A brand new series kicks off with a slightly different style of episode, we start with a documentary piece on Stu's trip to the Yoichi distillery in Japan in November last year. This is followed by a tasting of the Single Malt Yoichi Whisky, and a comparison to the distillery exclusive "Peaty & Salty" expression.
As always, we score the whisky for the Dramier League table, and play some Japanese music to go with the Japanese whisky. Have a listen to the episode on all good podcast apps, and here:
The music played on the episode can be found in this Spotify playlist:
...and here is a transcript of the documentary element of this episode:
I travelled to Japan with my wife in November 2018 to explore the incredible culture and cost some Japanese distilleries to find out more about the whiskies which I had grown to love from the Far East. We landed in Tokyo, and spent 4 crazy days wondering around a city of non stop lights and noise from all angles, it’s crazy, exciting and intimidating.
We fell in love with it but felt completely exhausted after days of exploring and jet lag, so it was a welcome relief to catch a flight to Hokkaido - the most northern of Japan’s main islands. Japan is an island of extreme’s, technology juxtoposed with tradition, temples next to skyscrapers, innovation crossed with historic attitudes, and these competing extremes are reflected in the difference between a manic and buzzing Tokyo, compared to the quiet and serene Hokkaido. This calm island with landscape reminiscent of parts of Scotland, is where we would find Nikka’s Yoichi distillery, nestled in a small town on the west coast of Hokkaido.
The Yoichi distillery is located by the sea in the small town of Yoichi in Hokkaido, which has distinctly Scottish feel, and the island even has its own peat from the nearby Ishikari valley.
The distillery is beautiful, the .leach of the indivdual parts of the distillery are housed in traditional Japanese buildings looking like Pagodas and surrounded by fields, trees and gardens. It is here we found out about the fascinating character of Masataka Taketsuru, his loyal wife Rita, and their labour of love at the Yoichi distillery.
Masataka Taketsuru was 19 when he moved to Scotland to learn about the craft of creating scotch whisky. He spent 18 months in Scotland - working at 3 distilleries in that time and painstakingly documenting the process of distilling and maturing whisky, but perhaps just as significantly met the love of his life, Rita Cowan. After her fiancé died in world war 1, Takestsuru was a chance of a different life and new world. Taketsuru offered to stay in Glasgow with Rita, but knowing his passion was in Japan, Rita insisted they move to Japan - against the best wishes of her family. So Taketsuru and Rita returned to Japan, complete with an in depth knowledge of making that spirit we all know and love... whisky
The Japanese whisky industry has two major players, Suntory created by Shinjiro Torii (the last two syllables of company and founder being the same is no coincidence)... and Nikka founded by the aforementioned Masataka Taketsuru. However, Taketsuru started his career working for Suntory and helping to set up Japan’s first ever whisky distillery, Yamazaki, in 1923. Taketsuru left to set up his own distillery in Yoichi in 1933 due to “creative differences”, and Nikka was born. This may not have been possible were it not for the influence of his Scottish wife, Rita, once again. She was instrumental (quite literally) in raising the funds to set up the Yoichi distillery, as she taught Piano in Kyoto to the children of the eventual wealthy investors of the distillery.
The distillery may be a trek to get to, but once you’re there you are rewarded with free entry to the distillery, as you make your way around each building at your own pace. One of the most fascinating sights is not far from the entrance, where the distillery workers are shovelling coal into their coal fired pot stills, a traditional method which we believe is now unique to the distillery, as all other distilleries worldwide have moved onto more modern methods. `insert sound of coal shovelling` The skill required to keep the still at the correct temperature using a coal fire is a difficult one to master. The reward for doing so though, is a extra element of flavour which is now unique to Yoichi and Nikka. The coal fire give variations in temperatures and hot spots, which gives additional roasted flavours. But the skill is to stop it from burning.
The distillery also has a small warehouse, fascinating museum, and whisky bar complete with an opportunity to buy a dram of many hard to find expressions of Japanese whisky. Unfortunately for me, I was the designated driver due to an “admin error” in my wife’s international drivers permit... note to anyone visiting Japan who is planning to drive ... make sure you get the drivers permit in the UK before you go, and make sure they’ve stamped the right bloody things on it! We were close to resorting to my wife driving me to the distillery on the back of a motorbike... which in fairness, may appeal to some of you out there! Perhaps the only disappointing part of the distillery tour was the tasting at the end. This is perhaps due to the fact it is completely free ... which is remarkable in fairness so I shouldn’t complain... but the opportunity to pay for some more interesting expressions with someone to talk you through the tasting would have been welcome. You have to resort to the pricey whisky bar if you want to geek out! The gift shop has some interesting distillery only versions of the Yoichi single malt, including a sherried version, and the “peaty and salty” version I picked up. These are much sought after given you can only get them at the distillery and I can highly recommend them.
