The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast

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.


Series 4: Episode 1

This week we join Cameron McNeish, author, writer, broadcaster, and general outdoor enthusiast. We discuss the appeal of the outdoors, his latest books, and the wonders of the Speyside region.

Series 3: Episode 11

This week we join Katie Still, senior host at The Glenlivet Distillery brand home. We discuss what the distillery has been up to these past couple of months, including the intriguing Christmas Fayre, and also the exciting projects the distillery has in store for us in 2021.

Series 3: Episode 10

This week we join award winning author, Alexander McCall Smith, for a special Book Week Scotland event which touches upon the impact of Covid-19 on his writing, the connection between whisky and literature, and a reading from a whisky poem.

Series 3: Episode 9

This episode we join James Campbell, chair of the world-famous The Spirit of Speyside whisky festival as he chats about the festival, the impact of COVID-19 and what to expect in 2021.

Series 3: Episode 8

This week we join Calum Maclean on the banks of Loch Farr. Wild-Swimmer, photographer, TV presenter, and general outdoors enthusiast, Calum tells us a bit about the perks of wild swimming, the Year of Coasts and Waters, and Uisge Bheatha – the water of life.

Series 3: Episode 7

This week we have part 2 of a two part special where we speak to Struan Grant Ralph, Global Brand Ambassador for the Glenfiddich Distillery. We discuss the future of whisky, the infamous Gooding Collection, and the ultimate Speyside day.

Series 3: Episode 6

This week, we have part 1 of a 2 part special where we speak to Struan Grant Ralph, Global Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich Distillery AKA The Whisky Beard. We do a deep dive into the distillery’s history, what the role of a brand ambassador entails, and we learn a little about the community spirit of Speyside.

Series 3: Episode 5

This week’s podcast comes from the historic Quaich Bar, located in the heart of Speyside in the infamous Craigellachie Hotel. We join head bartender, Angus Bryce McVay, who gives us an insight into the bar’s history, what makes it legendary, and…if the perfect dram exists.

Series 3: Episode 4

This week we visit the historic Keith and Dufftown Railway, a working line that connects these two historic towns in Speyside. Often referred to as The Whisky Line, this railway is known for its beautiful views, spectacular seasonal events, and the fact that the railway line is run entirely by volunteers. Alistair Coull, the volunteer coordinator of the Keith and Dufftown Railway Association, gives us a little insight into the magic behind this Railway.

Series 3: Episode 3

With whisky sales booming around the world, this week we’re asking whether you should buy whisky as an investment.  In the spring of 2019, more than 13,000 bottles of single malt were sold at auctions in the UK, an increase of 4,000 on the year before, and prices have typically grown by between 8-12% a year since 2015.  We spoke to Mike Lord, independent whisky consultant and owner of The Whisky Shop in Dufftown, in the heart of malt whisky country

Series 3: Episode 2

This week’s podcast comes from the home of one of the best selling Scotch malt whiskies in the world, Glenlivet.  We find out why the distillery is hidden in a remote valley and how a chance encounter with the King changed its fortunes forever.

Series 3: Episode 1

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.

Series 2: Episode 5

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.

Series 2: Episode 4

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.

Series 2: Episode 3

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.

Series 2: Episode 2

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.

Series 2: Episode 1

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.

Series 1: Episode 10

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.

Series 1: Episode 9

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.

Series 1: Episode 8

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.

Series 1: Episode 7

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.

Series 1: Episode 6

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.

Series 1: Episode 5

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.

Series 1: Episode 4

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.

Series 1: Episode 3

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.

Series 1: Episode 2

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.

Series 1: Episode 1

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.