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 219: September 26, 2009

A double feature this week…the latest issue of Malt Advocate is out. John Hansell will give us a preview, and we’ll also talk about next month’s WhiskyFest in San Francisco. Mikael Mossvall of Mackmyra will give us an update on Sweden’s only single malt whisky and plans to export it to the U.S. in 2010. In the news, Jack and Jim pull out of NASCAR, new whiskies from Compass Box, Benromach, and Douglas Laing, and tasting notes for 10 different whiskies!


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Episode 218: September 19, 2009

The Macallan folks like to do things big…like the new $15,000 Macallan Lalique expression: 57-year-old Macallan in a Lalique decanter! Ken Grier is the director of malts for Macallan parent Edrington Group, and he’ll update us on the latest from the Macallan and Highland Park, including the 1824 Collection series of travel retail expressions and the upcoming Highland Park 1964 and 1968 vintage releases. In the news, the Bourbon Hall of Fame welcomes 7 new members, $20,000 gets you your own whisky from Whyte and Mackay, and a look at the science of the cocktail.


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Episode 217: September 12, 2009

This time around, we’ll have highlights from the Whisky Guild’s “Whisky on the Hudson” cruise, including the US debuts of the Balvenie Madeira Cask, Suntory’s Hibiki blended whisky, and Laphroaig’s new 18-year-old Scotch. In the news, Bowmore comes out with another edition of its legendary 1964 whiskies, Kilchoman debuts its first single malt, and bureaucrats on the loose!


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Episode 216: September 6, 2009

For the first time, Diageo is releasing single cask bottlings from all 27 of its malt distilleries in Scotland. Diageo’s malt master, Dr. Nick Morgan, explains how the Manager’s Choice malts were selected, and also previews this year’s Distiller’s Edition series of single malts. Graeme Wallace will preview the first Whisky Show in London coming up in November, and we’ll listen in on the first (ri)1 Iron Bartender Competition held in New York this past week. In the news, new single malts from Ardbeg, Bowmore, Edradour, and Glen Garioch, and I taste a 30-year-old Lagavulin!


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Episode 215: August 28, 2009

A bit of Irish distilling history is being brought back to life this weekend, if only for one day. Commercial shipping along Ireland’s Grand Canal ended 50 years ago this year…shortly after the closing of the Locke’s Distillery in Kilbeggan. Cooley brought the Old Kilbeggan Distillery back to life two years ago, and now, whisky and history buffs are recreating the shipping of whiskey casks from Kilbeggan to Dublin to honor the surviving men who sailed up and down the Canal. In the news, more political problems for Diageo, an anniversary bottling for Johnnie Walker, new whiskies from Connemara and Bruichladdich…and much more!


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Episode 214: August 22, 2009

Last time around, I mentioned the Laing Brothers and their vatting of casks from Laphroaig and Macallan to create the “Double Barrel.” It was so intriguing that I decided to get Stewart Laing on the phone to explain it…and their plans to bring together casks from other distilleries with opposing taste profiles. In the news, the results of this week’s Bonhams whisky auction, Arran names a whisky after the distillery peacock…who promptly takes off, Jefferson’s Bourbon goes Presidential, and tasting notes on the new 25-year-old Rittenhouse Rye coming from Heaven Hill!


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Episode 213: August 15, 2009

Today marks the birthday of a legend in the bourbon business. Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee turns 90 today, and his friends marked the milestone with a party at the distillery. I had the chance to interview Elmer in the fall of 2006, and he’ll share some of his stories with us in that interview. In the news, Buffalo Trace unveils this year’s Antique Collection, Chris Morris tells us about this year’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, The Whisky Exchange unveils a new line of single cask bottlings, and the Laing Brothers put Macallan and Laphroaig together.


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Episode 212: August 9, 2009

This time around, we’ll focus on two upcoming whisky festivals in Europe. Maltstock will bring together whisky clubs and individuals from around Europe for a weekend in the Netherlands, and Teun van Wel will tell us how the event came together. Chris Maybin of La Maison du Whisky will preview next month’s Whisky Live Paris for us as well. In the news, the whisky world is mourning the death of longtime Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jimmy Bedford, Four Roses unveils the second release in its Meritage Collection series of bourbons…and more layoffs in Scotland.


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Episode 211: August 2, 2009

If you’ve never had a chance to attend a master class with Whyte & Mackay’s Richard Paterson, you’re missing out on an education…and a great time. In this week’s episode, you’ll get to listen in as the master blender teaches a group of New York City bartenders about The Dalmore. In the news, Glenfiddich confirms its new 50-year-old single malt, Suntory does the same with Hibiki and surprises the U.S. with a rare Yamazaki release, Park Avenue Liquors has a bunch of new single cask releases coming in…and Parker Beam’s done it again!


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Episode 210: July 25, 2009

It’s been a busy year at GlenDronach and BenRiach distilleries…the investor group led by Billy Walker added GlenDronach to their portfolio less than a year ago, and are already revamping the entire range. Their BenRiach malts have won 17 medals in competitions over the last few weeks…and Alastair Walker brings us up to date in this episode. In the news, the Scottish Government may offer Diageo public funding to keep the Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock open, Heaven Hill unveils the latest release in Parker Beam’s Heritage Collection of bourbons…and tasting notes for some new spirits.


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