WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 9th year, each weekly episode brings you the latest in whisky news, along with the latest 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.

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Episode 10: December 23, 2005

It’s the holiday season, and the final WhiskyCast episode for 2005 focuses on the marriage between whisky and food. Forget about wine and cheese…John Glaser of Compass Box says whisky and cheese makes a better combination. Woodford Reserve executive chef David Larson treats fine whiskies like varietal wines, and uses bourbon in almost everything he cooks. There’s also a special surprise at the end. Happy Holidays!


Links:  Pernod Ricard | Compass Box | Woodford Reserve | The Recipes

 

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Episode 9: December 16, 2005

Issue #52 of Whisky Magazine is out, and we’ll get an update from editor Dominic Roskrow on what you’ll find inside. Also, it’s not too soon to make your travel plans for the spring. Riannon Walsh gives us a preview of the Whiskies of the World Expo coming up in San Francisco in late March. She’s also been busy working on a new project…a nosing glass that could put Riedels to shame!


Links:  The Scotch Blog | Victoria Whisky Festival | Whisky Magazine | Whiskies of the World Expo | Celtic Malts

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Episode 8: December 12, 2005

Last Saturday, the Wall Street Journal looked at the controversy over “finishing” whisky, with this question in the headline: “What’s in that bottle?” In this episode, we’ll look at the debate over finishing whiskies with Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich, Simon Brooking of The Dalmore, and Malt Advocate editor and publisher John Hansell.


Links:  Wall Street Journal | Bruichladdich | The Dalmore | Malt Advocate

 

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Episode 7: December 8, 2005

Award-winning whiskies dominate this edition of WhiskyCast! We’ll hear from Graham Coull of Glen Moray, the home of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2006 Single Malt Scotch of the Year. Also, award-winners from the Malt Maniacs and The Spirit Journal’s F. Paul Pacult — and a childhood memory from Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark.


Links:  Maker’s Mark | Glen Moray | Malt Advocate | d.b.a. New York | The Dalmore | Victoria Whisky Festival | Whiskies of the World Expo | Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | Malt Maniacs | The Spirit Journal

 

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Episode 6: December 3, 2005

Oak barrels and Scotch Whisky go hand in hand, but The Famous Grouse has a new twist on this marriage with a rare Scottish Oak-aged whisky. You’ll find the details from Helen Potter of The Famous Grouse in this episode, along with news on a chance to invest in a distillery, holiday specials, and an interview with The Dalmore’s Simon Brooking.


Links:  Food Network | Ardbeg | Isle of Jura | The Macallan | Victoria Whisky Festival | Glenmorangie | The Famous Grouse | The Dalmore

 

 

 

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Episode 5: November 29, 2005

In this episode, Lawrence Graham gives us an update on January’s Victoria Whisky Festival. Our news update reports Scottish politicians and the whisky industry have come to terms on formal designations for Scotch whiskies, and we’ll have an update on the North American release of Jim Murray’s 2006 Whisky Bible, along with kudos for WhiskyCast.


Links:  Whisky Magazine | Scotch Whisky Association | Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | The Scotch Blog | Bruichladdich | Park Avenue Liquors | Maker’s Mark | d.b.a. New York | Victoria Whisky Festival

 

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Episode 4: November 23, 2005

A special episode recorded on location at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, as Malt Advocate publisher John Hansell discusses the winners of this year’s Malt Advocate Whisky Awards. In the news, the owner of Glenfiddich and The Balvenie expands to China, where whisky sales are booming. Pernod Ricard is considering cuts at its distilleries and bottling plants in Scotland, and a list of upcoming whisky events around the world.


Links:  Monk’s Cafe | Glenfiddich | The Balvenie | Scotch Whisky Association | Pernod Ricard | World Whiskies Conference | Malt Advocate

 

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Episode 3: November 19, 2005

Dave “Robbo” Robertson of Jon, Mark, & Robbo’s Easy Drinking Whisky Company explains the philosophy behind JMR’s line of vatted malt whiskies. Also, an update on the Kurt Busch controversy and Hurricane Katrina’s impact on Diageo.


Links:  Crown Royal | Diageo | The Dalmore

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