WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 13th 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”.
Everyone makes mistakes, and on this episode, we’ll look back at the mild controversy over how I butchered the name of a certain city in the Netherlands, as well as a tongue-in-cheek look at the unique pronunciations you’ll find in Scotland. There’s also a news update and a complete events calendar, along with help from one WhiskyCast listener to another!
Feel like a vacation? We’ll take a look at planning the perfect whisky vacation with Caroline Dewar of Distillery Destinations. In the news update, Glen Garioch’s preparing to welcome guests to its new vistors center, Glasgow is gearing up for the Festival of Whisky later this month, and John Hansell’s putting the final touches on the new edition of Malt Advocate Magazine. Finally, how would you pronounce “Groningen” on your first try. Apparently, I didn’t get it quite right in the last episode.
Links: Distillery Destinations | Malt Advocate | Whisky Magazine | Morrison Bowmore | Glen Garioch
It’s a new year, and WhiskyCast is back at the bar with a complete roundup of whisky news and a packed event calendar for the first three months of the year. Whisky Magazine editor Dominic Roskrow unveils a big surprise for Whisky Live New York in April, and we’ll swing on the Spice Tree with John Glaser of Compass Box.
Links: Compass Box | Pernod Ricard | Malt Advocate | Monk’s Cafe | Whisky Live | Highland Park | Whiskies of the World Expo
It’s the holiday season, and the final WhiskyCast episode for 2005 focuses on the marriage between whisky and food. Forget about wine and cheese…John Glaser of Compass Box says whisky and cheese makes a better combination. Woodford Reserve executive chef David Larson treats fine whiskies like varietal wines, and uses bourbon in almost everything he cooks. There’s also a special surprise at the end. Happy Holidays!
Links: Pernod Ricard | Compass Box | Woodford Reserve | The Recipes
Issue #52 of Whisky Magazine is out, and we’ll get an update from editor Dominic Roskrow on what you’ll find inside. Also, it’s not too soon to make your travel plans for the spring. Riannon Walsh gives us a preview of the Whiskies of the World Expo coming up in San Francisco in late March. She’s also been busy working on a new project…a nosing glass that could put Riedels to shame!
Links: The Scotch Blog | Victoria Whisky Festival | Whisky Magazine | Whiskies of the World Expo | Celtic Malts
Last Saturday, the Wall Street Journal looked at the controversy over “finishing” whisky, with this question in the headline: “What’s in that bottle?” In this episode, we’ll look at the debate over finishing whiskies with Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich, Simon Brooking of The Dalmore, and Malt Advocate editor and publisher John Hansell.
Award-winning whiskies dominate this edition of WhiskyCast! We’ll hear from Graham Coull of Glen Moray, the home of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2006 Single Malt Scotch of the Year. Also, award-winners from the Malt Maniacs and The Spirit Journal’s F. Paul Pacult — and a childhood memory from Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark.
Links: Maker’s Mark | Glen Moray | Malt Advocate | d.b.a. New York | The Dalmore | Victoria Whisky Festival | Whiskies of the World Expo | Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | Malt Maniacs | The Spirit Journal
Oak barrels and Scotch Whisky go hand in hand, but The Famous Grouse has a new twist on this marriage with a rare Scottish Oak-aged whisky. You’ll find the details from Helen Potter of The Famous Grouse in this episode, along with news on a chance to invest in a distillery, holiday specials, and an interview with The Dalmore’s Simon Brooking.
Links: Food Network | Ardbeg | Isle of Jura | The Macallan | Victoria Whisky Festival | Glenmorangie | The Famous Grouse | The Dalmore
In this episode, Lawrence Graham gives us an update on January’s Victoria Whisky Festival. Our news update reports Scottish politicians and the whisky industry have come to terms on formal designations for Scotch whiskies, and we’ll have an update on the North American release of Jim Murray’s 2006 Whisky Bible, along with kudos for WhiskyCast.
Links: Whisky Magazine | Scotch Whisky Association | Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | The Scotch Blog | Bruichladdich | Park Avenue Liquors | Maker’s Mark | d.b.a. New York | Victoria Whisky Festival
A special episode recorded on location at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, as Malt Advocate publisher John Hansell discusses the winners of this year’s Malt Advocate Whisky Awards. In the news, the owner of Glenfiddich and The Balvenie expands to China, where whisky sales are booming. Pernod Ricard is considering cuts at its distilleries and bottling plants in Scotland, and a list of upcoming whisky events around the world.
Links: Monk’s Cafe | Glenfiddich | The Balvenie | Scotch Whisky Association | Pernod Ricard | World Whiskies Conference | Malt Advocate