WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 11th year, each week’s episode brings you the latest whisky news, along with 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”. You can listen to episodes here or subscribe with iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

Episode 240: February 21, 2010

We’ve seen an explosion in the number of whisky bloggers over the past year, and one of the most popular is Ralfy Mitchell of Ralfy.com. His whisky rating videos have become a hit on YouTube, and we sat down to talk at the recent Victoria Whisky Festival. In the news, Compass Box has something special planned for the upcoming Whisky Live London, another new whisky from The Dalmore, Buffalo Trace goes Canadian, and Bonhams puts a Glenfiddich bottling of casks from 1937 and 1939 on the auction block next week.


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Episode 239: February 14, 2010

English farmers send barley north to Scotland, and sooner or later, the Scots send it back as whisky. The Nelstrop family has been growing barley for decades, and decided to change that formula. The first English single malt whisky in more than a century is now available from the family’s St. George’s Distillery in Norfolk. In the news, the finalists have been selected in the Spirit of Speyside Festival Whisky Awards, Malt Advocate Magazine announces its 2009 award winners, and tasting notes for a rare Glenfiddich single cask bottling.


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Episode 238: February 7, 2010

Call it beginner’s luck if you want, but Peter Hunt’s first batch of single malt spirit received rave reviews at the recent Victoria Whisky Festival…even though it was only two months old. Peter’s the distiller at Victoria Spirits, a converted British Columbia winery now producing highly-regarded gin and as we’ll learn in this episode, plans to produce a 100% British Columbia single malt whisky. In the news, the first interview with Al Fastier of the Antarctic Heritage Trust on the successful recovery of not just two cases of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 100-year-old whisky, but a third case of whisky and two cases of brandy! Also, Edrington and Berry Brothers swap whisky assets…and reports of a new Ardbeg expression!


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Episode 237: January 30, 2010

As I reported in the last episode, Maker’s Mark is working on a new bourbon. This time around, Master Distiller Kevin Smith sits down with me to taste “Profile 51”, which will be released this summer. That’s the unofficial name for the new whiskey, which will be bottled at a higher proof than Maker’s Mark and will have a completely different taste. In the news, new whiskies from Glenfiddich, Tullibardine, and The Glenrothes, support for Haitian earthquake relief, and Chivas may need years to recover from the damage caused by this winter’s storms. Finally, there’s a new contest for WhiskyCast newsletter subscribers!


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Episode 236: January 23, 2010

This time around, I’m on location at the Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia, and I’m joined by a panel of whisky experts to discuss some of the issues facing whisky producers and drinkers alike. Jim Murray, Malt Maniac Davin De Kergommeaux, Ed Patrick of Canada’s Companions of the Quaich, Stuart Nickerson of Glenglassaugh, Andrew Gray of Bruichladdich, and Dan Tullio of Canadian Club discuss the state of Canadian whisky, government regulation and taxes, premiumization, and their dream drams. In the news, Maker’s Mark is experimenting with a new formula that may or may not make it to market, and Bruichladdich is experimenting with technology to turn its waste into fuel.


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Episode 235: January 16, 2010

Dewar’s is one of Scotland’s iconic whiskies, thanks to the efforts of generations of the Dewar family. Ian Buxton has just released a new book, “The Enduring Legacy of Dewar’s”, in cooperation with Dewar’s owner Bacardi, and he joins us via Skype from Edinburgh to share some of Dewar’s history. In the news, whisky and politics, whisky and sports, and whisky with a smoky kick!


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Episode 234: January 10, 2010

ian_changChina may well become the world’s largest whisky market over the next decade, and Ian Chang is hoping his Kavalan single malt becomes the choice of Chinese whisky lovers. Kavalan is the first single malt whisky distilled in Taiwan, and even though its first releases are only three years old, Kavalan has already won several medals in international whisky competitions. In the news, heavy snow damages 21 Chivas Brothers warehouses holding 100 million gallons of whisky, Diageo prepares for the second release in the Manager’s Choice Series, and we’ll hear from the editor of Australia’s first whisky magazine, Tumbler’s Kristy Booth.


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Episode 233: January 3, 2010

The last decade could well be remembered for the emergence of Japanese single malt whiskies on the world stage. We’ll discuss the malts from the Land of the Rising Sun with Chris Bunting, author of the Nonjatta.com blog. In the news, new whiskies from Gordon & MacPhail and The Glenrothes, and Whyte & MacKay’s Richard Paterson can tell you where to go…if you have a TomTom GPS.


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