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”.
Whisky is a passion for distillers, but it’s also a science…and good scientists experiment to see what might make a good whisky and what won’t. Harlen Wheatley of Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery is a chemical engineer by trade and a distiller by choice, and a new collection of his experiments are being released for whisky lovers to sample. We’ll hear from Harlen about his experiments, along with a contest to challenge your whisky nosing skills, and Suntory’s Lincoln Henderson helps answer a listener question…all on this episode of WhiskyCast!
Links: Buffalo Trace | Bruichladdich | Whisky Magazine | Suntory | Islay Festival of Malt & Music
Laphroaig has been making whisky for nearly 200 years, but until now, no native of Islay has ever served as the distillery manager there. John Campbell grew up in the shadow of Laphroaig, and now, he’s running the place. We’ll hear from John, and get the latest news…and if you’re a daily drammer, you’ll be glad to hear that one drink a day may help you avoid obesity. We’ll also get some tips from Malt Advocate publisher John Hansell on how to host your own whisky tasting for friends.
Links: Spirit of Speyside Festival | Malt Advocate | Laphroaig
Canadians take pride in their whisky, but one very special whisky often goes overlooked on store shelves. That’s a mistake, though…Alberta Premium was chosen by Jim Murray as his Canadian Whisky of the Year in his 2006 Whisky Bible, and we’ll hear from the man who makes it, Master Distiller Jim Rogerson. Also, the recipe for the perfect Mint Julep in time for the Kentucky Derby, honors for two whisky writers and the release of the second edition of Dr. David Wishart’s “Whisky Classified”, a retirement at The Dalmore, and John Hansell updates us on the spring edition of Malt Advocate magazine.
Links: Alberta Distillers | Whisky Classified | The Dalmore | Woodford Reserve | Malt Advocate
Jeff Topping traveled from Ohio to Scotland to explore his family’s heritage, and wound up as the “Wild Scotsman” with his own line of independent bottlings. We’ll have his story on this episode, along with Jim Cryle on the special vatting he and fellow retired distiller Ed Dodson put together for this weekend’s Spirit of Speyside Festival…a $1000 Kentucky Derby cocktail, and news of layoffs at the Seagram distillery in Indiana…all on this episode of WhiskyCast.
Links: Wild Scotsman | Pernod Ricard | Spirit of Speyside Festival | Highlander Inn | Crown Royal | Woodford Reserve | Bladnoch
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