WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now completing our 10th year, each weekly episode brings you the latest in whisky news, along with the latest events, tasting notes, comments from other listeners, and the weekly “In-Depth” segment features interviews with the people who help make whisky the “water of life”.

Episode 204: June 14, 2009

Kate Hopkins’ new book “99 Drams of Whiskey: The Accidental Hedonist’s Quest for the Perfect Shot and the History of the Drink” is getting a lot of attention from whisky lovers…and with good reason. She’s been blogging as the Accidental Hedonist since 2004, and I think it’s one of the best whisky books of the year. We’ll hear from Kate in this episode…and in the news, the legal fight over Glen Breton Rare Single Malt Canadian Whisky may be over after a Canadian Supreme Court ruling, Isle of Jura shuts down because of ferry problems, and new whiskies from The Glenrothes and Douglas Laing.


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Episode 203: June 7, 2009

Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace usually comes out with something unusual every summer when he unleashes his latest Experimental Collection releases on the world. This year, he’s releasing one of the distillery’s older experiments — bourbon aged in two different types of oak casks for 15 years. One batch was aged in coarse-grained oak from fast-growth forests, and the other was aged in fine-grain oak from slow-growth forests. He’ll tell us what he found in this week’s episode.


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Episode 202: May 30, 2009

It’s hard enough just to keep track of whiskies, but F. Paul Pacult does just that…and rums, tequilas, gins…you name it. Paul names his top spirits of 2009 in the latest edition of the Spirit Journal, and he’ll share some of his favorites in this episode. In the news, Campari closes on the purchase of Wild Turkey, Isle of Jura goes elemental, Buffalo Trace gets experimental, and the results of Kilchoman’s charity auction are astronomical…


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Episode 201: May 24, 2009

It’s festival week on Islay, and thousands of people are on the island for this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music. The festival is more than just a celebration of the island’s 8 distilleries…it celebrates a unique cultural heritage as well and Feis Ile chairman Kevin Murphy will explain. In the news, U.S. Senators are eyeing whisky and other alcoholic beverages with an eye to raising taxes, there are new 40-year-old malts from Glengoyne and it’s sister label Chieftain’s, Suntory releases a new 12-year-old Hibiki in the U.K., and we’ll get an update on the revival of Glenglassaugh from Stuart Nickerson.


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Episode 200: May 16, 2009

It’s a milestone episode of WhiskyCast, and we’ll hear from veteran whisky writer and Malt Maniac Dave Broom of Whisky Magazine in this week’s episode. In the news, there’s a controversy developing over whisky tastings at The Gathering in Edinburgh in July…Regis LeMaitre has two new bottlings to go mad over, and Willie Tait tells us about the return of The Dalmore to the U.S.


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Episode 199: May 10, 2009

It’s another road trip for WhiskyCast…this time to the Spirit of Toronto festival! The festival is in its fifth year, and better than ever. We’ll hear from Dan Tullio of Canadian Club about the debut of CC’s 20-year-old expression in North America, Mike Harrison of Berry Bros. & Rudd gives us a sneak preview of the first-ever kosher expression of The Glenrothes and new expressions from Cutty Sark, and John Hall of Kittling Ridge tells us about the upcoming port wood version of Forty Creek!


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Episode 198: May 3, 2009

The judges at Whisky Magazine gave Highland Park’s 21-year-old Scotch the title of World’s Best Singe Malt in this year’s World Whiskies Awards, and that has the guys on Orkney jumping for joy…except for one little problem. They’re in the process of tweaking it because of supplies…and Jason Craig will explain in this episode. In the news…no news on the merger front, the Spirit of Speyside Festival kicks off Whisky Month in Scotland…and Benromach honors a sailing legend.


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Episode 197: April 26, 2009

Last week, Scotland…this week, Kentucky! We’ll look at plenty of vacation options in and around Louisville in the heart of Bourbon Country. Stacey Yates of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Bourbon Country project will be our guide. Dave Broom of Whisky Magazine will give us the winners of this year’s World Whiskies Awards, and we’ll talk whisky taxes in the UK, consolidation rumors within the industry, horses with Chris Morris of Woodford Reserve, and David Mair of The Balvenie updates us on the latest release of the Signature 12-year-old single malt.


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Episode 196: April 19, 2009

We’re getting into the start of the vacation season, and there are plenty of whisky-related places to see in Scotland. Chris Conway heads up the tourism initiative Scotland Whisky, and will give us a few highlights in this week’s episode. In the news, Pernod Ricard may put more whisky brands and distilleries up for sale, Buffalo Trace goes Mongolian, and U.S. whisky lovers will get to try two world whiskies later this year. Jonathan Bray tells us about the impending arrival of India’s Amrut and Australia’s Sullivan’s Cove.


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Episode 195: April 11, 2009

Colin Scott has been the Master Blender at Chivas Brothers for years, overseeing the consistency of Chivas Regal Scotch. He’s also created the Chivas Regal 18 and 25-year-old blends, and works closely with the distillers at The Glenlivet, Strathisla, and Longmorn on their single malts. Colin shares his experiences of nearly 4 decades in the whisky business in this week’s episode. In the news, Campari buys Wild Turkey for $575 million, China may crack down on counterfeit whiskies, and Glencairn’s classic whisky glass gets an upgrade!


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