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”.
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
This is a special episode of WhiskyCast with highlights from Tuesday night’s Malt Advocate WhiskyFest in New York City. It’s the 10th anniversary of WhiskyFest New York, and we’ll hear from the winners of this year’s Malt Advocate Whisky Awards, including Alastair Walker of Distillery of the Year BenRiach, along with Lifetime Achievement Award winners David Stewart of William Grant & Sons and Jim Rutledge of Four Roses. We’ll also get updates on several new whiskies, including a couple of powerhouse ryes and a single grain from Ireland.
Links: Malt Advocate | BenRiach | Glenfiddich | Four Roses | Cooley | Glengoyne | Wild Turkey | Heaven Hill | Whisky Live | Highland Park | Maker’s Mark
What’s a $700 whisky like? When it’s a special edition of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, expect it to be something unique (and have a pretty good story behind it). We’ll find out more about the new King George V edition of Blue Label, along with new whiskies from the Balvenie and changes for Auchentoshan and Ballantine’s on this episode of WhiskyCast.
Links: Johnnie Walker | The Balvenie | Auchentoshan | Ballantine’s
Willie Nelson made “On the Road Again” famous, and it’s time to hit the road for a series of special episodes. Thie time around, it’s Whisky Live in Toronto, and while technical problems kept me from recording the show live on-site, we’ll get the latest on a new edition of Wiser’s Canadian whiskey, along with a bunch of changes at Whyte & Mackay, and we’ll check on two old friends. Last year, we met Barry Stein and Barry Bernstein, who gave up their successful careers to become independent whisky bottlers. We’ll get the update from the guys…and their wives.
Links: Whisky Live Toronto | Wiser’s | Whyte & Mackay | Premium Bottlers
It’s a good time to be in the whisky business. Scotch whisky exports are growing by 4 percent a year, and added up to $5 billion last year worldwide. We’ll talk with Scotch Whisky Association chief executive Gavin Hewitt about the political and business issues facing the industry. In the news…more new whiskies this week, a preview of the Christie’s whisky auction this December in New York City, and John Hansell gives us the details on the fall edition of Malt Advocate Magazine…along with a preview of WhiskyFest events in San Francisco and New York City.
Links: Scotch Whisky Association | The Balvenie | Old Pulteney | Crown Royal | Bruichladdich | Christie’s | Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | Ardbeg | Malt Advocate | Diageo | Malt Whisky Yearbook
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is almost required reading for serious whisky lovers, and the 2008 edition of the Bible is on its way to booksellers now. We’ll get a preview from Jim in this episode, along with his thoughts on the passing of Michael Jackson. In the news, more new whiskies are on the way — including the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, a duty-free Highland Park, new Macallans, and a small batch Forty Creek. Also…a bottle of George Washington’s rye whiskey brings $35,000 at a charity auction, and a full schedule of events.
Links: Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | Highland Park | The Macallan | Chivas Regal | Forty Creek | Buffalo Trace
Ever wondered whether the CEO’s of whisky companies get any special perks? In this week’s episode, we’ll get the answer from Tom Flocco, CEO of Beam Global Spirits & Wine. On a more serious note, we’ll find out how the two-year-long process of integrating Laphroaig and other former Allied Domecq brands into Beam’s portfolio is going, along with his view of the global whisky market. In other news, the 2008 edition of the Malt Whisky Yearbook is out, and we’ll get a preview from editor Ingvar Ronde…along with word on new rare — and expensive malts from the Classic Malts series.
Links: Beam | Ardmore | Classic Malts | Malt Advocate | Malt Whisky Yearbook | Whisky Magazine | Forty Creek | Glenora Distillery
For the first time, we’ll talk about something other than whiskies on WhiskyCast! There’s a new trend toward single-estate Cognacs and Armagnacs from France that compare very favorably with many single malts…and can often be a fraction of the price! Veteran spirits writer F. Paul Pacult led a tasting of rare Cognacs and Armagnacs this past week in New York, and he’ll help guide us on a journey through the French countryside. In the news, a $30,000 Balvenie hits the market, new whiskies from Compass Box, and Mallya does motorsports as well as whisky…
Links: www.armagnac.fr | The Balvenie | Compass Box | Park Avenue Liquor Shop | Milroy’s of Soho | La Maison du Whisky | The Spirit Journal | Cognac Le Reviseur
The Beams are the First Family of Bourbon, and the torch has officially been passed at Jim Beam. Each bottle has pictures of the six generations of Beam family members who have led the distillery. This week, a new label was unveiled with the latest patriarch of the Beams, Fred Noe…who joins his late father, Booker Noe, and the rest of the family. We’ll hear from Fred and more as Kentucky celebrates Bourbon Festival week in Bardstown.
Links: Jim Beam | Wild Turkey | Maker’s Mark | Gordon & MacPhail | Arran | Bruichladdich | BBC Radio 4 | WhiskyFest | Kentucky Bourbon Festival