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”.
Bourbon’s big, baby! So big that we’ve crammed four of Kentucky’s best distilleries into one big episode of WhiskyCast. We’ll get the first look at this year’s Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, along with the new Mariage Series from Four Roses, a whopper from Heaven Hill, and a special election bottling from Maker’s Mark. In the news, India’s Supreme Court strikes a blow against globalism, a look at new Irish whiskies and the latest Blue Hanger, and trying to beat the angels out of their share!
Links: Buffalo Trace | Four Roses | Maker’s Mark | Heaven Hill | Knappogue Castle | The Wild Geese | The Irishman | Berry Bros. & Rudd | Douglas Laing | Brave Spirits | Glenfiddich | Kentucky Bourbon Trail
This week, WhiskyCast is in Lebanon, Kentucky for the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival. This year’s festival honors Independent Stave’s Kentucky Cooperage, the local cooperage that supplies barrels for all but one of Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries, and you’ll get a rare insider’s tour in this special episode of WhiskyCast. In fact, the cooperage supplies 9 out of every 10 casks for the county’s only distillery, Maker’s Mark in nearby Loretto, and we’ll also hear from master distiller Kevin Smith.
Here’s a special bonus episode from Whisky Live Paris…on location at one of the world’s great bars. Hemingway drank at Harry’s, Parisians drink at Harry’s…and now, WhiskyCast goes to Harry’s New York Bar. Thierry Benitah of La Maison du Whisky joins us for this special episode. His family has been supplying whisky to Harry’s for 52 years, and he’ll share some of the history of Harry’s and La Maison du Whisky with us. We’ll also hear from Suntory’s Mike Miyamoto and Kamiguchi Naofumi of Nikka about their unusual whiskies that have the French going “Incroyable!”
Links: Whisky Live Paris | Whisky Magazine France | La Maison du Whisky | Harry’s New York Bar | Suntory | Nikka
Time now for part two of WhiskyCast’s special coverage of Whisky Live Paris! We’ll get an update on Islay’s newest distillery, Kilchoman…where the first spirit reaches legal age later this year, and the new boss at Glendronach, Billy Walker of BenRiach fame, has plans to turn his team’s new acquisition loose and let the spirit go free! We’ll also hear from Dennis Malcolm of Glen Grant, Steven Teeling of Cooley, and Michael Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail…and in the author’s corner…Hans Offringa tells us about his new books on the history of Laphroaig and “A Taste of Whisky,” and Ulf Buxrud shares details of his new book on Japanese whiskies.
Links: Whisky Live Paris | Whisky Magazine France | La Maison du Whisky | Kilchoman | BenRiach | GlenDronach | Glen Grant | Cooley | Gordon & MacPhail | The Whisky Couple | Laphroaig Collector.com | Ulf Buxrud’s Whisky Site
It’s Whisky Live weekend in Paris, and this is Part 1 of special coverage of an amazing weekend! We’ll find out why the French are so passionate about whisky, and not just drinking it, but distilling it as well! Aberlour’s Ann Miller weighs in, along with Jean Metzger of Uberach Distillery, Jean Donnay of Glann Ar Mor, and Whisky Magazine France editor Martine Nouet. Andrew Symington updates us on new releases from Edradour and Signatory, and I’ll have details on the sale of Glen Moray to a French company and the new members of the Bourbon Hall of Fame.
Links: Whisky Live Paris | Whisky Magazine France | La Maison du Whisky | Aberlour | Uberach | Glann Ar Mor | Edradour | Glen Moray | Kentucky Bourbon Festival
Canadian Club celebrates its 150th anniversary starting this month, and we’ll discuss the distillery’s history with long-time ambassador brand ambassador Dan Tullio. We’ll also taste the new Canadian Club 30-year-old whiskey being released to celebrate the anniversary. In the news, we’ll also hear from Glenmorangie’s Dr. Bill Lumsden about the new Glenmorangie Signet and an update on the sale of Glen Moray, along with new duty-free Glenrothes and Balvenie expressions.
Links: Canadian Club | The Balvenie | The Glenrothes | Glenmorangie | Glen Moray | Ardbeg | Whisky Live Paris | WhiskyFest | Alcademics | Maltstock
We’re just a week or so away from a week that may make Derby Week look routine in Louisville…the combination of Ryder Cup week and Kentucky Bourbon Festival Week! Knob Creek Whiskey Professor and Louisville native Bernie Lubbers gives us some ideas of how to spend time in Louisville when you’re in the area to visit the bourbon distilleries. In the news…an update from New Orleans and our friends at the Museum of the American Cocktail after Hurricane Gustav.
Links: Kentucky Bourbon Festival | Knob Creek | Museum of the American Cocktail | William Grant & Sons | Pernod Ricard | Wiser’s | Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail | Lexington Brewing Company
Three years ago this weekend, New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast were in ruins after Hurricane Katrina. It’s only been in the last couple of months that The Museum of the American Cocktail was able to return to its home in New Orleans, just in time for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav. Museum co-founder Dale DeGroff brings us up to date on the Museum’s journey to Las Vegas and back home over the past three years, along with an update on New Orleans’s reconstruction. Of course, we couldn’t let this master mixologist get away without his favorite cocktail recipe…and he’ll share his method for the perfect Sazerac.
Links: Museum of the American Cocktail | Pernod Ricard | Brown-Forman | Diageo | Balblair | Royal Mile Whiskies
Unless you work in the whisky industry, you’ve probably never heard of James Espey or Tom Jago. However, I’ll bet that you’ve had one of the whisky brands they’ve been responsible for creating over their decades in the business. Now, they’ve teamed up with Peter Fleck for The Last Drop, an ultra-premium blend with whiskies blended in 1972 and left in the corner of a warehouse ever since. It’s the first of what they promise will be a series of “gob-smacking” whiskies from The Last Drop. In the news, the final still is installed at Roseisle, Bruichladdich turns down bidders, and who tips better, Republicans or Democrats?
Links: The Last Drop | Diageo | Classic Malts | The Scotsman | Bruichladdich
A double feature with two (actually, three) great whiskies to talk about this week! Glenlivet’s breaking the age barrier with its first 25-year-old single malt, and we’ll taste it with Ian Logan. David Mair of The Balvenie will tell us more about the new Balvenie Signature, along with a special distillery-only bottling he snuck out of Speyside for a trip to New York…the Balvenie Rose. In the news, China gives Scotch Whisky trademark protection status, the Famous Grouse releases a new duty-free expression, and Bruichladdich asks us to compare and contrast.
Links: The Balvenie | The Glenlivet | Scotch Whisky Association | The Famous Grouse | Bruichladdich