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 287: October 31, 2010

Serge Valentin takes whisky seriously…but not much else.  Serge Valentin of www.whiskyfun.com

His WhiskyFun.com website is among the world’s most popular whisky web sites, with tasting notes for thousands of whiskies from all over the world, music reviews, and much more. Serge explains his philosophy of life in this episode, along with the latest news, this week’s trivia question, and the holiday gift guide.


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Episode 286: October 24, 2010

Ever wondered why the U.S. requires whisky to be sold in 750ml bottles, while most of the rest of the world sells 700ml bottles? We’ll get the definitive answer to that and other federal red tape questions from former ATF and TTB agent William Earle, now president of the National Association of Beverage Importers. In the news, another ultra-premium Johnnie Walker whisky, new malts from The Glenrothes and Amrut, and the debut of the WhiskyCast Holiday Gift Guide.


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Episode 285: October 17, 2010

Compass Box marks 10 years in the whisky business this week, and John Glaser is celebrating with retrospective tastings in New York and Edinburgh. We’ll have highlights of the New York tasting on this week’s episode. In the news, a rare bottle of Mortlach 70 is stolen at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival, and two bottles of 64-year-old Dalmore have sold for about $160,000…each! We’ll also remember Ronnie Eddins, the longtime Buffalo Trace warehouse manager who passed away this past week.


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Episode 284: October 10, 2010

Every master has an apprentice learning the tricks of the trade and preparing to fill the master’s shoes one day. Brian Kinsman served as David Stewart’s protege at William Grant & Sons, and has now taken on David’s role as Master Blender for Grant’s and Glenfiddich Malt Master. David continues as Malt Master for The Balvenie, and we’ll hear from both men in this episode. In the news, Dewar’s completes the first phase of its expansion plans, two bottles of George Washington’s Rye go on the auction block, and Woodford Reserve searches for the perfect Manhattan recipe.


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Episode 283: October 3, 2010

No journalist has ever been allowed inside the Chivas Brothers blending lab in Kilmarlid, Scotland…which means whisky lovers have never gotten a look inside…until now. Master Blender Sandy Hyslop directs the production of Ballantine’s Scotch and other Chivas products from this lab, and that includes the entire range of single malt bottlings from the Chivas Brothers distilleries. We’ll get a look at everything from new make grain spirit to Ballantine’s 30-year-old Scotch, and there’s a quiz at the end. You don’t have to take it…I did. In the news, Highland Park unveils a 50-year-old expression, Diageo opens the massive Roseisle Distillery in Speyside, Old Pulteney’s looking for an Arctic Explorer, and brace yourselves, Android users…there’s an app coming your way soon.


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Episode 282: September 27, 2010

This is the third and final episode from Whisky Live Paris, where I was honored to be a judge in the Nikka Perfect Serve competition for bartenders from 10 European countries. We’ll also hear from David Robertson of Whyte & Mackay, Glann ar Mor’s Jean Donnay, Glen Grant master distiller Dennis Malcolm, Doug McIvor of Berry Bros. & Rudd, Lisa Nichols of Mackmyra, take a look at Blanton’s bourbons that you’ll never find in Kentucky and get a taste of absinthe!


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Episode 281: September 26, 2010

More coverage from Whisky Live Paris on this special episode of WhiskyCast! We’ll hear from Anthony Wills of Kilchoman, John MacDonald of Balblair, author Dave Broom, Bill Lumsden of Glenmorangie, Ann Miller of Aberlour, Compass Box’s John Glaser, Luc Timmermans of Belgium’s Lindores Whisky Society and much more…along with tasting notes for some of the whiskies I’ve tasted today in Paris!


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Episode 280: September 25, 2010

I’m on the road this weekend at Whisky Live Paris, and it’s a weekend full of new whiskies to taste! We’ll hear from Thierry Benitah of La Maison du Whisky, along with Kerry White of GlenDronach, Amrut’s Ashok Chokalingam, Michael Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail, Marcin Miller of Number One Drinks Company, and three of Australia’s leading distillers!


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