WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings is your place to test your nosing skills. Each month, we bring together a panel of listeners either by Skype or in person at a whisky festival to taste and score whiskies. You generally won’t find the ultra-rare exclusive bottlings here…we focus on whiskies that you’re most likely to find at your local pub or retailer. If you’re interested in being on the tasting panel for an upcoming episode, just use our contact form to get in touch!
The guys from the “Barthenon” and the blog “It’s Just the Booze Dancing” return to WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings this month (actually, we went to the Barthenon), and they’re tasting Bourbons. Our panel of Angelo Veneziano, Chris Eattock, John Maxwell, Mike Farley, and Ray Kassekert tasted the Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel, Basil Hayden’s, the John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Bourbon, and Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbons. Our panel had some strong opinions, as well as a lot of fun.
This month, we also welcome Forty Creek Canadian Whisky as the new sponsor of WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings. Thanks to John Hall, Beth Warner, and everyone at Forty Creek for their support!
Links: Russell’s Reserve | Basil Hayden’s | John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Bourbon | Jefferson’s Reserve
Correction: During this episode’s discussion of Basil Hayden’s, the comment was made that Basil Hayden’s uses the same mash bill as Jim Beam and Knob Creek. According to Beam, the Basil Hayden’s mash bill contains twice as much rye as traditional bourbons.
Our tasting panel gathered at Whisky Live New York for this month’s episode. Hana Choi, Olaf Asprink, Susannah Skiver Barton, Angelo Veneziano, John Maxwell, and special guest Ian Chang of Taiwan’s King Car Distillery tasted four whiskies from around the world: France’s Brenne Estate Cask, Invergordon Batch One single grain Scotch from Master of Malt’s “That Boutique-y Whisky Company”, Balcones Fifth Anniversary Texas Straight Bourbon, and the Redbreast 12 Cask Strength from Ireland.
Links: Whisky Live | What Tastes Good Blog | King Car/Kavalan | It’s Just the Booze Dancing Blog | Brenne Estate Cask | Master of Malt | Balcones | Redbreast
This month, we’ve brought together a panel of novice whisky tasters with more enthusiasm than experience and turned them loose on three very different whiskies. Jim McVeigh, Carolyn Strater, and Matthew Morlock tasted the Mellow Corn Straight Corn Whiskey from Kentucky, Suntory’s Hibiki 12-year-old blended whisky from Japan, and the Highland Park 12-year-old single malt from Scotland.
Links: Mellow Corn | Hibiki | Highland Park
This month, our tasting panel gathered at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, British Columbia. Hanna Raskin, Johanne McInnis, and Graham MacKenny tasted four whiskies that scored highly in the 2012 Canadian Whisky Awards: Century Reserve Lot 15/25, Gibson’s Finest 12, Forty Creek Confederation Oak, and Alberta Premium Dark Horse.
Links: Canadian Whisky Awards | The Perfect Whisky Match | Seattle Weekly | Gibson’s Finest | Highwood Distillers | Forty Creek | Alberta Premium
Our panelists for this month’s tasting gathered in the most remote location yet…the old gold mining town of Atlantic City, Wyoming…home of the Miner’s Delight Inn and its Second Saturday Single Malt Tastings. Bob and Barbara Townsend of the Miner’s Delight picked this month’s whiskies from their selection at the Two-Bit Cowboy Saloon, and joined Robert and Tiffany Hall, John Mionczynski, Jeff Judkins, and Stephen Brutger to taste the Benromach 2001 Cask Strength, Arran’s 1996 Single Sherry Cask, and the Glenmorangie 18.
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This month, our panelists assembled at Whisky Live Los Angeles to taste four different Rye whiskies. L.A. whisky blogger Rob Gard, joined Andy Smith and Marty Kari of the L.A. Scotch Club to taste Temptation Rye, Hudson Manhattan Rye, Bulleit Rye, and the new George Dickel Rye. The panel made some interesting comparisons, since three of the whiskies actually came from the same distillery, but each one had something unique about it that made it different from the others.
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We return to Paris for another Virtual Tasting session at Whisky Live Paris, and this month’s tasting panel includes Malt Maniacs Serge Valentin and Patrick de Schulthess, along with French whisky blogger Franck Debernardi. They tasted four new whiskies: Nikka’s Coffey Grain Whisky, the latest edition of Compass Box’s Flaming Heart, Glenfarclas 105 20-Year-Old, and Ardbeg Galileo.
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Year #2 of WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings begins with three very familiar whiskies. Our tasting panel of Doug Stewart, Tim and Donna Tedesco, and Brianna Gillespie taste the Aberfeldy 12-year-old, Macallan 12, and the Glenlivet 18-year-old single malts. We also announce the winner of July’s “Secret Word” contest, and there’s a new “Secret Word” hidden somewhere in this episode.
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