We finished our tour reflecting on the incredible impact of Rita Cowan on this distillery and her husband. Growing up in an age where women could easily take a back seat, it’s fascinating to hear how important Rita was to the success of Nikka, and how much she sacrificed for the ambitions of her husband.
Rita’s story is so popular, that there has even been a recent fictionalised soap opera of her relationship with Taketsuru, broadcast on Japan’s main TV station, called asadora. Many fans of Rita make an annual pilgrimage to the distillery to pay their respects.
So there it is. Yoichi distillery. A place that has a fascinating story, of love, loyalty, ambition and tradition. Given my love of whisky, it was worth the ambitious long trip to the far north of Japan to experience it, and I encourage any Japanese whisky fan out there to do the same if you get the opportunity. Surrounded by serenity in Hokkaido, it is a truly unique experience. We raise a glass to Masataka Taketsuru, and his inspirational Scottish wife, Rita Cowan.
In the last episode of our budget series, we review the blended Irish Whiskey: Bushmills Black Bush. Given Andy has relocated back home to Northern Ireland, just down the road from the Bushmills Distillery, we thought it was worth exploring a budget whiskey from his hometown, and we pair it with songs about relocating and moving.
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This episode, we review a beautiful Irish budget Whiskey matured in Spanish sherry butts... Writer's Tears Red Head from Walsh Whiskey. We pair it with some songs by brilliant red head musicians.
One of those musicians is Rebecca Jones, who we interview over Skype and get her thoughts on the whiskey as well as her music.
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Time for a rebrand as the "Bourbon Gentlemen" for an episode... we immediately deny any copyright issue with the Bourbon Gents podcast - see you in court boys!
So with our Bourbon hats on for a change, we review Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. Four Roses was the favourite tipple of American writer William Faulkner, so we play songs with a literary theme to go with the whiskey.
Andy's "Science Bit" doesn't quite make a return, but we do have a suitable alternative for this episode to keep the fans happy...
In this episode, we tackle the goliath brand of the Whisky industry - Johnnie Walker! We taste the Black Label 12 year old blended whisky (fitting within our budget range of £20-£40) and play some UK No 1 hits to accompany this No1 best selling whisky brand - finding No 1 songs that didn't harm our "impeccable" (...ahem) reputation was somewhat challenging, but we certainly embraced it!
In the second episode of our budget whisky series, we review the well known blended malt Monkey Shoulder, and create a playlist of songs about Monkeys to go with it! Feel free to add your favourite monkey songs to our collaborative playlist on Spotify.
Please add your favourite monkey related songs to this playlist (or tweet us if you don't have spotify and we'll add it for you!):
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Welcome to a BRAND NEW SERIES, and the start of our "budget whiskies" series. Our first budget whisky is a Glen Moray Elgin Classic Sherry cask finish whisky, which can generally be found for the ridiculous price of £20-£25. We also have a great interview with Whisky guru and all round nice guy Dave Broom, who is raising money for his new documentary film called The Amber Light. You can support the project here. But be quick! The Kickstarter ends on 6th April 2018.
To go along with the Amber Light film, we continue the film theme by playing songs from film soundtracks on the podcast, including a song suggested by Dave Broom. Follow us on twitter & Instagram and keep up with The Amber Light film @amberlightfilm. You can listen to the full playlist here:
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An explosive (or not...) final episode of our fourth season in which we try a Gordon & MacPhail cask strength Miltonduff whisky, which was 20 years old and an absolute beaut! We were lucky enough to sit down with G&M's very own Ben Bowers at the Newcastle Whisky festival and discuss how the company is evolving, and try the whisky itself.
We play some tracks, as always, to accompany the whisky, and this time we focussed on festival headliners to keep in with the theme of the whisky festival we attended. We also have a song suggestion from a twitter friend we met at the festival, Scott Munro, and do the usual Science Bit, and Dramier League Table. Please follow us on twitter and Instagram. Cheers!
