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!
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
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
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
This month, we’re back at the “Barthenon” in Cherry Hill, New Jersey to taste Irish whiskies with the guys from the blog “It’s Just the Booze Dancing”. Mike Farley, John Maxwell, Angelo Veneziano, Chris Eattock, and Ray Kassekert tasted the Paddy Irish blended whiskey, Tyrconnell’s 14-year-old single malt, and the Redbreast 15 single pot still whiskey.
Links: Paddy | Tyrconnell | Redbreast
This month, we’re bringing together two brothers who only get to see each other a couple of times a year for a Skype-based blind single malt tasting. David Lavin, Kevin Lavin, and Kevin’s girlfriend Stephanie Buchert tasted the Speyburn 10, the Arran 14, and the Talisker Storm.
Links: Speyburn | Arran | Talisker
There’s an old saying that wisdom comes from the mouth of babes. That was proven true with this month’s panel, when 6-year-old Maggie DeYoung told her father John that talking about whisky to the world “was a great responsibility” and generously offered to help her Dad in any way that she could. John and his wife Jay make up half of our tasting panel this month, along with Jill-Ann and Robert Mark. What’s more…they nosed and tasted this month’s whiskies blindly, and weren’t told until they had finished each whisky what they were evaluating. This month’s whiskies are variations on the traditional peated single malt Scotch: Bowmore’s Devil’s Casks, the lightly peated Cù Bòcan from Tomatin, and Laphroaig’s 2013 Cairdeas Port Cask Finish.
Links: Bowmore | Cù Bòcan | Laphroaig
The holidays are here, and that means gathering for a dram with family and friends. This month, Mark’s joined by his son-in-law, Colton Smith, Dr. Sean McMillan, and Sean’s brother-in-law, Chris Killilea, and they’re tasting three Irish whiskies: Powers Gold Label, Writer’s Tears, and the Knappogue Castle 16-year-old Twin Wood single malt.
Links: Powers | Writer’s Tears | Knappogue Castle
This month, our tasting panel is sacrificing Virgins at the annual PhilCon science fiction convention in Philadelphia…Virgin Oaks, that is. Bill Ricker, Mark Richards, Wrenn Simms, and Dennis McCunney tasted the Deanston Virgin Oak, the Glen Garioch Virgin Oak, and Glenmorangie’s Ealanta, which was matured for 19 years in Virgin Oak casks.
Links: Deanston | Glen Garioch | Glenmorangie | PhilCon
October means chilly weather as the leaves turn bright red and orange, and the autumn colors were especially vibrant as our tasting panel gathered in Ottawa, Ontario…Canada’s capital city. Davin de Kergommeaux, Emmett Hossack, and Herb Wallace tasted four Canadian whiskies: Stalk & Barrel Single Malt Cask #3 from Still Waters Distillery, Masterson’s Rye, Wiser’s Legacy, and Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve.
Links: Still Waters Distillery | Masterson’s Rye | Wiser’s | Forty Creek
This special episode of WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings was recorded on location at Canada’s Forty Creek Distillery during its annual “Whisky Weekend” at the end of September, 2013. Mark Gillespie moderated a tasting panel with Forty Creek’s John Hall, Canadian Whisky Awards founder and author Davin de Kergommeaux, and the “Whisky Lassie,” Johanne McInnis.
While Forty Creek is a sponsor of WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings, we have elected to present this tasting panel as a special episode because of its educational value to whisky lovers as a rare opportunity to hear whisky writers discuss a flight of whiskies with the person who created them. WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie maintained editorial control over the content of this episode, and the opinions of each panelist are his or her own.
Links: Forty Creek | Canadian Whisky |The Whisky Lassie