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Words on Whiskey

In our regular podcast Irish Whiskey Magazine shares the latest Irish whiskey news and developments, and engages in fascinating discussions with the experts and influencers who shape the sector.

Watch Live on YouTube or Facebook every Wed – 7:30pm IST or download from your favourite podcast station.

Latest episode

Irish Whiskey Magazine - WOW 67

Belfast Whiskey Week is back and running from 23rd – 29th July with over 100 LIVE events showcasing the very best of Irish whiskey. Founder Paul O’Cahon will give us an insight into what promises to be a great event.

View here: https://youtu.be/tsSJySmSJ-o



Previous episodes

Irish Whiskey Magazine - WOW 66

On this weeks Words on Whiskey, Irish whiskey historian Fionnán O’Connor chats with Drew Mayville, a titan of the American Whiskey industry. Drew has over 40 years experience and has been the man behind some of Americas most iconic whiskeys, Buffalo Trace and Pappy Van Winkle just to to name a few. We’ll get a great opportunity to learn about American whiskey as well as his interest in Irish whiskey.

View here: https://youtu.be/Bm3z5CUtXQs

Irish Whiskey Magazine - WOW 65

With Whiskey Live Dublin returning after an absence of over 2 years we are delighted to welcome Katie who will give us an insight into what to expect and a behind-the-scenes account of what it takes to organise Ireland’s greatest whiskey show.

View here: https://youtu.be/QpI6FmGQXWU

Irish Whiskey Magazine - WOW 64

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating chat with Sabine Sheehan (Global Brand Ambassador) and Yonael Bernard (Master of Maturation/Production Manager) at Lambay Island Whiskey Company. We’ll discuss their signature Cognac heritage, their new and upcoming release, as well as their plans going forward. PLUS a chance to WIN an amazing Lambay Hamper!

View here: https://youtu.be/NNmEPNyMEeM

Words on Whiskey - Sarah Kennedy - McConnells Irish Whisky

Excited to be back and looking forward to chatting with Sarah Kennedy, Brand Ambassador at Belfast Distillery Company. We’ll get an insight into her role and learn about the revival of the old McConnell’s Irish Whisky brand.

View here: https://youtu.be/05WpMQ51ozk

Words on Whiskey - Episode 62 - John Cashman, Powerscourt Distillery

Young veteran of the Irish whiskey sector, John Cashman has spent the last twenty years at the forefront promoting Irish whiskey both at home and internationally. We’ll discuss how the Irish whiskey landscape has changed over that time and how his role within it has developed. We’ll also find out what his new role at Powerscourt Distillery entails.

View here: https://youtu.be/JjNlynZwIXo


Words on Whiskey - Episode 61 - Dr. Nicholas Morgan

Our guest Dr. Nicholas Morgan, writer, strategic thinker, scholar and sceptic. With over thirty years in the whiskey sector, he recently published the must-read for whisky lovers, Everything You Need To Know About Whisky (But Are Too Afraid To Ask).

Words on Whiskey - Episode 60 - James Doherty, Sliabh Liag Distillery

James Doherty, Founder and Chief Executive at Sliabh Liag Distillers, joins us to share the insight into establishing Ireland’s newest distillery, Ardara Distillery, and what direction they will take.

Words on Whiskey - Episode 59 - Complexity of Irish whiskey with Lough Reed Distillery

We’re joined by Founders of Lough Ree Distillery, Michael, Peter and Sheila who will share their story and future plans for the distillery. In a world premier, they will also share details of an exclusive new release.

Words on Whiskey - Episode 58 - Irish Whiskey 2.0 with John Quinn, Chairman of Irish Whiskey Association

We welcome John Quinn, Global Brand Ambassador at Tullamore DEW and Chairman of the Irish Whiskey Association, the predominant representative body of Irish whiskey producers. Wearing his IWA hat, John will share with us the proposed amendments to the Irish Whiskey Technical file that the IWA have submitted to the government. We’ll learn what it means for Irish whiskey, consumers and producers.

Words on Whiskey - Episode 57 - Enguerrand Vandenbossche, Head Cooper at Tullamore DEW

LIVE on Words on Whiskey, this weeks guest is Enguerrand Vandenbossche, Head Cooper at Tullamore DEW’s new cooperage. We discuss how a training program in France led him from working in Champagne region to his current role and what that role entails.

