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”.
There’s a new generation of whisky makers coming into their own, and we’ll hear from one of them in this episode. Iain McCallum told us about the Black Bowmore in Episode 131, and now he shares his story of nearly half a lifetime at Morrison Bowmore. Of course, he’s only 32! In the news, Ardmore Traditional comes to the US, the Classic Malts Cruise is looking for a few good sailors, and the winners of this year’s Drammie Awards have been announced.
Links: Bowmore | Ardmore | Classic Malts Cruise | The Drammies
The new issue of Malt Advocate magazine is out, and the cover story focuses on cask ownership programs. We’ll talk with writer Jonny McCormick, who has a cask of his own aging at Bruichladdich. In the news, you’ll be able to get Bushmills for a fiver in Ireland…at least a fiver with Bushmills on it, Clontarf gets new packaging honoring its own place in Irish history, and the tax man may have something to say about UK whisky prices soon.
Links: Malt Advocate | Bushmills | Clontarf | Scotch Whisky Association
The Black Bowmore is one of Islay’s legendary whiskies, and sells for thousands of dollars…when you can find it. Now, Bowmore is releasing a new Black Bowmore, and it’s not a copy. It’s the same as the original, just a few years older. We’ll get the details from Bowmore blender Iain McCallum, and I’ll share my tasting notes on this amazing whisky. In the news, changes are coming at Whyte and MacKay, a mothballed distillery in Kentucky is coming back to life, and honors for Gordon and MacPhail and George Washington’s Distillery.
Links: Bowmore | Hindu Business Line | Whyte & MacKay | Gordon & MacPhail | George Washington’s Distillery
With Valentine’s Day almost here, thoughts of chocolate will certainly be on the minds of some whisky lovers…whether it’s for themselves or for that special person. We’ll get some tips on pairing whiskies with chocolates from Sage Friedman of Chocolat Michel Kluizel in New York City. In the news, Irish distillers go to court over a Russian whiskey deal, The Glenrothes releases a new vintage, Duncan Taylor adds a new version of Auld Reekie, and if the Mutter Bowmore isn’t the world’s oldest whisky…a bottle in a New Zealand museum just might be.
Links: Chocolat Michel Kluizel | An Cnoc | Irish Distillers | Cooley | The Glenrothes | Duncan Taylor
There are always at least two sides to a story, and in the case of the “Mutter Bowmore” controversy, there are many more. This time around, we’ll get the third side of the story behind the bottle of Bowmore said to be from 1851 that was auctioned at McTears in Glasgow last month. Glen Moore of Morrison Bowmore tried to win the auction for the distillery, and refutes rumors that the so-called “Russian collector” who won the bottle doesn’t exist. In the news, a new An Cnoc, a headless Johnnie Walker, and answers to some of your whisky questions.
Links: Bowmore | An Cnoc | Whisky Magazine | Distilled Spirits Council of the US | Ulf Buxrud’s Japanese Whisky Book | BBC News | Johnnie Walker | Castle Tavern | Scotch Whisky Association | The Scotchcast | The Scotch Blog | McTear’s
It’s time to celebrate Burns Night this week! Whisky lovers around the world will honor the bard of Scotland, the legendary Robert Burns, on the 249th anniversary of his birth January 25th. In what’s becoming an annual tradition, we’ll take a look at Burns’ life and his works on this episode. Joann Gilmartin performs Burns’ songs and poetry, as well as teaching young people about those works, and she’ll share her love of Burns with us. In the news, modern-day gaugers break up a bootlegging operation in the Black Country, a new Laphroaig is duty-free bound, and Diageo apologizes for stuffing the ballot box in this year’s Drammies.
Links: Glasgow Girl | Express & Star | The Famous Grouse | Laphroaig | Laphroaig’s Burns Night Site | The Scotch Blog | Bourbon Drinker
This time around, we’ll get the other side of the debate over the rare Bowmore that sold for more than $50,000 at McTear’s in Glasgow last month, despite questions over its exact age. Martin Green is the whisky consultant for McTear’s, and was responsible for verifying its provenance. Martin states his case in this episode. In the news, Bowmore’s releasing a new Black Bowmore — and giving one away in a web contest…a new chairman for the Scotch Whisky Association, and details on a special deal for WhiskyCast listeners!
Links: McTear’s | Bowmore | Scotch Whisky Association | Gordon & MacPhail | Whisky Magazine | 1792 Ridgemont Reserve | Astor Center | Whisky Fun’s War on Fakes
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