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 214: August 22, 2009

Last time around, I mentioned the Laing Brothers and their vatting of casks from Laphroaig and Macallan to create the “Double Barrel.” It was so intriguing that I decided to get Stewart Laing on the phone to explain it…and their plans to bring together casks from other distilleries with opposing taste profiles. In the news, the results of this week’s Bonhams whisky auction, Arran names a whisky after the distillery peacock…who promptly takes off, Jefferson’s Bourbon goes Presidential, and tasting notes on the new 25-year-old Rittenhouse Rye coming from Heaven Hill!


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Episode 213: August 15, 2009

Today marks the birthday of a legend in the bourbon business. Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee turns 90 today, and his friends marked the milestone with a party at the distillery. I had the chance to interview Elmer in the fall of 2006, and he’ll share some of his stories with us in that interview. In the news, Buffalo Trace unveils this year’s Antique Collection, Chris Morris tells us about this year’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, The Whisky Exchange unveils a new line of single cask bottlings, and the Laing Brothers put Macallan and Laphroaig together.


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Episode 212: August 9, 2009

This time around, we’ll focus on two upcoming whisky festivals in Europe. Maltstock will bring together whisky clubs and individuals from around Europe for a weekend in the Netherlands, and Teun van Wel will tell us how the event came together. Chris Maybin of La Maison du Whisky will preview next month’s Whisky Live Paris for us as well. In the news, the whisky world is mourning the death of longtime Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jimmy Bedford, Four Roses unveils the second release in its Meritage Collection series of bourbons…and more layoffs in Scotland.


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Episode 211: August 2, 2009

If you’ve never had a chance to attend a master class with Whyte & Mackay’s Richard Paterson, you’re missing out on an education…and a great time. In this week’s episode, you’ll get to listen in as the master blender teaches a group of New York City bartenders about The Dalmore. In the news, Glenfiddich confirms its new 50-year-old single malt, Suntory does the same with Hibiki and surprises the U.S. with a rare Yamazaki release, Park Avenue Liquors has a bunch of new single cask releases coming in…and Parker Beam’s done it again!


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Episode 210: July 25, 2009

It’s been a busy year at GlenDronach and BenRiach distilleries…the investor group led by Billy Walker added GlenDronach to their portfolio less than a year ago, and are already revamping the entire range. Their BenRiach malts have won 17 medals in competitions over the last few weeks…and Alastair Walker brings us up to date in this episode. In the news, the Scottish Government may offer Diageo public funding to keep the Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock open, Heaven Hill unveils the latest release in Parker Beam’s Heritage Collection of bourbons…and tasting notes for some new spirits.


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Episode 209: July 18, 2009

On the road in Michigan this week, but had the chance to sneak across the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario…where Canadian Club has been produced for 151 years at the Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery in the Walkerville neighborhood of Windsor. Hiram Walker’s headquarters building is now the Canadian Club Heritage Center, and this classic building patterned on a 16th century Italian palace will appeal to whisky lovers, art lovers, and architecture fans alike. CC’s Tish Harcus tells us about the building’s history over a dram or two. Plenty of new releases in the news, including a 50-year-old Glenfiddich, the debut of Suntory’s Hibiki blended whisky in the U.S., and a dozen single-cask bottlings!


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Episode 208: July 12, 2009

Glenfiddich is the world’s most popular single malt Scotch, and Hans-Henrik Hansen knows more about Glenfiddich’s history than almost anyone. In fact, he has what may be the world’s largest collection of Glenfiddich malts. He’ll tell us about what prompted him to start collecting Glenfiddich expressions in this week’s episode. In the news, more fallout over Diageo’s plan to close plants and cut jobs in Scotland, a Canadian province rolls back its spirits tax increase, Bruichladdich plans to close its Whisky Academy, and new whiskies from Old Forester and Berry Bros. & Rudd.


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Episode 207: July 4, 2009

It may be a summer holiday weekend in the U.S., but it’s the middle of winter in Australia. The inaugural Whisky Live Sydney will be held the week of August 31 through September 6, and organizer Doug van Tienen explains the emphasis on events for bar and restaurant staff as well as whisky lovers. He’ll also update us on the growing number of Australian whisky distilleries. In the news, Diageo announces major cuts in Scotland, more details on the John Ramsay Glenrothes release, and word on limited-edition releases from The Balvenie and Old Pulteney.


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