Whisky Talk

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

28 episodes of Whisky Talk since the first episode, which aired on 18 March 2019.

  • Episode 28: Glenturret Distillery

    Episode  |  21 July 2021  |  13 mins 58 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    With a new owner, a new look – and even a new date of birth – Glenturret distillery is emerging from the shadows to take its place in the single malt spotlight. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society paid a visit for Whisky Talk to find out more.

  • Episode 27: Dennis Malcolm and Glen Grant Distillery

    Episode  |  27 May 2021  |  45 mins 36 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    Dennis Malcolm started out at Glen Grant distillery in Speyside as a 15-year-old apprentice cooper. He worked his way up through different roles in the distillery, and 60 years later he is now Scotland’s long-serving distiller. He tells Whisky Talk about his life, career and the momentous changes he has witnessed in an incredible six decades of life in distilleries.

  • Episode 26: Ardnamurchan distillery

    Episode  |  1 March 2021  |  41 mins 55 secs
    adelphi, alex bruce, ardnamurchan, cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    Ardnamurchan distillery is tucked away at the end of Scotland’s most westerly peninsula, where the natural environment is playing a major role in both fuelling and flavouring the spirit. Alex Bruce, managing director of distillery owner Adelphi, tells Whisky Talk all about it.

  • Episode 25: Whisky and perfume

    Episode  |  2 February 2021  |  27 mins 9 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    Imogen Russon-Taylor started out working in whisky before her nose led her to explore the possibility of creating her own perfumes, and after a period of in-depth research she launched Scotland’s first perfume house, known as Kingdom Scotland.
    Madeleine Schmoll from the SMWS caught up with Imogen to explore the subject of scent memories, being inspired by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and why a splash of perfume can enhance our mood, whether we’re able to leave the house or not.

  • Episode 24: Irvine Welsh

    Episode  |  11 January 2021  |  54 mins 17 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    His ground-breaking 1993 novel Trainspotting centered on a bunch of heroin addicts in Leith, but these days whisky is more likely to be a plot point in author Irvine Welsh's work. He’s now a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and sat down with Unfiltered editor Richard Goslan at The Vaults over a few drams to discuss his whisky journey, the influence of mind-altering drugs on the work of Robert Burns and why Scotland in general and Leith in particular will always be an exotic location for his fiction.

  • Episode 23: Pip Hills and The Vaults

    Episode  |  2 September 2020  |  12 mins 19 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    Pip Hills, the founder of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, tells Whisky Talk the remarkable and unlikely story of how The Vaults in Leith became the Society's spiritual home.

  • Episode 22: Meet the whisky podcasters

    Episode  |  4 August 2020  |  23 mins 7 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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 started out.

  • Episode 21: The English Whisky Company with Andrew Nelstrop

    Episode  |  4 August 2020  |  20 mins 6 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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.

  • Episode 20: Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery with David Thompson

    Episode  |  15 July 2020  |  20 mins 32 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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.

  • Episode 19: Lakes Distillery with Dhavall Gandhi

    Episode  |  14 July 2020  |  34 mins 41 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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.

  • Episode 18: Bimber Distillery

    Episode  |  24 June 2020  |  21 mins 21 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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 whisky scene in general.

  • Episode 17: Cotswolds distillery with Daniel Szor

    Episode  |  16 June 2020  |  39 mins 47 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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.

  • Episode 16: Lagg Distillery on Arran

    Episode  |  18 May 2020  |  3 mins 21 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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.

  • Episode 15: Ardmore distillery

    Episode  |  5 May 2020  |  2 mins 50 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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.

  • Episode 14: Raasay distillery and island tour

    Episode  |  28 April 2020  |  33 mins 27 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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.

  • Episode 13: From filling casks to fighting coronavirus

    Episode  |  15 April 2020  |  25 mins 11 secs
    cask strength whisky, scotch, scotch malt whisky society, single malt whisky, whisky

    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 about how they’ve been able to help out.