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 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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Episode 206: June 28, 2009

Jim Murray’s 2009 Whisky Bible named a hard-to-find rye whiskey as the Best Rye Whiskey in the World Under 10 Years Old. That whiskey is Templeton Rye, produced illegally for generations by farmers in Templeton, Iowa — but now legally available in Iowa and Illinois. Scott Bush and Keith Kerkhoff started bottling the legal version of Templeton Rye in 2006, and it’s become a cult favorite among rye whiskey lovers. Scott updates us on Templeton’s success and future in this episode. In the news, Old Taylor Bourbon is back home at Buffalo Trace, the SWA wins a battle against an Italian imitator, and another distillery is in the works for the area around St. Andrews in Scotland.


Links:  Templeton Rye | Buffalo Trace | Beam | The Scotsman | Scotch Whisky Association | Operation Homefront

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Episode 205: June 21, 2009

John Ramsay has turned over the duties of Master Blender for The Glenrothes and the Edrington Group’s other whiskies to Gordon Motion after 43 years in the whisky business. He’ll share his insights with us in this episode, along with the plans for one final malt that he’s working on. In the news, William Grant & Sons gets a new CEO, a 1919 Springbank sells for nearly $2500 (for a mini!) and Knob Creek runs dry for a few months.


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Episode 204: June 14, 2009

Kate Hopkins’ new book “99 Drams of Whiskey: The Accidental Hedonist’s Quest for the Perfect Shot and the History of the Drink” is getting a lot of attention from whisky lovers…and with good reason. She’s been blogging as the Accidental Hedonist since 2004, and I think it’s one of the best whisky books of the year. We’ll hear from Kate in this episode…and in the news, the legal fight over Glen Breton Rare Single Malt Canadian Whisky may be over after a Canadian Supreme Court ruling, Isle of Jura shuts down because of ferry problems, and new whiskies from The Glenrothes and Douglas Laing.


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