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”.
The debate over whisky auctions and the provenance of some of the whiskies sold at those auctions continues with the saga of a Bowmore said to have been bottled in 1850. It sold at McTear’s in Glasgow last month for more than $50,000, even though historians questioned whether the whisky was as old as advertised. Scotch Whisky Review editor Dave Broom’s update of the story appears here on the WhiskyCast web site, and we’ll hear from Dave on this episode. In the news, a new Talisker, potential buyers for Glenglassaugh, honours for Edrington’s chairman, and another tale of sadness…and sharing…at airport security.
Links: Classic Malts | Edrington Group | Ardbeg | Springbank’s Whisky School
We’ll close out the year with a look at a man fulfilling almost every guy’s dream. Keith Wood is a transplanted Englishman in the heart of Munich, Germany, where beer is a passion. Earlier this year, Keith bought a bar in Munich’s Schwabing neighborhood, and now The Arc has become one of Munich’s best whisky bars. Also…an update on the experiment with a Whisky Works kit from Ontario’s Premium Bottlers. (Update: The Arc has since closed its doors.)
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Jim McEwan and the guys at Bruichladdich don’t really care what the rest of the whisky industry thinks of them. They do care greatly what whisky drinkers think, though…and the passion they share for great whisky leads them to try the unusual. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t…but there’s no denying the passion in each bottle. Jim shares his outspoken views with us in this episode, and in the news, Whyte & Mackay buys back The Dalmore’s US rights and we get a lesson on how not to beat the airport security guards.
Links: Bruichladdich | Whyte & MacKay | The Dalmore | Duncan Taylor | Scottish Brewing Archive | George Dickel
Single malt scotches and Japan’s single malts are a world apart in geography, and some might say the same applies to taste as well. This time around, we’ll hear from the man behind Suntory’s award-winning Yamazaki single malts, distillery manager Hiroyoshi “Mike” Miyamoto. Mike also has a history in Scotland, where he worked at Morrison Bowmore after Suntory purchased it in 1994. That gives him a unique perspective that few have on whiskies of the world. In the news, new whiskies and more on the “Macallan 1856” saga.
Links: Suntory | The Glenrothes | The Balvenie | Bushmills | India’s Economic Times | The Macallan | Christie’s
You may want to introduce your non-whisky drinking friends to the “water of life” during the holidays, but sometimes it takes a little something extra to get them to try it. We’ll take a look at whisky-based cocktails in this episode with veteran mixologist Bobby Gleason and the winner of Whisky Live Toronto’s bar chefs competition, Shona Jensen. In the news, 10,000 bottles of Bowmore have been stolen in England, Dewar’s starts a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal, and the Christie’s auction of rare whiskies and spirits in New York brings in more than $300,000.
Links: Bowmore | Dewar’s Repeal Day | Scotch Whisky Experience | Christie’s | Ki Restaurant + Bar | Suntory
The results are in from this year’s Malt Maniacs Whisky Awards, and we’ll get a rundown on the top award-winners from Malt Maniac Davin de Kergommeaux. In the news, Isle of Jura is phasing out its 21-year-old single malt, Ian Macleod strikes a deal to export Chieftain’s Choice malts to the US, Christie’s pulls a suspect 1856 Macallan from next week’s auction in New York, and Ian Buxton debuts the Whisky Channel online community.
Links: Malt Maniacs | Isle of Jura | Ian MacLeod Distillers | Christie’s
Last month, Malt Advocate Magazine honored David Stewart of William Grant & Sons with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 45 years in the whisky business. Stewart is the Malt Master for Grant’s, and is responsible for both Glenfiddich and The Balvenie single malts, as well as Grant’s blended Scotch. David shares his story with us in this episode…in the news, we’ll get word of a new nautical-themed Benromach, an update on Euan Shand’s plans for a distillery in Huntly, and more Icons of Whisky regional awards from Whisky Magazine.
Links: William Grant & Sons | Glenfiddich | The Balvenie | Benromach | Duncan Taylor | Whisky Magazine | Malt Advocate | The Mind of Men Podcast
Only one distillery can claim to have the world’s best selling whiskey, and it’s not in Scotland or Kentucky. Jack Daniel’s in Lynchburg, Tennessee sells more than 10 million cases of its Black Label whiskey every year…and 2008 will mark 40 consecutive years of service for master distiller Jimmy Bedford. We’ll hear from Jimmy, along with the latest on a rare Glenfiddich single cask, Ardmore’s pending arrival in the US, and how to make it as a whisky ambassador.
Links: Jack Daniel’s | Willow Park Wines & Spirits | Ardmore | Laphroaig | Malts of Scotland Calendar | Knob Creek | An Cnoc | The Balvenie | Victoria Whisky Festival
John Hall of Canada’s Kittling Ridge Distillery makes his whiskies the hard way, distilling and maturing his grains separately, then blending them years later to make Forty Creek Canadian Whiskey. He’s won numerous awards for his whiskies over the last several years, and we’ll hear his story in this week’s episode. In the news, a $12,000 Macallan, the guys who work at Glengoyne select three single-cask bottlings, a new Highland Park hits duty-free, and if you’ve ever dreamed of working in the whisky business, The Balvenie is looking for two serious whisky lovers.
Links: Forty Creek | The Macallan | Glengoyne | Highland Park | Dewar’s | The Balvenie | Compass Box
On the road again…this time at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the Maker’s Mark “When in Rome Weekend”. Nearly 1,500 Maker’s Mark Ambassadors descended on Caesars for the distillery’s first major event outside Kentucky, with bourbon tastings, cooking classes, and a toga party. We’ll hear from some of the Ambassadors, along with master chef Bryan Ogden of Bradley Ogden’s restaurant at Caesar’s, and a lesson on bourbon history from Bill Samuels, Jr. in the biggest episode of WhiskyCast yet!
Links: Maker’s Mark | Caesar’s Palace