WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 9th 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”.
Ever wondered whether the CEO’s of whisky companies get any special perks? In this week’s episode, we’ll get the answer from Tom Flocco, CEO of Beam Global Spirits & Wine. On a more serious note, we’ll find out how the two-year-long process of integrating Laphroaig and other former Allied Domecq brands into Beam’s portfolio is going, along with his view of the global whisky market. In other news, the 2008 edition of the Malt Whisky Yearbook is out, and we’ll get a preview from editor Ingvar Ronde…along with word on new rare — and expensive malts from the Classic Malts series.
Links: Beam | Ardmore | Classic Malts | Malt Advocate | Malt Whisky Yearbook | Whisky Magazine | Forty Creek | Glenora Distillery
For the first time, we’ll talk about something other than whiskies on WhiskyCast! There’s a new trend toward single-estate Cognacs and Armagnacs from France that compare very favorably with many single malts…and can often be a fraction of the price! Veteran spirits writer F. Paul Pacult led a tasting of rare Cognacs and Armagnacs this past week in New York, and he’ll help guide us on a journey through the French countryside. In the news, a $30,000 Balvenie hits the market, new whiskies from Compass Box, and Mallya does motorsports as well as whisky…
Links: www.armagnac.fr | The Balvenie | Compass Box | Park Avenue Liquor Shop | Milroy’s of Soho | La Maison du Whisky | The Spirit Journal | Cognac Le Reviseur
The Beams are the First Family of Bourbon, and the torch has officially been passed at Jim Beam. Each bottle has pictures of the six generations of Beam family members who have led the distillery. This week, a new label was unveiled with the latest patriarch of the Beams, Fred Noe…who joins his late father, Booker Noe, and the rest of the family. We’ll hear from Fred and more as Kentucky celebrates Bourbon Festival week in Bardstown.
Links: Jim Beam | Wild Turkey | Maker’s Mark | Gordon & MacPhail | Arran | Bruichladdich | BBC Radio 4 | WhiskyFest | Kentucky Bourbon Festival
George Washington…founding father of the United States, and a man who knew how to capitalize on an opportunity. When he heard that merchants near his Mount Vernon estate couldn’t meet the demand for whiskey, he built one of the fledgling nation’s biggest distilleries. The restored distillery is now producing rye whiskey from George’s original recipe, and you’ll hear the details in this episode. In the news, we’ll hear from Springbank’s Frank McHardy about his distillery’s whisky schools this fall…and much, much more.
Links: George Washington’s Distillery | Arran | Wild Turkey | Four Roses | Maker’s Mark | Springbank Whisky School | George Dickel | Mount Vernon
The world of whisky lost its greatest ambassador this week. Through his books, Michael Jackson gave us a vocabulary, and set words to our passion for the water of life. Michael passed away at his home August 30 after a long fight with Parkinson’s Disease and other health problems. In March, I had the chance to talk with Michael, and you’ll hear part of that interview on this episode, along with memories of Michael from Martine Nouet. Raise a glass if you will…to a man who now sips from the angel’s share.
Links: Michael Jackson’s Beer Hunter.com | Whyte & MacKay | Bonhams Burns Flask Auction | George Washington’s Distillery
The Famous Grouse is Scotland’s #1 blended Scotch, but the newest version of the Grouse won’t be available there. The Black Grouse is a new blend that takes the best of the Grouse and adds in a touch of Islay for a peatier, smokier blend. It’s been on the market all year in Sweden, where Edrington’s Helen Potter got the inspiration to create the Black Grouse. Helen is the innovation and development manager for The Famous Grouse, and she’ll give us the details on the Black Grouse. In the news, new whiskies from BenRiach and Old Forester, and they’ll fire up the still at George Washington’s Distillery this week.
Links: The Famous Grouse | BenRiach | Old Forester | English Whisky Company | George Washington’s Distillery
The rumors of change at Glenmorangie are true, and we’ll get the details on the new Extra Matured range from Glenmorangie whisky maker and blender Rachel Barrie. In the news, Heaven Hill announced the details for a new collection honoring master distiller Parker Beam, the International Wine and Spirits Competition honors whiskies from around the world, New York ends its ban on whisky auctions…and what exactly is a Flanscargle single malt?
Links: Glenmorangie | Heaven Hill | Christie’s | International Wine & Spirit Competition | Malt Maniacs
It’s time for the first question and answer episode of WhiskyCast! We’ll get answers to your e-mailed questions from John Glaser of Compass Box, John Hansell of Malt Advocate magazine, and Steve Fox of Preiss Imports. In the news, is Glenmorangie going Gallic…new whiskies from Laphroaig and Arran, Templeton Rye goes back home to Chicago…and a collector’s item sure to make the most devoted Robert Burns fan weep with joy goes on the auction block at Bonham’s later this month.
Links: Glenmorangie | The Herald | Laphroaig | Arran | Bonhams Burns Flask Auction | Templeton Rye | Preiss Imports | Shelly’s Podcast | Compass Box | Malt Advocate
Nick Morgan of Diageo has the job most of us would love…next to running a distillery of our own. As Global Marketing Director for Diageo’s premium malts and the Classic Malts series, he has access to whiskies most of us only dream of being able to taste. We’ll find out about his personal favorites, as well as what goes into selecting malts for the Classic Malts range. In the news, Dewars gets a $250 million investment to expand its whisky production…Jim Beam releases a special bourbon to benefit the children of New York City firefighters, the Westin Turnberry Resort has a few bottles of a rare Glenfiddich private release left, and Bruichladdich keeps the golf theme going with two new releases in its Links series.
Links: Classic Malts |Dewar’s | Jim Beam | Westin Turnberry Resort | Bruichladdich | Bladnoch | Wild Scotsman | An Cnoc | The Scotchcast
The Grant family bought Speyside’s Glenfarclas distillery in 1865, and six generations of Grants have worked at the distillery since then. George S. Grant is following the path started by his great-great-great-grandfather, and he’ll lead us through a vertical tasting of four single malts from the family distillery. In the news, profits and losses in the business, Glengoyne gives a nod to its past, Heaven Hill gives Parker Beam a well-deserved honor, and an update on the calendar of events.
Links: Glenfarclas | Glengoyne | Malt Maniacs | Heaven Hill | Maker’s Mark | Kentucky Bourbon Festival