As we travel the world in search of great whisky and great stories to tell, you’ll find them here on WhiskyCast HD. Our on-demand video segments focus on everything from whisky festivals and special events to historical features and distillery visits. You can watch here or subscribe with iTunes or your favorite podcast app.
Canadian whisky lovers converge on the Forty Creek Distillery in Grimsby, Ontario on the final weekend of September each year. That’s when Forty Creek founder and whisky maker John Hall releases his annual limited edition release. This year, WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie was on hand as John released Forty Creek’s “Heart of Gold” whisky and around 3,000 whisky lovers showed up to claim their bottles. They came from all over Canada and as far away as Texas for the distillery tours, barbecue, tasting sessions, and live music.
Links: Forty Creek
Irish Whiskey is the fastest growing segment of the worldwide whisky market, and Midleton Distillery is the largest in Ireland. Even running 24/7 isn’t enough to meet global demand for Jameson, Redbreast, Powers, Paddy, and the other whiskies distilled at Midleton. Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is investing $265 million to expand Midleton, and dedicated the distillery’s new stillhouse with a housewarming party on September 4, 2013.
Whisky lovers travel to Atlantic City from all over the U.S. for the monthly Second Saturday Single Malt Tastings at the Miner’s Delight Inn. Bob and Barbara Townsend started the monthly tastings after they bought the B&B in 2006, and their “Two-Bit Cowboy Saloon” has 86 different whiskies behind the hand-crafted bar.
They’re used to a bit of confusion, though. This Atlantic City is in Wyoming, not New Jersey, but their whisky bar is better than anything you’ll find in that other Atlantic City.
Links: Miner’s Delight Inn
Crowdsourcing comes to the world of whisky, as Glenmorangie gives whisky lovers the chance to select its next single malt Scotch whisky. The choices range from the type of casks, all the way down to the plans for the launch party in 2014. In this WhiskyCast HD episode, we’ll attend a Cask Masters tasting with Glenmorangie Global Brand Ambassador David Blackmore at the Brandy Library in New York City.
Links: Glenmorangie Cask Masters
Visit any cocktail bar, and you’re certain to hear the sound of a bartender shaking a drink over ice. It may be a great way to show off, but is it the best way to make some whisky-based cocktails like the classic Manhattan? With some help from Beam Master Mixologist Bobby Gleason and Louisville-area bartenders Larry Rice and Levi Beckley, we’ll see whether shaking or stirring a Manhattan makes a difference.
In the old days, distilleries were almost always part of a farm, since farmers would distill their excess grain to make some extra money. Some craft distillers are reviving that heritage, including Patrick Evans and Jim Marinus of Shelter Point Distillery on Canada’s Vancouver Island. They’ve been distilling and maturing single malt whisky for the last couple of years and waiting for it to mature, while running the Evans family farm full-time and using the distillery to host weddings and other events.