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Delving into a beautiful whiskey from the north shores of the emerald isle, the lads review Bushmills 21 and pair it with some music with a theme of "home" given half of This Is My Dram (Andy) grew up just down the road from the famous Bushmills distillery. They also have the usual Science Bit and Dramier League Table, as well as a 20 second review of some Caol Ila 12 whisky fudge from Sarah aka @iheartwhisky... it's fair to say the This Is My Dram team are now undeniably whisky fudge addicts.
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This episode marks the satisfying conclusion to a sacred quest, for the holy grail (or indeed, unicorn) that is an affordable bottle of Hibiki 17. Stu tracked a bottle down for a very reasonable price (excluding the cost of flights, board and accommodation) in a recent holiday in Japan, just in time for the first breaths of 2018 so we could look back on a year of fantastic music and enjoy a dram of the rare stuff.
It's all pretty well explained in the podcast. Tell you what, while you wait for it to download here are some lovely new words that made it into the dictionary (OED, naturally) in 2017:
1. Buggerlug (n.) - An affectionate term for a child, particularly when it isn't listening to the adult.
2. Spooge (n. formal) - Any sealant or lubricant applied during the assembly of electronic equipment.
3. Throat Sing (v.) - To perform throat singing.
4. Ginkgolide (n.) - Any of a group of bitter compounds present in the leaves and roots of the ginkgo tree.
5. Zyzzyva (n.) - A genus of tropical weevils native to South America.
6. Belyando spew (n. informal) - Any illness marked by bouts of vomiting.
Anyway, to music! The six, yes six, tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Stu’s 1st selection: Rolling Blackouts Coast Fever - French Press
Andy’s 1st selection: Public Service Broadcasting - They Gave Me A Lamp
Stu’s 2nd selection: Melanie De Biasio - Afro Blue
Andy’s 2nd selection: Richard Dawson - Soldier
Stu’s 3rd selection: Colin Stetson - Like wolves on the fold
Andy’s 3rd selection: Hurray For The Riff Raff - Living In The City
For the playlist, we gave runner-up nods to King Krule, Phoenix, Arca, Four Tet, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Les Amazone d'Afrique (Dombolo)...Have a listen to the full playlist here:
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Choosing the right Christmas present can be hard. You have to weigh up your recipient's passions and ambitions with your price budget and choice of tax-dodging delivery services. Choosing a Christmas present for someone you've presented almost 25 podcast episodes about whisky, it turns out, is somewhat easier. This year, knowing our respective love for sherried Speysiders and their inherent "liquid Christmas cake" nature, both wrapped a delicious Glenfarclas expression for our festive blind tasting charade.
Stu was up first with an accidental litre of Glenfarclas 105, a cask-strength heavy hitter, which sent Andy to the right vicinity quite quickly in the taste test but required a couple of minor hints to narrow it down to the correct dram. It's a firm favourite at This Is My Dram HQ and is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any whisky drinker. Andy took a punt on a bottle of Glenfarclas 1996 Premium Edition (bottled 2017), which is a bottling generally prepared for the German market as the label on the back of the bottle confirmed (Spricht irgendwer Deutsch?). It was a lighter dram than the 105, with pleasing hints of aniseed and menthol, that reminded us of aspects of the 15, 17 and 25 year expressions available in the core range. Stu picked out all the right notes in the blind test but couldn't reasonably be expected to guess the bottling. It turns out 'distillery beginning with G' is one of the least useful clues in a whisky guessing game. Glen-everything!
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Andy’s 1st selection: The Futureheads - Christmas Was Better In The 80s
Stu’s 1st selection: Phoenix - Alone On Christmas Day
Andy’s 2nd selection: Soul Saints Orchestra - Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul
Stu’s 2nd selection: Gaz Coombes and Adam Buxton - I Believe In Father Christmas
For the playlist, we covered all the bases with 20s jazz, 70s soul, poetic folk, indie rock, Christmas film soundtracks and of course, Sufjan Stevens...Have a listen to the full playlist here:
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Luckily at This Is My Dram, we have one presenter who is enthusiastic and sociable enough to actually go abroad on holiday and a much anticipated trip to Japan presented an obvious opportunity for resident Japanese whisky nut, Stu, to visit a couple of whisky distilleries. In this episode we enjoy two expressions from the Yamazaki distillery, the 12 year and the rare and expensive 18 year (courtesy of our friends at The Bourbon Gents) along with some excellent Japanese music.