Words on Whiskey - Episode 56 - Al Higgins, Celtic Whiskey Shop

Delighted to be joined by AL HIGGINS, Online Content Creator at the iconic Celtic Whiskey Shop. As he prepares to embark on yet another super-marathon we catch up and discuss the Irish whiskey business and how it has developed since he first started in sales. He is now their head taster as well as writing reviews for their website and for Irish Whiskey Magazine. Often behind the scenes but highly respected amongst his peers and the Irish whiskey community.

Words on Whiskey - Episode 55 - Eva O'Doherty, Irish Distillers

We are delighted to welcome Eva O’Doherty, Distiller at Midleton Micro Distillery. Having joined Irish Distillers as an intern while studying on the TU (DIT) Brewing and Distilling degree, her talents were recognised and she was appointed to her current role of Distiller. She played an important part in the first release from the Micro Distillery, where experimentation and innovation are at the very heart of their ethos. Their first release, a Rye and Malt Irish whiskey bottled under the Method and Madness range demonstrates that approach.

Words on Whiskey - Episode 54 - Richard Forsyth OBE

Our guest this week is Richard Forsyth, Chairman of Forsyths, undoubtedly the Rolls Royce of Pot Still and distillery equipment for the whiskey world. We discuss the rich heritage of the coppersmith trade and how that has evolved over the years. Richard shares his thoughts on Irish whiskey and how they have expanded their presence in Ireland.

Words on Whiskey - Episode 53 - Kentucky Bourbon Barrel

A real game changer and an affirmation of the Irish whiskey market, Kentucky Bourbon Barrels launch their Irish operation. We chat with President Tim Ratliff and Head Cooper Ian Leonard as they officially open their Irish operation with the aim of ”providing the Irish Whiskey market  with the cooperage they need to continue the incredible success of the amazing Irish Whisky being distilled”.

Words on Whiskey Ep 51 - Kinahan's Irish Whiskey

We learn about the experience Quinzil has in the Irish whiskey sector and how he came to be the Master of Wood and Liquid Innovation at Kinahan’s Irish Whiskey. We’ll look back on the heritage of Kinahan’s Irish Whiskey and how the revived brand is pursuing that same ethos of innovation. We’ll also discuss their innovations and success in international markets and the challenges of doing so as an independent whiskey producer.

Words on Whiskey - Lisa Ryan, Royal Oak Distillery

We’re delighted to welcome Lisa Ryan, Distillery Manager at the beautiful Royal Oak Distillery in Co. Carlow. We’ll chat with Lisa about her career and how she came to manage the distillery. We’ll also unveil the transformations that have taken place over the last number of years and the launch of the Busker series of Irish whiskeys.

Words on Whiskey - Historic Irish Whiskey Mashbills

Celebrate 50 episodes of Words on Whiskey with our guests, Whiskey Historian Fionnán O’Connor, and Founder of Rademon Estate Distillery David Boyd-Armstrong. As part of Irish Whiskey Magazine 7 Sips series devised by Fionnán they have collaborated to recreate the spirit of a long lost distillery. Join us to find out all about their venture. 

Words on Whiskey -Ep. 49 - Belfast Whiskey Week

Belfast Whiskey Week – a preview with founder Paul O’Cahan

Founder of Belfast Whiskey Week, Paul O’Cahan, gives us a preview into the world’s largest online Irish whiskey festival which kicks off on July 23rd and tickets can be purchased on belfastwhiskeyweek.com

Words on Whiskey Episode 47 - Chris Hennessy

With over 25 years involvement in the Irish whiskey industry, Michael Foggarty, a ‘former’ Scotsman and ‘adopted’ Irishman , has played an important role in the development of  Irish whiskey.

Words on Whiskey Episode 47 - Chris Hennessy

We chat with Chris Hennessy, highly respected drinks expert, bartender, cocktail maker, mixologist and proponent of all aspects of Irish whiskey, from tastings to historical recreations. Chris has assisted many brands with their development and been involved in Off the Cuff bitters and Aqua Vitae.

Dominic Roskrow - Words on Whiskey

A candid chat with Dominic Roskrow as he shares his thoughts and opinions on whiskey, Irish whiskey, writing and on life!

