Weekend roundup: June 24

--The Whiskey Wash on a vital part of the distilling process: yeast. "“Today, most Scottish distilleries use one of a handful of similar yeasts from the 'M' strain.” More here: http://buff.ly/1OuvM4N

--Irish whiskey & Scotch continue to surge: up 159% & 85%, respectively, since 2010. More on the industry by Forbes at: http://buff.ly/23gimfm

--Great Crave piece on Islay: The Island Built on Scotch and Sheep - http://buff.ly/1Udu5pw

--And in case you missed it, here's our take on that same island of Scotch, sheep, and drams: http://bit.ly/notes-on-islay

--In less rosy news, speculation on what Britain's recent exit from the EU means for Scotland's most famous export. In a nutshell: tariffs on Scotch may go up, reducing demand on the European mainland. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/brexit-whiskey-whisky-scotch-bourbon-shortage-alcohol-spirits-175839745.html

--Speaking of islands that produce Scotch, here's a nice primer on The "other" Islands of Scotch (Jura, Orkney, and the like), with mentions including Highland Park and Scapa Distillery http://buff.ly/28JpvS1

--An interesting post from one of the bourbon industries scions about the falsity of Jack Daniel's 150 Year Anniversary claim this year: http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2016/06/today-jack-daniels-celebrates-its-fake.html

--Whisky from Down Under! Limeburners is superb - from both our experience with our Master of Malt advent calendar this year & Whiskey Wash's recent review: http://buff.ly/28WFAWM. Curious about whisky from other strange global locales? Look no further than Crafted with Character: http://aswdistillery.com/crafted-with-characters/7-countries-youd-never-guess-make-great-whiskey

--With women leading the resurgence of bourbon, it's great to see women forging new paths with distilleries as well, like Republic Restorative in DC in this exploratory post: http://buff.ly/28S1tkj

--On the role copper plays in distillation, from the great folks over at Whiskey Wash: http://buff.ly/295xzeb