Yamazaki is the oldest distillery in Japan and proudly displays Barrel no.1 - the genesis of Japanese whisky - on the distillery tour. Although the company, founded by Shinjiro Torii, has been producing whisky since the 1920s, the Yamazaki label did not appear until 1984 and has been one of the most sought after Japanese whiskies in recent years.
Check out some of Stu's fantastic photos from his visit to Yamazaki Distillery:
Our playlist theme for this episode was Japanese music - obvious and enticing - and despite having featured as a playlist theme way back in series 1, we still had a treasure trove of splendid tracks to choose from. Stu selected an indie classic reimagining the robotic battles of a real Japanese drum legend and some fullwidth font ambient electro from 2 8 1 4. Andy opted for an anime space cowboy's funk-jazz theme tune and a song so shoegaze you'll have shoelaces burned onto your retina.
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Stu’s 1st selection: The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Andy’s 1st selection: Yoko Kanno & Seatbelts - Tank!
Stu’s 2nd selection: 2 8 1 4 - 修復 (Repair)
Andy’s 2nd selection: Boris - Farewell
For the playlist, we mined the anime and computer game genre a little further, sampled a little underground trip hop and finally found a spiritual home for Dave Brubeck...Have a listen to the full playlist here:
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Something a little different for this episode with a format where the This Is My Dram boys don't actually say very much for once. Well you can stop subscribing in unprecedented numbers because we'll very much be back talking your ears off the side of your head in the next episode. You'll just have to enjoy this brief moment of respite.
We were led into battle on this occasion by Sorren Krebs a.k.a @ocdwhisky who is a fountain of whisky knowledge and long-time Friend of the Pod. We were treated to an exclusive tasting of a special dram - Glen Moray 1994 Sherry Cask Finish - which Sorren had collected both in honour of the year of his daughter's birth and because it is quite frankly a superb bottle of whisky. You can read Sorren's in depth review of the full 1994 range from Glen Moray on his fantastic blog.
We were joined by Ed Milner a.k.a. @MrEdwardMilner and his mate Tom. We don't know much about Tom but we can speculate. I reckon he's a venture capitalist with a keen eye for an investment opportunity and was in attendance to scope out a couple of distilleries ripe for a hostile takeover. I might be wrong.
We made sure to retain an element of our modus operandi (that's Geordie for a dubious reputation) by including a couple of song choices from the very obvious year of 1994, which we soon found to be a golden year for fantastic music and not just fantastic whisky. Don't forget to follow us on twitter, get in touch with feedback and suggestions and send us locks of your hair in the post.
A rare public outing for This Is My Dram on this episode, as we attend the Whisky Lounge's York Whisky Festival 2017 at York Racecourse. Although we considered a general sweep review of the whiskies on offer, we felt one particular "under the counter" dram at That Boutique-y Whisky Company's stand warranted closer inspection.
Mortlach whisky is a niche brand to begin with and is renowned for its deep, meaty flavours. I wish the same could be said about the pulled pork sandwiches on offer at the racecourse but that's another story. The whisky itself was a revelation amongst a day of many highly impressive drams and we really can't recommend Whisky Lounge events enough for whisky beginners and enthusiasts alike. Also featuring on this podcast is Friend of the Pod and fudge-maker extraordinaire Sarah @iheartwhisky talking about whisky, fudge and how to rave properly.
Our playlist theme for this episode was Halloween music to both coincide with the eventual episode release date (everything is meticulously planned like this, of course) and to honour the Beast of Dufftown which appears on the Mortlach 22 illustrated lable. Andy selected some spooky soul and tenuously linked New Orleans R&B while Stu opted for a pop classic and a spellbound vocal take.
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Andy’s 1st selection: Otis Redding - Trick or Treat
Stu’s 1st selection: Michael Jackson - Thriller
Andy’s 2nd selection: Fats Domino - I Hear You Knocking
Stu’s 2nd selection: Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
For the playlist, we maniacally hacked our way through a couple of horror movie themes (and their time signatures) alongside witches, monsters and er...Harry Belafonte....Have a listen to the full podcast here:
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Be sure to listen to Part 2 of our York Whisky Festival Specials for an exclusive tasting review.
