 Summit ends with no progress in resolving a global trade dispute pitting the US against its key trading partners, while new tariffs could affect 65 percent of all US whiskey exports within the next month.  We’ll look at a new whisky that’s helping raise money for search and rescue operations in the UK, along with other new whiskies, tasting notes, and much more.

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Links: Clear Creek Distillery | Distilled Spirits Council | Wild Turkey | The MacallanSingle Cask Nation | Laphroaig | Bowmore | Compass Box | Delilah’s | The Temple Bar Whiskey | Ardbeg | Great Northern Distillery | Speaking of Suicide

Mark Gillespie

I'm the host and executive producer of WhiskyCast.

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