John McDougall ex-Balvenie, Laphroaig, Springbank & more: S14E9

John McDougall ex-Balvenie, Laphroaig, Springbank & more: S14E9

Posted on October 11 2022, Drinks Adventures

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Master distiller John McDougall is one of very few people who has made whisky in every one of Scotland’s distilling regions.

That’s Campbeltown, Islay, Highland, Speyside and Lowland — for iconic brands like Laphroaig, Balvenie and Springbank.

More recently, he’s had a hand in the Australian whisky industry, helping winemaker John Casella set up the production of Morris Whisky in Victoria.

The Morris project brought John McDougall back to Australia recently and I managed to get some time with him to record this interview about his distinguished 60-year career.

We talked about Morris Whisky on the podcast in 2021 with John Casella, Michael Sergeant and Darren Peck of Morris.

We’ll come to Morris a bit later on in this interview, a front-row account of the renaissance of single malt, as seen by one man from literally every corner of Scotland.