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 194: April 4, 2009

This has been a busy week for whisky lovers, with three major festivals in the past week. This week’s episode features special coverage from Whisky Live New York, including interviews with Duncan Taylor’s Euan Shand, Ardmore & Laphroaig brand ambassador Simon Brooking, and many more. Ardbeg’s Dr. Bill Lumsden helps answer a listener question, too!


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Episode 193: March 28, 2009

55 years ago, Jimmy Russell got a job at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and it was the best hire the distillery ever made. He’s been the Master Distiller since 1967, and has no plans to retire any time soon. Jimmy shares his history and the Wild Turkey legend with us in this week’s episode. In the news, the winners of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition have been announced, Highland Park uncovers a treasure from the past, and Buffalo Trace is now selling its “white dog” spirit at the distillery.


Links:  Wild Turkey | San Francisco World Spirits Competition | Classic Expressions | Whyte & Mackay | Beam | Highland Park | Buffalo Trace

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Episode 192: March 22, 2009

It’s been about a year and a half since we lost Michael Jackson, and his friends are honoring the best whisky and beer writer of all time with a new book being released this week on what would have been Michael’s 67th birthday. We’ll hear from Ian Buxton of Classic Expressions about “Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser” and plans to donate the proceeds to charity. We’ll also hear from Doug McIvor of Berry Bros. & Rudd about the one-of-a-kind blended whisky he created from the opened bottles Michael left behind. We’ll also wind up St. Patrick’s Day with the annual update from Colum Egan of Bushmills, and John McDougall will tell us about a new distillery he’s consulting on along the Irish coast.


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Episode 191: March 15, 2009

It wouldn’t be March without a look at Irish whiskies, and Heidi Donelon gives us a look at the history of Irish distilling. Her new Ireland Whiskey Trail website is a guide to distilleries past and present, as well as some of the island’s best whiskey bars. In the news, Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits is putting Whyte & Mackay up for sale, and Burn Stewart Distillers is up for sale as well. Ardbeg’s annual single cask is now available at the distillery, Jack Daniel’s releases its annual Scenes of Lynchburg bottle, and there’s a new charity blend made from the whiskies in Michael Jackson’s collection!


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Episode 190: March 7, 2009

This week’s episode features special coverage from the Whisky Classic festival in Morristown, New Jersey. We’ll hear from Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell about his recent venture into political activism, and Wild Scotsman Jeff Topping will tell us about his new whiskies. We’ll also hear from Whisky Guild guru and Whisky Life magazine publisher Jeff Karlovitch, Rick Wassmund of Copper Fox Distillery, Pat McCarthy of Bayway’s World of Liquors, and Dorothy Bakker Lee of Ardbeg has details on the U.S. arrival of Supernova! We’ll close things out with a tune to make you feel a little better about the economy…even if it means some self-medication…


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Episode 189: February 28, 2009

This is Whisky Live London weekend, and one of the highlights is the annual Icons of Whisky Awards. Whisky Magazine editor Rob Allanson gives us the overall winners, as well as the winners for the world category (Scotland and U.S. regional winners were announced recently). John Glaser of Compass Box is bottling a special whisky at the festival this weekend…in hopes of making people feel more “optimistic” about the state of the world these days. In the news, the politicians run amok, and a new Irish whiskey website hits the Internet!


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Episode 188: February 22, 2009

Mike Nicolson spent 36 years working at some of Scotland’s leading distilleries before retiring to British Columbia a few years ago. He’s managed Lagavulin, Royal Lochnagar, and Blair Athol…just to name a few, and he’ll share some of his memories with us in this week’s episode. In the news, the finalists have been announced in the Spirit of Speyside Festival Whisky Awards, the Famous Grouse has plans to migrate to India, and Malt Advocate cuts the cost of tickets for WhiskyFest Chicago.


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Episode 187: February 16, 2009

This week…the winner of the “Pick the Interview” poll on the WhiskyCast Facebook page! We’ll hear from Fred Laing of Douglas Laing & Co. about working with both blends and single cask bottlings, his family’s history in the whisky business…his stories about Richard Paterson and Jim McEwan…and how he was almost traded for a distillery! In the news, Diageo and Pernod Ricard cope with the recession, Kentucky distillers protest a tax increase by dumping bourbon on the steps of the State Capitol…and Mount Vernon marks Presidents’ Day by firing up the stills at George Washington’s Distillery.


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Episode 186: February 8, 2009

A double feature this time around! If you’ve ever wanted to make your own whisky, the folks at New York’s Tuthilltown Spirits are willing to teach you…and let you use their distillery! We’ll also get some tips for surviving your first whisky festival from some veterans, and Facebook users can help decide the topic of the next episode of WhiskyCast!


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Episode 185: February 1, 2009

Marcel Van Gils has been collecting Laphroaig expressions since 1997, and the Dutch dentist has what is likely the world’s largest collection of Laphroaigs. His collection even includes the empty cask Prince Charles signed during a visit to the distillery in 1994! Marcel will tell us about his collection in this episode, and in the news, more on the Glen Breton controversy, U.S. whisky sales are being affected by the recession, and we’ll hear from James Robertson of Tullibardine and Frances DuPuy of A. Dewar Rattray.


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