Thanks for your comments about WhiskyCast. As the host, I’d like to respond to your comments about “politics” in the show. We keep political views out of the podcast, and only report on politics when it affects whisky (such as the recent trade disputes that led to tariffs being imposed on whiskies by the European Union and the USA).
I challenge you to provide any specifics on where we’ve ever said anything about “what they think you think about women and minorities.” We believe in equality for all, and have never prejudged what anyone in our audience may or may not believe.
As for our coverage of climate change, it’s not based on “hysteria,” but the fact that climate change will affect the whisky industry. As climate change affects the farmers who grow the grain that goes into our whiskies, that’s an important issue to address. Whisky distilling depends on having access to good supplies of water, and that’s a critical resource that’s becoming scarce in many areas.
Whisky requires a long-term view, and if the whisky community doesn’t start discussing the potential impacts of climate change now while there’s time to work on solutions for reducing the impact on our environment, we run the risk of having “solutions” imposed on us by governments in the future. All we are doing is raising the issue and trying to start the discussion, while talking with the people who actually have a stake in this about what they’ve already started doing to try and reduce the environmental impact of whisky production. While I won’t make any assumptions about your political beliefs, I suspect that you would likely be opposed to additional government intervention in this case - as would I.
WhiskyCast has been around since 2005, and over the years, we have always been open to discussing concerns like this. If you’ve listened to the podcast, I give our email address several times in each episode, and respond to every listener who has a concern. I’d invite you to reach out to me and start a discussion…we may not agree in the end, but I’m always willing to listen to different viewpoints.
Thanks for your feedback, and Sláinte!