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 253: May 16, 2010

Annabel Meikle does double duty…serving as a sensory whisky expert and educator for Glenmorangie and also serving as a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s tasting panel. We’ll discuss everything from training one’s nose to the role of women in the whisky industry in this week’s episode. In the news, Supernova comes around faster than Halley’s Comet, Forty Creek will release a rarity…a Canadian whisky using Canadian Oak, and a question about WhiskyCast advertising and conflicts of interest.


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Episode 252: May 9, 2010

Dennis Hendry is one of the true characters of the whisky business. He manages the visitors center and leads tours at Aberlour, and is regarded as one of the top distillery tour guides in Scotland. You’ll hear why in this week’s episode, along with some of the behind-the-scenes stories that usually never see the light of day. In the news, a new lawsuit reveals the reason for Sazerac’s split from the Kentucky Distillers Association, results of the latest McTear’s whisky auction, and the cartoonists do it again…taking a swipe at Glenfiddich!


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Episode 251: May 3, 2010

There’s a locked door at the Glenrothes Distillery, which normally is not open to visitors. The sign above the door reads “I.S.” — and stands for “Inner Sanctum.” Ronnie Cox has the key to that door, and his inner sanctum has samples of every Glenrothes single malt expression ever released. We’ll go through a couple of very rare Glenrothes whiskies during a chat with Ronnie on this episode. In the news, William Grant & Sons buys the Tullamore Dew range of Irish whiskies and the results of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Awards.


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Episode 250: April 25, 2010

Back from Scotland, and plenty to talk about. This episode features highlights from the World Whiskies Conference in Glasgow, as well as a rare interview with retired Suntory master blender Dr. Koichi Inatomi. In the news, Springbank’s distillery manager heads north to take over Duncan Taylor’s new distillery project in Huntly, along with a new 40-year-old single malt from Glenfarclas, Highland Park’s plans to phase out two travel retail releases, and new travel retail expressions from The Balvenie and Grant’s.


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Episode 249: April 19, 2009

I had a great experience today, and decided it warranted a special mid-week episode recorded on board a First ScotRail train from Aberdeen to Glasgow. Michael Urquhart gave me a private tour of the Gordon & MacPhail warehouses and sample room in Elgin, along with a tasting of several G&M bottlings, including the new 70-year-old Mortlach! Along the way, we talked about the family’s history in the whisky business, nosing and tasting, and much more!


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Episode 248: April 17, 2009

This episode comes from the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie, Scotland…the heart of Speyside! We’ll hear from Highlander co-owner Duncan Elphick and the manager of the Highlander’s world-class whisky bar, Tatsu Minagawa, about the Highlander’s history and its whisky selection. In the news, Scotch whisky exports hit a new high despite the economy, a mothballed Speyside distillery will be sold and closed forever, new distillery tours, and a new GlenDronach. I’ll also go to whisky school with Donald Renwick and the faculty at Royal Lochnagar!


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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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