WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now completing our 10th 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”.

Episode 247: April 12, 2010

The whisky business is in good shape despite the global recession. That’s the view of Sir Gavin Hewitt, CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association. I sat down with Sir Gavin during his visit to New York for Whisky Live and a seminar for trade professionals to discuss whisky exports and the impact of the new Scotch Whisky Law. I’ll also have highlights from Whisky Live New York, and word on new whiskies from Early Times, Caribou Crossing, an ultra-rare Macallan, and the results of the Alzheimer’s Association Chocolate Symphony Scotland tour auction!


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Episode 246: April 4, 2010

It’s the start of the festival season in Scotland, which saw gains in tourism last year despite the global recession. Scottish Minister of Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop joins me to discuss whisky’s impact on Scotland’s tourism and economy, and will help me announce a competition to win a trip for two to Glasgow for Whisky Week in September! In the news, the winners of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition have been announced, Maker’s Mark wins a battle in court over its dripping red wax trademark, and the results of the WhiskyCast March listener pledge drive!


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Episode 245: March 28, 2010

We know it by many names…White Lightning and Corn Liquor to name a couple. Moonshine whiskey has been a part of American culture for generations, and is still being produced today. Max Watman embraced the moonshine culture for his new book, “Chasing the White Dog,” and shares some of that culture in this week’s episode. We’ll also hear from Kevin Smith of Maker’s Mark about the official name for his new bourbon, “Maker’s 46.” I’ll have tasting notes for it, the new Crown Royal Black, and the Four Roses 100th Anniversary Single Barrel bourbon in the “What I’m Tasting This Week” Department.


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Episode 244: March 21, 2010

For some reason, I always wind up doing a show on Irish whiskies around St. Patrick’s Day. Irish whiskies have the fastest-growing sales in many markets, and we’ll get some ideas why from Abigeal Hendron of Michael Collins Irish Whiskey. Bushmills Master Distiller Colum Egan explains what he’s looking for as Bushmills starts a competition to find someone to spend 30 days working at the distillery this autumn, and I’ll compare two distillery bottlings with independent bottlings in the “What I’m Tasting This Week Department.”


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Episode 243: March 14, 2010

Michael Jackson passed away in 2007, leaving behind a legacy of excellence in whisky writing that includes his classic “Michael Jackson’s Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch.” Now, an updated edition of his guide is being released, and fittingly, it took three men to do the job. Editors Dominic Roskrow, Gavin Smith, and William Meyers discuss the controversy over their work and how they worked together to create the new guide. In the news, Gordon & MacPhail unveils a 70-year-old Mortlach bottling, and the latest on new expressions from Four Roses, Glenfarclas, and The Whisky Exchange.


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Episode 242: March 7, 2010

This episode includes highlights from the Whisky Guild’s annual Whisky Classic event in Morristown, New Jersey. Ardbeg’s Rollercoaster made its U.S. debut at the Whisky Classic, and we’ll get some of the details from Dr. Bill Lumsden. We’ll also hear about plans for the first U.S. Ardbeg Committee gathering this April in Chicago, and Rick Wassmund of Copper Fox will tell us about his latest single malt from Virginia. In the news, John MacLellan leaves Burn Stewart Distillers for Kilchoman, Texas gets its first-ever bourbon, Denmark gets a new single malt, and the WhiskyCast iPhone app is now available!


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Episode 241: February 28, 2010

France is known more for wine and cognac than whisky, but Jean Donnay hopes to change that perception. Jean’s Glann ar Mor Distillery on the Brittany Coast is already receiving high marks for its whisky, and was a runner-up for Distiller of the Year in Whisky Magazine’s 2010 Icons of Whisky Awards. We’ll hear from Jean in this week’s episode, along with tasting notes for two Glann ar Mor expressions. In the news, Whisky Magazine announces its World Whiskies Awards, Maker’s Mark makes a choice for its new bourbon, and comments on the last episode’s interview with Ralfy Mitchell of Ralfy.com.


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Episode 240: February 21, 2010

We’ve seen an explosion in the number of whisky bloggers over the past year, and one of the most popular is Ralfy Mitchell of Ralfy.com. His whisky rating videos have become a hit on YouTube, and we sat down to talk at the recent Victoria Whisky Festival. In the news, Compass Box has something special planned for the upcoming Whisky Live London, another new whisky from The Dalmore, Buffalo Trace goes Canadian, and Bonhams puts a Glenfiddich bottling of casks from 1937 and 1939 on the auction block next week.


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Episode 239: February 14, 2010

English farmers send barley north to Scotland, and sooner or later, the Scots send it back as whisky. The Nelstrop family has been growing barley for decades, and decided to change that formula. The first English single malt whisky in more than a century is now available from the family’s St. George’s Distillery in Norfolk. In the news, the finalists have been selected in the Spirit of Speyside Festival Whisky Awards, Malt Advocate Magazine announces its 2009 award winners, and tasting notes for a rare Glenfiddich single cask bottling.


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Episode 238: February 7, 2010

Call it beginner’s luck if you want, but Peter Hunt’s first batch of single malt spirit received rave reviews at the recent Victoria Whisky Festival…even though it was only two months old. Peter’s the distiller at Victoria Spirits, a converted British Columbia winery now producing highly-regarded gin and as we’ll learn in this episode, plans to produce a 100% British Columbia single malt whisky. In the news, the first interview with Al Fastier of the Antarctic Heritage Trust on the successful recovery of not just two cases of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 100-year-old whisky, but a third case of whisky and two cases of brandy! Also, Edrington and Berry Brothers swap whisky assets…and reports of a new Ardbeg expression!


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