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Whyte & Mackay Invites You Into The Sample Room


19th November 2020
Whyte & Mackay invites whisky fans into the sample room with new podcast.

A new whisky podcast from Whyte & Mackay granting exclusive access to the people, places and stories behind some of Scotland’s top distilleries has gone live, with world-renowned master distiller Richard Paterson featuring as its first guest.

Live From the Sample Room explores the remarkable careers, and groundbreaking techniques used by the people responsible for crafting Scotland’s most loved whiskies.

Hosted by food and drink columnist Abbie Moulton, the first season will see the release of a series of episode specials, each focusing on an inimitable guest who has made a lasting impact on the whisky industry. Guests will bring on a whisky of their choice for a tasting to finish each podcast.

Whyte and Mackay’s whisky making credentials are unrivalled, with prized single malt’s The Dalmore, Jura, Fettercairn and Tamnavulin, the shining stars in its portfolio.
The podcast’s first episode will feature one of the world’s best known whisky personalities - the prolific master distiller of The Dalmore, Richard Paterson.

The debut episode takes a rare deep dive into Richard’s five-decade strong career as a whisky maker and explores how his passion for the spirit has led to him becoming one of the most recognisable faces in the industry.

Kieran Healey-Ryder, Head of Whisky Discovery from Whyte and Mackay, said: “We’re incredibly excited to launch Whyte & Mackay’s first ever podcast. In this production, we are bringing whisky enthusiasts into the sample room to meet the personalities behind Scotland’s most famous export. The first series is bursting with never-heard-before content which casts light on the stories and personalities behind our whisky making.”

Podcast host, Abbie Moulton, said: “So often, whisky is something we only get to enjoy from afar and for that reason it can, at times, feel quite mysterious. It’s been a real joy to be able to delve deep into the casks for the stories and the secrets behind each of these highly respected distilleries, and to uncover the personal stories behind the processes that make their quality so admired around the globe. From the forward-thinking innovations of Gregg Glass, to the jewels of wisdom shared by Richard Paterson, and all of the journeys in between, I hope this series opens up the world of Scotch and all of its pleasures.”

Other episodes in the first series include an intimate look at life on the Isle of Jura - with Brand Home Manager Mark Bruce talking about the logistical challenges of making whisky on one of Scotland’s most remote islands.

The series will also feature Fettercairn distillery manager Stewart Walker who will sample a cask that he laid down over a decade ago live on the podcast; experimental pioneer and blender, Gregg Glass talks about the Scottish Oak Programme and how he is innovating the category using wood in entirely novel ways; and Joanne Reavely, distillery manager of Speyside’s Tamnavulin, explains how a previously silent distillery rose to meteoric levels of popularity.

This series has been produced by Rethink Audio, makers of a wide portfolio of award-winning podcasts including Fearne Cotton's Happy Place, The Week Unwrapped with Olly Mann and Tales of Silicon Valley with The Sunday Times.

The first episode is now available to download from Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts:

You will find Whyte and Mackay’s range of Scotch single malt whiskies - The Dalmore, Jura, Fettercairn and Tamnavulin available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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