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”.
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
It’s time to celebrate one of Scotland’s legends…the poet Robert Burns. While Burns Night is associated with Scotch Whisky, only one distillery is allowed to use Burns’ name and image on its whiskies. We’ll talk about the Robert Burns whiskies with Douglas Davidson of Arran Distillery in Ayrshire. Also, an update from Whisky Magazine’s Dominic Roskrow on the new issue of Whisky Magazine, new releases from Kentucky and Scotland, and the events calendar.
Links: Arran | Robert Burns.org | Evan Williams | Alberta Distillers | Malt Advocate | Whisky Magazine
We’ll span the world in this episode, and hear the story of a Kentucky lawyer who took his great-great-grandfather’s whiskey formula and turned it into a modern classic. Tom Bulleit explains the legend behind his Bulleit Frontier Bourbon Whiskey. In the news, bidding has opened for one of two special bottles of Whisky Magazine’s Speyside vatting to combat hunger and poverty, Bruichladdich brings back an ancient classic for Burns Night, and another pronunciation lesson…all on this episode of WhiskyCast!
Links: Bulleit Bourbon | Whisky Magazine | Bruichladdich | Malt Advocate | Munich Whisky Festival | Lindores Whisky Society | International Malt Whisky Festival
Bowmore’s new visitors center will open later this year, and one of the key exhibits will be something most distilleries can only dream of: a nearly-complete collection of every Bowmore expression ever produced! We’ll get the details from Bowmore’s Glen Moore, along with a bad break for frequent fliers, a new whisky forum on the Web, and classes open soon at the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy.
Links: Bowmore | JetBlue | Woodford Reserve | Victoria Whisky Festival | Malt Advocate | Monk’s Cafe | Glen Garioch
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