Dominic has been commenting about whisky for over 20 years. He is often outspoken, occasionally controversial, but never boring. As a writer, editor, journalist, publisher, consultant, critic and more, his straight-talking approach has won him admiration and a cult following amongst whisky enthusiasts around the world.

Words on Whiskey - The Single Malt Shop - Redbreast Release

We celebrate the launch of the Redbreast 22 year old Single Cask Release from The Single Malt Shop which officially launches today. We are joined by Managing Director Ed Forrest who will share the story of his journey establishing the store. We shall also be joined by Irish Whiskey Ambassador at Irish Distillers Gerard Garland who will guide us through the tasting of this wonderful Irish whiskey.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - WOW Ep 43 - Stephen Magennis

We were delighted to be joined by our friend Stephen Magennis, Head of Global Sales at Echlinville Distillery. A real whiskey enthusiast and proponent of the Irish pub. Stephen shared his insights and opinions on the sector based on the wealth of experience he has attained.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - WOW ep 42 - Bobby Miller

In this episode, we went back to basics and get an insight into the bedrock of the Irish whiskey sector, farming. Our guest was tillage farmer Bobby Miller who is also Chairman of the Irish Grain Growers Group.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Wow Ep 42 - Mark McLaughlin

On this week’s show we were delighted to be joined by a young veteran of the industry, Mark McLaughlin, to discuss the emerging trends in Irish whiskey.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - WOW ep 40 Seamus Lowry

On this week’s show, Irish Whiskey Magazine we were delighted to welcome Seamus Lowry, Brand Ambassador for Bushmills. With over 19 years in Irish whiskey, we learnt so much from his experience.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - WOW - Gerard Garland

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with Gerard Garland, Irish Whiskey Ambassador at Irish Distillers. He shared his insights, knowledge and passion for Irish Whiskey and we enjoyed a drop or two in celebration.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Words on Whisksey - EP 38 - Michael Walsh

On this week’s Words on Whiskey, we were delighted to be chatting with Michael Walsh, Head Distiller at Boann Distillery.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Words on Whiskey Special

Celebrating their two year anniversary we had an exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ video and walk through the Dublin Liberties Distillery LIVE with Distillery Manager John Park and Brand Manager Lisa Doyle.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Words on Whiskey Ep37

On this week’s episode of Words on Whiskey we were excited to be joined by Lora Hemy, Head Distiller of Roe and Co Distillery in the Liberties, Dublin.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Words on Whiskey Ep 35

On this week’s Words on Whiskey we turn the tables on Laurie O’Dwyer, the man behind the fabulous Whiskey Chats Podcast. 

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Words on Whiskey Ep 35

On this week’s Words on Whiskey live podcast, we were delighted to be unveiling an exciting new adventure that is taking place on the Wild Atlantic Way. Carl O’ Grady joins us to share the realisation of a dream and how it can enrich his small Island community.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Words on Whiskey - Ep 34 - Martin Duffy

On this week’s Words on Whiskey live podcast, we were delighted to be joined by Martin Duffy, Glencairn Crystal Brand Representative, internationally known spirits educator and enthusiast, and Emeritus Diageo Master of Whisky. 

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Episode 33

Words on Whiskey got a behind the scenes insight into the production of the ‘The Water of Life – A Whisky Film’ with Director, Greg Swartz and legendary Master Distiller, Jim McEwan.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Words on Whiskey EP32

Words on Whiskey welcomed Conor Ryan, Global Spirits Brand Ambassador at Pearse Lyons Distillery.

With thirty years in the hospitality trade, we’ll get Conor’s thoughts on how the industry has changed as well as some exciting news from Pearse Lyons Distillery.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - WOW EP 31 - Peter Mulryan

This week we were delighted to be joined by Peter Mulryan, author of The Whiskeys of Ireland and CEO at Blackwater Distillery. Peter is also a founding member of the Irish Whiskey Guild.

Dave was awarded ‘Drinks Writer of the Year 2020’ and been described as “an agreeable man with a pepper-and-salt beard” by The Irish Times.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Words on Whiskey - Ep30 - Jan 6th - Dave Broom

We’re starting the New Year with a powerhouse of a guest. Words on Whiskey will be joined by Dave Broom, multi-award winning and highly respected author and writer.

