Whisky Talk

Whisky Talk

whiskytalk.fireside.fm
The podcast from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society


22: Meet the whisky podcasters
Aug 4 • 23 min
With thousands of whisky podcasts to choose from, we put out a call to our members and the SMWS team to ask them for their top picks. The Society's Mads Schmoll compiled her list and found out more from the top podcasters about who they are and how they…
21: The English Whisky Company with Andrew Nelstrop
Aug 4 • 20 min
The first of England's new distilleries to set up was at St George's in Norfolk, where Andrew Nelstrop helped his father realise a long-held dream of opening his own whisky distillery in 2006. He tells Whisky Talk all about it.
20: Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery with David Thompson
Jul 15 • 20 min
Traceability is at the heart of Spirit of Yorkshire distillery's operations, which started distilling in 2016, explains co-founder and crop scientist David Thompson.
19: Lakes Distillery with Dhavall Gandhi
Jul 14 • 34 min
The Lakes Distillery started operations in December 2014 and recruited Dhavall Gandhi in 2016. Since then he has brought a whole world of inspiration and creativity to whisky making and maturation.
18: Bimber Distillery
Jun 24 • 21 min
Bimber Distillery was founded in London in 2015 and laid down its first casks in May 2016. In this episode of Whisky Talk, we talk to the distillery's Matt McKay about the distillery's origins, what it does differently, and the future of the English…
17: Cotswolds distillery with Daniel Szor
Jun 16 • 39 min
Daniel Szor, founder of the Cotswolds distillery, tells Whisky Talk about how he turned his passion for single malt whisky into a radical career change, from working in finance to setting up his own distillery in the English countryside in 2014.
16: Lagg Distillery on Arran
May 18 • 3 min
The SMWS paid a visit in early 2019 to the Isle of Arran to check on the progress of the new Lagg distillery on the south of the island, which will be the 'peated' sister to Lochranza distillery in the north.
15: Ardmore distillery
May 5 • 2 min
Ardmore distillery is nestled in a remote corner of Aberdeenshire, and isn't usually open to visitors. Thankfully, distillery manager George Forsyth and the team threw wide its doors to the team from Unfiltered on a memorable visit we made in 2018.
14: Raasay distillery and island tour
Apr 28 • 33 min
Making whisky on the Isle of Raasay is a modern success story that is down to determination and hard work, but it's also bringing new life to an island that has seen more than its share of hardship in the past, as Richard Goslan discovers.
13: From filling casks to fighting coronavirus
Apr 15 • 25 min
With demand for hand-sanitiser outstripping supply, distilleries big and small have been playing a key role in providing frontline care workers with essential supplies. Richard Goslan caught up with the team at the Glasgow Distillery Company to find out…
12: The birth of Leith’s Bonnington Distillery
Apr 8 • 54 min
Its construction has been delayed because of archeological finds and it finally started distilling as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the UK. But the stills are running at Bonnington distillery in Leith, and the team are looking to a bright future.
11: Charlie MacLean’s SMWS whisky masterclass
Mar 18 • 21 min
Charlie MacLean is not only a leading authority on all things whisky, he's also a long-standing member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's Tasting Panel. In this episode of Whisky Talk, he describes his role on the Society's Tasting Panel and provides a…
10: Masataka and Rita Taketsuru, A Whisky Love Story
Feb 6 • 22 min
It's 100 years since Rita Cowan fell in love with her family's Japanese lodger, Masataka Taketsuru, when he stayed with her family while studying Organic Chemistry at Glasgow University. They were married in January 1920 and by the end of the year they…
9: Sam Heughan
Nov 7, 2019 • 6 min
Whisky Talk travels to Glencoe to catch up with Scottish actor Sam Heughan, otherwise known as Jamie Fraser in the historical time travel series Outlander. We find out about his passion for Scotch, his own new whisky project, as well as the travel and…
8: Jerez
Nov 1, 2019 • 18 min
Join us on a journey to Jerez, to immerse ourselves in Spain’s Sherry Triangle and explore the synergy between the worlds of whisky and sherry. We visit cooperages to find out about the booming industry to build and season casks for the Scotch whisky…
7: Leith’s whisky history, Tomatin and Tamdhu
Jul 31, 2019 • 24 min
Join us to find out more about Leith's whisky history with a walking tour of the area, with the Society's Vaults members' room at the heart of it. Then we'll head north to visit Tomatin distillery and general manager Graham Eunson, before travelling into…
6: From Glen Scotia to Jura and Islay’s Ardnahoe
Jun 20, 2019 • 25 min
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society travels from Glen Scotia in Campbeltown, where Iain McAlister explains why there's a new buzz around the distillery, to Jura to meet distillery manager Graham Logan and finally on to Islay to chat to Stewart Laing, who has…
5: Whisky pilgrims at the Islay Festival
May 29, 2019 • 9 min
Join The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in the splendid surroundings of Islay House, where members and whisky pilgrims have gathered for the Islay Whisky Festival and the Society’s Open Day. Whisky Talk meets members who have travelled from around the world,…
4: Tobermory, The Golden Dram and the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility
May 18, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, we catch up with Tobermory distillery’s master blender Kirstie McCallum, find out about the documentary Scotch – The Golden Dram from its director Andrew Peat, and hear from an adventurous Scotch Malt Whisky Society member about his…
3: Sandy Hyslop
Apr 29, 2019 • 30 min
Sandy Hyslop, director of blending at Chivas Brothers talks to our Spirits Manager, Euan Campbell from his sample room in Dumbarton near Glasgow. Hyslop has spent a lifetime working in whisky and is responsible for some of the most iconic names in the…
2: Pip Hills & The Flavour Revolution - Pt 2
Mar 18, 2019 • 44 min
1: Pip Hills & The Flavour Revolution - Pt 1
Mar 18, 2019 • 57 min
Welcome to the first ever podcast of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Hosted by Unfiltered editor Richard Goslan, we'll be introducing you to some of the people who make whisky, the places it comes from and the characters who bring it to life. This is…