Great whiskies are made around the world, and their makers are usually inspiring characters with interesting stories to tell. Join us as we adventure around Scotland and Ireland (with so many more distilleries yet to visit in Europe!)

Richard Paterson OBE aka ‘The Nose’, Master Blender, Whyte & Mackay, Glasgow, Scotland
Gregg Glass, Blender & Whisky Maker, Whyte & Mackay, Glasgow, Scotland
David C. Stewart MBE, Malt Master, The Balvenie, William Grant & Sons, Dufftown, Keith, Scotland
Brendan McCarron, Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks, Glenmorangie & Ardbeg Distilleries, Scotland
Simply Whisky feature – Irish mastery: whiskies and their makers

Some say whiskey was first made in Ireland. After a long time out of the limelight (due to, for example, prohibition, the introduction of the column still, and Irish independence from Britain) the Irish whiskey industry is now taking huge strides forward with new distilleries opening throughout the land (Northern Ireland and Ireland). There has never been a better time to visit and so in September 2015 we did just that.

Bernard Walsh, Founder, Walsh Whiskey Distillery, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Brian Nation, Head Distiller, New Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, Ireland
Karen Cotter, Distiller, Midleton Micro-distillery, Co. Cork, Ireland
Allan Anderson, Distillery Manager, Great Northern Distillery, Co. Louth, Ireland
Graeme Miller, Distiller, The Echlinville Distillery, Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Joe Joyce, Character, Dingle Distillery, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Oliver Hughes (R.I.P.), Founder, Dingle Distillery, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Noel Sweeney, Master Distiller, Cooley Distillery, Co. Louth, Ireland
Colum Egan, Master Distiller, The Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim, Northern Ireland