Scran season 2: The expert's guide to whisky - with Blair Bowman, Kirsty McKerrow & John McCheyne

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Published 8th May 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

This week on Scran Rosalind chats to a range of whisky experts in the lead up to World Whisky Day on the 16 May.

Author, whisky consultant and founder of World Whisky Day, Blair Bowman talks about why and how he founded the day, his journey into whisky and how you can train your nose to pick up on the subtleties of a dram.

Master Brand Ambassador for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (and Keeper of the Quaich) , John McCheyne chats about his whisky memories, what members can expect from the society, his favourite drams and how to host a tasting at home.

Finally, ounder of the Edinburgh Whisky Academy, Kirsty McKerrow discusses her career in whisky, why she set up the academy, what courses are available and how people can take part online from home.

This week's episode of Scran is brought to you in association with the Glasgow Distillery Company.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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