If you've ever wondered why those clawingly gracious stars of stage and screen simper through wringing hands about how they "owe it all to their fans" at the awards podium, perhaps the premise for this episode will go some way to explaining that phenomenon. After the last episode we found our whisky shelves - and indeed whisky budgets - creaking to breaking point and with a heavy schedule of personal and professional demands on our time, we were flush out of good ideas for a review theme. Charging over the hill, like a Knight in Shining Armour holding a Glencairn glass and pair of headphones aloft, was one of our fabulous listeners with a plum idea for a podcast theme.
An electronic mail all the way from Australia, no less.
G'Day Stu and Andy,
As a suggestion for future episodes, I would like to hear your thoughts on the Bruichladdich Classic Laddie. The playlist for The Classic Laddie as it is an unpeated Islay (unexpected by most) should be songs that are a different genre from a bands usual.
Can we get an update on how Australia are tracking on the listener leader board? (I am doing my best to increase those figures).
Our relief was palpable and before we could even type a heartfelt thanks a bottle of The Classic Laddie was ordered and winging its way to our state of the art podcasting and tasting facility. One thing led to another and next thing we've got Bruichladdich's fantastic Carl Reavey (Head of Communications) on the phone telling us about the distillery's unique philosophy and how he used to mix sound for The Undertones.
Our playlist theme for this episode was at Daniel's suggestion, songs by bands in a genre unusual to their regular stylings. Stu selected some acapella Geordie indie and Indian folk gatecrashed by Radiohead's lead guitarist while Andy nominated Kurt Cobain's fevered incursion on the MTV unplugged studio and an album of children's songs from members of The Walkmen and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Andy’s 1st selection: Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night
Stu’s 1st selection: The Futureheads - Beeswing
Andy’s 2nd selection: Walter Martin (feat. Karen O) - Sing To Me
Stu’s 2nd selection: Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and The Rajasthan Express - Allah Elohim
For the playlist, we Nils is far from keen, Sufjan is spitting rhymes, Eric's got a bad case of the upstrokes, Aphex has gone all twee and a Bono's trapped in a giant lemon. I'm considerably more proud of that sentence than I have any right to be...Have a listen to the full podcast here:
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You can catch Andy and Stu at the Whisky Lounge York Whisky Festival at York Racecourse on Saturday 21st October (afternoon session). This is your chance to say hi, tell us where we're going right/wrong and if you like, appear on the podcast. We will have our microphones!
"It's an absolute sherry bomb. We have to podcast it!", said Stu.
"Yeah cool.", replied Andy
Such is the level of planning and forethought that goes into producing each episode of The Is My Dram. Still, Stu was on the money with Aberlour A'bunadh Batch 57, a cask-strength corker crafted from largely sherry-cask finish, ranging from what is estimated to be between 5 and 25 year old, whiskies. Andy and Stu were in full agreement about the quality attributes of this particular batch; the nose is sweet and comforting, the palate is warm and comforting, the finish is sweet, warm and comforting. Never mind message in a bottle, this is a full-scale embrace with a thoughtful love poem and gift certificate for a spa weekend in a bottle. It's increasingly difficult to source a bottle of Batch 57 and the general consensus seems to be that current release, Batch 58, is less impressive so don't spare the horses if you want to try this one.
Our playlist theme for this episode was first singles released by bands or artists, taking our cue from Aberlour's "origin" theme with A'bunadh. Stu selected some rock-out nostalgia from his formative years to perfectly compliment the shoulder massage in a glass we were sipping on while Andy explored the origin theme with a near-tedious history lesson on the pioneers of jazz and blues. No prizes for guessing which of our presenters you'd rather be cornered by at a party...
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Stu’s 1st selection: Eels - Novocaine For The Soui
Andy’s 1st selection: King Oliver's Creole Band - Chimes Blues
Stu’s 2nd selection: Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)
Andy’s 2nd selection: Muddy Waters - Country Blues (No.1)
For the playlist, we had some more 90s throwback indie and grunge as well as infectious beats, blues organ and Feist-y vocals. Have a listen to the full podcast here:
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After featuring Gordon & MacPhail-owned Benromach 10 100 Proof back in Series 2, it was only matter of time until we took a punt on one of their independently-bottled, or independently-matured we should say, drops of whisky. Following a chance encounter at a tasting event in the wild outer reaches of the North-East coast with Gordon & MacPhail sales rep and Mr A-Dram-A-Day himself, Ben Bowers, we were able to set up a live guest-related plot twist for this episode. We were delighted to be joined across the dramming table by Ben, who brought with him an exclusive not-on-the-shelves Bunnahabhain Cask Strength whisky to review, produced in 2009 and as we later learn, matured until March of this year in first-fill sherry casks.