Dave was awarded ‘Drinks Writer of the Year 2020’ and been described as “an agreeable man with a pepper-and-salt beard” by The Irish Times.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Episode 29

Words on Whiskey Special. Master Cooper, John Neilly sadly passed away two years ago. Originally from Scotland, John worked as a cooper for fifty years. He moved to Ireland and worked at Kilbeggan Distillery and then at the Nephin cooperage.

On Friday our guests John Teeling and Mark Quick recall and celebrate John’s life and launch the Coopers Commemorative Edition in aid of John’s wife.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Episode 29

On Words on Whiskey, we are delighted to be joined by William Lavelle, Head of Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey Association. We’ll discuss current issues and their roadmap for the future.

Irish Whiskey Magazine - Words on Whiskey - Ep28 - Dec 9th - Danielle Simpson

On Words on Whiskey this week we had something a little more creative as we chatted with Belfast-based artist Danielle Simpson. Danielle has gained a large following and much acclaim for her style of mural and illustrative art.

Words on Whiskey - Ep27 - Dec 2nd - Fionnán O'Connor

Fionnán O’Connor, Irish whiskey historian, contributor to Irish Whiskey Magazine and author of world renowned ‘A Glass Apart’ shares with us his passion and insights into Irish whiskey and interesting work he is doing on historic mash bill recipes.

Words on Whiskey - Ep25 - Nov 18th - Jennifer Nickerson

This week on Words on Whiskey we are looking forward to welcoming Bernard Walsh, CEO and Founder of Walsh Whiskey and former Chairman of the Irish Whiskey Association. We’ll talk about his remarkable whiskey journey and the story of Writers’ Tears and the Irishman whiskeys.

Words on Whiskey - Ep25 - Nov 18th - Jennifer Nickerson

Words on Whiskey are thrilled to be joined by Jennifer Nickerson, Founder and Manager of Ireland’s newest distillery, Tipperary Distillery. We’ll also be joined by Michael Foggarty of L. Mulligans Whiskey shop for an exclusive tasting.

Words on Whiskey - Ep24 - Nov 11th - Noel Sweeney

We are super excited to have Noel Sweeney, multi-award-winning Master Distiller at Powerscourt Distillery to share the wealth of his experience and unveil the World Premier of an exciting new release from Powerscourt Distillery.

Words on Whiskey - Ep23 - Nov 4th - Rob Fox and Yiorgos Manesis

Our guests this week are Rob Fox and Yiorgos Manesis of James Fox Cigar and Whiskey Store. We’ll discuss and taste their exclusive bottling and be joined by Kevin O’Gorman and Rowan Lacey of Irish Distillers.

Words on Whiskey - Ep22 - Oct 28th - Mareike Spitzer

Words on Whiskey goes overseas in episode 22 and welcomes our guest Mareike Spitzer, Founder of Irish Whiskeys and responsible for importing and promoting Irish whiskey within Germany. Mareike will be hosting the virtual festival Irish Whiskey Wochenende in November.

Words on Whiskey - Ep21 - Oct 21st - Jack Teeling and Alex Chasko

Delighted to have Jack Teeling and Alex Chasko of Teeling Whiskey in our upcoming episode of Words on Whiskey. Since establishing the Dublin distillery over 5 years ago Teeling Whiskey has become synonymous with the Irish whiskey revival and innovation.

Words on Whiskey - Ep20 - Oct 14th - Alex Thomas

In episode 20 of Words on Whiskey we’re delighted to be joined by Alex Thomas. As Master Blender, with fifteen years perfecting her craft, Alex is the gatekeeper of The Sexton and its story.

Words on Whiskey - Ep19 - Oct 7th - John Quinn and Kevin Piggot

Words on Whiskey serves up a double this week as we are joined by two ambassadors of Tullamore DEW; John Quinn, Global Brand Ambassador, and Kevin Piggot, Global Culture and Distillery Ambassador.

Words on Whiskey - Ep18 - Sept 30th - Carol Quinn

We’re really looking forward to Words on Whiskey this episode as we welcome Carol Quinn, Head of Archives at Midleton distillery. No doubt Carol will share some wonderful historical gems from the past, the importance of Irish whiskey in Irish history, and give an insight into her fascinating role.

Words on Whiskey - Ep17 - Sept 23rd - Brian Greene

Our guest this week on Words on Whiskey is Brian Greene, President of the Irish Whiskey Society. We’ll get his views on all things Irish whiskey and on managing in the current pandemic.

