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”.
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
When the temperature’s approaching 90 (32), sometimes a cold beer just sounds better than a glass of whisky. Northing wrong with that….especially when the beer has whisky in its DNA. More brewers are experimenting with aging their beers in whisky casks, and one of the most unusual comes from Scotland’s Harviestoun Brewery. Ola Dubh is aged in casks from Highland Park’s 12, 16, and 30-year-old malts, and each beer bears the special characteristics of its corresponding malt. We’ll hear from Harviestoun’s master brewer Stuart Cail in this week’s episode. In the news, an update on Auchentoshan’s new line of malts from new distillery manager Iain McCallum and a preview of some of the fall’s new whiskies.
Links: Harviestoun Brewery/Ola Dubh | Highland Park | The Glenlivet | Heaven Hill | “What Does John Know” | Beam | Ardmore | Canadian Club | Benromach | Clipper Yacht Race | Auchentoshan | Innis & Gunn | BrewDog
Night and Day, Positive and Negative, Black and White. There are opposites all around us, which means that if there is a Black Bowmore, there must be a White Bowmore. There is…it’s the fraternal twin to the legendary Black Bowmores — both the original and the newly released version. This one was aged in bourbon casks, while the Black Bowmores were aged in brown walnut sherry casks. We’ll learn more about the White Bowmore and a new 1992 Bordeaux cask-aged Bowmore from chief blender Andrew Rankin. In the news, a new Macallan for duty-free and Mount Vernon celebrates the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.
Links: Bowmore | The Macallan | Bruichladdich | Clontarf | Evan Williams | Brave Spirits | George Washington’s Distillery | Mount Vernon | Auchentoshan | Amrut
It may be seen as a sacrilege in Scotland, but imagine a single malt whisky from India that can compete with the best of Scotland’s malts in many ways. That’s the case with Amrut’s single malts, which draw their water from the snow melt of the Himalayas and their barley from local farmers in northern India — and their intense maturation from the heat of Bangalore. Askok Chokalingham of Amrut gives us the details, and Thierry Benitah of La Maison du Whisky previews September’s Whisky Live Paris. In the news, an update on the reopening of Braeval, more charity whiskies for WhiskyFest San Francisco, and the “Whisky Bus” hits Glasgow.
Links: Amrut | Whisky Live Paris | La Maison du Whisky | Milroy’s of Soho | Beam | Pernod Ricard | Chivas Brothers | The Balvenie | Tomatin | Malt Advocate | “What Does John Know” | Glengoyne | The Whisky Bus