At the time of going to press, this whisky is currently sold out on Master of Malt but you may be able to source a bottle at one of the many independent whisky merchants who stock Gordon & MacPhail whiskies. Hey, why not check out our #buylocaltimd map to see if there's one near you.
Our playlist theme was, at Ben's suggestion, covers and remixes to reflect Gordon & MacPhail's philosophy of taking a spirit produced at another distillery and seeing what their maturation experts can come up with in their mad science lab of cask-finished creations. This was the sort of playlist theme that we have begun to recognise as seeming simple enough at first glance then increasingly and fiendishly difficult to choose a valid and worthy selection. We do think, however, that we pulled it out of the bag between us...
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Andy’s 1st selection: Hackney Colliery Band - No Diggity (a cover of the Blackstreet song)
Ben's 1st selection: Hybrid - If I Survive (VIP Mix)
Stu’s 1st selection: Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (a cover of the Leonard Cohen song)
Andy’s 2nd selection: The Fall - Lost In Music (a cover of the Sister Sledge song)
Ben’s 2nd selection: Peter Gabriel - Mirrorball (a cover of the Elbow song)
Stu’s 2nd selection: Johnny Cash - Hurt (a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song)
For the playlist, we had a nice mix of New Orleans brass, classic rock, soulful folk...and a Soulwax remix, sitting awkwardly in the corner of the party not speaking to anyone.
We also subjected ourselves to the masochistic ritual of the Relegation Dram, this time a Japanese contender from the foothills of Mount Fuji - the infamous Fujikai. Opinions ranged from anger to fury, with Andy drifting off into apocalyptic visions normally reserved for a David Lynch movie. It did not, it's fair to say, score very highly.
Thanks very much to Ben for joining us on this episode and do visit his fundraising page to make a donation to a wonderful cause. Let us know if you can find a bottle of that Bunnahabhain anywhere...
Some whiskies are superstars. You see them on every shelf, at every tasting event and all too often, on your bank statement too. Other drams are a little more hidden, the gleeful reserve of those in the know - until of course word gets around and suddenly everybody wants a slice. Kilkerran whisky trickled out slowly as a series of Work In Progress bottlings since re-opening in 2004 - the newest, old distillery in Campbelltown as they say - before the core bottling 12 Year finally arrived in 2016 to notable whispers of approval. A year later, Kilkerran 8 Year Cask Strength was released and the secret was very much now, out. Thanks to the keen shelf-eye of Stu, we were fortunate to have both the 12 Year and the 8 Year CS to enjoy on this episode. We were also joined by David Allen, Regional Sales Manager at Springbank and Glengyle Distilleries who was able to give us the lowdown on current and future plans for the Kilkerran range.
Our playlist theme was the needlessly convoluted and militantly regulated niche of records by musicians or bands who have released music under a different name that they're less well known for. Sorry Reg, Elton can't come in. This was inspired by the fact that unusually for single malt Scotch, Kilkerran is actually produced at Campbelltown's historically famous Glengyle distillery.
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Stu’s 1st selection: Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) – Redbone
Andy’s 1st selection: Grinderman (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) – Palaces of Montezuma
Stu’s 2nd selection: New Order (Joy Division) – Bizarre Love Triangle
Andy’s 2nd selection: Gorillaz (Damon Albarn) – Clint Eastwood
For the playlist, Andy and Stu selected some more masked heroes and caped crusaders including Bowie as Ziggy, a different shade of Green Day, Dylan of the family Wilbury and Aphex Twin as well, Aphex Twin essentially.
We also launched our #buylocaltimd campaign to encourage listeners to seek out bottles from their local whisky dealer. Check out the interactive map and get in touch on twitter with your own suggestions. Stu pointed out that we've been producing podcasts for a whole year at the time of recording and we stumbled through an incoherent yet heartfelt thank you to all our wonderful listeners.
Thanks very much to David Allen for joining us on this episode and check out our Dramier League scores for both delicious bottlings from Kilkerran.