WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 15th 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”.
Time for an update on new whiskies heading for your local bar or retailer, including the 2006 lineup for Diageo’s Classic Malts and Rare Malts series and new releases from Bunnahabhain and Compass Box. We’ll hear from the folks at Glenfarclas, just named Whisky Magazine’s Distiller of the Year, Also, an update on next month’s Spirit of Speyside Festival and more on the “weapons-grade whisky” controversy.
Links: Classic Malts | Bunnahabhain | Compass Box | Glenfarclas | Scotch Whisky Association | Bruichladdich | Spirit of Speyside Festival | Whisky Magazine
It’s a milestone of sorts for WhiskyCast, with 25 episodes now on the web! We’ll celebrate independent spirit in this episode. Bruichladdich’s Mark Reynier explains just what he and his mates were thinking when they distilled a weapons-grade whisky from a 300-year-old recipe last week. We’ll hear from Penderyn co-founder Brian Morgan on his distillery’s delays in getting the first Welsh whisky in a century into the United States, and news of a new distribution deal for one of Canada’s most underrated whiskies…all on this special edition of WhiskyCast!
Links: Bruichladdich | Forty Creek | Penderyn | Tullibardine
This cask-strength episode spans the globe, from controversies in India to whiskies that are fiery and smoky in Islay. We’ll also re-visit an old friend of WhiskyCast, as Dawn Callan’s group “Gopher Baroque” debuts their new song “Shipwrecked Whisky”!
Links: Glenmorangie | Ardbeg | Scotch Whisky Association | Bruichladdich | Smokehead | Whisky Magazine | Gopher Baroque
What’s a whisky lover to do when tasting and collecting just aren’t enough? How about taking the ultimate distillery tour…where you actually work at the distillery for a few days. We’ll learn about getting a graduate degree in “whisky science” from Bladnoch Distillery owner Raymond Armstrong. In the news, registration is open for a new conference bringing together whisky industry leaders, plus honors for The Whisky Shop, a new release from Ian Macleod, new developments at Glengoyne, and much more…all on this episode of WhiskyCast!
Links: World Whiskies Conference | The Whisky Shop | Morrison Bowmore | Ian MacLeod | Glengoyne | Whisky Magazine | Bladnoch | Wild Scotsman | Bruichladdich | Maker’s Mark
In the last episode, we discussed the controversy in Greece and India over an Athens bar display featuring a Hindu goddess carrying bottles of Southern Comfort whiskey. The display infuriated members of the Hindu faith, and Brown-Forman executive Phil Lynch explains how the company is trying to resolve the situation. On a happier note, we have news of new releases from Arran and The Glenlivet, along with the one place whisky and cars do go together — on the race track!
Links: Diageo | Johnnie Walker | Team McLaren | Crown Royal | Arran Distillers | The Glenlivet | Southern Comfort | Brown-Forman
Whisky inspires passion, and we’ll get the proof on this episode of WhiskyCast. Why else would a man release a special single malt to honor his great-great-great grandfather’s 200th birthday? Why else would a woman travel from Japan to Scotland to make her home and her career helping others discover whisky, then self-publish one of the best books ever written on Scotch Whisky history? And unfortunately, why would Hindus be upset over what they see as blasphemy when a bar portrays one of their goddesses toting a bottle of whisky? All that…and more on this episode of WhiskyCast.
Links: Pernod Ricard | Glenfarclas | Whisky Magazine | Southern Comfort | Brown-Forman
The next few weeks will be full of whisky events around the world, and we’ll find out more about Whisky Live, the Whiskies of the World Expo, and WhiskyFest Chicago. In the news, bidding continues in Whisky Magazine’s charity auction, the Spirit of Speyside Festival is looking for Moray’s best photos, and one man has found a new way to mix whisky with computers.
Links: Whisky Magazine | Spirit of Speyside Festival | The Whisky PC | Whisky Live | International Malt Whisky Festival | Whiskies of the World Expo | WhiskyFest | The Whisky Fair
It’s Super Bowl weekend in the US, and we’ll get some tips for planning the big event from Brown-Forman’s CEO — “Chief Entertaining Officer” Tim Laird. In the news, Heaven Hill reaches a milestone, a Penderyn co-founder is honored, and new data shows the extent of binge drinking in Great Britain.
Links: Heaven Hill | Penderyn | The Gallup Poll | Whisky Magazine | Brown-Forman
Internet whisky forums are buzzing with rumors about the fate of The Balvenie Founder’s Reserve, and we’ll have the answer to those rumors directly from The Balvenie’s global brand manager, Jens Tholstrup! Also, a facelift and new name for Jim Beam Brands, a top Diageo executive announces his plans to leave the company, and the answer to a whisky newcomer’s question about Johnnie Walker Swing…all on this episode of WhiskyCast!
Links: The Balvenie | Beam | Diageo | Malt Advocate | Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible | The Scotch Blog | William Grant & Sons | Johnnie Walker
Plenty of new developments to talk about in this episode…new leadership in place at the Scotch Whisky Association, Johnnie Walker honored in an unusual way, Sazerac Rye Whisky returns to New Orleans just in time for Mardi Gras, and Bruichladdich’s Mark Reynier gives us an in-depth look at the Burns Night distillation of an unusually rare whisky. Plus…is that Bruichladdich 10-year-old whisky really 10 years old? yes…and then some!
Links: Bruichladdich | Scotch Whisky Association | Wine Enthusiast | Johnnie Walker | Sazerac