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 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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Episode 203: June 7, 2009

Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace usually comes out with something unusual every summer when he unleashes his latest Experimental Collection releases on the world. This year, he’s releasing one of the distillery’s older experiments — bourbon aged in two different types of oak casks for 15 years. One batch was aged in coarse-grained oak from fast-growth forests, and the other was aged in fine-grain oak from slow-growth forests. He’ll tell us what he found in this week’s episode.


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Episode 202: May 30, 2009

It’s hard enough just to keep track of whiskies, but F. Paul Pacult does just that…and rums, tequilas, gins…you name it. Paul names his top spirits of 2009 in the latest edition of the Spirit Journal, and he’ll share some of his favorites in this episode. In the news, Campari closes on the purchase of Wild Turkey, Isle of Jura goes elemental, Buffalo Trace gets experimental, and the results of Kilchoman’s charity auction are astronomical…


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Episode 201: May 24, 2009

It’s festival week on Islay, and thousands of people are on the island for this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music. The festival is more than just a celebration of the island’s 8 distilleries…it celebrates a unique cultural heritage as well and Feis Ile chairman Kevin Murphy will explain. In the news, U.S. Senators are eyeing whisky and other alcoholic beverages with an eye to raising taxes, there are new 40-year-old malts from Glengoyne and it’s sister label Chieftain’s, Suntory releases a new 12-year-old Hibiki in the U.K., and we’ll get an update on the revival of Glenglassaugh from Stuart Nickerson.


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Episode 200: May 16, 2009

It’s a milestone episode of WhiskyCast, and we’ll hear from veteran whisky writer and Malt Maniac Dave Broom of Whisky Magazine in this week’s episode. In the news, there’s a controversy developing over whisky tastings at The Gathering in Edinburgh in July…Regis LeMaitre has two new bottlings to go mad over, and Willie Tait tells us about the return of The Dalmore to the U.S.


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Episode 199: May 10, 2009

It’s another road trip for WhiskyCast…this time to the Spirit of Toronto festival! The festival is in its fifth year, and better than ever. We’ll hear from Dan Tullio of Canadian Club about the debut of CC’s 20-year-old expression in North America, Mike Harrison of Berry Bros. & Rudd gives us a sneak preview of the first-ever kosher expression of The Glenrothes and new expressions from Cutty Sark, and John Hall of Kittling Ridge tells us about the upcoming port wood version of Forty Creek!


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