Interviews

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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St. Patrick’s Q&A With Jack Teeling

Jack Teeling

Catching Up With Teeling Whiskey Company For St. Patrick’s Week By Richard Thomas Teeling Whiskey Company released their first product, the rum-finished small batch, back when The Whiskey Reviewer was still just a blog, and our first interview with company head Jack Teeling was almost two years ago. Since then, the company became the first to open a new distillery in Dublin ...

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Mike Loades Talks Whisky

Mike Loades

By Richard Thomas If you enjoy watching documentaries about the Middle Ages or ancient military history, you probably recognize Mike Loades. It follows that someone who presents and provides commentary in such television programs would also be an author (Swords and Swordsmen and The Longbow), but Loades is also a fight choreographer and consultant. His fingerprints are on all manner ...

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