The WhiskyCast Tasting Panel is your place to test your nosing skills. Each month, we bring together a panel of listeners to taste and score whiskies. You generally won’t find the ultra-rare exclusive bottlings here…we focus on whiskies that you’re most likely to find at your local pub or retailer. If you’re interested in being on the tasting panel for an upcoming episode, just use our contact form to get in touch!

A Blind Whisky Tasting Leads to Surprises

Davin de Kergommeaux (L), Mark Bylok (C), and Frank McDonald (R) tasted the whiskies for this month's episode. Photo ©2018, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

This month, we put our panel to the test and had them taste three whiskies blind. The only thing Davin de Kergommeaux, Mark Bylok, and Frank McDonald knew was that they were tasting peated single malts from Scotland, and we’ll keep you guessing, too…right up until we reveal the whiskies and surprise all three panelists! Our panel gathered at the Wonderful World of Whisky Show at the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario, and we’re grateful to Ian Bentley and the entire staff of the NAV Centre for their help in making this episode possible.


Links: NAV Centre | CanadianWhisky.org | The Whisky Topic | Companions of the Quaich

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Four Whiskies, Four Countries

The January 2018 Tasting Panel (L-R) Pat Dunlop, Adam Bradshaw, Dan Rampling, and Emily de Korte. Photo ©2018, Mark Gillespie, CaskStrength Media.

This time around, we’re on the road in Victoria, British Columbia to taste four whiskies from four different countries with some of the folks from The Strath whisky and spirits shop as part of the annual Victoria Whisky Festival. Pat Dunlop, Adam Bradshaw, Dan Rampling, and Emily de Korte tasted the Bernheim 7-year-old Straight Wheat Whiskey from Kentucky, Penderyn’s Madeira Finish Welsh single malt, the Glenglassaugh Revival single malt from Scotland, and Nikka’s Coffey Malt from Japan.


Links: The Strath | Victoria Whisky Festival | Bernheim | Penderyn | Glenglassaugh | Nikka

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Three Wise Men Tasting Whiskies for the Holidays

December's Tasting Panel (L-R): Mike Farley, Angelo Veneziano, and Sam Speers. Photo 2017, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

With the holiday season in full swing, we turned to three “wise men” for this month’s Tasting Panel and gave them three single malt Scotch whiskies to taste and score. Mike Farley, Angelo Veneziano, and Sam Speers tasted the Oban 14, The Glenburgie 15 from the Ballantine’s Single Malt Series, and the 18-year-old Highland Park Full Volume. There’s also a bonus holiday dram at the end, too.


Links: Oban | The Glenburgie | Highland Park

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Tasting Single Malts in New Brunswick

November's Tasting Panel members (L-R): Tyrone Cotie, Tanya Gracie, and Rhonda Moore. Photo ©2017, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

This time around, we’re tasting Highland single malts with a panel of Canadian whisky lovers at the New Brunswick Spirits Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Rhonda Moore, Tanya Gracie, and Tyrone Cotie sat down to nose and taste the Glenfiddich Solera Reserve 15-year-old single malt, The Dalmore 12, and the Talisker 10, and also shared their stories of visiting Glenfiddich and Talisker. We’ll also crown a new Whisky Club of the Month and tell you how you can be part of a tasting panel for an upcoming episode.


Links: New Brunswick Spirits Festival | Glenfiddich | The Dalmore | Talisker

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A is for Australia, B is for Bourbon…

Our tasting panel this month (L-R): Colton Smith, Chris Tatzenko, and Lilith Morgan. Photo ©2017, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

No, we’re not tasting Australian Bourbons…we have Australians tasting Bourbons this time around! Lilith Morgan and Chris Tatzenko make the long trip from Australia to the U.S. each year for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and stopped by the WhiskyCast studio during a side trip to New York City. Colton Smith joined them to taste four Bourbons: the Four Roses Al Young 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch, the 2o17 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, the 2017 Angel’s Envy Cask Strength limited edition, and a special bottling of Weller 107 for Julio’s Liquors in Massachusetts that blends together two barrels of Bourbon.


Links: Four Roses | Old Forester | Angel’s Envy | Julio’s Liquors

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Whisky Tasting at Houston’s Reserve 101

Our tasting panel for this episode (L-R): Reserve 101 owner Mike Raymond, bartender Christa Havican, and Houston whisky writer Nath Pizzolato. Photo ©2017, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

We’re back with a new name, but with the same goal of opening up whisky conversation as regular whisky lovers taste, rate, and debate whiskies from around the world! This month, we’re in Houston, Texas at Reserve 101, one of the city’s best whisky bars, to taste the Brenne 10-year-old French single malt, the Glen Grant 18-year-old single malt, and Sonoma County Distilling’s Cherrywood Rye from California.

We should note that our panel was recorded before Hurricane Harvey devastated many parts of Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. Fortunately, the bar and our panelists – Reserve 101 owner Mike Raymond, bartender Christa Havican, and Houston whisky writer Nath Pizzolatto – all made it through the flooding safely. However, many of their friends and neighbors were less fortunate, and we’ll tell you how you can support the region’s recovery efforts, too.


Links: Reserve 101 | Brenne Whisky | Glen Grant | Sonoma County Distilling | Greater Houston Community Foundation

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: April 2015

We’re back after a winter hiatus, and diving right into the controversy over “no-age-statement” whiskies. Our tasting panel takes on three of these “NAS” single malts, as Pat Goodfellow, Chris Anderson, Brett Gordon, and Brianna Gillespie taste The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve, Talisker Storm, and Laphroaig Select. We’re also honoring two whisky clubs as our Whisky Clubs of the Month!


Links: The Glenrothes | Talisker | Laphroaig

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: September 2014

September is Bourbon Heritage Month, and this month’s panel is tasting what else…Bourbons. Justin Victor and John DeYoung joined us via Skype, while Dan Huntzinger was in the studio with Mark Gillespie to taste the Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask Finished Bourbon, the 2014 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch, and the 23-year-old Elijah Craig Single Barrel. We also have another whisky club to honor as this month’s Whisky Club of the Month, too!


Links: Jim Beam | Four Roses | Elijah Craig

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: August 2014

This month, our panel tastes three Rye whiskies. John McCarroll, Tim Quernes, and Mike Parrish taste Knob Creek Rye, Russell’s Reserve Rye, and the Rittenhouse Rye 10-year-old Bottled in Bond from Heaven Hill. We’ll also kick off a new feature on WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings honoring the whisky club of the month.


Links: Knob Creek | Russell’s Reserve | Rittenhouse Rye

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: June 2014

We’re back from spring break, and it’s time to taste some whiskies with our tasting panel of Sean McMillan, Chris Killilea, and Brianna Gillespie. They’re tasting the Auchentoshan American Oak, Tomatin’s new 14-year-old Port finish, and the Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Edition from Compass Box.


Links: Auchentoshan | Tomatin | Compass Box

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