AnCnoc Whisky is set to launch its Knock Tales Whisky Podcast. The monthly series from the Highland distillery will hear Distillery Manager Gordon Bruce enjoy a dram and a bit of “craic” with fellow makers and craft obsessives from around the world.
Listeners will hear Gordon fire up the mic from his distillery desk in Knock, Aberdeenshire on the first Wednesday of every month, chatting to a different guest in each episode. They’ll explore what drives people to make things the traditional way, and Gordon will tell tales from his own life dedicated to making anCnoc whisky.
The first episode will be available from Wednesday March 3rd on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and others, and will feature Gordon discussing all things single malt with Texan and fellow distiller Jared Himstedt from Balcones Distillery in Waco.
Founded just 12 years ago and leading the new wave of American single malts, Jared shares the story of what drew him to Whisky, building Balcones Distillery from scratch, his love of recycled kit and what inspires him to make the very best Whisky every day in the heart of Texas.
“I find it fascinating to talk to people who, like me, are obsessed with the detail of how things are made and what makes a great product that stands the test of time,” says Gordon. “This podcast is all about my curiosity in how that’s done, and the little things that make a difference, and not just when it comes to whisky. I’ll be telling my own tales from Knockdhu, and chatting to people who put their heart and soul into making crafted products, whatever they may be, and the people who appreciate and celebrate them around the world.
“Jared was a brilliant first guest, a man who shares so many of my beliefs when it comes to the importance of tradition, technique and the people at the heart of your production community. Anyone with an interest in whisky, creativity and what it takes to start distilling whisky from scratch is going to love hearing his story.”
The themes of craft and creativity continue into the artwork anCnoc has commissioned to accompany the Knock Tales Whisky Podcast: drawings of Gordon (accompanied by one of his beloved distillery dogs) plus each of his guests, captured by New York-based Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle.
In September, AnCnoc released Peatheart Batch 2. The second edition of the brand’s award-winning permanent peated expression was first released in Sweden and is now available across the globe.