Interviews

James Holland Talks Scotch

Author James Holland

By Richard Thomas If you follow our “Talks Whiskey” series, then you know by now that writing and whisk(e)y have a clear intersection. The only real caveat is what side of the Pond the author is from, because that dictates whether he or she is a bourbon or a Scotch drinker. Devotees of Second World War history documentaries will doubtless ...

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Kelly Klein Talks Scotch

Kelly Klein

By Richard Thomas My pursuit of the “notable people who like whiskey” beat takes me to authors more often than not, and when it doesn’t I find the interest is usually a casual one. My introduction to British model Kelly Klein was a refreshing change of pace. When we first started e-mailing on the subject, she had just discovered Dalwhinnie ...

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Q&A With Raj Bhakta

Raj Bhakta

A Chat With The Founder of Vermont Bottler And Distiller WhistlePig By Kurt Maitland Recently I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Vermont and see WhistlePig’s recently opened distillery, cementing the first step in their transition from bottler to distiller. That visit led to a later discussion with WhistlePig founder Raj Bhatka. Between corresponding with Bhatka for this ...

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Q&A With Matt Hofmann, Westland Distillery

Matt Hoffman

A Chat About Malt Whiskey In The Pacific Northwest By Richard Thomas Although the Pacific Northwest has become a buzzing hive of micro-distilling activity, most of that activity has been in Oregon. Insfoar as whiskey-making in Washington State went, much of the past attention went to Dry Fly Distilling. Growing up hand in hand with that scene, Seattle’s Westland Distillery ...

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Q&A With Scott Laing of Hunter Laing

Scott Laing

Talking With The Scotch Blender-Bottlers And Future Islay Distillers By Kurt Maitland Early this year, Hunter Laing, the independent bottler of brands such as Old Malt Cask, Old and Rare and Douglas of Drumlanrig, announced that it would break ground on a new distillery on Islay. This interest had been hinted at in an extensive earlier interview I had with ...

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