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 227: November 22, 2009

Mackinlay’s Rare Old Scotch Whisky was one of the many brands destined to be part of the history books…until two cases of Mackinlay’s were discovered in 2006 beneath a hut used by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition from 1907 to 1909. Now, whisky lovers all over the world want to know what a whisky stored in ice for a century would taste like. We’ll hear from Al Fastier of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust and Richard Paterson of Whyte & Mackay on plans to recover the whisky from its icy home in February…and what should happen to it. In the news, Edrington Group plans to mothball Tamdhu Distillery, a new master distiller for The Glenlivet, and Whisky Magazine presents its U.S. Icons of Whisky Awards.


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Episode 226: November 14, 2009

The whisky world gathers every November for Malt Advocate’s WhiskyFest in New York. The 12th annual edition featured new whiskies and longtime favorites. We’ll cover the entire show in this episode, including Lifetime Achievement awards for retired Edrington Group master blender John Ramsay and Beam Global’s Robert Hicks. In the news, Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail adds two stops, Woodford Reserve releases a Seasoned Oak version, and details on a new competition for WhiskyCast listeners!


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Episode 225: November 8, 2009

America is in the forefront of a global micro-distilling boom, with more than 200 licensed artisanal distilleries. 42 of them are producing whisky, and many have received guidance from Bill Owens of the American Distilling Institute. Bill shares some of the benefits and potential pitfalls of starting a distillery in this episode. In the news, new Scotch whisky regulations will take effect later this month, Diageo changes course in the Canadian market, Glen Grant prepares for a U.S. debut, and if you missed out on tickets for Malt Advocate’s WhiskyFest New York, there’s a preview of this week’s Philadelphia Whiskey Festival.


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Episode 224: October 31, 2009

Whisky is a treat for many of us, but the trick is finding the right one (obligatory Halloween reference). Keith Law is one of the master blenders for Diageo, and suggests that a blended Scotch may be the way to go for some people. In the news, English Whisky is just a few weeks away, the Knob Creek drought of 2009 is over, The Balvenie’s coppersmith celebrates his 50th anniversary, and tasting notes for several rare Islays and the 2000 Vintage Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon.


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Episode 223: October 25, 2009

This week, I’m on the road at Proof on Main in Louisville! Heaven Hill is celebrating Parker Beam’s 50th anniversary as a distiller this weekend, and you’ll share in the fun as we hear from Parker and some of his many friends and colleagues. In the news, David Stewart scales back his duties at William Grant & Sons, new travel retail releases, and tasting notes for the Gold Bowmore! We’ll also hear from noted chef Charlie Palmer and more about one of Louisville’s best bourbon bars.


Links:  Heaven Hill | Evan Williams | William Grant & Sons | Amrut | Sullivan’s Cove | Purple Valley Imports | Christie’s | Glengoyne |  Highland Park | Knob Creek | Proof on Main | 21C Museum Hotel

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Episode 222: October 17, 2009

Time for the annual question and answer episode, as experts answer your questions about whisky. This year’s panel includes Dr. Bill Lumsden of Glenmorangie, Chris Morris of Woodford Reserve, and Diageo master blender Keith Law. In the news, Wild Turkey unveils a new bourbon, Mark Andrews of Castle Brands discusses growing bourbon and Irish whiskey sales, and thieves steal a rare collection of Springbank whiskies!


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Episode 221: October 10, 2009

Jim Murray’s 2010 Whisky Bible is out, and let the second-guessing begin. Jim’s annual guide to the world’s whiskies generates controversy every year, and he’ll answer his critics and discuss his choices for the year’s best new whiskies in this episode. In the news, new releases from The Dalmore, Glengoyne and The Glenrothes…Buffalo Trace releases more experimental bourbons, results of the International Wine & Spirits Competitions whisky awards, and Charles Maclean becomes a Master of the Quaich.


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Episode 220: October 3, 2009

Johnnie Walker sells more Scotch whisky than anyone in the world, and Diageo is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Johnnie Walker Black Label in 2009. Andrew Ford is a member of the team of master blenders that watches over the Johnnie Walker blends, and he’ll tell us about the art of blending in this episode. He’ll also answer questions submitted by listeners like you through Facebook and Twitter! In the news, Glengoyne adds a new expression, and we’ll hear from Michael Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail, John Glaser of Compass Box, and Ethan Kelley of the Brandy Library.


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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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