This is a podcast from The Malt Whisky Trail, the ultimate scotch experience. Home to the world’s largest concentration of Scotch malt whisky distilleries, The Malt Whisky Trail’s® new podcast will showcase the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail® inviting listeners to uncover the secrets of Malt Whisky Country and get a taste of the very best of Scotland in beautiful Moray Speyside.
The Trail is made up of nine locations including, Benromach, Cardhu, Glen Moray, Glen Grant, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Strathisla, Dallas Dhu, and The Speyside Cooperage. The Malt Whisky Trail® podcast will introduce you to the guardians of centuries of know-how and the craftspeople who make the whisky you love.
This week, we visit a whisky distillery which is at the home of one of the world’s biggest selling brands. Cardhu distillery produces the spirit which is at the heart of Johnny Walker, but it is less known that the distillery was established by a formidable and feisty woman. It would be another one hundred years before another distillery was established.
In Episode 5 of the second series of the Malt Whisky Trail podcast, we speak to the Speyside legend Jim Walker who is joint-Managing Director of the world’s most famous shortbread producer, Walkers. Jim and his son, International Sales Manager, Alasdair, are the third and fourth generation of the Walker family. Alastair reveals why every day is Christmas at Walker Shortbread HQ in Aberlour, and tells us about the traditional Scottish custom called ‘first footing’ and Jim reveals the historic connections between whisky and shortbread.
The latest edition of the Malt Whisky Trail podcast, join us for a day in the life of Benromach distillery. Assistant Manager Jessica Haworth and distiller Murdo Mackenzie take us through their day in a place that has resisted automated machinery, so they rely on sight and sound.
In this episode, Strathisla distillery’s supervisor Jenna Collins shows us around its unusual new visitor centre which sets out to demonstrate the art of blended whisky, and she explains why Strathisla is at the centre of Chivas’ best-selling brands.
In this episode, whisky writer Becky Paskin explains how she became the first journalist to gain a professional qualification in distilling, and why she’s launched a campaign to challenge some of the stereotypes about whisky drinkers.
2016 saw the release of Glenfiddich’s first pioneering expression: The IPA Experiment in collaboration with IPA craft beer expert, Seb Jones, from Speyside Brewery. Kicking off series two of The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast, Jennifer Robertson from The Malt Whisky Trail speaks to Seb Jones to learn about the art of whisky collaboration.
In Episode 10 of The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast, we sit down with Benromach Brand Home Manager, Susan Colville, to uncover how The Benromach Distillery was brought back to life and their secret to creating a classic Speyside single malt. In a word, handcrafted.
In Episode 9 of The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast, we talk all things Glen Grant with current Master Distiller, Dennis Malcolm, including a run through of the distillery’s history and the innovative owners who made the whisky what it is today.
In Episode 8 of The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast, we were joined by Grant and Scott Hutchison from popular Scottish Indie Rock Band, Frightened Rabbit, to discuss the longstanding history and influences between whisky and music. We’ll discover some amusing tales during past tours from and exclusive news on what’s coming up next for Frightened Rabbit.
In Episode 7 of The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast, we will speak with Graeme Cruickshank, Operations Manager, about the history of the Strathisla Distillery. Graeme will uncover Strathisla’s history as being the oldest continually working distillery in the Highlands of Scotland and the significant characteristics throughout the distillery that work together to make the Strathisla sprit the ‘Heart and Soul’ of Chivas Regal.
In Episode 6 of The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast, we speak to whisky consultant, author and founder of World Whisky Day, Blair Bowman. Blair guides us through his introduction to Speyside whiskies, tells us all about his new book – The Pocket Guide to Whisky – and gives us his tips for traveling and making the most of The Malt Whisky Trail.
In Episode 5 of The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast, we experience the history of Dallas Dhu. We will hear from Alasdair Joyce, Steward at Dallas Dhu, as he walks us through the remarkable history of Dallas Dhu and provides a glimpse into the unique surroundings you will experience during your next tour through Dallas Dhu.
In Episode 4 of The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast, we will explore Glen Moray’s newest innovations with Master Distiller, Graham Coull, and uncover what has made Glen Moray a unique Speyside Single Malt for 120 years. Visitor Centre Manager and Assistant Manager, Iain Allan and Emma Ware, will discuss top-tips on how to get the most from a tour at Glen Moray and reveal what goes into some of Glen Moray’s Signature Cocktails and best ways to use the Glen Moray range in at home cocktail experiments.
In Episode 3 of The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast, we feature Glenfiddich’s Artists in Residence Programme, speaking with coordinator Andy Fairgrieve and Canadian artist Lee Henderson, who is taking part in this years programme, and we discuss his upcoming works inspired by spirits and the multiple connotations of the word.
In Episode 2 of the Malt Whisky Trail podcast, we go behind the scenes of the largest independent Cooperage in the UK and hear first hand from General Manager, Andrew Russell and Malcolm Munro, Cooperage Manager, about what it takes to be a whisky master craftsman and a cooper. We’ll hear from Andrew on how wood affects the flavours of whiskies, what makes the Speyside Cooperage unique, and insight into the coopers preparations for their Guinness World Record. Malcolm describes what it takes to learn the ancient craft of coopering and reveals what the age old tradition of ‘blackening’ is.
Want to know what an ‘orra loon’ is? Ever wondered what it takes to be a Maltman or Stillman? In our first episode to mark Father’s Day we meet father and son William and Matthew from Dufftown who work at Glenfiddich, home to the world’s most-awarded single malt. Family tradition runs strong at the distillery which was founded in 1886 by William Grant and is currently run by the fifth generation of his family.