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.
It’s time to celebrate Burns Night this week! Whisky lovers around the world will honor the bard of Scotland, the legendary Robert Burns, on the 249th anniversary of his birth January 25th. In what’s becoming an annual tradition, we’ll take a look at Burns’ life and his works on this episode. Joann Gilmartin performs Burns’ songs and poetry, as well as teaching young people about those works, and she’ll share her love of Burns with us. In the news, modern-day gaugers break up a bootlegging operation in the Black Country, a new Laphroaig is duty-free bound, and Diageo apologizes for stuffing the ballot box in this year’s Drammies.
Links: Glasgow Girl | Express & Star | The Famous Grouse | Laphroaig | Laphroaig’s Burns Night Site | The Scotch Blog | Bourbon Drinker
This time around, we’ll get the other side of the debate over the rare Bowmore that sold for more than $50,000 at McTear’s in Glasgow last month, despite questions over its exact age. Martin Green is the whisky consultant for McTear’s, and was responsible for verifying its provenance. Martin states his case in this episode. In the news, Bowmore’s releasing a new Black Bowmore — and giving one away in a web contest…a new chairman for the Scotch Whisky Association, and details on a special deal for WhiskyCast listeners!
Links: McTear’s | Bowmore | Scotch Whisky Association | Gordon & MacPhail | Whisky Magazine | 1792 Ridgemont Reserve | Astor Center | Whisky Fun’s War on Fakes
The debate over whisky auctions and the provenance of some of the whiskies sold at those auctions continues with the saga of a Bowmore said to have been bottled in 1850. It sold at McTear’s in Glasgow last month for more than $50,000, even though historians questioned whether the whisky was as old as advertised. Scotch Whisky Review editor Dave Broom’s update of the story appears here on the WhiskyCast web site, and we’ll hear from Dave on this episode. In the news, a new Talisker, potential buyers for Glenglassaugh, honours for Edrington’s chairman, and another tale of sadness…and sharing…at airport security.
Links: Classic Malts | Edrington Group | Ardbeg | Springbank’s Whisky School
We’ll close out the year with a look at a man fulfilling almost every guy’s dream. Keith Wood is a transplanted Englishman in the heart of Munich, Germany, where beer is a passion. Earlier this year, Keith bought a bar in Munich’s Schwabing neighborhood, and now The Arc has become one of Munich’s best whisky bars. Also…an update on the experiment with a Whisky Works kit from Ontario’s Premium Bottlers. (Update: The Arc has since closed its doors.)
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Jim McEwan and the guys at Bruichladdich don’t really care what the rest of the whisky industry thinks of them. They do care greatly what whisky drinkers think, though…and the passion they share for great whisky leads them to try the unusual. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t…but there’s no denying the passion in each bottle. Jim shares his outspoken views with us in this episode, and in the news, Whyte & Mackay buys back The Dalmore’s US rights and we get a lesson on how not to beat the airport security guards.
Links: Bruichladdich | Whyte & MacKay | The Dalmore | Duncan Taylor | Scottish Brewing Archive | George Dickel
Single malt scotches and Japan’s single malts are a world apart in geography, and some might say the same applies to taste as well. This time around, we’ll hear from the man behind Suntory’s award-winning Yamazaki single malts, distillery manager Hiroyoshi “Mike” Miyamoto. Mike also has a history in Scotland, where he worked at Morrison Bowmore after Suntory purchased it in 1994. That gives him a unique perspective that few have on whiskies of the world. In the news, new whiskies and more on the “Macallan 1856” saga.
Links: Suntory | The Glenrothes | The Balvenie | Bushmills | India’s Economic Times | The Macallan | Christie’s
You may want to introduce your non-whisky drinking friends to the “water of life” during the holidays, but sometimes it takes a little something extra to get them to try it. We’ll take a look at whisky-based cocktails in this episode with veteran mixologist Bobby Gleason and the winner of Whisky Live Toronto’s bar chefs competition, Shona Jensen. In the news, 10,000 bottles of Bowmore have been stolen in England, Dewar’s starts a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal, and the Christie’s auction of rare whiskies and spirits in New York brings in more than $300,000.
Links: Bowmore | Dewar’s Repeal Day | Scotch Whisky Experience | Christie’s | Ki Restaurant + Bar | Suntory
The results are in from this year’s Malt Maniacs Whisky Awards, and we’ll get a rundown on the top award-winners from Malt Maniac Davin de Kergommeaux. In the news, Isle of Jura is phasing out its 21-year-old single malt, Ian Macleod strikes a deal to export Chieftain’s Choice malts to the US, Christie’s pulls a suspect 1856 Macallan from next week’s auction in New York, and Ian Buxton debuts the Whisky Channel online community.
Links: Malt Maniacs | Isle of Jura | Ian MacLeod Distillers | Christie’s