Rosemary's MoonBeams podcasts featuring interviews about Food, Life and Whisky. You can subscribe on iTunes here.

MoonBeams #7: The "you know", hot stuff podcast

Duration: 38 minutes

Pepper is one of the most frequently mentioned flavour characteristics of whisky, and is an utterly fascinating subject. I catch up with food writer and pepper expert Christine McFadden @TheDorsetFoodie and Matt from @SeasonedPioneer to talk pepper - and taste whisky.

Christine's magnum opus is Pepper: the spice that changed the world, published by Absolute Press. Christine runs cookery courses at her home and details are on her website.

Specialist pepper suppliers incude Seasoned Pioneers and Peppermongers. Few specialist peppers are available in the major supermarkets.

The whiskies that we tasted were:

Scala 16yo, a single malt from Orkney; Auchentoshan Three Wood, a Lowland single malt distilled just north of Glasgow, and Kavalan single malt whisky.