WhiskyCast is where it all begins. Now in our 12th year, we bring you the latest whisky news each week along with 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”. You can download or stream episodes here, subscribe with Apple Podcasts, or use our RSS feed to subscribe with your favorite podcast app.

Episode 295: December 27, 2010

In the final episode of 2010, we’ll take a look back at some of the year’s more memorable moments. In the news, Tuthilltown Spirits founder Ralph Erenzo is hospitalized in critical condition after a car accident, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey has been sold, new whiskies from BenRiach and Glengoyne, and the real person in charge at Bruichladdich is retiring.


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Episode 294: December 19, 2010

Dominic Roskow took on a tough challenge for his latest book – identifying the world’s 750 best whiskies. We’ll hear from the author of “The World’s Best Whiskies: 750 Essential Drams from Tennessee to Tokyo” in this episode. In the news, Ken Storrie, the owner of Glasgow’s legendary pub “The Pot Still” has died…and his Scrooge-like landlord evicted Ken’s widow and family from the premises days before Christmas. We’ll also hear about the retirement of Woodford Reserve manager Dave Schuerich, a milestone at Heaven Hill, and some of your “Dramcember” drams.


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Episode 293: December 12, 2010

Canadian whisky has been celebrating a renaissance of sorts, with shows like “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire” renewing interest in these often-overlooked whiskies. Davin de Kergommeaux is the publisher of CanadianWhisky.org, and this past week handed out the first Canadian Whisky Awards. Davin and I discuss the winners and some other Canadian whiskies to watch for. In the news, Fortune Brands plans to shed divisions and focus on spirits, an interview with new Maker’s Mark master distiller Greg Davis, and US regulators answer the “single malt whisky” question.


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Episode 292: December 5, 2010

Each year, a dedicated group of maniacal whisky lovers takes on the challenge of tasting and judging the world’s best whiskies. The Malt Maniacs Awards is one of the world’s toughest whisky competitions, and the 2010 edition is no exception with just 12 gold medals…and 262 entries! Master Maniac Johannes van den Heuvel joins me from Amsterdam to discuss this year’s winners on this week’s episode. In the news, winter weather hits Scotland and Johnnie Walker gets a bar of its own in New York City.


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Episode 291: November 27, 2010

The last time we heard from Jim McEwan, he was leading a toast at the end of his master class at Bruichladdich during Feis Ile in May. Jim’s been a busy man since then, but he agreed to sit down for a few minutes and discuss his dalliance with distilling gin, the future of Bruichladdich as the 10th anniversay of its reopening nears, and his own approaching retirement to spend time with his grandchildren. In the news, repair work is underway at Springbank, auction results from Glasgow and Hong Kong, and the debut of the WhiskyCast Glencairn nosing glass!


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Episode 290: November 20, 2010

Whisky truly is the “water of life”, and as many as 60,000 people will benefit from the sale of one very special bottle of whisky this past week. The Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue Decanter is the largest and heaviest Lalique decanter ever made, and holds the oldest Macallan whisky ever bottled. It sold Monday night at Sotheby’s in New York for the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of whisky: $460,000. There’s complete coverage of the auction in this week’s episode, along with news from the Bonhams whisky auction in Edinburgh, several whisky competitions, and the Holiday Gift Guide has a Vegas flair.


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Episode 289: November 14, 2010

Malt Advocate held its annual WhiskyFest New York this past week, and the microdistilling community was out in force. Some of the most creative experiments in distilling are being done at American microdistilleries, and you’ll hear from some of the distillers in this episode. In the news, a boiler explosion shuts down Springbank, a $160,000 bottle of whisky is still on the market, and the Friends of Laphroaig visit the Statue of Liberty.


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Episode 288: November 7, 2010

This episode marks a milestone…the fifth anniversary of the first WhiskyCast episode. Veteran bartender and author of “Bartending for Dummies” Ray Foley joins us to discuss the art of bartending, and don’t dare refer to him as a “mixologist”. In the news, Scotch whisky exports are on the rise, new bourbons are on the way, Caperdonich comes tumbling down, and the holiday gift guide looks at new whisky-specific glassware from Villeroy & Boch.


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