Words on Whiskey - Ep16 - Sept 16th - Pat Rigney

Words on Whiskey welcomes Pat Rigney, a serial entrepreneur with 30 years in the drinks industry and the man behind The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.

Words on Whiskey - Ep15 - Sept 9th - Nick Ryan

Words on Whiskey is delighted to welcome Limerick man Nick Ryan to Episode 15 of Words on Whiskey. Nick is founder of Irish Whiskey & Spirits Institute and the man behind Thomond Gate Whiskey.

Words on Whiskey - Ep12 - Aug 19th - Robert Caldwell

This week on Words on Whiskey we are delighted to welcome Jack O’Shea, an unsung hero of the Irish whiskey community and sector.

Words on Whiskey - Redbreast Special - Aug 27 - 3pm

Words on Whiskey is delighted to present a very special edition of our show this Thursday at 3pm. We take you on a Redbreast Irish whiskey journey from the 1950s to the present day with special guests – Omar Fitzell, Ger Garland and Chris Hennessy.

Words on Whiskey - Ep12 - Aug 19th - Robert Caldwell

Words on Whiskey is delighted to have Teeling Brand Ambassador, Robert Caldwell on the show this week. Rob has over twenty year experience in the drinks and hospitality sector across the world.

Words on Whiskey - Ep11 - Aug 12th - Sean Muldoon & Jack McGarry

Words on Whiskey is excited to welcome Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry of the Dead Rabbit bar in New York. The two Belfast boys have spearheaded the resurgence of Irish whiskey in the US.

Words on Whiskey - Ep10 - Aug 5th - Shane Fitzharris

This week on Words on Whiskey we welcome Shane Fitzharris who had a great career in Irish whiskey before making the move to Templeton Rye.

Words on Whiskey - Ep9 - July 29th - Sabine Sheehan

This week on Words on Whiskey we are joined by Sabine Sheehan, Senior Brand Manager for Lambay Irish Whiskey Company, to get an insight from an independent Irish whiskey bottler.

Words on Whiskey - Ep 8 - July 22nd - Mark Gillespie

This week on Words on Whiskey we turn the tables on our guest Mark Gillespie, founder of the longest-running whisky podcast, WhiskyCast.

Words on Whiskey - Ep 7 - July 15th - John Teeling

This week on Words on Whiskey we are excited to talk to John Teeling, Founder of Great Northern Distillery and an icon in Irish whiskey and a successful serial entrepreneur. John regales us with stories from his childhood, his time studying in America and how he got his start in the Irish whiskey business.

Words on Whiskey - Ep 6 - July 8th - Mark Reynier

This week in episode 6 of Words on Whiskey, we are delighted to be joined by Mark Reynier, Founder of Waterford Distillery and the innovator responsible for introducing terroir to Irish whiskey.

Words on Whiskey - Ep 5 - July 1st - Charles MacLean

This week in episode 5 of Words on Whiskey, we are delighted to be joined by Charles MacLean, prominent whisky expert and prolific author.

Words on Whiskey - Ep 4 - June 24 - Kevin O'Gorman

This week in episode 4 of Words on Whiskey, we are delighted to be joined by Kevin O’Gorman, newly appointed Master Distiller at Midleton Distillery.

Words on Whiskey - Ep 3 - June 17 - Alex Conyngham - Slane Distillery

On this week’s Words on Whiskey, we are talking with Alex Conyngham – Slane Distillery. We will be putting questions to Alex that have come from our social media channels.

Words on Whiskey - Ep 2 - June 10 - Stephanie Shen & Willie Aherne

In this week’s Words on Whiskey, we are talking with Stephanie Shen – Global Brand Ambassador with Dead Rabbit Whiskey & Willie Aherne from The Palace Bar in Dublin. We’ll get an insight into how the Covid pandemic has affected them and how they see the future. Of course, we’d love to hear of any questions you would like to ask.

Words on Whiskey – Ep 1 – Jun 3 – Belfast Whiskey Week Launch

Every week the Irish Whiskey Magazine sits down and gets the latest news and innovations from inside the Irish whiskey industry. This week we chat with Paul Kane about the upcoming Belfast Whiskey Week festival.

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