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Podcast #12 - Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan

If the idea of a whisk(e)y related podcast sounds boring to you, I couldn't blame you one bit.  Two guys sitting down and talking about malts the whole time?  Really, people want to hear that?  I don't know how interesting most of them really are to people outside the industry, but if you had to sit down and listen to one person talk about booze, just one guy who really knew how to entertain people and engage them, then that person is Jim McEwan.  Bruichladdich's master distiller and figurehead is as charasmatic a speaker as he is a talented whisky maker.  Listen to Jim compare cask enhancement to art restoration, lay out the perfect scenario for enjoying a glass of Black Art, and breakdown the burdens of being an independent in a world full of corporate giants.  I spent most of the time laughing.  Hopefully you will as well.

This episode can be downloaded here.  Previous episodes are archived here as well as on our iTunes page.

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Reader Comments (7)

Great podcast. Can't wait for the, "twelve good casks of whisky."

P.S. Bruichladdich Classic has been available for a spell in the UK, Europe, and Japan; but I've never seen it in the U.S. Maybe you all can remedy that? Oh, and the Bruichladdich 16 (First Growth Series) Chateau d'Yquem Finish, which you have in stock, is wonderful.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRN

Listening to McEwan reminded me of a recent New York Times review of the up-coming documentary, "Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop," where O'Brien says, "The last year has taught me that at this point in my career it’s not about trying to get more people into the tent... it’s about trying to deepen the connection I have with my fans.”

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRN

I agree completely RN! That's the all too important realization that it's not a popularity contest. It's not about who has the most Facebook friends, it's about who has the most real connections.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

first podcast from this blog i've heard. listening to the podcast I find Jim McEwan to be charming and genuine. Getting personal with a whisky and its roots is part of what makes craft spirits so intriguing to me. David, I'm glad you're taking the effort to do this. These podcasts reminds me of the efforts Gary Vaynerchuck set out on w/ Wine Library a couple of years back. it's all about education and sharing a passion and stripping away the snobbery, but this time for whisky. I hope you don't mind the comparison, but i mean that as a compliment. We need more of that in general and people in your position have great opportunities to share experiences such as this one.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnton

Anton - that is definitely the goal. There is so much snobbery/elitism in the wine/liquor world and I want to help knock that down a bit. Thanks for the nice comments

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

David, another great one man. McEwan is a gem of a guy (no pun intended). This was a hell of an entertaining podcast - thanks for bringing this to us. I enjoyed a nice pour tonight and laughed my ass off. Cheers and have a great trip overseas. Buy some great stuff!

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason Pyle

That bur is fierce. Re rescued Lomond still.
Note this still was expressly designed to maximize variety.
And this is (one of?) the last in operation.

E150 casks, boo !
What is E150 ?
I'm dour enough for amarone.

Botanist gin - where can I get it?

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermorlock

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