The WhiskyCast Tasting Panel is back and better than ever! Each month, we bring together a panel of whisky lovers to taste and score whiskies, and you’re invited to be part of the fun. While we’ll still be doing “virtual” tastings with panelists on Skype occasionally, we’re going to be getting out and doing more tastings with panelists around the same table, too. The podcast focuses on whiskies that you’re most likely to find at your local pub or retailer, not just those rare, hard to find bottlings…though we might throw one in occasionally just for fun.
You can listen here, and you can subscribe with Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app with our RSS feed. If you’re interested in being on the tasting panel for an upcoming episode, just use our contact form to get in touch!
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
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 Creek | Red Stag
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
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.
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.
Our tasting panel gathered at Whisky Live New York for this month’s episode. Hana Choi, Olaf Asbrink, 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