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”.
There’s only one man living who can claim to have managed distilleries in all five of Scotland’s whisky-producing regions, and you’ll hear his story on this episode of WhiskyCast. Also, Scotland’s First Minister weighs in on the dispute over Indian whisky import tariffs, news of a new web site for whisky beginners, Buffalo Trace turns its experiments in bourbon loose on the world, and a gardening tip you’ll enjoy…all on this episode of WhiskyCast!
Links: Springbank | Buffalo Trace | World Whiskies Conference | Bladnoch | Wild Scotsman
It’s a big weekend in Kentucky, as Maker’s Mark celebrates Thoroughbreds & Redheads Weekend. We’ll get the details from Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, along with updates on George Dickel and Bulleit whiskies, the events calendar, and the final installment of my interview with whisky writer Jim Murray. In this chapter, Jim talks about maintaining his independence as a journalist, problems with the Whisky Bible web site, and his choice for that one final dram…
Links: Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | Maker’s Mark | George Dickel | Bulleit Bourbon | Monk’s Cafe | The Macallan | World Whiskies Conference
The biggest WhiskyCast yet! Part two of the Jim Murray interview, along with a roundup of new whiskies from the recent Whisky Live New York. We’ll have details of the new Balvenie 17-year-old single malt, new Bunnahabhains, and the first kosher single malt, along with two new amazing blends.
Links: Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | The Balvenie | Bunnahabhain | The Speyside | Duncan Taylor
You may love him…you may hate him…but you’ve probably got a copy of his Whisky Bible on the shelf. Jim Murray talks about he became the first full-time whisky journalist, as well as how one man can taste thousands of whiskies a year and survive. Also…a Wild Scotsman is a Mad Scotsman these days…and in this special episode on location at New York’s Grand Central Station, details on the auction of a Glenfiddich Rare Edition 1937 single malt.
Links: Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | Tartan Week New York | Glenfiddich | Wild Scotsman | Whisky Magazine
No April Fool’s Day jokes in this episode…just cask-strength whisky news! The winners of the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition have been announced, and we have the details. Also, Whisky Magazine’s editors are training for the “Islay Triathlon”, and we’ll find out more from Glenfiddich’s Ian Millar about the world’s oldest whisky to be auctioned off in New York Tuesday night. Plus…one Glenfiddich single malt is “forbidden fruit” for American whisky drinkers, but that’s about to change…
Links: Glenfiddich | San Francisco World Spirits Competition | Whisky Magazine | Whisky Live | InterWhisky Hamburg | The Whisky Fair
The numbers are in for 2005, and Scotch distillers had one of the best years on record — despite sales declines in Europe. We’ll get the details, along with a charity auction of what may be the world’s oldest whisky, new Kentucky Derby releases, and a newcomer to the world of whisky…with a Swedish accent and rave initial reviews for Mackmyra Reserve.
Links: Mackmyra | Scotch Whisky Association | Glenfiddich | Duncan Taylor | Woodford Reserve | Early Times
Tullibardine Distillery in the Scottish Highlands is making up for lost time after reopening in 2003, and we’ll get an update from veteran distillery manager John Black. In the news, a new “pillaged malt” is being sold for charity, along with a rare whisky that raised $30,000 for the Himalayan Trust, and master blender Richard Paterson heads off on a worldwide mission to promote Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games bid.
Links: Tullibardine | Whyte & Mackay | Chivas Brothers
WhiskyCast goes on location to Fitzer’s Bar at the Fitzpatrick Hotel on Madison Avenue in New York City…right along the parade route for New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We’ll look at Irish whiskeys in this episode, featuring interviews with Bushmills Master Distiller Colum Egan and Cooley Distillery’s John Teeling and Willie McCarter on the new whiskey named after Irish revolutionary hero Michael Collins.
Links: Cooley Distillery | Bushmills
The title “Best Whisky Bar in the World” is sought by many, earned by few. This year, Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky award went to The Pot Still in Glasgow, and that prompted owner Ken Storrie to buy a round for the house! We’ll hear from Ken, and in the news, we’ll have word of a new Balvenie single malt release, a brewing trade war between Europe and India over whisky, and why China matters so much to whisky producers.
Links: The Pot Still | Scotch Whisky Association | The Balvenie | Highland Park | WhiskyFest | Whisky Magazine
Time for an update on new whiskies heading for your local bar or retailer, including the 2006 lineup for Diageo’s Classic Malts and Rare Malts series and new releases from Bunnahabhain and Compass Box. We’ll hear from the folks at Glenfarclas, just named Whisky Magazine’s Distiller of the Year, Also, an update on next month’s Spirit of Speyside Festival and more on the “weapons-grade whisky” controversy.
Links: Classic Malts | Bunnahabhain | Compass Box | Glenfarclas | Scotch Whisky Association | Bruichladdich | Spirit of Speyside Festival | Whisky Magazine