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, 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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