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!

WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: October 2013

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

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: Forty Creek Special

Forty Creek Heart of Gold bottles being filled at the distillery on July 11, 2013. Image © 2013 by Mark Gillespie.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

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: September 2013

This month features our annual “Friends & Family” tasting panel, and comes to you from St. Mary’s, Georgia. Mark’s son-in-law, Colton Smith, and his fellow Marines Christopher Moon and Joe Clark tasted four flavored whiskies aimed at younger palates: Bushmills Irish Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Knob Creek Smoked Maple, and Red Stag Hardcore Cider.

Links: Bushmills | Jack Daniel’s | Knob CreekRed Stag

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: August 2013

This month, we’re tasting whiskies with the “Lounge Lizards” at Karl Kadar’s home in Newark, Delaware. In addition to Karl, our panelists are Aaron Spector, Gary Cline, Steve Husaim, Mason Tyler, and Matt Taylor.These guys have a thing for Islay whiskies, and that’s a good thing, because they’re tasting The Laddie Ten from Bruichladdich, Bowmore’s Dorus Mor (Tempest outside the U.S.), the Laphroaig 10-year-old, and the Jura 10 from just across the strait.

Links: Jura | Bruichladdich | Bowmore | Laphroaig

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: July 2013

The guys from the “Barthenon” and the blog “It’s Just the Booze Dancing” return to WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings this month (actually, we went to the Barthenon), and they’re tasting Bourbons. Our panel of Angelo Veneziano, Chris Eattock, John Maxwell, Mike Farley, and Ray Kassekert tasted the Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel, Basil Hayden’s, the John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Bourbon, and Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbons.  Our panel had some strong opinions, as well as a lot of fun.

This month, we also welcome Forty Creek Canadian Whisky as the new sponsor of WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings. Thanks to John Hall, Beth Warner, and everyone at Forty Creek for their support!

Links: Russell’s Reserve | Basil Hayden’s | John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Bourbon | Jefferson’s Reserve

Correction: During this episode’s discussion of Basil Hayden’s, the comment was made that Basil Hayden’s uses the same mash bill as Jim Beam and Knob Creek. According to Beam, the Basil Hayden’s mash bill contains twice as much rye as traditional bourbons. 


WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: April 2013

Redbreast 12 Cask StrengthOur tasting panel gathered at Whisky Live New York for this month’s episode. Hana Choi, Olaf Asprink, Susannah Skiver Barton, Angelo Veneziano, John Maxwell, and special guest Ian Chang of Taiwan’s King Car Distillery tasted four whiskies from around the world: France’s Brenne Estate Cask, Invergordon Batch One single grain Scotch from Master of Malt’s “That Boutique-y Whisky Company”, Balcones Fifth Anniversary Texas Straight Bourbon, and the Redbreast 12 Cask Strength from Ireland.

Links: Whisky Live | What Tastes Good Blog | King Car/Kavalan | It’s Just the Booze Dancing Blog | Brenne Estate Cask | Master of Malt | Balcones | Redbreast


WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: March 2013

This month, we’ve brought together a panel of novice whisky tasters with more enthusiasm than experience and turned them loose on three very different whiskies. Jim McVeigh, Carolyn Strater, and Matthew Morlock tasted the Mellow Corn Straight Corn Whiskey from Kentucky, Suntory’s Hibiki 12-year-old blended whisky from Japan, and the Highland Park 12-year-old single malt from Scotland.

Links: Mellow Corn | Hibiki | Highland Park

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: February 2013

Our panel gathered via Skype this month to taste a series of single malts. Evan Chapman, Edwin Vargas, Jennifer Chung, and Steve Gillette tasted the Glen Garioch 12, the Springbank 21, and Highland Park’s 25-year-old.

Links: Glen Garioch | Springbank | | Highland Park

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings: January 2013

This month, our tasting panel gathered at the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, British Columbia. Hanna Raskin, Johanne McInnis, and Graham MacKenny tasted four whiskies that scored highly in the 2012 Canadian Whisky Awards: Century Reserve Lot 15/25, Gibson’s Finest 12, Forty Creek Confederation Oak, and Alberta Premium Dark Horse.

Links:  Canadian Whisky Awards | The Perfect Whisky Match | Seattle Weekly | Gibson’s Finest | Highwood Distillers | Forty Creek  | Alberta Premium

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WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings, December 2012

With the holiday season at hand, this month’s “Friends & Family” tasting panel of Mike McElligott, Jim Ely, and Jason Herceg tasted three high-end Blended Scotch whiskies that are popular as holiday gifts: Dewar’s Signature, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, and Chivas Royal Salue 21.

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